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GIPPSLAND’S Tarra Territory has huge variety
of attractions and activities in a small geographic
area - from seaside to mountainside, from flat rail
trails to mountain trekking, from fishing to golf,
cycling to sauntering and more.
Relax with a fine wine at a winery or drain a
tinny on the jetty. Stroll along the 90 Mile Beach,
or have a picnic by a waterfall. Catch a flathead
at Port Albert or catch a wave at Woodside Beach.
Tarra Territory is less than two hours from Phil-
lip Island and Pakenham, only one and quarter
hours from Inverloch or Korumburra and is RV
friendly, so come and spend an hour or two, or a
day or two. There is plenty of accommodation in
hotels, motels, caravan parks and B&B’s.
Easter family fun
Tarra Easter Festival – well worth a visit to Tarra
Now in its 45th year, the Tarra Festival has
grown in popularity and size each year. This year
the theme is ‘Dreamtime’, featuring in particular
the stories of the Gunai Kurnai people. The do-
not-miss activity is the Street Parade on Easter
The Parade includes floats, horses, penny far-
things, vintage cars, trucks and more.
There are street entertainers, sausage sizzles,
cake stalls and heaps of fun for everyone, along
with art exhibitions, markets, movie nights, per-
formances and much more across the whole
So whatever you are doing at Easter long week-
end, come and experience Tarra Festival and make
sure you do not miss one of Gippsland's biggest
and most popular events. For more details, visit
Historic Port Albert
Port Albert is Gippsland’s oldest port and was a
busy trade route between Melbourne and Central
Gippsland and that leads to a lot of heritage and
history, with many historic buildings worth a visit.
Port Albert was a bustling fishing and trade port
and was also the clearing point for gold coming
by bullock team through rugged country from Wal-
halla, a tough three or four day journey. From here
the gold was stored and protected before going by
sea to Melbourne under police escort.
Enterprising Chinese immigrants set up a fish-
drying settlement near Port Albert and supplied
dried fish products to all parts of Victoria, particu-
larly the goldfields. As in many parts of Australia,
the Chinese went about their business quietly and
efficiently and the museum has captured a taste of
Port Albert is in Shallow Inlet, a vast body of
calm water which is still a great fishing spot
today and allows easy boat access to many
islands and Wilsons Promontory.
Port Albert Maritime Museum is definitely worth
a visit because it is crammed with room after
room of fabulous historical artefacts and many
bigger exhibits in the back garden.
The museum is housed in the historic Victoria
Bank building dating back to 1861. It is open every
day from 10am to 4pm and will entertain kids and
Flick a line off the pier. Pull up a deck chair and
try your hand at fishing from the pier - a great way
to relax and unwind.
Gippsland’s best fish and chips at the wharf are
cooked while you wait. Fresh, hot and a hearty
meal with picnic tables nearby.
Port Albert also has three really good licensed
Boat Tours: Charter a catamaran with three
double bedrooms or charter a smaller boat to ex-
plore the islands, as well as the Prom.
Art: The Warren Curry Art Gallery with land-
scape and marine paintings by the resident artist
is worth a visit.
Other Tarra attractions
Christ Church, Tarraville: Gippsland’s oldest
church built in 1856 and shipped out pre-fabri-
cated. The church was apparently put together
without the use of nails or screws and is ideal for a
visit, or a special wedding perhaps.
Alberton Cemetery: It’s one of the oldest in
Gippsland and set on 32 acres. While still in use
today it also gives a fascinating insight into the
lives and struggles of an earlier time.
Tarra Bulga National Park area: Stunning beauty
in the tall Mountain Ash country and only 30 min-
utes’ drive from Yarram. Here you will find thou-
sands of tree ferns, tall trees, cool creeks, colour-
ful birds, Strzelecki koalas and a lyrebird or two.
Tarra Valley Road: Enjoy the drive beside the
bubbling Tarra River to the national park entrance
at Balook. There are picnic spots and accommo-
dation options along the way if you wish to stay
Hiawatha: A pretty picnic spot and waterfall are
ideal backdrops for a pleasant family day.
Grand Strzelecki Track: Centred around Tarra
Bulga National Park, some walks are a few hours
long, others a few days and all through beauti-
ful mountain country. All walks are accurately
mapped and signposted and guide maps are avail-
able. These are world class tracks and well worth
Waterfalls galore: There are many waterfalls for
you to visit and a new brochure details 16 of them,
including Agnes Falls. The brochure is available
free at Visitor Information Centres and provides
useful information about getting to each of the list-
ed falls. You could easily do two or three in a day.
Yarram area: Yarram is the central hub of Tarra
Territory and the biggest town. It has plenty of
cafes and eateries, two pubs, a country club with
bowling greens and tennis courts, two motels and
a very well equipped caravan park.
Woodside is only 15 minutes away with the Nine-
ty Mile Beach a further five minutes. Tarra Bulga
National Park and the Grand Strzelecki Track are
30 minutes from Yarram.
Historic Buildings Tour: Check out the historic
buildings and follow the tour listed in our free bro-
chure available at Visitor Information Centres (in-
cluding the Old Courthouse at Yarram).
Old Court House Gallery: Drop in to see what is
on in the gallery and it is also the Visitor Informa-
tion Centre for tourist information.
Fishing: There are many fishing options along
the coast and the Tarra and other rivers and
streams offer fresh and saltwater fishing opportu-
Yarram Golf Course: A superb 18-hole sandbelt
layout which was rated the best volunteer run
course in Australia. Clubs, carts and the like are
available and the members will welcome you even
on comp days. It is a friendly club with a well-
stocked bar. It also has several powered caravan
sites only metres from the first tee.
Welshpool Golf Course: A tight course at Port
Welshpool and very welcoming members.
Ninety Mile Beach: This famous ocean beach be-
gins at Woodside. Access to the beach is easy and
it is ideal for long walks, family picnics, surfing or
Cycling: Many cycling options are available for all
skill and fitness levels. Gentle rail trails and bike
tracks, country lanes, quiet sealed and flat roads,
cycle by the sea at Port Albert or Welshpool, great
gravel experiences, family rides and endurance
level rides. Maps and cycling guides are available.
Winery: Visit the stunning winery at Willung
South for a glass of the local wine or a superb
meal. You will be well looked after.
The Tarra Festival’s colourful street parade will be on Easter Saturday.
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