South Gippsland - Victoria - Australia
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The Meeniyan Township
How To Get To Meeniyan - When traveling from Melbourne, find your way to the South Gippsland Highway. You'll first drive through Korumburra, Leongatha and Koonwarra before you get to Meeniyan. If you see the Stony Creek Racecourse, you've gone too far.
About The Town:
Meeniyan - This quaint little town is also called 'the turning point', meaning it is the place you turn off the South Gippsland Highway, when on your way to Wilsons Promontory.
Shops And Facilities At Meeniyan:
Besides the popular Meeniyan Art Gallery, there is a service station, post office and pub, Meeniyan Motel Units, Bed & Breakfast and other accommodation, large public hall and toilets, primary school, petrol station and workshop, a Hotel, Antiques, Lacy Jewellery Studio and Gallery, second-hand book store, Trulli Pizza shop, Restaurant, Golf Club, newsagent and general store, Windmill Agricultural Supplies, numerous repairs and contracting services, an excellent restaurant called "Moos at Meeniyan" with quality and presentation that could rival any popular city place ... and the local IGA supermarket is conveniently open 7 days a week from 7am till 9pm.
Photographs Of Meeniyan and The Great Southern Rail Trail - While visiting Meeniyan to take photographs for the website, I took the opportunity to walk along the Great Southern Rail Trail and check out the new bridge that now connects this walking track all the way through to Leongatha.
There were so many great views to see along the way that I've found the need to put the photographs into a separate page for you to enjoy ... To see the photos, go to the Meeniyan Photo Gallery page.
The Town Is Also Famous:
Meeniyan was one of the major local South Gippsland towns used for filming the popular ABC mini series called 'Bed Of Roses'.
It was turned into a different town for several weeks, and the signs on the shops and post office were transformed so well that I heard that several motorists looking for Meeniyan, missed the town altogether because they were under the impression it was called 'Rainbow's End'.
The local pizza shop showed up as a Chinese Takeaway during the filming and it was funny to hear of the number of people who actually thought it had changed ownership as a result. One guy I know dropped in to the empty shop with a gymnasium sign on it to find out when the new gym was opening. What fun they must have had explaining it was only temporary.
You might also find several cafes including Harris's Pit Stop that has a unique range of old Australian and Motor Racing Memorabilia on display, a Bowling Club and a Farm Produce Store.
Tavern Nights - On a regular basis various recording artists are invited to perform at the Meeniyan Hall which is what I have heard to be, a fabulous night of entertainment. Entry is very affordable (usually around $6) and you are asked to bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. Children under 14 are free.
Meeniyan Art Gallery - A visit to the Art Gallery will reward you with the opportunity to see a different exhibition each month. They also hold art classes, workshops and education days and the Gallery shop is a nice place to sit and have a cappuccino and piece of cake.
Meeniyan Motel - Enjoy old fashioned country hospitality in affordable, clean and comfortable rooms at the Meeniyan Motel, only 30 minutes drive to Wilson's Promontory National Park. It is central to all South Gippsland tourist attractions. The Rail Trail, Winery Trail, Antiques, good food, beaches etc. Rooms prices start from around $70.
This would make the best accommodation choice if you were planning an outing at the Stony Creek Races, wanted to take the family for an exciting go kart ride or just to hire some bikes and ride the Great Southern Rail Trail.
Where Else To Stay On The Prom Coast:
There are a range of well equipped places to stay along the Prom Coast including popular holiday destination such as Venus Bay, Cape Patterson, Inverloch and Wonthaggi. Check out the other useful resources or use our convenient search page for more details.
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