For the Australia Day long weekend family friends asked us to join them camping. They chose for us to stay at the Long Jetty Caravan Park which is right on the beach and near the newly restructured iconic Long Jetty Port Welshpool .
Things You Can Do In Welshpool
In Welshpool if you have bicycles you can explore the rail trail. We didn’t have bikes with us so we checked out the old Welshpool train platform. The station was formerly used between 1905 and 1941, the line was less than 5 km long and ran from Welshpool Station to Welshpool Jetty. The train carriages were horse drawn. I saw pictures of the horse drawn carriages in a nearby information area. I just can’t imagine what the world would have been like!!
You can stand on the platform and try to imagine what it would’ve been like with horses pulling into the station. A must see is a walk on the Long Jetty Port Welshpool.
Day 1 Itinerary
- Agnes Falla
- Toora Windfarm
- Port Albert
- Long Jetty Port Welshpool
My parents and our friends took a day trip to the coastal town of Port Albert and to see Agnes Falls. I was feeling a little unwell this day and stayed behind. I can share with you the stories they told me about their day trip, however there’s no photos of me at these destinations! The disadvantages of being unwell when away.. I missed out on exploring with my family.
They first headed to Agnes Falls which is approximately 13.7km from the camping ground. The Falls which are situated in Hazel Park are the highest single span Falls in Victoria, the waterfall cascades over a series of rocks over a 59m drop. When they went it was in January, which is summer time, due to this there wasn’t a lot of water falling. There’s a small car park that’s a 200m walk from the waterfall viewing platform. It’s an extremely easy stroll to look down on the waterfall.
Facilities at Agnes Falls
There’s toilet and picnic facilities near the car park and is a lovely spot to relax and take in the serenity. They recommend visiting the waterfall in winter or after a lot of rain.
Agnes Falls Location
- 125 Agnes Falls Road, Hazel Park VIC 3966
They drove along the scenic route to checkout the Toora Windfarm which was nearby. There’s a viewing area with a carpark and information on the windmills. The windfarm was approximately 9.6km from the Falls, you can visit them either on the way or way back.
Toora Windfarm Location
- 185 Silcocks Hill Rd, Toora VIC 3962
From Agnes Falls they drove to one of the coastal towns of Gippsland called Port Albert. They said it was a beautiful little town. There were lots of fishing boats and jetties where fisherman were relaxing and some counting their days catch.
What to do at Port Albert
You can take a walk along the coastal trail or do what my parents and friends did, head straight to the popular Port Albert Wharf fish and chip shop!! They’d heard good reviews. Apparently the reviews they heard were spot on… the fish was delicious, tender and juicy and not oily…. they sat and ate whilst overlooking the water.
Facilities at Port Albert
There’s lots of picnic tables along the way, public toilets, boat ramp and you can free camp here for 24hrs. The free camp is in the car park near the boat ramp, however you are right on the water overlooking the boats and jetties. You can hire a boat to relax in or to try and catch that big fish!
Our Visit To Long Jetty Port Welshpool
Of an evening we’d spend it together playing games and walking down to the Jetty to check out the sunset. On the first night the sunset was absolutely spectacular. The Jetty makes for an awesome photo or two or three!! Also a great place to throw the fishing line in.
About Long Jetty Port Welshpool
The Jetty was originally constructed in 1927. The original Jetty was destroyed by a fire in 2003. The pier was reopened to the public on 21st December 2018. It was used during and after WW2 as the base for mine sweepers. Its purpose was for the coastal traders to use and was built to take the loads of locomotives on a rail line. The jetty’s facilities were a key to Tasmania being able to supply fish to the mainland of Australia. The original Jetty is iconic as it was the only known wooden curved Jetty in Victoria and among the longest at 908 m in Australia. The new Jetty is claimed to be Victoria’s longest Jetty at over 900m.
Today the jetty is a place for fishermen to catch kingfish, whiting, flatties or squid.
Long Jetty Port Welshpool Location
Bowling Club Road, Port Welshpool VIC 3965
Long Jetty Port Welshpool is approximately 2 hr 30 mins, 200km from Melbourne CBD
Day 2 Itinerary
- Explore the small country town of Toora
- Drive through Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park
- Mount Fatigue
We drove through the town of Toora which if you have time I recommend you stop and walk around, there were some lovely historical buildings.
- Toora is approximately 2 hrs 15 min, 183km from Melbourne CBD
Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park
The nearby Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park is a place to explore if you have a 4WD or are on motor bikes as the road in parts consists of quite deep soft sand. As we had neither a 4WD or motorbikes we were not able to explore the coastal park as much as we’d have liked to.
Mount Beast and Mount Fatigue
Mount Beast and Mount Fatigue are on the same scenic road. For some reason we didn’t see Mount Beast even though the sign posts pointed us to both lookout points we only found Mount Fatigue which is at the end of the road. The lookout is not worth driving to as it’s overgrown, however the road trip getting to this point has scenic views and part of the journey you travel through a lovely forest.
Mount Fatigue Location
- Mount Fatigue is approximately 31.8km from the camp ground, 46 min drive. From Melbourne CBD approximately 2 hrs 40 mins, 193km
- Mount Fatigue Road, Toora North VIC 3962
Day 3 Itinerary
- Corrigan Suspension Bridge
- Tarra-Bulga National Park
- Tarra Falls
After having three great nights it was time to go home. We went home via the lovely town of Yarram. It’s quite a large country town with historical buildings. Here we visited the old court house which is now an information centre and art gallery. We visited a shop called Curious which was full of second hand goodies of all descriptions.
- Yarram is approximately 2 hrs 30 mins, 223km from Melbourne CBD
Corrigan Suspension Bridge – Tarra-Bulga National Park
We drove to the Corrigan Suspension Bridge in the Tarra-Bulga National Park. There’s 2 car parks nearby, the furtherest one from the bridge has an information centre which is full of historical pictures and information on the area. There are toilets at both car parks. The car park with the information centre is a lot larger and has picnic tables. The walk to the bridge from this car park is 1.2km, 25 min one way and is an easy walk.
It was approximately a 800m walk from the closest car park. The walk from both car parks is beautiful, we were surrounded by lush green fern trees and tall mountain ash gum trees. My mate Bogey came with us and we had fun hiding in the different trees.
We kept our eyes open for koalas but didn’t see one, it was noted at the information centre a couple of days prior one was spotted on the loop track. So if you go definitely keep your eyes open for these gorgeous marsupials as they are certainly in the area. We saw a lot of rosellas and heard the kookaburras laugh as we walked along the scenic tracks.
The suspension bridge wasn’t that long but it was still cool to walk across and look down on all the beautiful ferns tops and look up at the giant mountain ash trees. Corrigan Suspension Bridge
Corrigan Suspension Bridge Location
Fern Gully Track, Balook VIC 3971
It’s approximately 2 hrs 20 mins, 191km from Melbourne CBD
Nearby, 8km away there are the Tarra Falls, these are easily accessed by a flight of stairs that come off the road to a viewing platform. Sadly there was only a trickle of water and the waterfall is overgrown. Keeping in mind we visited in summer. A place to visit if you’re in the area.
Tarra Falls Location
- 2079 Tarra Valley Road, Tarra Valley VIC 3971
- It’s approximately 2 hrs 30 mins, 199 km from Melbourne CBD
If you’re heading to the coastal area ensure your fully covered with insect repellent to deter any sand fleas or sand flies from biting you!!
We were not aware there was an insect problem here which was worsened by the heat wave we experienced at the time. Due to us being unaware we all spent sleepless nights being itchy and itchy during the heat of the day.
Have you explored Welshpool or the surrounding areas? If you have any feedback please share with us your experiences as we’d love to hear about them.