The winter break is a great time to explore our region.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is pictured at the Omeo High Plains Bakery. An historic Gippsland gold mining town on the Great Alpine Road, Omeo is a great base from which to explore the national parks and alpine surrounds.
Mr Chester said the cooler weather provided an ideal opportunity for day trips to experience some of the stunning natural attractions that make Gippsland such a popular tourist destination.
“All within a few hours drive are the old gold mining town of Omeo, Tarra-Bulga and Croajingolong National Parks, Dargo high country and Buchan Caves,” Mr Chester said.
“If you enjoy something a little more energetic, try out the Gippsland Plains or East Gippsland Rail Trails, or walk to the Den of Nargun.
“The cooler weather also lends itself to local winery trips and enjoying the fine food on offer at restaurants and vineyards across the region.”
Mr Chester said holidaying locally and spending money within the local community created more jobs for the future.
“Supporting local businesses creates more jobs for our young people and leads to a more vibrant, prosperous Gippsland for all to enjoy,” Mr Chester said.
Check out the full range of attractions on the Destination Gippsland website www.destinationgippsland.com.au.
Mr Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to travel safely on local roads as they go exploring some of the region’s great attractions.
“Gippsland is a region with a strong tourism industry and our roads will get busier over the coming school holiday break,” Mr Chester
“I urge all drivers to allow some extra time to travel, to make use of rest stops, and to be patient of any possible delays along the way.”
Mr Chester said governments and motorists had a shared responsibility to improve road safety outcomes.
He said the current Federal Government had achieved record investment in road infrastructure.
“Better, safer roads can change people’s lives and in many cases, it can save people’s lives,” Mr Chester said.
“We are building safer roads through record investment in the Roads to Recovery and Black Spot programs.
“The Federal Government has also invested $210 million towards duplication of the Princes Highway between Sale and Traralgon, and that will deliver significant road safety and economic
benefits to our region.”