Oddly named, but the walk along Anderson's Inlet thorugh native bushland is an enjoyable and easy 40 minute amble, skirting the shoreline, glimpsing wide expanse of water through the bush and following the creek.
Far end of town beyond the caravan park.
Anderson's Inlet meeting the ocean at Inverloch provides a natural safe (shallow) 'harbour' for small sailing craft - the ideal pastime in a rather sleepy holiday resort. And even if you haven't your own vessel, it's an ideal spectator sport - rub more suntan oils in, settle down with a book and keep a watchful eye on the slightly more active (and colourful) pastime... :)
Across Anderson's Inlet, the small coastal town of Venus Bay is 2-3 kms away. If you could walk on water, that is (or you had access to your own boat). For mere mortals and holidaymakers, the more usual way to get to Venus Bay is by road - a 25kms drive along the banks of the inlet!
The town itself is little more than a number of holiday lets and weekend getaways , a couple of shops and a cafe. But the beach....Mile upon mile of golden sand
One of the many heritage villages to be found in Victoria and somewhat unsong as Sovereign Hill in Ballarat gets all the plaudits. Its certainly not as glamorous as Soverign Hill - no hoardes of extras wandering the streets in period costume (although there are a few re-enactments and activities arranged in the printing press, the blacksmith etc). But then it's half the entry price.
Coal Creek celebrates coal mining rather than the halycon days of the gold rush and the site is built on an original black coal mine, recreating the time between 1870-1920. It's set in bushland and there's a steam train that runs through the site. It's low key but interesting as a result - and a great setting adds to the attractions.
Open 364 days of the year (closed Christmas day), 10am - 4.30pm.
Entry: AUD$15 adult, $7.50 kids, $10 concession. Family ticket of 2 adults & up to 4 kids - $35.
Coal Creek is to be found in the town of Korumburra on the South Gippsland Highway about 30kms inland from Inverloch.
The Gippsland area of Victoria is one of the wettest parts of the state and therefore one of the greenest parts. Dairy farming and crops are abundant in the gentle undulating landscape, small towns dot the area. You can easily lose yourself in the area, taking small roads that seem to lead somewhere - and that's part of the joy here. You're never far from the sea and yet the verdant greens of the interior are equally stunning.
(Photos feature farmland on Inverloch-Leongatha Road and the town of Loch on the South Gippsland Highway between Melbourne and Leongatha)
On the road to Venus Bay from Inverloch, the road runs alongside the river Tarwin - a calm, muddy brown meandering river. 15kmd from Inverloch is Tarwin Lower - a small town that attracts fishermen in their droves as well as bird watchers - the coastal marine park and the stunning alluvial plain of the river being the ome of hundres of different birds. For the less initiated, Tarwin Lower Hotel on the banks of the river is apparently a preferred stop for a beer and a decent lunch to many (we didn't try it).