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Coffee Hot Spots The Creative Edge Southern Gippsland Food Map Tea Time in Fish Creek Grand Journey in the Strzeleckis

Prom icon: trekking the 19km journey to the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse is hard but satisfying. See page 3.

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Round ‘em up: working dogs in action at Churchill Island.

A visitors’ guide to Bass Coast Shire, South Gippsland Shire and part of Wellington Shire


Peppa Pig bound for Churchill Island GET excited about the sixth annual Easter Fun Festival at Churchill Island, a family favourite and must do event over the Easter weekend.


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This year’s festival sees the return of crowd favourite Peppa Pig for a meet and greet with pint sized Peppa fans on Saturday, April 19, at 10am, noon and 1pm. On Easter Sunday, April 20 join in the fun of the epic Easter egg hunt organised into age groups from pre-schoolers to teenagers. The festival also draws on a plethora of local talent and crowd favourites, including Pockets the Clown, the Heritage Draught Horse Club, the Port Phillip Historical Machinery Club, Tall Poppy Stilt Walker and the Vintage Car and Caravan Club. The Easter Fun Festival is organised and hosted by Phillip Island Nature Parks. Located at Churchill Island, the backdrop to the festival includes stunning views of Western Port. Food is available at the venue. Entry is free with a Three Parks Pass, which also includes entry to Churchill Island Heritage Farm, the Koala Conservation Centre and Penguin Parade. Bookings can be made at or by phoning 5951 2800. Phillip Island Nature Parks is a not-for-profit organisation. All revenue is re-invested into conservation, research and education activities.

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AUTUMN TOURIST NEWS Idyllic location: a magical sunrise at the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse in February this year.

Trio treks to lighthouse aching limbs. It was another early start on Sunday, March 2 for the 20 kilometre trek back. Weary and tired, we all gave a cheer when we reached the car park and couldn’t wait for our well earned welcome back coffee at Tidal River where our three day, 60 kilometre journey had begun. That coffee tasted even better than the first and for all our aching muscles it was all worth it.

Welcome: Parks Victoria lighthouse tour guides Andrew Rodda from Sandy Point and Graham Woodley, Not far now: novice bush walker Helen Bowering from The Star taking a rest break Yanakie welcomed walkers to the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse on Friday, February 28. on the way to the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse in February.

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Being a last minute call up for the 19 kilometre trek to the Prom Lighthouse there was a mad scramble to purchase a backpack and supplies, mindful not to take too much while making sure to take ample water. After a sleepless night worrying about the six hour walk ahead it was an early morning start on Friday, February 28 with a stomach full of butterflies to meet the two other walkers at Koonwarra for the drive to the Tidal River store where we would share our last real coffee for a few days. Not bad either! We drove to the Oberon car park, slung the backpacks on and headed off on the Telegraph Track around 10am and figured the walk would take around six hours with stops. Our group shared in the wonder of the varying landscapes along the walk from new growth sprouting on the blackened trees, a reminder of recent bushfires, to lush bushland, overgrown ferns and snapshots of the azure blue sea as we inched closer to our final destination. The walk for the most part is pretty flat with only a few steeper rises and is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Breaking the journey into six or seven kilometre stretches made the going more enjoyable knowing there would be regular food and rest breaks. Lunch at Half Way Hut was followed by a short 10 minute break later in the afternoon where snacks were devoured and laughs shared on some comfortable logs in an idyllic bushland setting. Then it was up and up for the last steep climb to the lighthouse. Challenging for a novice it definitely was and you do need a certain level of fitness, especially on the final driveway stretch to the lighthouse that is practically vertical. The exhilarating feeling comes when you have just about completed your long walk and you are rewarded with that first majestic sight of the lighthouse. There is something romantic, safe and reassuring about lighthouses, standing for generations, a beacon of light protecting seafarers and providing a refuge for the survivors of shipwrecks. While lighthouse keepers are a thing of the past, you can get a glimpse into the unique lifestyle and appreciate the lonely existence of life in such a remote place during a stay at the Prom lighthouse. Wilsons Promontory marks the southern-most point of mainland Australia, and overlooks a relatively narrow shipping channel through Bass Strait between Tasmania and Victoria. After dumping our bags in our four bunk bedroom, a hot shower in the cosy lighthouse keepers cottage and armed with glass of red, it was off to find a giant boulder to sit and share the brilliant sunset out across the water to the small Tasmanian islands in the distance. There are three keeper’s cottages, built by convict labourers on a 90 metre cliff on the point, over the period 1853-1859, using locally sourced granite. These cater for up to 27 people in dormitory style accommodation; all linen is provided and bookings are essential. After carbing up with a hearty bowl of tuna pasta, our walking trio hit the sack early as Waterloo Bay was in the sights for the next big day of trekking. And big day it was with the round trip being about 23 kilometres that included a leisurely lunch on the squeaky white sands and paddle in the crystal clear waters. The walk to and from Waterloo Bay was hard going and very steep in places and we couldn’t have been happier to finally make it back to our refuge, the lighthouse and be met by our friendly Parks Victoria lighthouse tour guides Andrew Rodda and Graham Woodley who thought we were “legends” tackling the Waterloo walk in a day. During our stay, we took a tour of the lighthouse

with tour guide Andrew who gave a short history of the lighthouse, constructed in 1859. He talked about the RAAF platoon stationed there during World War Two to secure the country’s coastline and we browsed through the museum’s collection of photos and memorabilia. After another relaxing evening cooking up the last of our rations and enjoying some cards and a cuppa in the lounge, the weary travellers turned in for the night, nursing their sore feet and


BUSH walkers will attest to the wonders of Mother Nature but for novices nothing quite prepares you for the breathtaking scenery and the first sighting of the majestic Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse.

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Easter art extravaganza THE Bass Coast Artists’ Society (BCAS) is celebrating its 47th Members Annual Easter Art Exhibition and Sale this year. BCAS was initially established by a small group of women who got together regularly to pursue an activity they all

enjoyed doing - art. In time they established themselves as an incorporated body called Wonthaggi Art group (WAG) and started having regular Easter art exhibitions in various establishments and locations in Wonthaggi. They included private homes, local primary

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school, church halls and on occasion, in the streets of Wonthaggi. With the amalgamation of councils, the group changed to the Bass Coast Artists’ Society and in 1996 they were offered the dilapidated and disused Railway Goods Shed as a permanent home. With the assistance of finance from government and philanthropic organisations, the members set about repairing and restructuring the building with the donations and help of a great many local organisations and individuals. The society now has in excess of 170 members and conducts regular workshops, classes, life drawing sessions, free art days and a regular array of exhibitions. The Easter Art Exhibition now includes photography from BCAS’s recently formed Bass Coast Camera Club. The exhibition will consist of more than 150 items of art, and up to 50 photographs with 20 different financial awards being presented on the opening night. Prize money of $5000 sponsored by local organisations will be

Gathering of creative minds: the opening of last year’s Bass Coast Artists Society Easter show in The Goods Shed attracted an enthusiastic crowd. presented on the night and the best in show artist will receive $1000 from the Bass Coast Shire. This award entitles the artist entry into the shire’s $5000 Your Art Collection Acquisitive Award to be conducted later in the year. The 2014 judge is renowned artist Peter

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Biram. Peter is a regular contributor to the Archibald Award, his most recent being of television and film personality, Bud Tingwell. Peter said, “It was the most difficult portrait I have done. I respect him so much as an individual. I wanted to do him justice, I just wanted the portrait to be right.”

Works by local renowned artists including Adrian Johnson, Ken Griffith, Maureen Laughron, Dennis Leversha, Di Wilson, Marg Lacey and a host of other renowned artists, in addition to the high quality of all of the BCAS members will be on display

Children invited to mine BECOME a Junior Ranger this Easter and discover what life was like for the miners working at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine in the 1900s. Put away those electronic gadgets and have some old fashioned fun, as well as learning about different types of energy. All activities are suitable for children aged between six and 12 years old and their families. It provides a great opportunity for children to have some hands on fun while learning more about the environment. What is Energy will run on April 8. Children will be able to compare different energy types and Victoria’s history of coal mining, renewable and non-renewable energy. They will make kites and fly them on top of mullock heaps to harness some real wind power. This will cost $10 each. Old fashioned games will played from April 9 until April 16. No bookings are required and children can participate in

Life as a miner: make a booking and allow your child to experience the wonders of the underground coal mine.

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and for sale. The exhibition opens at 7pm at The Goods Shed Arts Place in Wonthaggi, Good Friday evening with awards being announced at 8pm. It will then be open Saturday, April 19 to Monday, April 21, 10am – 4pm and Tuesday, April 22, 10am–2pm.

three legged races, horse shoe throw, quoits, hoop’n’stick and more. Children can come dressed as miners during Life as a Miner between April 10 and April 17. The children will discover what it’s like to work underground and have the chance to eat lunch in a crib room like a miner. This activity costs $17 each. “Junior Ranger activities are a great way to encourage kids to discover and learn about the environment and the role Parks play in protecting animals and plants,” Parks Victoria’s Roellen Little said. Most activities will require a booking and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Those who come along are reminded to bring sun protections, water and sturdy footwear. Visit or www. or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 to make a booking or for more information.

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AUTUMN TOURIST NEWS Discover Inverloch’s foreshore A SCENIC coastal experience can be found along Inverloch’s foreshore.

Easy pedal: Isabella Shanahan takes her bike along the foreshore at Inverloch.

The Screw Creek walk is two and a half kilometres over a boardwalk on salt marshland. It is an easy walk providing stunning views and is suitable for a family with young children. Approximately 40 minutes is all that is needed to take in the country air. Beginning at the far end of the Inverloch Foreshore Camping Ground, the walk ventures through coastal dunes by way of a foot bridge. The walk takes you up to the lookout on Townsend’s Bluff, overlooking the beautiful views of Anderson Inlet. Bicycles are prohibited along this walk, however the walk through is a worthwhile journey. For those who prefer to grab a bike and head out with the kids, Inverloch is well equipped with a long bike path along the foreshore. A native bush and wetland stroll is located near the bridge, just past Abbott Street. Ayr Creek walk is easy to complete and full of birdlife to marvel at. The track is accessible for prams and wheelchairs and is a lovely one and a half kilometre walk. Inverloch’s main attraction and appeal lies in its beautiful beaches. Three beaches run along the foreshore, all providing appropriate car access and numerous facilities. Among these facilities is the new surf life saving club building located on main beach. A boat ramp is available on the second beach and calm waters in all the beaches offer the opportunity to take a dip. Swimmers should be aware of the deep tidal channel and the strong tidal flows in the channel. Fishing and picnicking are popular activities along the beaches and the Rainbow Park is something special for the children to enjoy. There is something for everyone along the Inverloch foreshore.

Helpful advice: come along to Wonthaggi’s information centre to start your journey. Pictured here is Norm Glynn, Kevin and Maree King, Victor Wood, and Bob Main.

Wonderful Wonthaggi THERE is always something for everyone in historic Wonthaggi. Located several kilometres from coastal towns Inverloch and Kilcunda, Wonthaggi is best known for its rich mining past, restored historic buildings and thriving commercial centres. Wonthaggi’s information centre is open from 9am until 5pm seven days a week to get the experience underway. A large variety of shops, eateries and attractions are available in the growing town. The town boasts several attractive parks suitable for families, including the Apex Park in Murray Street, the Guide Park west of Graham Street, and the Wetlands Conservation Reserve with access from South Dudley Road or Korumburra Road. The Apex Park is the site of Wonthaggi’s former railway station and is home to a museum run by the Wonthaggi Historical Society, full with knowledge to be taken in.

The Guide Park is the perfect stop for all families. It is well equipped with barbecue areas, picnic spots and an adventure playground to keep every child entertained. The wetlands provides a boardwalk stroll into the heart of Wonthaggi’s natural vegetation and lakes. For those who love their sports, Wonthaggi has every interest covered. With tennis courts, a bowling green, a golf course and an indoor heated swimming pool, everyone’s needs are catered for. Walk or cycle along the Bass Coast Rail Trail. The coastal rail trail offers 16 kilometres of fantastic views and highlights the rich coal mining areas. There’s always plenty to do at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. The mine’s above ground heritage now also features historic buildings, interpretative displays, walking trails, picnic areas and a kiosk. Explore the Old Rescue Station and the State Coal Mine above Ground Walk.

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Coal Creek - it’s brilliant

OFTEN we take for granted the treasures in our midst.

On return visits to the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra, one is always delighted by the ability of the place to transport you back to a different time and place in the world. Coal Creek has matured into a place that turns history into reality. Set at the time of federation, the village depicts how life would have been for the early settlers in the region. Situated on the site of the original Coal

Creek Coal Mine, Coal Creek shows just how the ‘Black Gold’ of Gippsland influenced the area’s development. When the village was opened 40 years ago it was treeless relative to now when gum trees create a towering and authentic backdrop and quite literally cut Coal Creek off from the outside world. It is a lovely place to escape into and the dedicated volunteers who work within are a delight to meet, whether by the fire in the spinning room, behind the counter of Devlin’s General Store, in the cabin of the tramway or

Never too young: there is something for everyone at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, including from left, Maddy Clarke, Olivia Barton, Madeline Barton and Selena Clarke.

Yarn spinners: from left, full of charm in the spinning room at Coal Creek are Janet Staben, Anne Hopwood, Jean Axford and Avis Tilley.

at one of several other places likely to be operating. A man and his son from Exmouth in the UK visited the park recently. The man summed up Coal Creek as “It’s brilliant!” From the visitors’ book in the foyer, it is clear how popular the park is with

interstate and overseas visitors. One visitor used the book to post the following comment: “I can’t believe it is free!” The park also has the ability to work up one’s appetite and unless you come prepared with a picnic to enjoy on one of the grassy areas and feed

your crumbs to the ducks on the lake, The Pig and Whistle Cafe is a pleasant place for a meal at anytime of the day. Coal Creek is open to the general public from Thursday to Monday, 10am to 4.30pm and seven days a week over the school holidays. It is closed Christmas Day only.

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Autumn is glowing at Mayfield TO CELEBRATE autumn, Di and John Koenders will be holding an exhibition of their latest works entitled Autumn’s Glow. Their exhibition will start on Saturday, April 5, and will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until Sunday, April 27, including all public holidays and Easter days. The venue is Mayfield Gallery, their studio and

gallery in the beautiful Strzelecki Ranges at Arawata. This historic property is nestled under 100 year old oaks and cypresses, and boasts an old world cottage garden. Many interesting and different subjects are covered in this exhibition. John’s oils include sailing ships in wild seas, faithful Clydesdales working the land, misty riverbeds and towering gums, and his watercolours are popular

with clients. Di has been working on lifelike pastels of native animals from sugar gliders to koalas, and her finely detailed gouache paintings of blue wrens, parrots and garden birds are a delight to behold. She also has completed many new oils, including haunting black cockatoos, our fabulous kookaburras, majestic eagles, ducks and owls. Another popular facet of their work is private

commissions. People who may wish to immortalise their property, family members, or a favourite pet are all subjects requested by clients. Should you wish to acquire one of their beautiful works, you have the benefit of buying direct from the artists. They are always happy to have a chat with visitors, and offer a cup of tea or coffee, or a chilled glass of wine - real country hospitality!

Di and John have had illustrious careers in art, spanning more than 40 years. Awards and accolades – clients such as HRH Princess Anne, the Sultan of Brunei, prime ministers and premiers, and many celebrities – possess their paintings. Beautiful Giclee prints

of Di and John’s work are on sale at the gallery at affordable prices, and given John is the great grand-nephew of Vincent van Gogh, you are buying artwork with heritage. The gallery is situated at 655 Fairbank Road, Arawata, a short drive from either Leongatha or Korumburra leads

you to Mayfield Gallery; just follow the brown art gallery signs. If you would like further directions, or have any enquiries, please phone Di or John on 5659 8262 or 0428 598 262. Online contacts: www. and info@mayfieldgallery.

Artistic pair: John and Di Koenders share a passion for creating paintings that stand out.

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Creative man: Robert Barron of Gooseneck Pottery continues to make pottery pieces that inspire.

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Potter Robert welcomes you Robert Barron of Gooseneck Pottery is offering a distinctive range of high quality pottery reflecting his famous style. Based at Kardella, Robert creates a range of practical and artistic works that will appeal to visitors at first glance. Be amazed by handmade plates, bowls, vases, baking dishes, platters, jars and other special pieces. “They are all individually created. When you buy bowls and mugs, they are similar but they are going to have their individuality,” Robert said. Gooseneck Pottery is staging a special sale over Easter, offering discounts that will delight. “This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in getting a large piece,” Robert said. A multi-award winner, Robert’s work is now held in collections across Victoria and internationally, including the Water Phillips Gallery Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada, and the Museo Internationale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy. The pottery is just five kilometres from Korumburra and a short drive from Leongatha, and the kiln is one of the largest wood-fired kilns in Australia. It measures 14 metres in length and three metres in height and width, and is fired over four days twice a year. Visitors are welcome to inspect the workshop and kiln and witness various stages of production. Gooseneck Pottery will be open every day over Easter from 10.30am to 5pm. Whether you are staying by the coast or in the countryside, enjoy a pleasant drive into the hills and be delighted by Gooseneck Pottery.

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Farm gate to cellar door The website not only pinpoints the WANT to taste local produce from location of the producer, but also the area you are visiting? The Southern Gippsland Foodmap makes it easy. The online map shows the location of local food and handicraft producers, and offers details such as opening hours and distributors for their produce. Producers are able to list whether they use sustainable methods and organic ratings. Cafes serving local produce are also listed. “It allows people to find local fresh produce which is locally grown,” Christine Hamilton, sustainability officer for South Gippsland Shire Council, said. Ms Hamilton said she worked closely with Bass Coast Shire's economic development officer Ros Jenzen on the project, which is sponsored by the two shires. Producers were involved throughout the process so the food map would be what they wanted it to be.

provides contact details, the products available, and where they may be sold elsewhere-that is to Melbourne restaurants and delis. There’s even scope for video, Twitter feeds and photos. “The Foodmap will help overcome their isolation, improve community networking, empower them to form marketing alliances and take action on local economic issues,” Mrs Hamilton said. Registering a business on the Foodmap is free for producers. People walking the Great Southern Rail Trail can make detours to different producers, while visitors from the city are able to discover options for unique foods and activities. Hospitality suppliers can also use the site to locate special items such as free range eggs or gourmet goat. F o r d e t a i l s , t o g o www.southerngippslandfoodmap.

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AUTUMN TOURIST NEWS Tea time in Fish Creek

Nice drop: the impressive Agnes Falls situated near Toora is a tourist attraction visitors cannot afford to miss.

THE award winning Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival is on again for the second year, bringing joy and knitted delight to the little town for 10 days in May. Running from May 16 to 25, live performances, family friendly events and the signature tea cosy exhibition are bound to draw a crowd. Festival director Deidre Granger said last year’s competition attracted around 200 entries from local, national and international craftspeople.

Keeping cosy: Deidre Granger is looking forward to another year of tea cosy goodness when the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival returns for another year this May.

“One of the main aims of the festival is to bring people together to celebrate the uniqueness of Fish Creek through its artistic talent, its cosiness and its seamless blending of the old and the new within the town,” she said. “It has become a really heartfelt festival as well as being fun.” To reflect the warm and fuzzy feeling the Tea Cosy Festival represents, the organisers have set up a crowd funding initiative to help raise much needed funds for the event. Got to

ect/179618 and choose a pledge, ranging from a cup of tea in your or a loved one’s honour, to having an award named after you (or a loved one). Ms Granger said this year, the festival is expanding ‘elder’s day’ to two days, following its popularity last year. “We are inviting all those from Gippsland’s nursing homes, retirement villages and aged care facilities to visit the exhibition,” she said. “They will also get to enjoy some entertainment from local school and kindergarten children. Bookings are essential.” The theme for the 2014 festival is music and therefore all festival activities will have a musical flavour. “Two of the headline acts include a high tea with Melbourne performers The Tea Set and a night of musical comedy with husband and wife duo, String Fever,” Ms Granger said. “The musical thread continues over the 10 days of the festival and will include a free instrument making workshop, a film night, a fair and talent show.” The tea cosy exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday, May 17 at 2pm by Corinne Noyes, also known as Madame Flavour. Author and former local Alison Lester will be judging this year’s winners. The exhibition will remain on display in the Fish Creek Memorial Hall until May 25. For a full list of events and entry forms for the tea cosy competition, go to

Spectacular falls NESTLED in the hills above Toora and Welshpool is a natural wonder known as Agnes Falls, the highest single span falls in Victoria at 59 metres high. The Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve is a pleasant drive, and can be reached from the South Gippsland Highway at Toora by following Silcocks Hill Road, Hazel Park Road and Agnes Falls Road. The reserve can also be reached from Welshpool via Slade Hill Road and Hazel Park Road. These roads offer magnificent views across Corner Inlet to the peaks of Wilsons Promontory. After heavy rain the river spectacularly cascades into the gorge. Upstream from the falls, the Agnes River forms part of the Toora Water Supply Catchment which is why swimming is prohibited. The reserve has recently benefitted from the installation of a new toilet block

and a shelter, thanks to an $180,000 grant from the State Government. A short 200 metre walking track leads from the car park at the falls reserve to a viewing area. Along the way, take the time to watch birds. Seats are provided for a chance to rest and savour the view across the gorge. Another small area beneath tall shady blue gums on the grassy banks of the Agnes River makes a delightful setting for a picnic. Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve offers a sample of remnant forests that once covered the Strzelecki Ranges, home to many birds. At night possums and owls emerge from tree hollows to feed and on occasions, visitors may see a swamp wallaby disappear into the bush. For further information contact the Parks Victoria Information Line on 131963 or visit its website

Fish Creek

Tea Cosy Festival

May 16-25, 2014

Join us in Fish Creek, Victoria, to celebrate this not so humble icon of high craft. Explore the exuberant whimsy of daily life in one of the nicest country towns this side of Wonderland.

Tea Cosy competition categories: Traditional Aquatic Butch

Hand crafted from primarily from natural fibres. It's Fish Creek, so create an underwater world. Billy Connelly says “never trust a man who, when left alone with a tea cosy, doesn't try it on” - this category is for those tea cosies made by men or for men. Exuberant Whimsy Let your tea cosy imagination go wild with no restrictions on material or method. Entries close 15 April 2014. Tea Cosy to arrive by 30 April 2014.

First, honourable mention, popular and packers' prizes plus this year we have introduced the recycling prize and a second mystery popular prize. For details and conditions of entry visit: and follow us on facebook: fishcreekteacosyfestival or call 0416 280 658

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Ride out of town GRAB your bike or your walking shoes and take to the Great Southern Rail Trail for an experience that’s as relaxing or exhilarating as you make it. The scenic track, which covers 50km from Leongatha to Toora, has rural views over rolling hills and is also perfect for jogging or horseriding. Autumnal scenery makes the journey extra special. Do a short or a long stretch, as you wish, since it’s easy to get onto and off the trail at many points on roadsides and in towns. Be sure to try the new section of the rail trail from Foster to Toora, opened this year. Visitors can take in Leongatha, Koonwarra, Meeniyan, Buffalo, Fish Creek and Foster, enjoying a variety of town and farm views. The trail is generally a gentle slope and has much to see. One of the most popular trips is the 8km section from Leongatha to Koonwarra, walked in two or three hours,

Active pursuit: from left, Dianne and Robert Clark of Nerrena cycle the Great Southern Rail Trail near Leongatha. with a stop for a bite to eat at either end. Be sure to take care while traversing the section from Koonwarra to Minns Road near Meeniyan though, as this 3km section involves riding or walking along the shoulders of the South Gippsland Highway. From Minns Road to Meeniyan is about 6km or two hours’ walk, and in-

cludes a trip over a bridge over the Tarwin River. Once in Meeniyan, choose from many eateries, picnic spots and free barbecue facilities. From Meeniyan to Stony Creek is an easy, flat walk of just 3.5km or one and a half hours’ walk. From Meeniyan, get onto the trail behind the petrol station and meander

through swamp scrub and lowland forest. The undemanding walk continues for another 8km to Buffalo. More hills arise between Buffalo and Fish Creek, where elevation rises between Buffalo and Boys Road, then descends into Fish Creek. This section is about 8km or four hours’ walking. Fish Creek is a hub of art and coffee – even more reason to visit! From Fish Creek the trail climbs a valley on the west side of the Hoddle Range and crosses the summit at an elevation of 140m just past Lowrys Road. From Lowrys Road to Foster is about 7.5km, or three to four hours’ walk, and part of this is moderately steep. If you are staying in Foster, enjoy an easy 1km, half hours walk from town to Charity Lane. The trip to Toora is then 9km of flat and straight walking, with views of the wind farm behind Toora. To discover more, visit the-great-southern-rail-trail.

The central Bair and McCartin streets are home to many boutique shops along with a few large chains and offer interesting opportunity shopping for second hand goods. Some of the oldest buildings in town reside at the roundabout where those two streets intersect. These include the post office (built in 1887), the courthouse (1912) and the mechanics’ institute (1912), which is now a local history museum. Historic Memorial Hall also stands proudly beside the quiet War Memorial. For families with children, parks and playground abound in Leongatha, with McIndoe Park proving a top attraction and leafy Mossvale Park, 13km north of town on the way to Mirboo North, displaying magnificent autumnal colours. The Great Southern Rail Trail also joins the town of Leongatha with beautiful townships to the south, including holiday hotspot Koonwarra. The trail is flat and easily traversed with beautiful country views. It’s suitable for walking, jogging, cycling or horse riding. Endless indoor fun can be found at South Gippsland SPLASH swimming pool and Stadium Four Cinema.


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INVERLOCH THE CREATIVE EDGE Specialising in metal and timber sculptures, water features, creative garden features, as well as reclaimed timber furniture.

Showroom open 11-4 Thurs, Sat & Sun Phone: 0407 267 561

Farm gate and café Specialising in home grown, certified organic and locally grown fresh produce

Phone: 03 5674 6247 Email: Monday to Friday:10am-5pm (weekends & after hours by appointment) The best of innovative ideas, exceptional service and quality products at competitive prices. Specialising in sales of internal blinds, drapes, external awnings and screens.

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The Creative Edge; Paintings, hand-knitted items, driftwood creations, rejuvenated vases and many other creative items.

Please call 0400 901 060 Showroom open 11-4 Thurs, Sat & Sun

Step inside this group of unique and quirky sheds and you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality, talent and design style of these businesses. At Inverloch’s Industrial Estate - Dixon and Cashin Streets just a short distance from Town.

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Innovation inspires Inverloch

THE Creative Edge is a dynamic group of innovative business traders located in the Inverloch Industrial Estate.

Consisting of Annette Spinks’ Art and Studio Gallery, Reclaimiture, Invisage, LeeZart, Jjaras Farm Gate and Cafe, Southern Bazaar, and Kerry’s Creations, the group provides a unique collection of businesses to promote the area. The businesses are an exciting discovery, mainly set up in quirky sheds. Step inside these sheds and be pleasantly surprised by the quality, talent and design style. There is lots to see and plenty happening in the working studios at Annette Spinks’ Art and Studio Gallery and LeeZart. Internal blinds, drapes, external awnings and screens are a specialty at Invisage, and indoor and outdoor furniture can be found at Reclaimiture. Paintings, hand knitted items and rejuve-

nated vases are just a few of the innovative works at Kerry’s Creations. Take home a perfect addition to the home with quality used furniture at Southern Bazaar. Once the exploring is complete, head over to Jjaras Farm Gate and Cafe for coffee and locally grown organic produce. e. Coffee, furniture, sculptures, es, window furnishings, interior design, sign, antiques, abstract art, organic nic vegetables and driftwood cre-ations are the great mix of items on offer. “People in the community think it’s wonderful we have come together to compliment each other,” Annette said. “It’s also wonderful to see how amazed they are when


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Grand journey awaits you

FOR an experience like no other, get behind the wheel and head into the hills this autumn.

Exploring the famous Grand Ridge Road is one for the motorist’s bucket list, as this is truly one of Victoria’s iconic touring routes. Although windy and not a feat to be undertaken when time is limited, visitors will be rewarded with magical vistas of Gippsland’s famous rolling hills, tall forests, rich history and the delightful town of Mirboo North along the route. Be ready to be immersed in rainforest and then re-enter the wide open space for a stunning valley view. The 132km road stretches from south of Teetoora Road on the Korumburra-Warragul Road in the west, to Carrajung in the east. Most of the drive is unsealed and typically takes about five hours, although with the Strzelecki Highway and other roads intersecting along the way, the road can be done in stages. From the west, the road takes in Hallston, Mirboo North, Gunyah Junction and Ryton Junction, then heads north-east to English’s Corner, Balook, Blackwarry and finally to Carrajung. The section from Teetoora Road to Mirboo North is largely farmland and runs alongside the Mount Worth State Park: 1040ha of forest, regenerating bush and pastures. Examples of remnant wet mountain ash forest can be

enjoyed in the park. Walking tracks offer visitors the chance to take a break from the car and stretch their legs. Next stop is Mirboo North, a well serviced town that makes the ideal spot for a picnic in Baromi Park or dining at many of the cafes on the main street. Beyond Mirboo North, farmland is interspersed with remains of the original rainforest and magnificent tree ferns. The road becomes unsealed 23km from Mirboo North and much further on at English’s Corner, the forest becomes deep before eventually giving way to the beautiful Tarra Bulga National Park. Enjoy a rest stop here, see the famous suspension bridge and try to spot a lyrebird along a walking track. The park is rich in tree ferns, towering forest and wildlife. Just up the road is Carrajung and the Hyland Highway, signalling the end of your epic journey. Care must be taken to avoid logging trucks and wildlife, however a sighting of a rarely seen lyrebird will top off the trip. A detailed brochure about the drive, complete with map, is available from the South Gippsland Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Leongatha Memorial Hall complex, corner McCartin and Bair streets (opposite post office). Given the isolation of the road, be sure to take a map with you.

Nature’s magic: driving the 132km Grand Ridge Road is the perfect activity for autumn in South Gippsland.

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Coastal wonder will reward THINK outdoors in South Gippsland and most people would straight away think of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

It’s a stunning place but so too is Cape Liptrap Coastal Park, which covers the coastline spanning from Waratah Bay in the south, right along Venus Bay to Point Smythe in the north, the gateway to Anderson Inlet. Autumn is the ideal time of year to explore the park’s beauty. The park offers camping, and also numerous walks within the bush and along the coast. Arch Rock is a majestic feature of South Gippsland’s coast, reminiscent of the rocky features typically pro-

moted along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s west. The only barrier is that Arch Rock is not as accessible and the only ways to reach the rock are via a very long walk or by four-wheel-drive and a fairly long walk. Visitors can park at the start of the Five Mile Track off Walkerville Road. Just look for the cabin close to the road, at the track intersection. Four-wheel-drives can go into the carpark near the beach while others can walk in. Once at the beach, turn to your left for a long walk on the sand, with Arch Rock visible in the distance. A more accessible walk is the Point Smythe Nature Trail, a 6km circuit with a branch track to the

Serene spot: Cape Liptrap lighthouse overlooks Bass Strait. Photo: Ken Fraser.

Nowhere like it: the lime kilns at Walkerville South are located on a beach that rivals any in Australia.

end of Point Smythe. This walk is sheltered on windy days and takes in thick coastal bushland, the sandy shores of Anderson Inlet and also the wild surf beach, while offering the chance to see Inverloch from a different angle. There are also walks at Waratah Bay, and the gentle stroll between Walkerville South and Walkerville North takes in the former lime kilns

that employed up to 80 men during the peak of production in the 1890s. Bear Gully campground near Walkerville South presents pleasant campsites among the banksias, right on the beach. Toilet facilities are provided; just bring your own firewood and leave your dog at home. Fishing is a popular past-time along the coast, with salmon in the surf at Venus Bay; flathead, whiting, mullet,

trevally and garfish in Anderson Inlet; and a selection of fish open for catching off the beaches around Walkerville and Waratah Bay. This part of South Gippsland is forever changing and is worthwhile visiting on any day and during any weather. For more information, see http:// cape-liptrap-coastal-park


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Fresh is best

Fresh philosophy: Michael Hobson and Vito Sechi from wildfish in Port Albert work together to ensure the produce used at the restaurant is fresh, local and seasonal.

OWNED by Michael Hobson, Port Albert’s own wildfish restaurant now boasts a talented and passionate head chef in Vito Sechi. Mr Sechi, originally from Sardinia, has been working in the food industry since he was 17 years old, beginning his career in Italy. “After a few years in Italy, I moved to Spain for around two years, but I wasn’t happy there so I moved to England for three and a half years, including one in Dublin,” he said. “I just wanted to experience a bit of different culture and worked in French, Moroccan, and Spanish restaurants.” Mr Sechi grew tired of English weather and consulted Google for a warmer climate, and came up with Sydney. “I worked in Sydney for four years

Visit unique Mirboo North MIRBOO North is a special part of the world, with gourmet food, spectacular views and a strong sense of community. There is plenty to see and do and especially to eat and drink in and around the village. For children, Baromi Park is a good place to let off some steam, with colourful play equipment and handy facilities. During the warmer

months, cool off at the picturesque Mirboo North swimming pool. For a bit of outdoor activity, the Grandridge Rail Trail and Lyrebird Walk offer scenic routes with views over the rolling landscape. Grand Ridge Road is a winding scenic drive up hill and down dale. The monthly community market takes place on Saturday, April 26 and the historical society welcomes visitors at the Old Council Chambers

in the Shire Hall on the main thoroughfare, Ridgway. Accommodation options aplenty, including bed and breakfasts, farmstays, retreats and cottages available, mean you are sure to be comfortable in Mirboo North.

Quiet treat: Kaye Nicholls of Mirboo North enjoys coffee and a crossword in her home town.

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SOUTH COAST Loch Bena Grantville Cowes Rhyll Korumburra Bass Mirboo North Newhaven Leongatha Kongwak San Remo Woolamai Tarra Valley To Sale Koonwarra Kilcunda Wonthaggi Meeniyan Yarram Inverloch Foster Tarwin Lower Cape Paterson Toora Port Albert Welshpool Venus Bay Fish Creek Port Welshpool Corner Inlet WalkervilleSandy Point Cape Liptrap



Waratah Bay Tidal River

then opened my own business for two years before I started in Port Albert,” he said. “I decided I wanted more time with my family, and we needed a seachange.” Mr Sechi has been at wildfish since October and he wanted to move Port Albert for the local and fresh produce the restaurant serves. “To me, sourcing local produce is fine dining,” he said. Mr Hobson said a good proportion of society wants to go back to basics when eating out. “At wildfish, we use seasonal, local and fresh produce and our customers really appreciate that philosophy,” he said. “Not many people know how to use fresh products to their best advantage. Because of Vito’s background, he knows exactly what to do with it.”

South Coast Tourist News - April 2014  

Autumn 2014 edition of the South Coast Tourist News.

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