East Gippsland

The Gippsland region stretches from south-east of Melbourne all the way to the state border with New South Wales in Victoria's far east. It covers hundreds of kilometres of coastline and a rich collection of state and national parks.East Gippsland extends from the western watershed of the Mitchell and Thomson River catchments east and north to theNew South Wales border. Rugged terrain makes farming difficult, even with fertilisers.The major industry is often considered to be forestry.
The area is a major tourist destination, especially for water sports, and is noted for its mild climate. TheGreat Alpine Road leads north from Bairnsdale into theAustralian Alps via Swifts Creek and Omeo, and onto the major ski resorts ofDinner Plain and Mount Hotham. This area is also very popular for bushwalking in the summer. The Buchan district is popular with tourists for its limestone caves. Further east, the Snowy River and several smaller stream catchments enter the Tasman Sea.

How To Get There

By road south east from Melbourne, via Princes Highway. The major cities and towns of the region are link by rail to Melbourne. There are regular scheduled services on these routes throughout the day.

Best Time To Go

As Victoria has a temperate climate, there is no one season or month that the visitor needs to avoid, except perhaps summer (December - February), if you find hot weather unbearable. In and around Melbourne, which gets more cloud and disturbed weather despite a lower rainfall, sunshine hours per day in winter (June - August) are three to four as against seven to eight in summer. Cold spells are brief and never severe on the coast, and temperatures can drop much lower inland in winter.



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