Spring in East Gippsland brings out paddocks of daisies.

Dargo - Places to See

Dargo
Small settlement in the Dargo Valley
Located 320 km east of Melbourne and 40 km north of Bairnsdale along a road, sometimes unsealed, which stretches along portions of the Wonnangatta and Dargo Rivers, Dargo, is a small settlement in the picturesque Dargo Valley.

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Historic swing bridge on the Latrobe River (built 1883), near Sale.

Sale

Sale (including Ramahyuck, Ninety Mile Beach, Woodside, Seaspray, Golden Beach, Loch Sport and Gippsland Lakes National Park)
Major service centre in West Gippsland
Sale, situated at the head of the Thomson River, above the junction with the Latrobe River, and at the head of the Gippsland Lakes system, is 211 km south-east of Melbourne via the Princes Highway and five metres above sea level. Its economy is now intimately interwoven with the Longford Oil/Gas installation and the associated Bass Strait Oil fields. Other industries are the BTR Nylex factory, the West Sale Aviation facility and the RAAF military base at East Sale. Grazing, dairying, agriculture and fruit growing are still important industries in the countryside.

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The train and the poppet head in the park near the Wonthaggi Historical Society

Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi
Famous historic coal mining town
Wonthaggi, with a name said to derive from a local Aboriginal language and mean either 'home' or 'to pull along', is located 132 km south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland and Bass Highways and 40 metres above sea level.

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Boats at the Port Albert marina, a few kilometres along the coast.

Tarraville

Tarraville
Tiny town notable for its early wooden church
Located 236 km south east of Melbourne Tarraville is a quiet little town which was once a booming stopover point for the gold prospectors making their way across country from Port Albert to the Omeo goldfields. At the height of the goldrush it has a population of 219 which, remarkably, was the largest stable population in the area.

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A timber jinker in Forest Park below the Slab Hut and Tourist Information Centre

Orbost

Orbost
Small and interesting town near the Snowy Mountains
Located 375 km from Melbourne and 670 km from Sydney, Orbost is a medium-sized township on the river flats of the Snowy Mountains. Close to the coast it is only 45 m above sea level.

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View across Buchan

Buchan

Buchan (including Buchan South and Buchan Caves)
Small timber town noted for the interesting caves which are located nearby
Located 355 km east of Melbourne via the Princes Highway Buchan lies at the centre of a sheep, cattle, dairying and timber area on the Buchan River. Its major attraction is a group of spectacular limestone caves called, unsurprisingly, the Buchan Caves.

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Poowong Post Office in the main street

Poowong

Poowong
Small West Gippsland dairy town
Located 8 km north-west of Korumburra and 100 km from Melbourne is the dairying town of Poowong. The word 'poowong' is probably from an Aboriginal term thought to mean 'carrion' or 'putrefaction'. The first European settlers arrived in the area and spent their early years clearing the vast Gippsland forests.

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The main street of Buthen

Bruthen

Bruthen
Small town which is one of the gateways to the Snowy Mountains
Located 310 km east of Melbourne, Bruthen is situated in the valley of the Tambo River where the mountains meet the plains. The town is a gateway to the snowfields and the Snowy mountain country to the north. 'Bruthen' is supposed to have an Aboriginal derivation meaning 'bracken' or 'place of an evil spirit'.

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