Things To Do In South Gippsland
There are a multitude of activities available to you for fun, fitness and entertainment including walking, hiking, abseiling, boat tours, rafting, surfing, rock climbing, spotlight tours and night walks, canoeing and kayaking, bicycle touring, camping, 4WD tours, swimming, snorkelling, sailing trips, scuba diving, photography, bird watching, nature study and simply relaxing in the peaceful and incredibly beautiful natural environment.
We’ll give you some great ideas on this page, but if you already know what you want, find the activity of your choice by using our convenient sitemap.
Visit Stony Creek Go Karts & Cafe
This purpose built venue is conveniently located right next to the popular Stony Creek Racing Club, and opened in September 2008.
Providing great family fun and open 7 days a week from 10am, you’ll be able to hire your own Karts and make use their ‘arrive and drive’ prices. And as an added bonus, you can even bring your own Go Kart and drive to your hearts content with the affordable memberships too.
The original proprietors, Kym and Graeme, put a great deal of thought into the construction and added safety features of the track and they plan to develop the entire complex even further.
With a convenient cafe on site serving all day breakfasts, tasty light meals and delicious cakes and coffee, it will be a blast to spend all afternoon unleashing the race-car driver inside of you. This facility is the best of it’s type in all of South Gippsland and I can assure you that no expense has been spared in its development.
What a great place for some school holiday activities, fun corporate events, family outings, club get-togethers and entertainment for the entire family at Stony Creek Go Karts and Cafe … you can even watch Bathurst or the Grand Prix on the big screen, test your skills on a Race Car Simulator or simply indulge your taste buds in the good food Cafe.
Go Bike Riding On The Great Southern Rail Trail
Prom Country Bike Hire – Bicycles for hire $20 a day. Tandems available (suitable for the vision impaired) $40 a day. Tagalongs and baby seats available $15. Helmets included. Depots at Leongatha, Meeniyan and Foster which means you only have to ride the rail trail one way.
The Rail Trail is situated on the old disused railway line that has been put to good use by making it a walking/riding trail suitable for all ages to use. An excellent track with toilet facilities at Port Welshpool, Welshpool, Foster, Fish Creek, Meeniyan, Koonwarra, Stony Creek and Leongatha.
You could start in the larger center of Leongatha and hire a bike and see the beautiful, organically inspired township of Koonwarra. There are some up market boutiques, cafe, coffee shop, produce store and a great organic cooking school here too.
Stop and have something to eat and drink at any of the cafes in Meeniyan along the way or enjoy some of the unique and interesting shops like Laceys Jewellery and Ten Rooms Souvenirs, Homeware and Clothing Store. Take some time in the Meeniyan Art Gallery too. Go through Fish Creek and stop for a meal at the Pub, or snack in one of the nice cafes there.
When in Foster (which is another larger town), have a massage or beauty treat, see the museum and library, visit the shops and have a coffee and cake in the bakery. The Rail Trail has now been extended through to Toora and the extension to Welshpool and Port Welshpool has been completed and will eventually join up with the cycle and walking track in Yarram.
In some spots along the trail you can see views of Wilson’s Promontory and Corner Inlet. Natural flora lines the trail for much of it’s journey and provides a haven in summer and privacy, micro-climates and wind protection in the winter months.
Take A Sailing Tour, Go Abseiling or Rock Climbing
Sailing trips operate from Port Albert, Port Franklin, Phillip Island and Port Welshpool to take you through the natural waters of corner inlet coastal park, aound Wilsons Promontory, to Queenscliff and Port Philip Bay.
Explore the coastline from a comfortable cruiser, catamaran or yacht, go fishing, kite surfing at Sandy Point.
Take an adventure sailing tour,
Have fun on a fishing boat charter.
Enjoy a whole day on a luxury catamaran,
Try a half day boat trip.
See the diverse marine life around Wilsons Promontory Coastal Park.
Catch a ferry to one of the islands.
Go on a romantic sunset cruise.
To find out more go to East Coast Australia Sailing Tours.
You can also hire boats, canoes and kayaks directly from the Tidal River Car Park at Wilsons Promontory through First Track Adventures and they also arrange exciting abseiling and rock climbing adventures too.
Visit The Stony Creek Races
You’ll find this great country racecourse situated only 35 minutes drive away from Wilsons Promontory National Park. To get there from Melbourne, travel along the South Gippsland Highway, past Korrumburra and Leongatha. Once you get to Meeniyan it is only a couple kilometers past the township and to your right.
Stony Creek Racing Club offers a picturesque country racecourse with a relaxed atmosphere and environment.
The club’s race meetings are always extremely well attended and provide families with a great day out. Some even specifically cater for children and provide a variety of free activities such as jumping castles, face painting and more.
Racing predominately in the summer, the club offers free admission for all children 16 and under. Bring along a picnic basket or buy your afternoon tea in the pavilion. Becoming a member gives you access to exclusive areas and other facilities not available to the general public and is very affordably priced.
For bookings of equipment hire and hospitality packages, please contact the Club directly – P.O. Box 60, Meeniyan, Victoria, 3956.
Take A Trip To Port Albert
Visit the Historic Port Albert Maritime Museum.
Enjoy some award winning takeaway food at the Port Albert Wharf fish ‘n’ chip shop.
Indulge in fine dining and at the ‘wildfish‘ Restaurant for the best culinary experience in town, while overlooking the peaceful harbour.
Visit the historic Port Albert Hotel.
Have some coffee and cake the Port Albert General Store and Cafe and browse through their unique Art Gallery while you’re there.
Enjoy a glass of wine and a nice selection of good food at the Custom House.
Go Fishing, Sailing or Boating.
Go for a picnic.
Explore the accessible bush and coastal walking tracks.
Make Your Own Fun
Hire a bike and ride along the waterfront.
Take a walk along the Old Port Walking Track
Rent a speed boat and go water skiing.
Take an art class at the gallery.
Find a romantic Bed and Breakfast and stay inside all day.
Try stand up paddle boarding.
Go for a picnic in the park.
Grab a jet ski and rubber tubes and take the kids for a spin.
Go For A Scenic Drive
10 minutes drive to Yarram where you’ll find conveniently located banks, bowling green, cafes, cinema, theatre, croquet, an excellent golf course, historic buildings, art gallery, hotels, shopping, supermarkets, swimming pool and tennis courts.
20 minutes drive to the beautiful 90 Mile Beach at Woodside for swimming, beach activities and tennis courts.
30 minutes drive to magnificent Tarra-Valley National Park with barbeques, fern gullies, forest, picnic facilities, public toilets, suspension bridge, extensive well-signed bush walking tracks and water falls
30 minutes drive to Agnes Falls (Victoria’s highest single span water fall), Port Welshpool (beach, boat ramp, bowling green, caravan parks, golf course and tennis courts) and Toora (bird hide, boat ramp, caravan park, bowling green, heated swimming pool and tennis courts).
45 minutes to Ameys Track in Foster where the well known local personality Maria has run her junk yard for more years than most of us have been alive.
More Things To Do
There’s so much to see and do! Visit one of the Local Markets that provide organic produce, artist displays and craft, or play a round at Yarram Golf Club, drop in for a drink or a delicious meal at the Club Hotel, see the whales in Waratah Bay or go horse riding on the beach. See the Wind Farms at Toora on the way to Agnes Falls or get right out of the way at the peaceful Turtons Creek Reserve. Stop for a break at Franklin River Reserve and during holidays the FREE mobile coffee vans should be in the park on the side of the South Gippsland Highway to keep you safe and alert while you’re travelling on the road.
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