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As a Southeastern time capsule, Gippsland plays host to museums that celebrate bygone eras, an array of pristine landscapes where wildlife flourishes and tradition and heritage that’s been preserved. Discover a beloved Victorian national park, an Aboriginal museum, art galleries, cave systems and so much more.
Travel back to yesteryear at Coal Creek Village in Korumburra. Purchase boiled lollies at Devlin’s General Store before boarding the Count Strzelecki Steam Train. See the blacksmith at work and visit the museum where you’ll discover WWI’s impact on Korumburra in the ANZAC room. Open five days a week, the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum also features a community gallery, and on the third Saturday night of each month, you can go along on a Coal Creek Historic Ghost Tour.
Wander deep underground into the limestone Buchan Caves and caverns, which are dripping with stalactites and sprouting stalagmites. Take the narrow stairway down into the spectacular Royal Cave and pass the Font of the Gods and Princess Royal Chambers. See the Fairy Cave and admire the Ivory Palace, Kings Chamber, and Blackwood Chamber. The caves are open 364 days a year – they’re closed on Christmas.
Buchan Caves, Caves Rd, Buchan, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 13 19 63
Opened in 1994, the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a museum housing artefacts including shields, boomerangs, bark canoes and grass baskets as well as contemporary Aboriginal art. Visitors will gain an awareness of the Gunaikurnai people of Gippsland through guided or self-guided tours and learn about their cultural and historic significance.
Founded in 1998, the Great Alpine Gallery is a not-for-profit community art space that showcases the work of local artists as well as special exhibitions. See paintings, photography, sculpture, craftwork and woodwork, and visit the gift shop where you’ll find many artworks, made by local Gippsland residents, available for purchase.
Gippsland’s first port, Port Albert was discovered in 1841, and now 175 years later, the Gippsland Regional Maritime Museum rests on the same location. The museum is housed in the 1861 Bank of Victoria building and features a broad collection including the Navigation and Communication exhibit, Ship and Shipwrecks exhibit, as well as many other artefacts, documents and photos.
Built in 1890, the remote Point Hicks Lighthouse sits in the Croajingolong National Park, and it was once home to three lighthouse keepers and their families. Climb the spiral staircase up the tower and listen for the click-clacking of the ghost of lighthouse keeper Kristofferson’s boots. The tower also provides a great vantage point to see Croajingolong National Park.
With seven galleries and a sculpture garden, Latrobe Regional Gallery is one of regional Victoria’s largest public galleries. The art space has an extensive collection of contemporary art and design and often holds temporary exhibitions. LRG also houses the Cbus Collection of Australian Art and the Allan Aldous Collection as well as an assemblage of modernist, impressionist and recent post-war art.
Discover what a working coal mine was like back in the 1900s and learn how workers extracted black coal at the only historic coal mine experience in the Southern Hemisphere. Those willing to venture underground can take a guided tour into the mines, while on the ground level, you’ll find the State Coal Mine Visitor Centre and café, theatrette, souvenir shop and museum.
State Coal Mine, Garden St, Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 5672 3053