One of the best things about retirement is the extra time available to get out and explore new places. Whether you hit the road in your caravan or travel interstate or overseas, there’s certainly no shortage of destinations to choose from.
But you don’t always need to travel far to find a special place – and in Gippsland we’re lucky enough to have some real hidden gems right on our doorstep. So, if you’re looking for the perfect place for a day trip or weekend away that’s not too far, not too crowded and has plenty to see and do, read on to discover three Gippsland towns to visit in retirement.
Located just over 200 kilometres from Melbourne, Maffra is a charming town that was first settled in the 1840s. It’s a great spot to stop off and stretch your legs while on a scenic drive, or to visit for the afternoon to see the local attractions.
Pull up in the tree-lined main street and take a stroll to admire the original 19th century buildings and shop verandahs. If you visit on the first Sunday of the month, you can check out the monthly Maffra Market, and also get a dose of history at the Sugar Beet Museum. Car lovers will enjoy the Gippsland Vehicle Collection, where you can see an impressive display of special cars, motorbikes, machinery and memorabilia. The Macalister River Regional Park is an easy walk from town, as is the Macalister Wetland and Reserve which is a haven for many birds on the Victorian threatened species list.
What we love most: The original buildings, the vehicle collection and impressive wetlands.
If your idea of a holiday is relaxing by the water, you’ll love Metung. Situated in a quiet part of the Gippsland Lakes there is plenty for retirees to do both on and off the water. The village has a relaxed seaside vibe, and the boardwalk is a great place for a leisurely stroll.
If you enjoy fishing, there are plenty of great spots you can drop in a line and try your luck. Or, if you want to get out on the water, you can hire a boat, bring your own, or go on a cruise. With plenty of accommodation options, Metung is a great place to relax and recharge the batteries.
What we love most: The water views, relaxed vibe and many great dining options.
Surrounded by mountains, Walhalla was once one of Australia’s richest towns with a population of 4000 plus at its peak during the gold rush. Now home to just 20 residents, much of the town has been perfectly preserved so you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. This makes it the ideal place for a quiet and fascinating break in picturesque surroundings.
Walk through the town centre and visit all the beautifully restored and maintained heritage buildings. Try your hand at panning for gold or take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway through stunning mountain scenery. In autumn, sections of the valley feature vibrant colours from deciduous trees which adds to the beauty. Located less than 200 kilometres from Melbourne, and just 45 mins north of Traralgon, Walhalla makes a great weekend or day trip destination.
What we love most: Breathtaking surrounds, historic buildings and the scenic railway.
Discover Hidden Gems in Your Own Backyard
In Australia, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to travel destinations, and the best part is you don’t have to go far! We may be slightly biased, but we think Gippsland boasts some wonderful towns that should definitely be on your radar to visit in retirement. So, next time you’re planning a short break or day trip, why not discover one of these hidden gems.
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