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    Victoria | East Gippsland Walk
    3 Days
    From $1,095* per person twin share
    Save $100 per person off the advertised price, if you book and pay a deposit by 31 Dec 2020
    This fully guided, pack free, 3 day walking tour to bushfire affected East Gippsland is your opportunity to connect with locals and inject community support as well as cash.

    Travelling to postcard perfect, Lakes Entrance, you will head out from comfortable accommodation each day to explore the area. Visiting the historic Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, Costicks Weir and explore the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail Walk. There is an afternoon visit to the Bullant Brewery in Bruthen. Brewery owner Neil Triggs lost his house and holiday cottages in the January 2020 bushfires.

    Accommodation will be based in Lakes Entrance and you will spend time exploring the area. With bushfires badly affecting the usual peak holiday season, local tourism businesses had a tough start to 2020. 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.

    Join a selected departure date (**TBC) or get your group together on a date to suit.
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    During this trip the group stay at the Lakeside Motel Waterfront or the Lakes Entrance Holiday Units.

    You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room. Mobile phones work at both venues, there is a landline onsite, and the guides always carry a satellite phone in case of emergencies.

    • Small group of 10 or less
    • Guided walks each day with experienced guides
    • 2 nights twin share accommodation
    • Return group transfer from a location pre-arranged
    • 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 your guides
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    • Pack free guided walks over 3 days
    • Visit the historic Stony Creek Trestle Bridge and Costicks Weir
    • Explore the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail Walk
    • Visit Bullant Brewery, Bruthen
    • Optional add-on tours, such as a Segway tour, camel ride along the beach, kayaking the lakes or boat hire
    • Stroll along the local wharves enjoying fresh local seafood
    • Meet community members, hear how best we can support this region

     

    Walking Grade 2 – No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

    Valid for travel
    Depart Melbourne | Arrive East Gippsland
    Offer expires
    31 Dec 2020 unless sold prior

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    Day 1

    Depart Melbourne | Arrive East Gippsland

    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 – The Waterwheel Tavern, Lakes Entrance

    Overnight – Lakeside Motel Waterfront or Lakes Entrance Holiday Units

    Meals: lunch

    Depart Melbourne | Arrive East Gippsland

    Day 2

    Discovery Trail Walk

    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 Bowls Club

    Overnight – Lakeside Motel Waterfront or Lakes Entrance Holiday Units

    Meals: breakfast and lunch

    Discovery Trail Walk

    Day 3

    Park area in Nungurner.

    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

    Park area in Nungurner.

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    Advertised prices are per person twin share. Prices are correct at time of publication and based on 2021 departures. Prices are subject to availability and can change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Savings are included in the advertised prices.  Offer is valid on new bookings only. Third party supplier and other conditions apply. Jetstar airfares subject to availability at time of booking prices are subject to change. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact me for more details.