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.
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
- 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.
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.