The Great Southern Rail Trail is well known in South Gippsland to most local people. It has been built on the site of the old railway line which many years ago connected towns all the way from Melbourne through to Yarram and beyond.
The railway tracks have since been removed and the rough surface along the gently undulating topography have been replaced with a smooth gravel track. The Rail Trail now runs between Leongatha and Port Welshpool and provides a safe and even track to walk, run or ride (either on bikes or horses), and I’ve even heard of people taking a horse and cart and donkeys along the route. You do need access to a key to be able to open the gates though.
Eventually it will meet up with the walking track in Yarram. I’m really looking forward to that.
Man riding a bike on the Great Southern Rail Trail
two boys going for a walk at Wilsons Prom wearing sun hats
When I traveled to Victoria a couple months back, I just had to include visiting Wilsons Promontory on my list.
I find the area incredibly captivating, so off for a few short walks I went. Lilly Pilly Gully and the Tidal Overlook track are two fairly easy walks that can be done in a few hours … with a stop at the shop for a pleasant afternoon tea to recharge.
I’m always impressed by the number of people who visit this National Park each year. The eco cabins are often booked out and the camping sites over the peak holiday times need to be booked well in advance. I’ve actually never stayed there … preferring to do day trips instead. I’ve walked every track except the one to the Light House. That’s one I’ll consider with experienced company in the near future.
The picture of these boys was snapped while they were completing their trek around Tidal River, you can see the Bridge in the background. I was impressed to see them well decked out for hiking, with sturdy shoes and sun hats. One had a mobile phone and the other was carrying a bottle of water too.
South Gippsland is generally referred to as the region found on the south eastern tip of Victoria.
Bordered by Yarram in the north east, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Sandy Point, Foster and Yanakie in the south east, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, Inverloch, Cape Patterson and Wonthaggi in the south, Philip Island to the west, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Leongatha and almost stretching to include Mount Worth State Park and Tarra Bulga National Park towards the north.
Gippsland itself is often know for its power generators and polluted skies, especially around Churchill, Moe and Morwell. While it might seem obvious that the South Gippsland Shire Council governs the Southern area of Gippsland there is often confusion about where the region actually lies. The map on this page gives an indication of towns that many local people believe it includes.
The multitude of walks available at Wilsons Prom take you through such varied and beautiful scenery you could spend two weeks there and still not see it all.
When my daughter was only little (between the ages of 6 to 10), she came on almost all of the walk I ever did at The Prom. These days we remember it with fondness and laughter. We’d often play pranks and scare each other along the way. She’d sometimes wear the most inappropriate clothes, as sometimes children do … pants dragging on the ground, forgetting to bring something warm, uncomfortable footwear etc.
But because of those things we’ve since laughed and laughed. This terrific National Park on the south eastern tip of Australia has provided us with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
It’s easy to line up photos of straight angled images such as bridges, fences and power lines, but it’s often more difficult in low light conditions like the shaded and sheltered rain-forested national parks in Victoria. I love the way the tree ferns and even the dried leaves on the Blackwood trees, enhance the directness of this path way.
Suspension Bridges always amaze me with their strength of construction … and this one at Tarra Bulga in Victoria, Australia is no different. The park has many other interesting features, waterfalls, walking tracks, a visitor center, gigantic tree ferns, picnic benches and BBQ’s, huge Mountain Ash trees.
The walking tracks here are fantastic, and much safer to use in the drier summer months when the boardwalks aren’t so slippery. This national Park has a mystical quality and it wouldn’t surprise me if a forest fairy poked it’s head out from behind a large tree root – but then I can always image!