"Sale...West Gippsland Coastal Town"
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.