Covering the entire southeastern part of Victoria, Gippsland is a whopping 41,500 square kilometres, stretching from just outside Melbourne's eastern suburbs through to the Tasman Sea and the NSW border. In this vast region, you'll find everything from wineries to dairies, freshwater lakes to coastal beaches, hikes through temperate rainforests to boat trips down meandering rivers.
The region is the traditional land of people of the Gunai nation and the Bunurong nation. The English name was chosen by Paweł Edmund Strzelecki (yes, there are a fair few things named after him, too), who was sent by the governor of NSW, George Gipps, to "explore" the region.
As the region is so vast, you have your pick of itineraries and untold destinations to explore. This itinerary focuses on the area around Sale, which is the gateway to Lakes Entrance. But the best way to discover Gippsland might just be to fuel up your car and hit the Princes Highway. You never know what you might find.
Heading further east? Here's our guide to visiting the East Gippsland region. Want more getaway ideas? These are the best weekend getaways from Melbourne.