Set sail from Sale to explore the entire Gippsland Lakes and their invigorating fresh air and outdoor activities before heading back to the Port of Sale for the café culture of a major regional hub.
Sale, the westernmost port in the Gippsland Lakes, is central to Gippsland’s countryside and beaches and offers many accommodation options. The traditionally prosperous city continues to flourish thanks to the offshore oil and gas fields of Bass Strait.
A regional city break begins in the bustling Port of Sale precinct, featuring a selection of cafes and restaurants. The renowned Gippsland Art Gallery is also based in Sale, and the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum details Gippsland’s military involvement via photos, stories and displays. If you’re lucky you might well see the famous RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team in action as they train in the skies over the city.
Swap city trappings for the wonders of nature. The boardwalks in the Sale Wetlands meander through woodlands and grasslands, along the Flooding Creek Track, passing through Red Gum woodlands along the way. Nearby Tarra Bulga National Park is a cool temperate rainforest boasting lush walking trails, abundant wildlife and waterfalls, plus the rare sight of owls, possums, wombats and platypuses in their natural habitat.
From Sale you can explore the breathtaking high country areas of Dargo and Licola and the spectacular ocean wilderness of Ninety Mile Beach Coastal Park and Marine National Park.
Sale is approximately 215 kilometres from Melbourne on the Princes Highway (2.5 hours by car) or take the scenic route via the South Gippsland Highway (A440).