Sale Tourism & Travel
Situated in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Sale has a population of some 6,000 souls and is 96 km south east of Melbourne.
Sale - History
Scots born explorer Angus McMillan discovered the Gippsland area in 1840; the Omeo gold rush saw Sale grow to become a strategic point on the route between Port Albert and the important gold diggings and Sale became a borough in 1863. In 1890 the Sale Swing Bridge and the historic Port of Sale was opened as the most western port in the Gippsland Lakes and in the 1870's the railway came to Sale. In 1898 Sale was established as a busy port for steamers when the Sale Canal was cut, linking Sale to the Thompson River. In the 20th century, RAAF Sale was established; then massive exploration projects offshore in the Bass Straight oil and gas fields brought increased prosperity to Sale.
Sale - Today
Today, the economy of the Sale - Gippsland area is based on timber, agriculture, horticulture, paper product manufacturing, fishing, manufacturing and tourism.Gippsland includes the Latrobe Valley, which is the source of most of Victoria's electricity, with large reserves of brown coal. There are three main urban areas - Traralgon, Morwell and Moe - all within 25 kms of each other. It is also the gateway to Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes.
Sale - Attractions
The Gippsland region of Victoria is a nature lover's paradise with stunning Snowy River mountain country, more than 20 National Parks, rocky rivers, forests, gardens and long, sandy beaches. In season, skiing is only a couple of hours away at Mount Hotham; along with the cool temperate rainforest of the Snowy Mountains and East Gippsland. Around Sale there are pretty, historical towns with galleries and antique stores to browse, and fine food and wineries are all attractions of the Gippsland region of East Victoria.