Showcasing the beauty, diversity and excitement of East Gippsland, the Australian Adventure Festival is happening on 21st and 22nd October 2016. The aim of the festival is simply to bring together outdoor adventurers, and their friends and families, to celebrate the world of adventure in one ultimate festival. And we're lucky enough that it's right here in the naturally magic, untouched, adventure playground that is East Gippsland.
With so many strings to our "natural environment" bow, this event offers something for everyone - mountaing biking, trail running, paddling and adventure!
Choose from a range of different challenges. The 5km and 10km run/walk offers a taste of adventure and a chance to explore the walking trails around the coastal town of Lakes Entrance. Mountain bikers can choose between 20, 50 or 100km rides through the Colquhoun State Forest, with flowing single tracks, some up-hill challenges and quick downhill runs to get the blood pumping. Or for Trail Runners there's the Ultra (55km) or Half Marathon (21km) through the extraordinary Mitchell River National Park. If you can't decide there's also an Ultimate Adventure Challenge that includes all this and more! Little adventurers are not forgotten - with a mountain bike or adventure challenge available for 4 years and older.
As if that all didn't sound like reason enough to jump on and register, we've also teamed up with AAF organisers to put together our own little adventure package which includes 50% off entry into this year's Australian Adventure Festival on 21-23 October 2016. You can click here to find out more.
For further information on the festival itself head to Australian Adventure Festival.
Winter is still a great time to visit East Gippsland, and enjoy its beautiful offerings without the holiday crowds.
Here we’ve handpicked our Top 10 things to enjoy on your East Gippsland getaway.
- Grab a bucket and head along the rock wall at Nungurner’s foreshore to collect a feed of fresh lake mussels to cook on the wood fire at Jetty Road - serve with vinegar and a sprinkle of pepper - delicious-o!
- Bring your mountain bike and discover world class trails at nearby Colquhoun Forest. Don't own a bike? Check out our mountain bike package with Venture Out here.
- Take a scenic drive and cosy up fireside at one of our great local restaurants. Our top picks are Nautica (Metung), Waterwheel Tavern (Lake Tyers) or Bullant Brewery (Bruthen).
- Follow your nose (or the handy green map provided in your accommmodation) to experience the Twin Rivers Food and Wine Trail. From cellar door experiences to picking your own berries there's something for everyone, including jams and chutneys to rival your nana's!
- East Gippsland is known for its mild climate, so when the sun peeps out treat yourself to a lakes cruise. As a guest at Jetty Road you'll receive 20% off your ticket price with Lonsdale Eco Cruises. Worth it just for the home made scones which are baked on board and served with lashings of strawberry cream.
- If you prefer your water frozen bring your snow clobber and enjoy a day trip to the snow. Just two hours drive along the spectacular Great Alpine Road will see you building your first snowman at Dinner Plain, the entry way to Mount Hotham.
- Enjoy a morning or afternoon stroll along the boardwalk at Metung, then treat yourself to coffee and cake in a cosy cafe or a spot of shopping in the gorgeous gift shops (Effloresce is a locals favourite where you can do both!).
- Take a scenic drive to explore the environmental "gems" of our region including the Mitchell river silt jetties, Buchan Caves and Den of Nargun.
- Head to Paynesville then hop on a free ferry to Raymond Island to experience koalas in the wild.
- Pamper yourself with a treatment at Abayda Spa in Metung. Gayle's mini facial is a little piece of heaven!