Princes Highway, Latrobe Valley, Ninety Mile Beach, Sale, Gippsland Lakes, Lake Wellington, Lakes Entrance. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers Departs from Melbourne. Themes include: Victoria, Departs from Melbourne, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Melbourne. + Show more
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Lakes Entrance hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Victoria Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Meander through award winning wine areas and bucolic regions of fresh produce and welcoming farm gates, lunch at historic country villages, walk on one of the longest sandy beaches in the world and watch fisher folk bring home the catch fresh from the Tasman Sea as you explore Gippsland and Wilsons Promontory NP, the most southern tip of the mainland on your exciting Self-Drive holiday to Lakes Entrance.
Self-Drive Tour from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DAY 1 Melbourne - Lakes Entrance
Take the 'High Rd', the Princes Highway, through pretty country towns and the Latrobe Valley, or divert through South Gippsland with award winning wineries, historic villages, national parks and awesome ocean vistas.
Today you could see Pakenham, Bunyip, Drouin, Warragul, Trafalgar, Moe, Newborough, Morwell, Traralgon, Rosedale, Koo-wee-rup, Wonthaggi, Venus Bay, Wilsons Promontory (Sparkes Lookout), Foster, Port Welshpool, Ninety Mile Beach (one of the longest sand stretches in the world), Sale, Lake Wellington, Stratford, Maffra, Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Gippsland Lakes (five rivers form this lake behind ninety miles beach, water activities, fishing, boating) or Lake Wellington (the largest of the Gippsland Lakes). Direct driving 318km (3.40 hours)
Overnight Lakes Entrance
DAY 2 Discover Lakes Entrance
Experience sweeping changes of scenery and ambience from dramatic coast to bucolic farmlands, amazing mountains to inland lakes as rural Gippsland reaches from east of outlying Melbourne, out to the border with NSW to the west and with the Great Dividing Range to the north, and to the south the roaring Bass Strait. The sheer size of the region covers diverse locations, from snowfields, forests, spectacular coastline and wide rivers and lakes. Ideally located in East Gippsland, surrounded by a massive network of some 400 sq km of inland lakes to the west and to the east by miles of deserted beaches washed by the Tasman Sea and with a harbour that is home to one of the biggest fishing fleets in Australia, Lakes Entrance is well supplied with seafood and fish restaurants on the wide esplanade. See the Fishermans' Co-op bring in their catch from the harbour side viewing platform, and view an amazing collection of seashells, enjoy boating, swimming, fishing or paddle boats in the waterside resort of Lakes Entrance. The topography of South Gippsland and the most southerly tip of mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park consist of awesome granite peaks and native flora and fauna. The western boundary of Gippsland is fertile rolling hills.
West Gippsland Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon, Jindivick, Neerim South (follow the Gourmet Deli Trail through lush countryside, farm gates, vineyards, diaries and local producers selling fresh picked produce and smallgoods), East Gippsland Paynesville (boating), Metung, Lakes Entrance (Ninety Mile Beach and other wild unspoilt ocean beaches and seafood fresh from the ocean, native wildlife, rugged forests, cruise the waterways or dine beside a lake, the biggest inland waterways in the country fed by five major rivers, parks and walks in natural bushlands), Central Gippsland (Mount Baw Baw (snow resort, seasonal snowfields and skiing), Wilsons Promontory (diving, coastal scenery, bushwalking trails, fruit and berry farms, wineries, cheesemakers, farmers markets), Walhalla, Port Albert (historic gold rush towns, seaside villages), Bass Coast (historic coalmining, Phillip Island), Orbost (explore Banjo Patterson Poem country, Snowy River), Latrobe Valley, Traralgon, Yallourn North (historic brown coal township, bushland), Moe, Croajingolong National Park (outstanding coastal wilderness and World Biosphere Reserve, white sandy beaches, granite peaks of rocky coast, hinterland of lush rainforests, heathlands and towering eucalypts, flora and fauna).
Overnight Lakes Entrance
DAY 3 Lakes Entrance - Melbourne
Enjoy more time at Lakes Entrance before perhaps returning to Melbourne via the alternative route, diverting to the 'High Rd', the Princes Highway, through pretty country towns and the Latrobe Valley, or travelling through South Gippsland with award winning wineries, historical villages, national parks and awesome ocean vistas.
Leaving behind the Gippsland Lakes (five rivers form this lake behind Ninety Mile Beach, water activities, fishing, boating) or Lake Wellington (the largest of the Gippsland Lakes), see Paynesville, Bairnsdale, Sale, then take to the coast to Port Welshpool, Foster, Venus Bay, Wonthaggi, Koo-wee-rup, or keeping to the Princess Highway via Rosedale, Traralgon, Morwell, Newborough, Moe, Trafalgar, Warragul, Drouin, Bunyip and Pakenham. Direct driving 318km (3.40 hours)
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