Gippsland

Want to know where to go kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddling in the East Gippsland and West & South Gippsland districts of Victoria? These guides are free for Global Paddler members and yearly memberships are available now from the Global Paddler online store. To download a detailed trip description for a great paddling destination with photos, paddle map, GPS coordinates, and recommended places to eat, drink, and sleep, simply click on its name in the table below.

Trip Locator Map for Gippsland

1. Wallagaraugh River As if being an exceptional place to catch fish, encounter wildlife and indulge in relaxing ecotherapy wasn’t already good enough reason to venture up the Wallagaraugh River, this is also a rare opportunity to paddle north across the historic Black-Allan Line from Victoria into New South Wales.
2. Mallacoota Top Lake The fact that the town of Mallacoota in the north eastern corner of Victoria has played a part in the lives and works of three of Australia’s most famous poets is testament to the ability of this special place to touch the heart of anyone who comes under its spell.
3. Wingan Inlet Wingan Inlet is proof that wilderness is not desolate wasteland as some dictionaries would have you believe. It is a fecund phantasmagoria of colour, texture, movement, and sound. Wilderness is a completely honest expression of life itself – unadulterated, uncultivated, and untamed.
4. Tamboon Inlet Nobody remembers their best day of playing computer games but most have stories to tell about awesome days spent camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddleboarding. That’s why original PlayStations like Tamboon Inlet in Croajingolong National Park will always be the greatest.
5. Bemm River Bemm River is a charming village that lies hidden in the heart of a vast forest landscape on the East Gippsland coast. It is a place that time could have easily forgotten had it not been for its reputation for being the best bream fishing destination in Victoria.
6. Brodribb River Paddlers are blessed to have a unique opportunity to venture inside the ecologically important Snowy River Wetlands System on this peaceful stretch of the Brodribb River between the moorings of the impressive Paddle Steamer Curlip II and lovely Lake Curlip after which it was named.
7. Marlo Marlo is a little town at the mouth of Australia’s legendary Snowy River. Its small human population, abundant wildlife, and gorgeous natural setting make it the perfect place for a quiet weekend of bird watching, fishing, and of course paddling.
8. Nowa Nowa Nowa Nowa is a place that inspires you to treat your life as an artwork in the process of creation. It encourages you to be imaginative; explore new ground, experiment with unfamiliar textures, revel in the finer details, and sample all the vibrant colours of the rainbow.
9. Toorloo Arm The beautiful Toorloo Arm of Lake Tyers is hidden inside a peaceful natural forest not far from the seaside town of Lakes Entrance. There are a handful of ways to see it by foot or on wheels but these only offer tantalising glimpses that will make you wish you had floated in instead.
10. North Arm North Arm is a haven within a haven. It’s no big secret that Lakes Entrance is a fantastic place for a restful holiday by the sea, but to discover the true peace and tranquillity of this special place you need to venture into its most sheltered and secluded river valley.
11. Tambo River Trace the Tambo through the fertile floodplains of the Twin Rivers district upstream of Johnsonville and you will find a stunning stretch of limestone cliffs that are not just visually spectacular; they are custodians of natural history and the stratigraphic benchmark for a feature of this type.
12. Picnic Point The Friends of Picnic Point Reserve have taken such excellent care of their favourite little waterfront patch that it is now more like a botanical garden than purely a place to roll out a rug. It’s also the perfect location from which to start a paddle to the tidal limit of the magnificent Mitchell River.
13. The Silt Jetties Most rivers are content with simply emptying into larger waterways at the end of their journeys, but not the Mitchell. This ambitious stream has added 8 kilometres to its length by constructing the world’s longest silt jetties in the Gippsland Lakes just north of Paynesville.
14. Raymond Island Paddling around Raymond Island is one of the must-do experiences of the glorious Gippsland Lakes region, with stunning views across majestic Lake King and Lake Victoria, and wonderful opportunities to meet unique Australian wildlife, including the island’s very own thriving koala population.
15. Lake Glenmaggie Summon up your best Rod Stewart voice and sing along with me. “Lake Glenmaggie I think I’ve got something to say to you…” Just like Rod’s Maggie May, this lovely lake is a bewitching temptress who will steal your heart and soul but you will love her anyway.
16. Maffra What’s not to like about a Victorian town with a Portuguese name, a history of making butter and sugar, a boating port which is tailor made for paddle craft, a lovingly restored nature reserve that is perfect for a mid-paddle break, and its very own platypus welcoming committee?
17. Blue Rock Lake If the rippling waters of Blue Rock Lake could talk, they would tell fascinating tales of gold and quartz both discovered and still waiting to be found, and maybe even brag about their important role in protecting Victoria’s electricity supply chain, but most like them best for their peaceful disposition.
18. Sale Gippsland was a late developer when it came to the European settlement of Australia but it has come a long way since thanks in no small part to the Port of Sale and the man-made canal that connects it with the Latrobe River, the Gippsland Lakes, and eventually Bass Strait.
19. The Heart The final moments of the Latrobe River’s two hundred and seventy kilometre odyssey from the Baw Baw Plateau to the Gippsland Lakes are adorned by a wonderful series of wetlands and blessed with the thousands of little happy feet that have found a home at The Heart.
20. Tarwin Lower Tarwin Lower may appear to be little more than a tiny town on the Tarwin River floodplain in South Gippsland, but dig a little deeper and you will find a fascinating past, one of Victoria’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries, and the longest picnic table you’re ever likely to see.
21. Yanakie Yanakie looks east across Corner Inlet to the ruggedly beautiful and wonderfully wild granite peaks of Wilsons Promontory. It is a view that is arguably the best in Victoria, particularly when the sun sends its first rays over the horizon each morning.
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