Traralgon Tourism & Travel
As one of the main cities in the La Trobe Valley, Traralgon has a population of some 19,000 souls; is some 164 km from Melbourne and is primarily a service centre for the neighbouring agricultural communities of West Gippsland.
Traralgon - Latrobe Valley
With three major cities in the area: Morwell, Moe and Traralgon, the Latrobe Valley supplies 85 per cent of the power used in the state, and is regarded as the 'engine room of Victoria. Fossil fuel mined from the enormous open cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley powers many extensive power plants and regular free tours are conducted of the Morwell Open Cut Coal Mine and Loy Yang and Hazelwood Power Stations. Traralgon is the centre of the state's paper and pulp industry, and a major electricity- generating centre.
Traralgon - Latrobe Valley Attractions
The Latrobe Valley is within easy reach for touring some magnificent Victorian high country, such as the Baw Baw National Park, Morwell National Park and the beautiful Tarra-Bulga National Park with giant Mountain Ash trees, beautiful tree ferns, walking tracks through lush fern gullies, with chorus's of song birds and sightings of the shyly elegant lyrebird as well as a famous suspension bridge and the dramatic Cyathea water falls. Traralgon is also only a short drive from the extraordinary former goldmining town of Walhalla. The racing fraternity is well catered for in the Latrobe Valley, with the Moe Racecourse and the Traralgon Racecourse; four 18-hole golf courses suit the golf tragic and SEAL Diving Service offers 'would be' divers PADI training as well as full hire facilities, and shore- and boat-diving tours for certified divers to Wilson's Prom and Bunurong Marine Park. Less than an hour away, in the Baw Baw National Park are the excellent cross-country ski resorts of Baw Baw and Mt St Gwinear. For the history buff, Traralgon has its share of historic buildings including the Old Post Office and Courthouse and the Walhalla Mountain Rivers Trail is a scenic drive that winds through pretty hills to the north of Traralgon.The Latrobe Regional Gallery at Morwell supports local artists by acquisitions and exhibitions and the annual Festival of Roses is hosted at the small township of Toongabbie in November. The constant warmth of the water at the Hazelwood Power Station Cooling Pond uniquely makes water sports popular year-round. The Old Gippstown Township is situated at Moe on 3.5 hectares of parkland with more than 30 recreated buildings to capture the lifestyle of the early Gippsland pioneers; the primary producer, the gold prospector, the retailer and the early industrialist.
Gippsland - Wineries
The Latrobe Valley boasts some 40 a la carte restaurants many featuring fresh local produce grown in the amazingly fertile soils in an environment blessed with a reliable rainfall. Family wineries abound in Gippsland. Around Traralgon, you can have a gourmet adventure and get to know the winemaker behind the labels at wineries such as the Ada River Winery, the Wild Dog Winery, Coalville Winery, Jinks Creek Winery or Narkoojee Winery in Glengarry. Wineries have varied opening hours and offer the visitor the opportunity to taste and buy quality Gippsland wines at the cellar door.