When was the last time you were able to take a step back and breathe in Mother Earth’s crisp, fresh air? We’ve planned a road trip that allows you to do exactly that – taking you from bustling Melbourne, to tranquil Lakes Entrance and a few places in between, the stops along the way are designed to help you re-connect with nature and rediscover your inner peace. After this short trip, you’ll be more relaxed and calm, we promise! Firstly, like any good road trip, make sure you’re all packed and ready to go! We’ve compiled a list of essential things you might need to pack to help you out.
Melbourne -> Sassafras (47.5km / 1 hr 8 min)
Even if you’re not a morning person, you’ll want to leave early in preparation for a day filled with adventure in the Dandenong Ranges. The Dandenongs are home to a host of hiking trails, national parks and waterfalls for you to explore. With options aplenty, you can pick a walking track that suits your pace, whether that be a leisurely stroll through a meadow, or a hike up the 1000 steps!
After a day of exploring, head to Miss Marple’s Tearoom, a quaint little café that has a range of delicious items to replenish your energy levels.
Tip: We recommend their famous Devonshire Scones!
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Sassafras -> Warragul (84.2km / 1 hr 8 min)
Set up base at the Comfort Inn & Suits Warragul before you head off to explore the small and quaint town of Warragul. Alternatively, ten minutes away is the Comfort Inn Drouin if you wish to stay further out and explore some other nature parks before heading back to Warragul! So convenient!
Warragul is home to one of the best walking trails in the area. The Linear Park Arts Discover Trail takes you through grasslands, suburbia and wetlands, all the while remaining on the safe gravel track that follows the creek. Scattered along the path are quirky facts and trivia about the trail that make the journey even better!
Warragul -> Traralgon (82.3 km / 1 hr 4 min)
Give yourself enough time to get settled in before the sunset lights up the Traralgon sky before you. Need somewhere to rest up after a big day on your feet? Here are a couple of accommodation options for you to consider.
The town of Traralgon is filled with beautiful reserves, parks, and the Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve – packed with walking trails, wildlife, and wetlands for you to explore at your own pace.
Hungry? Head on over to the Traralgon Farmer’s Market to peruse the fresh produce and quirky items for sale.
Traralgon -> Bairnsdale (120 km / 1 hr 30 min)
The locals will tell you, the air just smells better out in Bairnsdale, and it is here that your exploration of the East Gippsland Rail Trail begins. Spend the morning taking in the forest scenery, complete with rivers, trees and wildlife.
In the afternoon, bring back your inner child with the addictive games of the Bairnsdale Fun Park, filled with archery, mini golf and a range of other activities. You can also set up a BBQ here! A great option for family lunch.
TRY: Channel your inner Robin Hood with the archery set up!
Bairnsdale -> Lakes Entrance (38 km / 40 min)
The Gippsland Lakes are renowned for being some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. Clear blue water surrounds white sandy shores – the perfect place to relax in the morning sun.
While you’re in town, head to Griffiths’ Sea Shell Museum & Marine Display – a large collection of jewels from the ocean can be found here, a great parting gift from a memorable trip!