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Inverloch: Gippsland’s Regional Hub
A favourite getaway for Melburnians and Gippslanders, Inverloch offers a combination of surf beaches and protected waters, plenty of fishing opportunities and a network of scenic trails. Though holidays in the area are mostly spent in the great outdoors, the streets of this Victorian town are rife with hidden treasures – you just need to know where to look. Travellers can also use Inverloch as a base to better discover the region, with Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory only a short drive away. When it comes to holiday homes, visitors can choose from modern rentals in town, stately family houses by the water or cabins in the surrounding countryside.
If you are travelling to Inverloch with children, the calmest waters for a swim can be found at Anderson Inlet, a naturally formed bay a short walk from town. This nearly placid beach, favoured by families and those seeking a leisurely swim, is also a convenient starting point for many hikes and walks. Inverloch Surf Beach has more rambunctious waves and is where many surf lessons take place. Meanwhile, more advanced surfers can head to Smiths Beach, where they will find vigorous, challenging waves.
Water Sports around Inverloch
With Inverloch’s waterfront position, it follows that a number of aquatic activities are popular in the area. Visitors can rent snorkelling gear and discover the protected underwater world at Bunurong Marine Park or spend their days windsurfing and waterboarding at Anderson Inlet. This part of Gippsland is known for its good fishing, both at sea and from the beach. There are two boat launches in Inverloch, should you wish to bring your own vessel. Otherwise, charters are available for daily hire. Inverloch Surf Beach and Anderson Inlet are widely considered the best spots to reel in a catch.
Inverloch Walks and Hikes
The town of Inverloch is criss-crossed with trails, allowing walkers to discover the area’s natural surrounds while getting some exercise. Choose from a variety of tracks, including boardwalks through marshes, of different lengths. Screw Creek Nature Walk provides an easy trail for families with children, abutting at Anderson Inlet. For sweeping ocean views, the George Bass Coastal Walk offers a more challenging 7km cliff top trek. This path connects with the Bass Coast Rail Trail, which provides many more kilometres of walking trails.
Day Trips and Car Trips
While you’re visiting this part of Gippsland, you can easily hop in the car and drive 45 minutes to Phillip Island or Wilsons Promontory. Phillip Island is known for its wildlife reserve, Penguin Parade and stretches of golden beaches. In the evenings, you can watch Australia’s little blue penguins return to shore after a day of fishing at sea, accompanied by commentary from a qualified wildlife guide. Wilsons Promontory is a national park with a rich Aboriginal history, overlooking the coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos and wallabies, visit the convict-built Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse and take in almost 360-degree views of the oceanfront and hinterland from certain trails. Alternately, jump in the car and drive along Bunurong Coastal Drive, a 12km scenic road affording prime cliff and ocean views.
What to do Around Town
The town of Inverloch is a regional hub, so depending on when you visit, there’s likely to be something going on. On the last Sunday of each month, Inverloch hosts a farmers’ market, where you can sample and bring home local produce. On Labour Day Weekend, Inverloch comes to life with a jazz festival, complete with parades, free live music performances and even a community picnic. While you’re in Inverloch, spend some time at the Shell Museum, showcasing the first discovered Australian dinosaur bone, which happened to be found right in Inverloch. As the name would imply, the Shell Museum has a considerable collection of seashells on display, with over 6000 types and numerous local specimens.
Getting to Inverloch
Inverloch is set 150km from Melbourne. The easiest way to access the Gippsland town is to drive, but Victoria’s regional coach network also has daily service departing Melbourne’s suburbs and reaching Inverloch in just over two hours.
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