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Official Visitor Guide

Baw Baw National Park • Darnum • Drouin • Erica • Neerim South Noojee • Rawson • Walhalla • Warragul • Willow Grove • Yarragon


Best enjoyed on weekends...

With stunning landscapes, fresh mountain air, quaint village communities and four distinct seasons – Baw Baw offers a refreshing weekend escape promising a diversity of food, cultural and nature-based experiences.


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Planning your trip Travelling time from Melbourne CBD: Warragul: 75 minutes Mt Baw Baw: 2.5 hours Walhalla: 2.5 hours Yarragon: 80 minutes Neerim South: 80 minutes Drouin: 70 minutes How to get there: BY CAR: From Melbourne, the journey begins on the Monash Freeway via City Link or East Link, connecting to the Princes Fwy (M1). Turn off the highway at Longwarry, Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon or Trafalgar or alternatively, take the scenic route through Lilydale, Yarra Junction to Powelltown into Noojee and on to Walhalla.

BY TRAIN: V/Line trains run regularly on the Traralgon Line from the Southern Cross and Flinders Street Stations to Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon, Trafalgar, Moe, Longwarry and Traralgon.

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4 distinct seasons

4 reasons to return… HIGHLIGHTS • Trail Run Festival – February A mountain of fun! Australia’s biggest trail running lifestyle event. www.trailrunfestival.com.au 4

• E  njoy downhill action at Mount Baw Baw during their summer series. mountbawbaw.com.au/summer


SUMMER

Summer in Baw Baw is a great opportunity to escape the City and enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer. From mountain walks and biking trails to fishing and camping adventures, summer is a great time to take advantage of Baw Baw’s stunning scenery, sunshine and clean air. Many of the region’s farmgate providores and vineyards burst into action during the summer months making it the perfect time to explore the local food and wine scene. Sample a cool, crisp local white, explore fresh seasonal produce at the local farmers’ markets or even pick your own fresh berries.

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AUTUMN

Cooler weather, glowing log fires and the crackle of fallen leaves underfoot herald the arrival of autumn in Baw Baw. Autumn sees the region’s natural landscape burst into rich autumn colours and a temperate climate that is best for trail walking and exploring the region’s lush, sub-alpine parklands. Autumn is also a great time to visit Baw Baw with many local events and experiences on offer.

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HIGHLIGHTS • M  eander Walhalla’s tree lined streets and take a guided ghost tour before settling in for a romantic meal and evening in front of the fireplace at a local B&B or a boutique hotel. • The alhalla Easter Art Show is an annual event held over the four days of the Easter weekend, and is designed to showcase local artists and photographers.

• S  ee the best of Baw Baw’s creative talent on display at the Creative Gippsland Arts Celebration in May. Featuring art exhibitions, music, entertainment and regional produce. www.creativegippsland.com.au. • I ndulge your green thumb at the Erica Begonia Festival held over the Labour Day weekend in March.

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WINTER

Winter in Baw Baw offers unforgettable snow experiences as the region’s alpine areas welcome their “White Season”. Mt Baw Baw is a great place to head for a snow holiday that the whole family can enjoy. With a snow sports school, kids activities, and a range of on mountain accommodation options, you can ski, stay and play in your very own winter wonderland. Seasoned cross-country skiers should also explore the winter trails offered at Mt St Gwinear. Situated in the Baw Baw National Park, Mt St Gwinear has over 12kms of cross country trails as well as snowplay areas and a heated public shelter. Stay a little longer and explore Mushroom Rocks or the beautiful Toorongo Falls at Noojee.

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HIGHLIGHTS • P  lan a holiday to Mt Baw Baw, Melbourne’s closest snow experience. www.mountbawbaw.com.au • U  se winter as the perfect excuse for a romantic winter retreat. A daytime country drive, dinner and evening beside the fireplace before tucking up in bed at a cosy B&B presents the perfect weekend escape for busy couples.

• E  njoy a novel event – literally! The Yarragon Book Fair is a popular event, held the 2nd weekend in July. Ph 0438 342 670 or 0418 318 900 • Embark on a scenic drive from peak to peak along the Two Ranges Drive. • S  ee Walhalla up in lights when their Vinter Ljusfest light show runs each night in August.

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SPRING

Spring is a great time to explore Baw Baw as the green landscapes synonymous with the region emerge from the winter cold. It’s also a vibrant time amongst the region’s villages with events and gardening celebrations rising to the fore. With a cool climate, lush green surrounds and vibrant village celebrations - spring is blooming wonderful in Baw Baw!

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HIGHLIGHTS • Green thumbs rejoice! Spring sees

• Explore Nangara Reserve, located 3km

Gardivalia arrive in Baw Baw – a month

south west of Jindivick and adjoining the

long celebration featuring events, open

Bunyip State Park.

gardens, demonstrations, art exhibitions and workshops. www.gardivalia.com.au • Enjoy the fresh spring air and join the Geoff Watt Memorial Half Marathon in October. www.geoffwattrun.com.au • Bring your bike and ride the Two Towns Trail.

• Savour the spring tastes of Baw Baw with a tour of local vineyards, cellar doors and farmgates. Yum! • See the very best of Baw Baw’s artistic talent on show at the Art Gippsland Show in October. www.warragulrotary.org.au

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Naturally Beautiful


Emerald pastures, clear rivers, waterfalls, temperate rainforests, green rolling hills, alpine landscapes, lush gardens and quaint village communities – Baw Baw is naturally beautiful.


NATURAL ATTRACTIONS AND WALKING TRAILS There is no better way to take in Baw Baw’s stunning scenery than with a journey along one of the many walking trails on offer...

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NOOJEE TRESTLE BRIDGE TO NOOJEE The restored Noojee Trestle Bridge is a relic from the old railway, which ran from Noojee to Warragul and is one of the only remaining historic timber bridges in Victoria. From the bridge, you can follow the old railway line into Noojee. DISTANCE: 1.48kms one-way

POVERTY POINT (OLD STEEL) BRIDGE WALK Follow the Thomson River from the Thomson River Bridge (Walhalla Road) to the Poverty Point Bridge and back. This is a great loop walk where you can walk upstream on one side of the river and return on the other. Keep your eye out for the remains of the old tramways and dry stonewalling that once supported the timber tramway from Walhalla. This iron bridge was built in 1900 to access the timber reserves on the western bank of the Thomson once the eastern side had


been denuded. A great idea is to catch the Walhalla Goldfields Railway from Walhalla then either return to Walhalla by train or continue along the tramway walk back to Walhalla Historic Township. DISTANCE: 8kms return (allow 3 hours)

ROKEBY TO NEERIM TRAIL Commencing at Rokeby Common, this trail passes through the Crossover Regional Park to Neerim South and then follows the Main Neerim Road to the edge of Neerim. Highlights include the Trestle Bridge at Crossover, views of the Tarago Reservoir, Bunyip State Forest in the west and towards Mt Baw Baw in the east. DISTANCE: 12.6km one way

TOORONGO FALLS RESERVE The circular walking track at Toorongo Falls Reserve takes in both the Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls with spectacular viewing platforms. Located 4km east of Noojee on the Toorongo Falls Rd, the

reserve has picnic and toilet facilities. Two walking options are available for those who wish to explore. You can take the direct track to the Toorongo Falls observation platform and return the same way, or follow the loop walk, which takes in the natural Amphitheatre Falls, the riverine environment of the Toorongo River and the Toorongo Falls. TOORONGO FALLS: 1.5kms return TOORONGO FALLS VIA AMPHITHEATRE FALLS LOOP TRACK: 2.2kms return

GLEN NAYOOK Located a short distance between Neerim Junction and Nayook, Glen Nayook offers a stunning cool climate rainforest walk. Featuring lush gullies, moss covered monoliths, towering Mountain Ash and vivid green tree ferns, walkers with sharp eyes will also spot Lyrebirds through the undergrowth. DISTANCE: 1.5km return

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If you fancy fishing from the banks of idyllic streams or crystal clear lakes, dropping a line in Baw Baw will definitely be appealing. From Blue Rock Dam, to the Tanjil and Tarago rivers, you’ll find a diversity of bass, trout or perch with great camping, picnic and BBQ facilities also on offer.


Map courtesy of Michael Leaney

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THE GREAT WALHALLA ALPINE TRAIL The Australian Alps Walking Track is a 680 km track that winds its way through the high country of Victoria, NSW and the ACT from Walhalla to Canberra. One of the world’s most iconic hikes, the walk takes 6-8 weeks to complete. With the Great Walhalla Alpine Trail, you can take a fully guided and catered walk of the first 40km from Mt Baw Baw to the historic township of Walhalla. The Great Walhalla Alpine Trail is blessed with a wide range of beautiful scenery

in the Baw Baw National Park. This challenging walk offers the opportunity to explore majestic forests and alpine heathlands, which showcase a diversity of wildlife, flora and native wildflowers. Held over two days and three nights, the trail begins at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, where walkers have a hearty meal and stay overnight in preparation for the first day’s trek. The second night is spent in tents at a fully prepared campsite and the third night is at Walhalla’s Star Hotel, on journey’s end. The Great Walhalla Alpine Trail Walk departs on Sundays from October to April and the walks are fully inclusive of guiding, meals and accommodation. The walk operates with a minimum of two people and bookings are essential. Ph 03 5165 6262. 19


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THINGS TO DO • Visit Yarragon Village to taste local artisian cheeses, wines, and fresh local produce. • S  hop for farm fresh produce, condiments, breads and more at one of the many markets held in Baw Baw each month. • I ndulge in a little tapas time and wine tasting at one of Baw Baw’s wineries.

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• B  aw Baw is home to many award winning wineries. Anytime is a great time to explore the area’s many cellar doors and enjoy a warming, locally produced red. • T  ry your hand at fishing in one of the many lakes, rivers and streams that run through Baw Baw.


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Baw Baw is home to many gourmet cottage providores, offering award winning and “mouth-wateringly” good food fare. The region is known for its strong cheesemaking heritage with a number of big cheese making names basing their operations from Baw Baw. Pop into Yarragon Village for a cheese tasting to sample a wide range of specialty cheeses made by well-known artisan cheesemakers. The area also boasts a healthy orchard industry with apples, stone fruits, olives, honey and a wide range of berries and vegetables in plentiful supply. Baw Baw is also known as one of Victoria’s fastest growing wine regions with cellar

doors and scenic vineyards dotting the landscape. Often the winemakers are on hand and happy to discuss the qualities of their cool climate wines and guide you on your boutique wine tasting adventure. The region is proud of its diverse, fresh produce supply with visitors able to pop into farm gates and local farmer’s markets. From organic breads and natural honey, free-range eggs, freshly picked vegetables, home made condiments, jams and jellies, fresh local nuts, meats and trout, fruits and berries – there are plenty of tempting tastes on offer in the region.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Baw Baw is home to a strong creative community, where inspiring galleries, artists’ studios and unique events are never far away. Tucked away in old banks, halls and barns you will find contemporary hand blown glass, pottery, ceramics, metal sculptures, paintings, drawings, textile and photography. Objects of all sorts – all thoughtfully created and hand crafted. The region also boasts a great many antique and second hand stores from retro furniture to antiques as well as a range of arts and crafts markets where handmade goods are on offer and proud artists will share the inspiration for their works. Warragul is home to the West Gippsland Arts Centre, a performing arts venue that hosts an extensive range of festivals, exhibitions and performances throughout the year. The Centre is on the national and state touring circuit with companies such as Circus Oz, The Sydney

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Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet and The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra appearing as part of their seasons. The region also contains many other unique and slightly quirky performance venues including Warragul’s old Wesley Church, which now hosts musical performances.

A highlight of the region’s art scene is the annual Creative Gippsland Arts Celebration which showcases local artists and creatives through exhibitions, live entertainment and market stalls.

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the townships of Jindivick, Neerim South and Yarragon to find collections of art works, jewellery, sculptures, textiles and more.

• T  ake in a performance at the West Gippsland Arts Centre. www.wgac.com.au

• Baw Baw Arts Alliance is a volunteer network that runs the vibrant Yarragon • Enjoy the Creative Gippsland Arts Station Gallery, Trafalgar Station Arts Space Celebration in May. Featuring art exhibitions, and the exciting Warragul Arts Market. music, entertainment and regional produce. www.bawbawartsalliance.org.au www.creativegippsland.com.au. 23


Quaint Spaces


Unique to Baw Baw are the many village communities that dot the landscape, each boasting its own heritage and personality. From arts hubs and boutique towns to heritage precincts and nature reserves, explore and enjoy the diversity of Baw Baw’s villages.


WARRAGUL AND DROUIN The thriving town of Warragul is the hub of Baw Baw. Set amongst rolling green hills and lush pastures, the town boasts a vast array of restaurants, wineries, bakeries and boutique shopping outlets.

Just a short drive from Warragul, is the township of Drouin. One of the largest in the Baw Baw region, Drouin offers a wide range of services and accommodation options whilst still exuding country charm.

Warragul is also home to the West Gippsland Arts Centre. As the region’s major performing arts, cultural and community facility, the Centre caters to a wide variety of events, meetings, conferences and festivals.

Both Warragul and Drouin are surrounded by a host of wineries and farm gate producers, making it popular with weekend visitors looking for new gourmet food experiences.

Easily accessible by both road and rail, Warragul is a great starting base for your Baw Baw adventure.

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SEE AND DO • T  ake in a live performance at the West • Choose from locally made and grown Gippsland Arts Centre. www.wgac.com.au produce including bread, cheese, oils, vegetables and fresh fruit at the Warragul • Just a short 10 minute drive from Farmers Market. Warragul is the village of Darnum where www.warragulfarmersmarket.com.au you can pat an alpaca and enjoy some musical history along with a good cup • Enjoy a platter of locally made cheeses of coffee or Devonshire Tea. complemented by a locally crafted white • E  xplore the Warragul Arts Market, held the 3rd Saturday of each month from October to March. www.bawbawartsalliance.org.au • J ust 15 minutes from Drouin in Labertouche you can take to horseback and explore our parks and forests.

wine. For a full list of wineries in the area, visit www.winesofgippsland.com • C  ontinue your market journey with a short drive to Drouin for the Craft and Produce Market also held the 3rd Saturday of each month. Call the Drouin Rotary Club on 0419 428 564 27


NEERIM SOUTH AND JINDIVICK Nestled into the foothills of the Baw Baw National Park, the picturesque village of Neerim South is the perfect tourist stopover for travellers heading to the alpine areas or those in search of galleries, boutique B&Bs and gourmet cottage industries. Just a short drive north from Drouin and Warragul, Neerim South is known for its rolling green hills and lush landscapes. A little further west of Neerim South is the village of Jindivick, well-known for its many farms producing gourmet foods such as berries, cheese, olives and smallgoods. Both villages feed into the tranquil Tarago Reservoir Reserve, a shaded picnic area with sloping lawns and bbq facilities. The Reserve offers stunning sub alpine bushlands and is a great place for a scenic drive, picnic and a spot of trail walking or riding. 28

SEE AND DO • Head out along the Nangara Road from Jindivick to discover Nangara Reserve, a quirky combination of nature reserve and outdoor art installations. • S  top for a coffee and explore the galleries and antique shops on offer at Neerim South and Neerim Junction. • T  ake a scenic drive westwards on Wagner Road to see lush pastures and water glimpses of Tarago Reservoir. • E  xplore the many stunning private gardens in the area open to the public in October for the region’s garden festival, Gardivalia. www.gardivalia.com.au • Sculptures, pottery and paintings are just some of the many pieces of art on display at the galleries in Neerim South and Jindivick. • Pack a picnic and explore the trails and stunning bushland surrounds of the Tarago Reservoir Reserve. • Marvel at the Neerim South town entrance sculpture, the ‘Neerim Bower’.


NOOJEE Named after the Aboriginal word for contentment, Noojee is a relaxing, green escape in every way. This quaint village is set amongst the banks of the Latrobe River and is surrounded by rolling green hills and densely wooded forests. Noojee boasts a rich heritage and stunning natural attractions making it a great destination for weekend explorations. Just a few minutes drive (or a little longer walking) is the Noojee Trestle Bridge. This bridge is the only remaining timber trestle bridge on the section of the railway line between Nayook and Noojee. The bridge is 102m long and 20m high and is said to be one of the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere.

SEE AND DO • Enjoy a cool ale and hearty pub fare, a cafe lunch or enjoy a fine dining experience, Noojee has something for every palate. • P  ack a picnic and explore the Noojee Trestle Bridge and Toorongo Falls – pack your camera, as the scenery is simply stunning! • Drop a line in one of our lakes or rivers and catch your own fish before finding a BBQ and cooking up a storm. • See one of Victoria’s largest trees, a giant mountain ash known as the Ada Tree. At 76m tall and around 270 years old, the tree is largely regarded as one of Australia’s natural treasures. • Visit the re-built Heritage Station precinct just to the north of town, open weekends and public holidays.

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SEE AND DO • L  et the kids explore snow with a toboggan at Mt St Gwinear. • E  xplore Mt Baw Baw in summer with over 10 kms of all-weather mountain bike and walking trails. • R  elax in a B&B or caravan park just off the mountain and enjoy a day of exploring and snow play. • K  eep warm and relax with some you time at one of the day spas in Baw Baw.

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• E  scape for a convenient snow holiday. As Melbourne’s closest downhill ski resort, Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort also offers both short and long-stay accommodation facilities, a snowsports school, ski hire, terrain parks and plenty of space for snow play! www.mountbawbaw.com.au


BAW BAW ALPINE AREAS With over 30 hectares of skiing terrain, Mt Baw Baw is best known for its winter activities including snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and superb snow gum surrounds. The village also offers plenty to see and do in the greener months with colourful wildflowers and a range of mountain bike and walking trails. Mt Baw Baw is surrounded by stunning national parklands, making it also a 4WD and bushwalking paradise with fresh mountain air, stunning views and all types of outdoor activities on offer.

If you are heading to Baw Baw in winter, please take note of our top travel tips! • B  y law, all cars driving to Mt Baw Baw are required to carry chains during the snow season. You can hire snow chains from outlets located in Noojee, Neerim South, Tanjil Bren, Erica and at the gate of the Resort. • T  ransport services run to Mt Baw Baw from Melbourne’s airport and the city during the winter season. The service also makes pick ups and train connections from Latrobe Valley. • B  e as prepared as possible – plan your journey, check the weather and pack warm clothing.

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SEE AND DO • T  ake a tour deep underground with a mine tour in Walhalla. • P  ack a picnic and take a hike to Mushroom Rocks. • T  ake in the spectacular views of the Thomson Reservoir Park. • E  njoy a stroll around Crater Lake in Rawson.

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• T  ake a trip on the historic goldfields railway as it winds its way down Stringer’s Creek Gorge. • C  limb the track to the Walhalla’s original hilltop cricket ground or join a ghost tour after nightfall. • T  ake a walk through the historic and beautiful Horseshoe Bend Tunnel Reserve.


WALHALLA & MOUNTAIN RIVERS The Walhalla and Mountain Rivers area incorporates the towns of Erica, Rawson, Walhalla and the smaller locales of Coopers Creek, Aberfeldy, Moondarra and Tyers Junction. A must do around this area is a visit to the historic township of Walhalla. Once a flourishing gold mining town, the village has been preserved and now provides a window into life as it was in the 19th century. These days home to a handful of residents, the village promises plenty of activities including daily tours of the

underground gold mine, regular events and festivals and a range of B&B and boutique accommodation options. The villages of Erica and Rawson provide a scenic gateway to many of Baw Baw’s natural assets including the Moondarra Reservoir, Thomson Dam, Mushroom Rocks, the Beech Forest Walk and the Erica to Thomson Station Rail Trail. Both townships are great bases to explore Walhalla from with a range of amenities and accommodation options and only 15 minutes from the iconic Walhalla village. 33


YARRAGON Yarragon is where you’ll find galleries and specialty stores offering diverse and ever changing collections. A delightful mix of antiques, arts and crafts, fashion, boutique wines and cafes await visitors, particularly those seeking the unique and unusual – there is even a wardrobe in a lane! With quirky stores and small cafes scattered along the main street, you are bound to pick up a fabulous creation produced by a local artist or find somewhere enticing to tempt your taste buds. Pop into one of the antique stores or the auction house, the gourmet deli or local bakery. Fresh produce, local cheeses and freshly baked bread make a visit to Yarragon irresistible.

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SEE AND DO • Fossick through the village’s boutique specialty stores and discover an interesting variety of antiques, gifts, homewares, organic products and local art pieces. • V  isit one of the many art galleries showing some of the best works in Victoria. • S  top for a cup of tea and explore the tasteful range of deli cheeses, cottage condiments, wines and other gourmet delights at one of the stores of cafes. • H  ead Bush to Mt Worth State Park or along the Grand Ridge Road. • S  ee and sample a wide selection of domestic and imported beers and wines.


WILLOW GROVE, BLUE ROCK LAKE AND TRAFALGAR The rural farming village of Willow Grove is situated at the base of the Baw Baw Ranges, overlooking Blue Rock Lake. With its stunning water views, excellent recreational facilities and a friendly vibrant community, the village is a great spot to settle in for a weekend of walking, picnicking, fishing, boating or camping. Trafalgar is the gateway to the beautiful drive to wineries, waterfalls and through the scenic hills to Thorpdale. This bubbling little town is home to some lovely cafes and restaurants as well as arts and crafts, shops, galleries and a museum.

SEE AND DO • Drop a line at Blue Rock Lake for a spot of fishing. • Pack your lunch and explore the state parks surrounding Willow Grove and Blue Rock Lake. • L  aunch your boat or kayak and explore the tranquil scenery from the water. • Visit Narracan Falls and have a picnic. • D  rive through the scenic hills to the little town of Thorpdale. • Visit the local museum.

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STAY & PLAY

Baw Baw is home to a great range of comfortable accommodation options from boutique hotels and cosy bed and breakfasts to self-contained accommodation options and lodges. Visit our website www.visitbawbaw.com.au/ accommodation for information about accommodation providers within Baw Baw.

TOP SPOTS Warragul. The heart of Baw Baw, Warragul offers a range of boutique dining and shopping experiences, is home to the Arts Centre and a variety of motel and B&B style accommodation. 36

Walhalla. An overnight stay in this picturesque gold mining town is a must! Choose from B&B or boutique style accommodation.

Mt Baw Baw. Stay overnight at Mt Baw Baw for a true snow experience. Offering hotel style accommodation, self-contained cabins, chalets or apartments.


CAMPING

There are also plenty of great camping spots in Baw Baw. Pitch a tent and spend your nights surrounded by the region’s best asset – the great outdoors! Fees and permits do apply for camping and fishing in some of Victoria’s national parks so be sure to check the Parks Victoria website for detailed information. Visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.

TOP SPOTS Toorongo Falls Reserve (Noojee). Explore the stunning surrounds of the Toorongo Falls Reserve with bush camping sites located near the river. BBQ and facilities available. Camping in the Reserve is free and pets are welcome.

Baw Baw National Park (Rawson). Baw Baw National Park is a prime spot for fishing and camping with 20 sites available, walking tracks and a picnic area. Camping in the park is free with toilets also accessible.

Eastern Tyers Camping Area. Heading off on the Australian Alps Walking Trail? Start your journey at the Eastern Tyers camping area which offers BBQ, picnic and fireplace facilities. 37


ACCOMMODATION Anderley Two secluded cottages on 35 acres in a beautiful setting with stunning views – a perfect retreat. Anderley cottages are self-contained offer one or two bedrooms in an open plan design. The cottages are tastefully appointed and offer views, privacy, an expansive deck, cosy wood fire, and a double spa bath. 312 Old Yarragon-Leongatha Road, Yarragon South, VIC 3823 P 03 5634 4276 or 0419 263 262 E info@anderley.com.au W www.anderley.com.au

Camellia Cottage Camellia Cottage is a “A Little Treasure” and with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, comfortable fittings, period atmosphere and only 300m to town, it’s perfect for one or two couples. Central heating, gas log fire and wood fire, and air conditioner. With lovely gardens, you’ll be on your own and feel totally relaxed. 7 Kent Street, Warragul, Victoria 3820 P 0418 882 804 or 0409 497 420 E enquiries@camelliacottage.info W camelliacottage.info

High Peaks Cottages Set in the serene Tanjil Valley at the base of the Baw Baw foot hills and only a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne or 45 minutes from Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. With spectacular mountain views, relax on the deck or alfresco areas and enjoy a glass of local wine surrounded by native birds and wildlife. 656 Russell Creek Road, Fumina South, Victoria 3825 P 0411 479 411 or 0411 479 412 E info@highpeakcottages.com.au W highpeakscottages.com.au

Lantilly House Nestled in beautiful established gardens in central Warragul, Lantilly House is a unique, fully self-contained house that has everything needed for a comfortable and memorable stay. Lovingly appointed with antique furnishings, with two queen, ensuited bedrooms, making it ideal for one or two couples. 3 Toorak Avenue, Warragul, Victoria 3820 P 0411 772 176 E info@lantilly.com W www.lantilly.com

Mountain Rivers Tourist Park In the peaceful surrounds of the Thomson State Forest, Mountain Rivers boasts spectacular views and offers a range of accommodation for all budgets. Close to Walhalla, Mt Baw Baw, Phoenix Paintball and beautiful hiking and 4wd tracks, our accommodation has the perfect balance between luxury and adventure. 11 Depot Road, Rawson, Victoria 3825 P 03 5165 3231 E stay@mountainrivers.com.au W www.mountainrivers.com.au 36


ACCOMMODATION Parrots Nest Accommodation Fully self contained, three bedroom apartment with luxury spa, superb mountain views in a garden setting, surrounded by natural bushland. Set high above Noojee, you will find a peaceful getaway, only 50 minutes from Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort. Meals can be provided by arrangement. 22 Old Noojee Road, Noojee, Victoria 3833 P 0409 484 570 E redparrot47@gmail.com.au

Raglan Bed & Breakfast Just over an hour’s drive east of Melbourne with sensational 180 degree panoramic views of the Strzelecki Ranges and situated on 53 acres of farmland, this beautifully appointed self-contained historic miner’s cottage is the perfect place to unwind, relax and take in the fresh country air of West Gippsland. 671 Bona Vista Road, Bona Vista, Victoria 3820 P 03 5627 8210 or 0439 631 964 E ethelwyn@raglanbnb.com.au W www.raglanbnb.com.au

Ripplebrook Cottages Luxury bed and breakfast self contained cottage accommodation located on a beautiful 40 acre grazing property. Within each cottage you will command the feeling of yesteryear, yet experience pure indulgence with their presentation and appointments while being captivated by magnificent surrounding views. 1855 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook, Victoria 3818 P 03 5627 6114 E info@ripplebrookcottages.com.au W www.ripplebrookcottages.com.au

Springbank Retreat Charming and elegant accommodation for couples either in the Main House or the Cottage. Sensational continental breakfasts provided and barbecue facilities are also available. Wander or sit and reflect in our award winning gardens set on 20 acres. 240 Williamsons Road, Nilma North, Victoria 3821 P 03 5627 8060 W www.springbankbnb.com.au

Stringer’s Cottage Stringer’s Cottage is a romantic fully self-contained, one-bedroom cottage on the outskirts of the historic village Walhalla. Features a wood fire, galley kitchen, toilet/shower and luxurious queen size bed. Nestled above Stringer’s Creek and shaded by mountain ash, it is secluded and only a short walk to the town centre. 20 Happy Go Lucky Road, Walhalla, Victoria 3825 P 0419 732 427 E anna.krohn@me.com W stringerscottage.com.au 37


ACCOMMODATION AND ARTS The Outpost Retreat in Noojee The perfect escape for the best country food, the best country accommodation and the best country atmosphere. Massive open fireplaces, great outdoor eating and drinking areas, surrounded by beautiful natural bushland and nature walks. restaurant, bar, accommodation all in one idyllic location. 38 Loch Valley Road, Noojee, Victoria 3833 P 03 5628 9669 E inquiries@theoutpostretreat.com W www.theoutpostretreat.com

Twitchers Cottage Comfortable and affordable for small groups and families who want to relax in the peace and quiet or get active in nature, less than two hours from Melbourne. Self catered, the cottage offers three bedrooms and air conditioned comfort with a fully equipped kitchen. All linen is provided. 1156 Darnum Allambee Road, Cloverlea, Victoria 3822 P 0403 051 853 E pstricko@gmail.com W www.twitchers-cottage.com.au

Valley View Cottage Charming three bedroom home only three minutes from town centre with a country feel with a farmland outlook, set in a beautiful garden. Two living rooms both with TVs and comfortable couches, two bathrooms, great outdoor living and the whole house is centrally heated, also air-conditioning. 336 Normanby Street, Warragul, Victoria 3820 P 0418 882 804 or 0409 497 420 E enquiries@valleyviewcottage.info W valleyviewcottage.info

Walhalla Coach House The Walhalla Coach House is a three bedroom, two bathroom holiday home located in the Walhalla valley, accommodating up to eight people comfortably. Nestled above Stringer’s Creek and shaded by Mountain Ash and Blackwood trees, it is private and secluded, yet only a short walk to the historic town centre. 20 Happy Go Lucky Road, Walhalla, Victoria 3825 P 0419 732 427 E anna.krohn@me.com W www.walhallacoachhouse.com.au

B’zarte of Jindivick B’zarte is a house full of antiques and lots of old and interesting stuff. The walls in all rooms are covered with artworks from many locally recognised artists and those from further afield. Come and buy a gift for that finnicky friend or take home something beautiful for yourself. 565 Main Jindivick Road, Jindivick, Victoria 3818 P 03 5628 5229 E bzarte@dcsi.net.au 36


ARTS Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden The sculpture garden is an acre of diverse and fun metal sculptures often using recycled materials. The garden is wheelchair and dog friendly and has a toilet and baby changing facility. The Gallery holds Laurie’s small sculptures and has a changing program of exhibitions of local and Victorian artist. 420 Main Jindivick Road, Jindivick, Victoria 3818 P 03 5628 5224 E lcollins@dcsi.net.au W www.lauriecollins.com.au

Lillico Glass Studio Nestled in the countryside, visitors can enjoy at Lillico Glass; the converted barn gallery, which displays the work of glass artist Haydn John’s “Tools in glass” plus bowls, platters, jewellery and a large meandering picturesque garden. Lillico gardens store sells gourmet jams, preserves made from our our produce. 243 Lillico Road, Lillico, Victoria 3820 P 03 5623 1592 or 0419 105 725 E info@lillicoglassstudio.com.au W www.liliglass@dcsi.net.au

The Serigraph Gallery Unique gallery showcasing one-off, handcrafted pieces of furniture by Keith Graham, paintings using metallic leaf, mixed media and acrylic by Christine Cochran, innovative local artworks of jewellery, textiles, ceramics and printmaking. Great coffee and cake. 157 Main Neerim Road, Neerim South, Victoria 3831 P 03 5628 1519 E serigraphgallery@gmail.com W www.serigraphgallery.com

Town & Country Gallery Nurture your soul and absorb the beauty of handcrafted works by Australian artists in this gallery’s relaxed ambience; a stunning collection of contemporary paintings, superb hand-blown glass, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and furniture. Fabulous ranges of jewellery, cards and books. 2/101 Princes Highway, Yarragon, Victoria 3823 P 03 5634 2044 E enquries@tritecdirectsales.com.au W www.tritecartsupplies.com.au

Tritec Art Supplies Tritec Art Supplies is situated in the Main Street of Yarragon to supply all your fine art requirements for the aspiring to the well-seasoned professional artists. We aim for excellent service and excellent quality to help your inspirations and creativity become a reality. 111 Princes Highway, Yarragon, Victoria 3823 P 03 5634 2229 or 0438 597 227 E tcgallery@sympac.com.au W www.townandcountrygallery.com.au 37


ATTRACTIONS Brandy Creek Day Spa The luxurious, Brandy Creek Day Spa is the ultimate escape for mind and body. Personalised journeys deliver a restful and restorative experience with a valley outlook across rolling vineyards to the Baw Baw Ranges. Extensive treatment spaces, a tranquil relaxation area, change facilities and a Turkish Hammam. 570 Buln Buln Road, Drouin, Victoria 3818 P 03 5625 4498 E info@brandycreekdayspa.com.au W www.brandycreekwines.com.au

Erica Ski Hire Quicker access to Baw Baw via the South Face Road or St Gwinear via the Thompson Valley Road. Wheel chains, skis, snowboards, toboggans, clothing, boots, gloves and more. Book wheel chains and toboggans online avoid disappointment. Erica Ski Hire, where the fun begins. 5 Main Road, Erica, Victoria 3825 P 03 5165 3353 E matt@ericaskihire.com.au W www.ericaskihire.com.au

Long Tunnel Extended Tourist Mine The Long Tunnel Extended Mine during its 50 year operations produced 13.7 tonnes of gold and was one of Victoria’s major gold producers. The Mine has reopened as a tourist Mine and tours operate daily (except Christmas Day) at 1.30pm. Weekends and holidays, tours also operate at 12.00 and 3.00pm. 165 Main Road, Walhalla, Victoria 3825 P 03 5165 6259 or 0412 285913 E info@walhallaboard.org.au W www.walhallaboard.org.au

Nickelby At Darnum Gippsland’s largest alpaca farm gate shop selling wonderful alpaca clothing. Our café is licenced so enjoy local produce relaxing with a wine or coffee and meet the alpacas. Your troubles will leave you as you drive through the olive grove and see the hills ahead. You won’t want to leave. 308 Darnum Shady Creek Road, Darnum, Victoria 3822 P 03 5627 8121 E angela@nickelbyatdarnum.com.au W www.nickelbyatdarnum.com.au

Noojee Heritage Centre Spending time at the heritage centre housed inside the replica of the original railway station, complete with its historic locomotive, is a must for all visitors to Noojee. The centre showcases the region’s timber and railway past, providing an insight into local life and culture from early settlement days onward. School Road, Noojee, Victoria 3833 P 03 5628 9502 E info@noojeehistoric.org.au W www.noojeehistoric.org.au 36


ATTRACTIONS / FOOD AND WINE Phoenix Paintball Phoenix Paintball is committed to offering the best Paintball Experience for all players. Fields are purpose built and sessions are supervised by competent, experienced staff. Regular Paintball for ages 16+. (Splatball available for younger age groups). Catering bucks, hens, birthdays or club groups. bookings essential. 11 Depot Road, Rawson, Victoria 3825 P 1300 78 53 78 E play@phoenixpaintball.com.au W www.phoenixpaintball.com.au

Ryder’s Horse Riding Tours Ryder’s Horse Riding Tours has been in operation for over 10 years, taking locals and tourists on horse riding adventures through the Bunyip State Park, one hour south east of Melbourne. We offer fully guided horse riding tours, seven days a week, ranging from one hour to half day tours. 350 Forest Road, Labertouche, Victoria 3816 P 0408 370 235 E rydershorseriding@gmail.com W rydershorseriding.com.au

Trafalgar Holden Museum Established in October 2014, the Trafalgar Holden Museum is a place to revisit the history of Holden. Discover the complete story of Holden with many displays and exhibits; from saddles to motor cars, aero engines to pedal cars. The museum is a must see for any Holden and Motor Enthusiast. 69 Waterloo Road, Trafalgar, Victoria 3824 P 03 5633 1684 E trafalgarholdenmuseum@gmail.com W www.trafalgarholdenmuseum.com.au

Brandy Creek Restaurant & Vineyard Brandy Creek Winery; think picturesque, undulating hills, vine-covered pergolas, amazing paella dishes, fabulous wine. Award winner for best tourism winery in Gippsland, Brandy Creek has everything, from tapas to paella, to churrasco and wine to match. Brandy Creek will see you coming back for more. 570, Buln Buln Road, Drouin, Victoria 3817 P 03 5625 4498 E info@brandycreekwins.com.au W www.brandycreekwines.com.au

Fozigobble Cafe Fozigobble has great food and drinks and most products are organic certified. We cater for most dietary needs with a variety of meals and drinks. Kids area and pet friendly. Choice of indoor and ourdoor eating. Relax in our demonstration garden area. Can cater for groups. 79 Princes Highway, Yarragon, Victoria 3823 P 03 5634 2853 or 0418 513 092 W www.fozogobble.com 37


FOOD AND WINE Gypsy Creek Winery At Gypsy Creek Winery guests experience a homely, friendly atmosphere enjoying good European food, tapas and gourmet pizzas accompanied by Gypsy Creek’s award winning, cool climate wines. Stay the night in comfortable accommodation and enjoy host interaction. Wine, dine and stay at Gypsy Creek. 43 School Road, Labertouche, Victoria 3816 P 03 56287679 E info@gypsycreekwines.com.au W www.gypsycreekwines.com.au

Middels Tapas Bar and Restaurant Experience modern dining in casual comfort at Middels. Featuring a unique fusion of tapas, alfresco and international cuisine, as well as a selection of wines, imported beers and premium cocktails over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Middels offers a Melbourne dining experience in a relaxed country setting. 94 Princess Way, Drouin, Victoria 3818 P 03 5626 8522 or Cellar Door open by appointment phone: 0497 387 740 E info@wilddogwinery

Parnassus Vineyard Perched on the brow of Camp Hill, with sensational views to Mt Baw Baw, Parnassus is an amazing venue for a wedding, special function, or conference. Enjoy tantalising food prepared using available local produce. Taste wines from “the vineyard with the most spectacular view in Gippsland” (Ralf Kyte Powell). 180 Lardners Track, Drouin East, Victoria 3818 P 03 5625 2014 E info@middels.com.au W www.middels.com.au

Ripplebrook Winery Ripplebrook Winery has a reputation for wines that reflect the cool climate of Gippsland and reveal clear personality, depth and intensity of taste and colour. Visit our cellar door, enjoy oven baked pizzas in our traditional Italian restaurant, Giuseppe’s and stay the night in the main homestead, includes breakfast. 2755 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook Victoria 3818 P 03 5627 6180 E info@riplebrookwinery.com.au W www.ripplebrookwinery.com.au

Sunny Creek Fruit and Berry Farm Nestled in the beautiful Strzelecki Ranges, we have a wonderful range of certified organic berry fruits throughout summer, with heritage apples and chestnuts in Autumn. All certified organically grown. Picked or pick-your-own. Also our farm preserves and frozen berries available all year by appointment. 69 Tudor Road, Trafalgar South, Victoria 3824 P 03 5634 7526 E sunnycrk@dcsi.net.au W www.sunnycreekorganic.com.au 36


FOOD AND WINE Yarragon Hotel Built in 1926, Yarragon Hotel has provided travellers with friendly for many years. The dining room is open seven days and has a reputation for consistently great meals. Situated in Yarragon Village, well known for its unique retail stores, antique shops and galleries and is just over an hour from Melbourne. 105 Princes Highway, Yarragon 3823 P 03 5634 2202 E relax@yarragonhotel.com.au W www.yarragonhotel.com.au

Wild Dog Winery and Restaurant Just three kilometres from Warragul, the family owned winery offers wine tasting in our modern cellar door and sumptuous meals in the restaurant. Open fires in winter, in summer relax on the deck overlooking the vineyard with lunch and a glass of wine. Five star James Halliday Winery. Available for weddings and events. Warragul Korumburra Road, Warragul, Victoria 3820 P 03 5623 2211 E info@wilddogwinery.com W www.wilddogwinery.com

Baw Baw really does have something for everyone, with nature at your doorstep and plenty to see and do, whether it is summer, autumn, winter or spring visit www.visitbawbaw.com.au and plan your visit to Baw Baw today.

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