The Gippsland region is a place of natural beauty and history – and there’s lots of things to do and see if you’re over 55.
So, next time the sun is shining, grab your camera, jump in the car and head off on a leisurely drive to see the sights!
A scenic drive is the perfect way to visit the local attractions at your own pace, which makes it ideal for seniors wanting to indulge their sense of adventure. There’s some wonderful scenic drives you can take from Traralgon, each with its own highlights. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing our top picks – starting here with the popular 142km Strzelecki Drive.
Strzelecki Drive – Route 94
Travelling through stunning rainforests, historic towns and providing breathtaking views along the way, the Strzelecki Drive is country driving at its best. There are 13 places of interest to visit on the drive, and at the end, it’s an easy loop back to Traralgon.
Here’s an overview of the highlights, so you can easily plan your trip.
1. Miner’s View Lookout – Offers a view of the biggest of the three mines in the Latrobe Valley, Loy Yang, where you can watch the big machines in action!
2. Loy Yang Power Station – Further down the road you can get a closer look at the power station that currently supplies approximately a third of Victoria’s electricity needs.
3. Gormandale – The gateway to one of Victoria’s most spectacular drives, the Grand Ridge Road and the stunning Strzelecki Ranges, Gormandale is also known for its wonderful wildflowers in spring.
4. Balook –This tiny town located along the Grand Ridge Road is where you’ll find the Tarra-Bulga National Park and Visitor Information Centre. Here, you can enjoy a walk through the lush fern gullies, ancient myrtle beeches and giant Mountain Ash, plus, there’s barbeques, picnic areas, shelters and toilets.
5. Traralgon South – Best known for its motocross track, it was relocated to make way for the Loy Yang Power Station.
6. Powerworks Energy Technology Centre – Great for those interested in the power industry, it features interactive displays and is open 10am-3pm Friday – Sunday.
7. Hazelwood Pondage – An artificial lake built to service the Hazelwood Power Station, and open to the public for water sports.
8. Churchill –The gateway to Morwell National Park, and the nearby Lake Hyland is a great spot for fishing.
9. Morwell National Park – Lovely spot for a light bushwalk or picnic, the park is home to over 40 species of orchids and 100 species of birds.
10. Yinnar – The town has a vibrant arts community, and you can visit the restored old butter factory which is now a gallery showcasing local artist’s works.
11. Boolarra – The village was established in 1884 with the arrival of the railway, and you can take a lovely walk down the rail trail which follows the Little Morwell River Valley.
12. Mirboo North – About halfway along the Grand Ridge Road, Mirboo North is a popular place to stop and explore. In the town, you’ll find some beautiful murals and lovely parks and gardens. The Grand Ridge Brewery is a great spot for lunch or dinner.
13. Thorpdale – Surrounded by farms, this historic town was partially destroyed by the great bushfire of 1898. To return to Traralgon from Thorpdale, drive back to the main highway, then follow the signs towards Moe, then Traralgon.
Jump in the Car and Explore!
Whether you choose to do it all, or pick and choose your own stops along the way, the Strzelecki Drive provides seniors with an exciting day on the road. With a diverse range of sights to see, you’ll get a good dose of history, a nice touch of culture and experience some of the region’s most spectacular natural beauty along the way.
Over to You
Have you experienced the Strzelecki Drive for yourself and found a favourite stop or site that was a highlight? Or maybe you discovered a great place for lunch or a coffee on your travels. We’d love you to share!