Sun Shines in South Gippsland, Victoria

Sunset picnic at the Vivere Retreat in South Gippsland. Image credit: Visit Victoria 

Discover the South Point 

Escape to the rolling green hills of South Gippsland, VIC in Victoria’s south-east. You might mistake yourself for being on the set of The Sound of Music, but who can complain. Located in the stunning Gippsland region, and only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne CBD. South Gippsland has plenty of natural wonders to discover from unspoilt beaches, rugged coastlines, alpine regions, lush rainforests and rolling plains. The renowned Wilson’s Promontory National Park draws visitors from across the globe to witness its untouched beauty and enjoy bushwalking, camping and its abundant wildlife. However, the locals welcoming spirit is what truly makes South Gippsland a wonderful place to visit or even relocate to.  

South Gippsland, VIC has a rich history that stretches back first to the traditional owners of the land being the Gunnai, Bun Wurrung and Wurundjeri Aboriginal people. European settlement dates back from the 1840s, but major growth was seen through the 1880s into the early 1900s, when many villages were established, spurred by coal mining and the construction of railway lines. Significant development occurred during the interwar period and the post-war years, aided by soldier settlement. Today you will find steady population growth with a current population of 30,248 people. 

Green rolling hills of South Gippsland in Victoria, Australia. Image credit: Nilsversemann

Industry and Agriculture in South Gippsland, VIC

Prosperity and opportunity are at your doorstep in South Gippsland, with the region having one of the lowest unemployment rates in Victoria. Agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and associated businesses are key industries in the area. A significant proportion of the rural area is used for timber production and agriculture, with dairy, beef and snow pea farming being the main agricultural pursuits. South Gippsland is also regarded as one of the most important dairy production areas in Australia. There is also some fishing and viticulture. Rich soils, a temperate climate and reliable seasonal rainfall have made South Gippsland one of the premier regions in the state for a range of agribusiness pursuits. The region is renowned for its “clean, green” farming operations, known for being innovative and forward-thinking when it comes to farming. Tourism is an important industry, especially in the coastal areas, due to the regions phenomenal natural wonders and iconic Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Culture and Activities in South Gippsland, VIC

Of course, Wilsons Promontory National Park is a must see! Situated on the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, stand on the edge and look out over the endless clear water and know Antarctica is just beyond. Walk remote coastal bushland trails and swim at pristine beaches dominated by granite tors. Camp under the velvety night sky at Tidal River or hike to a more secluded campsite. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, as there are plenty of friends to be made! 

Amazing views from Mount Oberon of Wilson Promontory in South Gippsland. Image credit: Juliakuleshova78

Visit the iconic Long Jetty in Port Welshpool, with its sweeping views of the gorgeous coastline, a favourite fishing spot for locals and visitors. The impressive 850-metre-long jetty has a rich history dating back to the 1930s when it was constructed as the main port for Gippsland, once used as a base for industrial vessels. Today you can find an onsite, open-air museum that describes the diverse history of the Jetty. 

Aerial view of the Port Welshpool Jetty in South Gippsland, Victoria Australia. Image credit: Kym McLeod

Step back in time at Coal Creek, a quaint town on the skirts of Korrumburra in South Gippsland, VIC recreated to mimic life in the 1800s. Stroll down streets with original, heritage buildings and machinery on display for all to see. Coal Creek Heritage Park has many themed days throughout the year which are extremely fun and great for families to enjoy! Ride the bush tramway, dine in the cafe, take a picnic or simply enjoy the natural bush surroundings. Talk to the volunteers to gain a better understanding of the town’s heritage and be amazed by their craftsmanship and skills.

Immerse yourself in the canopy of a lush rainforest on Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge located in Tarra Bulga National Park. Corrigan’s Suspension bridge is a 1.25 km walk from the car park at Tarra Bulga Visitors centre. Get spectacular views of the valley below and the decadent vegetation that surrounds it. Spend the day at the park with access to BBQ facilities, bush walks, and amazing picnic locations. A visit to Corrigan’s bridge is a must when visiting South Gippsland. 

Enjoy days at the ocean where you can frolic at 90 Mile Beach, with its beautiful clear water and soft golden sand. The beach runs from Port Albert in South Gippsland, VIC to Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. The beach is a popular destination for summer visitors and has different allocated spots for fishing, camping, and safe swimming. Come and enjoy this stunning beach year-round, whether that’s swimming in the warm waters during summer or taking in the beauty of the unspoilt surroundings on crisp, wintery days.

Summer days fishing at 90 Mile Beach, in South Gippsland. Image credit: Visit Victoria

South Gippsland, VIC also offers a diverse range of biking trails for all levels. The Great Southern Rail Trail and Tarra Trail are picturesque, scenic trails which are extremely popular amongst bike riding enthusiasts. Take the full 74 km journey or choose shorter segments for a more leisurely outing. Stop and explore the towns linked along the trail with their unique stories and experiences as well as terrific coffee, shopping and dining. Embrace the panoramic views of the regions natural wonders whilst you ride smooth gravel trail surfaces. 

Easy bike rides at Vivere Retreat, in South Gippsland. Image credit: Visit Victoria

Local Amenities in South Gippsland, VIC

South Gippsland strives for quality education and having a variety of options to suit your child’s needs. With public and private daycare centres, Catholic and independent primary schools, secondary colleges, your child is guaranteed a quality education without having to travel far from home. Tertiary education is also available in the area, with a TAFE campus at Leongatha. 

Residents benefit from the high-quality medical infrastructure in South Gippsland. Mental and physical health are very well catered for at one of the numerous healthcare clinics. From psychology to maternal health care, South Gippsland offers general and specialist services with the South Gippsland Hospital being the main medical facility in the area. 

Families on Norman Bay beach on Wilsons Promontory National Park in Gippsland, Australia. Image credit: Nilsversemann

Further Information

If you're interested in visiting or relocating to the South Gippsland region find more information on the South Gippsland council website, or contact them at or (03) 5662 9200. 

Real Estate for Sale in South Gippsland, VIC

Discover your new haven in the beautiful South Gippsland, Vic. Find Real Estate for Sale below.  

145 Soldiers Road, Leongatha South, VIC
Create, Grow and Live Life

Take in the views to the North, across the rolling green paddocks to the township of Leongatha. The convenience of being less than five minutes' drive from town and yet surrounded by farmland can be found right here on 2.5 acres (approx.)

It is in the garden where the joys of feeding one's soul begin. Over 50 fruit and nut trees and a varied variety of berries all young and vibrant, from hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pears, peaches an array of stone fruit and citrus with apples galore.
The chickens find great delight as they forage and till the earth rotating between sections of the garden alongside the thriving vegetable garden. Out in the paddock at present grazing sheep, is also ideal for a couple of cows, or horses.

The modest weatherboard home has a lovely north/east facing dining room with views across the paddocks to town. The kitchen has gas/electric cooking, an original fireplace that would easily convert back for a wood stove and central bench. The family lounge is kept warm and cool with a wood heater and a RC/AC. With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a small study there is room for the family with scope to renovate and expand should you desire.

Externally you have a 14 x 9m farm shed with space inside for all your tools and toys, including a special studio/creative office, something that is best seen to be truly appreciated. Additionally, there is a work in progress build, chicken, or pet shelter out in the paddock.

Country living at its best, this property offers scope for the next custodian to put their stamp on it. School bus at the front gate, Great Southern Rail Trail an easy push bike ride up the road and under 5 minutes drive to town for sporting, shopping and socialising. Looking for a home to create, grow and live life; expand yourself here, call Irene at SEJ Real Estate to arrange a personal inspection.

43 Pioneer St, Foster, VIC
Picturesque creekfront setting, premier location

Superbly presented spacious home amidst stunning established gardens on approx. 950m2 of land, with the Golf Course opposite and creek at the rear, it is hard to believe you are just a 3 minute walk to the centre of town. Formal entry opens into large open plan living space with magnificent solid timber polished flooring. Filled with natural light and comfortable year-round with energy efficient RC/AC. Beautifully appointed kitchen with stainless appliances and breakfast bar to dining area. Sliding doors open into an enclosed sun room, just the spot to sit and watch the bird life enjoying the garden. Huge master bedroom downstairs with walk in robe to semi-ensuite. Separate w.c. and laundry / utility room. Upstairs 3 large fitted bedrooms and a central family bathroom. Outside, the delights continue with a lock up auto garage with storage space and rear roller door. Fully fenced rear garden with magnificent canopy of established trees underplanted with lush rainforest plants and colourful displays. Workshop, potting shed, water tank, veggie beds. Surround yourself with nature in this picture perfect setting.

83 Armstrong Road, Moyarra, VIC

Seldom does an opportunity such as this come along where all the hard work has been done for you. This three-year-old home comes complete with its picturesque five acres of land and is ready to welcome you and your family.
The property is conveniently located approximately 10 minutes' drive to Korumburra and 10 minutes to the beautiful beach town of Inverloch
The home is spectacular and perfectly designed to its surrounds with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a property of this calibre. Open plan living is at the heart of the family home which boasts a hostess kitchen with quality stainless steel hotplate, under bench oven and dish washer. A full size walk-in pantry and large island bench with pot draws. Four generous bedrooms all with built in robes the master complete with double size walk in robe and full ensuite, outside you'll find an enormous covered alfresco area that's big enough for those large family gatherings in the country. A split system for cooling and solid wood fire for heating has you living in comfort all year round. A solar power plant has you covered for off the grid living with 38.8 KW hours of storage and 6.6 KW solar array and a Honda generator (just in case) is also included for that extra piece of mind. Two of 28,000lt water tanks, solar hot water that also utilises the fireplace in winter to supercharge your hot water. A large colour bond shed complete with mezzanine, workshop and adults retreat, this shed is ideal for a property such as this.
Some of the other features of the property are, open three bay machinery and hay shed, livestock race, a large dam for the stock