In the Area

Five minutes walk from the cottage:

  • Bruthen General Store (open 7 days, 7am to 7pm) Sells everything.
  • Bullant Brewery (visit website) - Boutique brewery, excellent food. Open Weds – Sun 11 am – 5 pm. Friday and Saturday 11am – 11pm. Booking recommended at night (+61 3 5157 5307)
  • Bruthen Hotel. Classic local country pub, with great views over the valley. Meals 7 days.
  • Bruthen Bakery. Sourdough breads, beef and burgundy pies and apricot loaf my personal favourites. Open 7 days.
  • East Gippsland Rail Trail (visit website). Walk or cycle along the Trail which stretches nearly 100km from Bairnsdale to Orbost.
  • Bruthen Walking Tracks. A network of walks around the town, down to the river and into the bush, well signposted and with maps freely available.
  • Visitor Information Centre and art centre. Local artwork and helpful information, supplied by friendly local volunteers.
  • Tambo River. Take a dip, relax or walk across on the old rail bridge – part of the Rail Trail. 

30 minutes drive:

  • Blueberry Farm, fresh blueberries in season, Engineers Rd Bruthen.
  • Johnsonville Fruit Farm, stone fruit and apples in season.
  • Metung, a delightful village on the Gippsland Lakes. A bit of a backwater with yachts bobbing at anchor, and a chilled village green at the waters edge. Good eateries.
  • Nowa Nowa. Lakeside nude sculpture walk, craft and collectables, a 300,000 year old gorge and great food at the café. And a mountain bike park.
  • Stony Creek Trestle Bridge. 5 minutes drive from Nowa Nowa and part of the Rail Trail, this enormous timber structure spans 200 metres long and 30 metres above the valley floor.
  • Lakes Entrance, for a chance to dip your toe in the ocean and buy freshly caught fish.
  • Nicholson. The General Store has the best – home made –pies you will ever taste.

An hour or more drive.

  • Alpine National Park. Drive to Mt Hotham (1900m) for stunning views over Mt Feathertop, Mt Buffalo and the Victorian Alps.
  • Ski resorts. In winter Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain are host to downhill and cross country ski-ing enthusiasts.
  • Omeo. An old gold mining town, grand old buildings, Chinese diggings and antique book shop.
  • The Albion Hotel, Swifts Creek. Award winning pub food.
  • Ensay and Cassilis. Tiny towns in the mountain foothills, harbouring wineries, artists,cattle and horsemen and women.
  • Orbost. Perched just above the enormous and fertile Snowy River Floodplain, an exceptionally pretty little town with a walk along the revegetated banks of the Snowy River.
  • Raymond Island, Paynesville and Silt Jetties. These three are just 10 minutes drive from Bairnsdale and offer a special view of the Gippsland Lakes.