West Gippsland Hinterland Drive

Powelltown — Noojee — Icy Creek — Tanjil Bren — Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort — RawsonEricaWalhalla — Moe — YarragonWarragul

West Gippsland Hinterland Drive
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West Gippsland Hinterland Drive
Follow this unique scenic drive as it winds its way through the magnificent and diverse landscapes of West Gippsland. The stunning natural beauty is the perfect backdrop as you recharge your senses and discover the area’s history.

The West Gippsland Hinterland Drive begins in Melbourne, passing through the rolling hills of the Yarra Ranges to Powelltown. Continuing through Noojee and across to spectacular Mt Baw Baw, the journey takes in the villages of Walhalla, Rawson and Erica. The drive passes through Moe and Yarragon before returning to Melbourne via the Princes Highway.

Whilst the drive can be completed in one day it is recommended that an overnight or longer stop be made so that visitors can experience the hidden attractions of the area.

NATURE
Experience nature at its best as you drive through stunning Mountain Ash forest, lush green rolling hills and pockets of fern gullies. Take in spectacular alpine views of the Baw Baw National Park. Immerse your- self in nature with a walk to the amazing formations of Mushroom Rocks or take a stroll along the iconic Noojee Trestle Bridge.

RELAXATION
Indulge in a relaxing massage at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort or treat yourself to an outdoor spa.You’ll feel worlds away from city life browsing through West Gippsland’s many art galleries and studios. Unwind with some retail therapy in Yarragon’s delightful shops, and sample locally produced delicacies.

HERITAGE
Immerse yourself in the heritage and discover the past at Walhalla.Tour the gold mine, try your luck panning for gold, or take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway. Learn about the tough lives of the early gold mining pioneers as you explore the historic cemetery or the self-guided heritage town walk which tells the tale of Walhalla’s former glory in both text and photographs.
LEG 1 – POWELLTOWN TO MT BAW BAW: 73KM, 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Passing through the leafy state forest from Powelltown to Noojee, stop and marvel at the giant Ada Tree.The tree is one of the largest trees in Victoria believed to be more than 300 years old.

Next along the drive is Noojee, an ideal spot for outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, bird watching and bushwalking. It is also close to several historical and natural attractions such as the Noojee Water Wheel, the Ralph Cornwall Loch Valley Tramway Walk,Toorongo Falls and the famous Noojee Trestle Bridge.

Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you make your way to Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, where adventure awaits in all seasons. Embark on a hiking or biking adventure when the snow clears. Get a massage
or soak in the spa at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort (open all year round).
LEG 2 – MT BAW BAW TO WALHALLA: 43KM, 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES
Begin your descent of the South Face Road (unsealed) and at the Thomson Valley Road head north to Mt Erica Road that will take you to Mushroom Rocks, an impressive display of giant granite tors shaped by the forces of nature. Nestled in the unspoilt and diverse landscapes of Baw Baw National Park, the walk to the rocks forms part of the Australian Alps Walking Track, a 650km track linking Walhalla and Canberra.

The villages of Rawson, Erica and Walhalla offer unique nature-based experiences. Rawson is the perfect centre for nature appreciation with 4WD tours, fishing and bushwalking.

Nestled in a deep valley,Walhalla is uniquely beautiful. It is one of Victoria’s great gold mining towns of the 19th century. Step back in time and tour the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine, or ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.The intriguing cemetery is perched on a steep hillside overlooking the village. Be spooked by ghost tours with mysterious and intriguing tales.
LEG 3 – WALHALLA TO MELBOURNE: 184KM, 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
As you take the Princes Highway back to Melbourne, be sure not to miss Old Gippstown, Gippsland’s Heritage Park. Revisit the past and learn about life as an early pioneer.

A stop in Yarragon is well worth the visit.This village is full to bursting with the unique, delicious and delightful.

Explore antiques, jewellery, art, clothing and collectables.

Spoil yourself with a Devonshire tea and homemade cakes at a local café. Sample regional wines and fresh local produce, including sumptuous smoked meats, preserves and award-winning cheeses before you set off home.