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Gippsland

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Hello, we are planning a trip to Gippsland / Lakes Enterance just after Christmas 2017. We will be traveling by car from Adelaide and would love some suggestions for an itinerary such as route to take. There will be myself and two 7 year olds and my parents. Would love to drive through beautiful scenery, take our time driving, perhaps have a couple of stopovers getting there. Will probably have about seven days in total. Look forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks

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Probably best to aim for Melbourne on day 1 (and Melb to Ad on your final day). Long day's drive, but if you break them up into 2 days, then you only have 3 days left. As it is, 5 days is still not a lot.

Suggested things to check out:

Walhalla

Trestle bridge at Noojee

Raymond Island

Buchan Caves

Hire a motorboat for the day at Lakes Entrance

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Thank you, I will look into these suggestions.

Melbourne, Australia
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It will be extremely busy then so make sure you have secured accommodation.

With only 7 days all up you don't have a lot of time to stop and explore and there are many suggestions we can make. How many days are you spending in Lakes Entrance?

To get beautiful scenery you really have to get off the Western and Princes Highways. For example the Melbourne to Lakes leg is about 4-5 hours (depending on traffic) and doesn't get nice really until you're past Bairnsdale, and by that time you're almost there.

If you're feeling adventurous you could take a much longer journey from Adelaide and bypass Melbourne, heading through Horsham, Bendigo, over to the Hume Highway to Wangaratta, and then over the Great Alpine Road. But to do this trip justice you probably need at least 3 nights.

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Thank you

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You could go via the coastal route. Consider a night at Phillip Is and see the penguins, or at the beach at Cape Paterson or Venus Bay. (You probably don't have enough time to do Wilsons Prom). You could continue along the coastal route and stop at Seaspray or Loch Sport, and then back up via Sale. These are all small towns, and pre-booking accomm is essential at that time of year. Both Paynesville and Metung are worth a visit - the lakes are beautiful. From Paynesville, you can take the ferry (free for passengers) over to Raymond Is and go koala spotting. Also check out the old paddlesteamer they are fixing up - kids love it. You could also check out the silt jetties at Eagle Point - now the longest in the world. Stop at one of the fruit farms around Nicholson/Johnsonville. Also, from Lakes Entrance, take a short (15min) trip east to Lake Tyers. Great pub overlooking the ocean, and lake. Lakes cruises are available at Lakes Entrance, Metung and (a smaller number) from Paynesville.

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If you want to incorporate a scenic drive into your journey you could consider part or all of the Grand Ridge Rd

https://www.visitpromcountry.com.au/drives/grand-ridge-road

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