Red Bluff Cliffs, Lake Tyers Beach

Let’s talk sea/tree-change lifestyle

With housing affordability going through the roof in metro areas, and slow living become more mainstream, the idea of a sea/tree-change lifestyle is on the rise. We moved from St Kilda to Paynesville a decade ago. After an initial adjustment period of three years, we...

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Time for your nature fix?

Between December 2016 and April 2017 we took a camping trip each month, getting our nature fix at a range of off-grid camping spots in East Gippsland. This year we haven't had the chance to take as many trips because we were busy with the caravan hire business. That...

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Real life connection: InstaMeet, Fairy Dell

As we swiftly move toward the hyper-connected year 2030, where we will spend even more than 116 minutes a day online, real life connection in nature is so important. Nature is an antidote to the electromagnetic clutter we accumulate daily. And nature-therapy is a very...

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Blue Rag & Crooked River on a clear Autumn day

Each time we go on a 4x4 trip, a sense of excitement and trepidation washes over the passenger side of the Triton. We had a doozy winching moment on Fultons Track, so we often joke en route, “Wonder if we have to winch this trip?!” In early-March, Marcus and his 4x4...

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People of East Gippsland: Pixie Violet

As the kids bombed from the back of the boat into the lake, we chatted with a 'born and bred' East Gippslander. An interesting sentiment unfolded, which sparked a conversation about why we sea-changed to East Gippsland, and the topic for this blog series. The locals...

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What makes Cape Conran special?

A sense of aliveness hits East Gippsland when the tourists roll into town. It’s so much fun to get amongst it, and talk to people about their experiences as they frolic around the region. Then there comes a time when you want to get away from it all. A mini-break to...

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#BuchanAwesome – 5 things to do in Buchan

Deep in a beautiful valley, where the limestone is abundant and the river meanders across the landscape, is a town called Buchan. Famous for its fertile land, caves, rodeo, picnic races and a crowdfunded hotel, we think it's a #BuchanAwesome place to visit. After...

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9 places to experience between Orbost & Mallacoota

When you're road trippin', each curve, hill and straight guides you to new and familiar places. As you journey from A to B, do you ever make notes of spots to visit next time? The Melbourne to Sydney coastal route is an epic destination for holiday-makers, adventurers...

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Best farmers’ markets in Gippsland

Gippsland's greatest asset would undoubtedly be the pristine natural resources that support the thriving agribusiness sector. Over 37% of Gippsland's businesses are involved in agriculture and fishing. And with local paddock to plate initiatives and slow-food...

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10 things to do in Paynesville

It's well-known that Paynesville is the boating capital of Victoria. And there's other activities available in the area to help you unwind, relax and reboot in nature. In this post we uncover some hidden gems. Stimulate your happy hormones with Pixie Violet at...

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Kuark Forest Citizen Science Camp (Guest Post)

Editor's note: When I heard that our friend Ben was going to a Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) Citizen Science Camp at Kuark Forest, I knew he was going to enjoy his nature-based experience. Kuark Forest is a fragile ecosystem in the Errinundra Plateau in far-East...

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Snowy River Country: Corringle Foreshore Reserve

Camping, glamping, touring and 4x4 adventuring are all experiences we believe are best shared with friends. The kids look after themselves and adults get to relax, which is the whole point of a holiday, right?! We camped at Corringle Foreshore Reserve earlier this...

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Foodie InstaMeet – Long Paddock, Lindenow

Some East Gippsland Instagrammers recently connected in real life for the first of many #3hrsfromhome InstaMeets. While we waited for our food to be lovingly prepared by Tania, Anton and the team at Long Paddock, small talk went deeper. We chatted: public art, koalas...

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Best bakeries in East Gippsland

Not all bakery treats are made equally. Light, crunchy, buttery pastry warms the cockles of the heart after an early morning start. And after an EPIC 4X4 adventure, a caramelly, chocolatey tart with a strong cup of tea will help you recover. What about the back seat...

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Fairy Dell, Wiseleigh

If you're travelling along the Great Alpine Road, there's a little place called Wiseleigh. It's a little bit before Bruthen and home to the temperate rainforest, Fairy Dell. It's a flora and fauna reserve managed by Parks Victoria, and a place we regularly enjoy....

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Den of Nargun, Mitchell River National Park

We set off from home to head to the Den of Nargun. In the car, Dad hyped up the Nargun to be a monster of some sort, and I sat there in the car wondering if he was telling the truth. We packed lunch and ate it at the car park, then set off with some snacks, water and...

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The first of many stories: Nug Nug, Myrtleford

Almost twelve months ago we hired a Jayco Swan Outback to see if we would enjoy glamping. It was a 'try before we buy' exercise, made possible by the many camper vans available for hire these days. Having no idea of where to go on our family holiday, we pulled out the...

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We acknowledge the Gunaikurnai people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and explore. We pay respect to Elders past and present. We honour the hopes and dreams of future generations.

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