Inverloch: a beautiful seaside town just a two-hour drive east of the centre of Melbourne, but a world away from city life. Located in South Gippsland, the town is home to 5,400 residents, and has a great collection of boutique shops, cafes, a couple of pubs and all the basic amenities you could need. A stay in Inverloch, however, is about much more than just the township.
The Foreshore is a protected beach on Anderson Inlet – an ever-changing estuary where the Tarwin River enters Bass Strait. A visit to the beach at high tide is great but going at low tide is completely different. It feels more like a sand desert than a bay!
The water here is a stand-up paddle boarder’s dream when it is peaceful and calm, but when the wind picks up the wind and kite surfers are in their element. If none of these activities are your thing, then enjoy the simple pleasures of swimming, wandering along the beach or settling in with a good book (and plenty of sunscreen). Don’t forget the beach cricket too!
The foreshore is also a sensational sunset-viewing spot – the perfect way to end the day.
If you want to catch some waves, head around to the Surf Beach instead.
Where do I start? This is a foodie’s paradise – wineries, cafes, pubs, restaurants and local produce are all abundant in Inverloch and its surrounds.
Dirty Three Wines is a wonderful, and unexpected oasis in the industrial estate and offers very friendly service in a relaxed setting. A great option is to order their “mixed flight” – a tasting paddle of 4 different wines and a share board of local Gippsland produce. If you time it right, there will even be some great live music and delicious wood-fired pizzas by Trulli…the best this side of Italy.
The café scene in Inverloch is strong. You don’t need to go far to find a very good coffee. Try The Local – a popular hole-in-the-wall coffee shop or if you are after a great brunch go to Vaughans Café Deli.
Lunch and dinner options abound here too. In fact you could just about travel around the world with the different offerings; Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, and of course a couple of great pubs, pizza, fish and chips and ice cream are all here.
Some physical activity is called for after all that eating, and there is plenty to choose from.
Bike riding is huge around here. There are bike lanes on many of the main roads around town, but if you want to venture a bit further afield, explore some of the many great cycling trails that Gippsland offers. The Bass Coast Rail Trail is a beautiful ride. The Dalyston to Kilcunda section has both picturesque farmland and dramatic coastlines. I highly recommend stopping off at the Kilcunda General Store for a delicious lunch as a well-earned reward. Yes, more food!
The Great Southern Rail Trail is also a great ride in the other direction. You can stop along the way to explore local towns, markets and natural attractions. If you start in Leongatha, make sure you call in at Lucinda Estate Winery for a delicious lunch of wood-fired pizza or farmers’ platters.
Walking along the Screw Creek Nature Walk is a great way to see the coast from a different vantage point as you make your way up to Townsend Bluff – a stunning sunset spot, and the Inverloch Foreshore Walking Track – a shared pathway – follows the coast.
Barefoot Bowls is a cheap – and very entertaining – way to spend an evening during summer. I didn’t expect it to be so much fun! The Inverloch Bowling Club members are very friendly and show great patience trying to coach those of us how need it how to bowl. There is even a bar available.
Of course there are also all the watersports you can imagine at Inverloch. You can hire a stand-up paddleboard, enjoy some fishing or go kayaking. Of course relaxing on the beach is a watersport too, isn’t it?
There is a broad range of accommodation to choose from. Caravan parks, RACV Resort, motels, plenty of holiday homes and even glamping. There is definitely something for everyone.
Inverloch is a great place to holiday. As you can see there is plenty to do in this beautiful town, and even more to explore further afield in the rest of Gippsland. I love this place, and you will too!
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