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East Gippsland Highlights Walk - 3 Days (Private Groups)

Immerse in beautiful East Gippsland – All-inclusive 3-day guided walk (private groups only)

On this 3-day walking tour, we’ll head out from our comfortable accommodation each day to explore the area. We’ll visit the historic Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, Costicks Weir and explore the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail Walk.

Accommodation will be based in Lakes Entrance and we will spend time exploring the area. There is plenty to do in Lakes, from a Segway or camel tour to kayaking, boat hire or taking a wander along the wharves enjoying fresh local seafood. Booking an activity with these local businesses is one of the best ways we can support the community and the local economy.

1995
3 days
25km
10
Melbourne
Melbourne
Grade 2, Easy
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  • Small group of 10 or less
  • Guided walks each day with experienced guides
  • 2 nights accommodation.
  • Return group transfer departing and returning to Melbourne
  • Magnificent walking and sightseeing
  • Lunches, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee and other non alcoholic beverages
  • Meals include- 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners at guests own expense at local businesses booked by Park Trek

DAY 1

We depart Melbourne and stop enroute to East Gippsland for morning tea. We have a picnic lunch and our afternoon walks include historic Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, Costicks Weir and the option of  doing Forestech Log Crossing walk.

The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge was built in 1916 when the existing rail line from Melbourne to Bairnsdale was extended to Orbost. This 97km Bairnsdale to Orbost extension through rugged terrain was reputed to have been the most difficult rail project undertaken in Victoria. In service for over 60 years the bridge was damaged by bushfire in 1980, with the last train crossing in 1988. At 247m long and 20m high, it is the largest standing bridge of its kind in the State, and is listed on the    Register of Historic Sites. Built of red ironbark and grey box   timber, it is a fine example of the early engineering skills.

Widespread and disastrous 1939 bushfires prompted the      construction of Costicks Weir as a reliable water source. The site is named after “Jack”, John Hilbert Costick, the forester who supervised the building of the weir. The structure provides a good example of the use of local materials to provide a water supply for fire-fighting.

We have the option of doing the Forestech Log Crossing walk. This 5km, 2 hour return walk starts from the Log Crossing Picnic Area and heads in a southwesterly direction, crossing the  Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail. The track climbs gently,  crossing a few small gullies until it reaches open forest. We   return to Log Crossing via same route.

In the afternoon we visit the Bullant Brewery in Bruthen. Brewery owner Neil Triggs lost his house and holiday cottages in the  January 2020 bushfires.

Dinner at guest expense – Lakes Entrance

Overnight – The Esplanade Resort & Spa, Lakes Entrance

Meals: lunch

DAY 2 – 15km, 5hrs approx.

After breakfast we head out to the Discovery Trail Walk. This 15km, 5 hour return walk travels upstream from Log Crossing Picnic Area to Quarry Road.

Just north of Quarry Road the track heads up away from the creek and we return to our vehicle via the same route.

This afternoon we have some free time to explore the town of Lakes Entrance.

With bushfires badly affecting the usual peak holiday season, local tourism businesses have had a tough start to 2020.

There is plenty to do in Lakes, from a Segway or camel tour to kayaking, boat hire (no experience or licence necessary) or taking a wander along the wharves enjoying fresh local seafood. Booking an activity with these local businesses is one of the best ways we can support the community and the local  economy.

Dinner at guest expense – Lakes Entrance

Overnight – The Esplanade Resort & Spa, Lakes Entrance

Meals: breakfast and lunch

DAY 3

After breakfast we pack up and head west to the Nyerimilang Park area in Nungurner.

Here we explore a number of short walks and take a guided tour around Nyerimilang Park in Nungurner. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens overlooking the Gippsland Lakes.

On our series of shorter walks we traverse bush tracks and spot native wildlife. Walks including the Whistling Kite Track, Homestead Track, Cliff Top Walk, Kurrajong Track and Salt Marsh.

Some trails provide panoramic views of the nearby lake system and Bass Strait beyond. Wildlife includes echidnas, pelicans and black swans to name just a few.

We then pack up and return to Melbourne – arriving at approximately 5pm.

Meals – breakfast and lunch

During this trip we stay at the Lakes Entrance Resort and Spa. The property offers ideal resort accommodation in the picturesque Gippsland Lakes township of Lakes Entrance.

You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room.

Mobile phones work at the venue, there is also an landline onsite, and Park Trek always carry a Satellite phone in case of emergencies while we are out on the trail.

For those flying out of Melbourne please book flights from 7pm. Unfortunately we do not drop off at Melbourne airport on our return. We drop off at the central pick up location outside the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road. You can then either catch a cab or sky bus to the airport from Southern Cross Station.

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