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East Gippsland & the 'pointy end' of Victoria

Lake at Glenmaggie
Timeless Lake - Glenmaggie
© Quentin Mushins

Shell middens at Mallacoota Inlet indicate that this area was being used at least 2,500 years ago by Aborigines. These middens contain remains of animals, fish and shellfish as well as stone and bone tools. The middens also contain human burials and even a buried dingo.

Gippsland was named after the governor of New South Wales at the time of its first European settlement, Sir George Gipps (1791-1847). At the time of naming, Victoria was then part of the Colony of New South Wales where Gipps was governor form 1837 to 1846.

Latrobe Regional Gallery (Morwell)

Specialising in works in glass as well as containing a significant collection of contemporary Australian painting, sculpture and ceramics post-1971.

Gippsland Art Gallery (Sale)

A collection of locally-inspired works and touring exhibitions.

Some places of interest in East Gippsland:

Sale Swing Bridge
The bridge opens at 3pm and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 11am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. More information at The White Hat Guide to the Sale Swing Bridge.

Some markets in East Gippsland:

Bairnsdale East Gippsland Farmers' Market
An indoor/outdoor farmers' market with fresh regional produce.

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Bairnsdale Market
A range of goods - no bookings required.

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Brigalong Art and Craft Market
A large market with entertainment which takes place once a year.

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Gippsland Country Craft Market
All weather indoor market. Craft only done by Gippsland country ladies & gentleman the old fashioned crafters way.

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Heyfield Market
Trash & treasure as well as produce

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Loch Sport Health Centre Auxiliary Market
A small outdoor market with home made produce. Sunder before Melbourne Cup and Sundays of Labour Day and Queens Birthyday weekends.

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Lucknow Primary School Sunday Market
An outdoor market next to the river.

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Maffra Variety and Farmers' Market
The Maffra Variety and Farmers Market offers a unique blend of fresh seasonal produce with stalls showcasing the best Gippsland has to offer. Discover Gippsland's best locally grown produce. Stalls can include: Vegetables/Fruit/Apples Hartdale Venison Seafood / Honey Poultry / Eggs Coffee / Hot Food Wines and Cheese Plants / Flowers Cakes /Biscuits/ Breads Soaps / Cosmetics Arts / Craft / Woodcraft Clothing / Jewellery Games / Toys Bric a Brac /Tools Oils / Incenses and much more

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Metung Farmers Market
A true community Farmers Market held on the picturesque Village Green in the heart of Metung. White Hat can recommend a visit to Metung as one of the more relaxing venues for a farmers' market in Victoria.

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Paynesville Market
A large outdoor market.

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Rosedale Country Market
A small outdoor variety market selling art & craft, produce and trash & treasure. There is a bar-b-cue at the market where you can purchase hot food and drinks and the funds raised support the upkeep and maintenance of the Old School Building in the Prince Street Reserve where the market is held.

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Sale Sunday Charity Variety Market
An outdoor market selling trash & treasure, bric-a-brac, arts and crafts. White Hat can recommend this large market in its delightful outdoor setting under the trees next to the picturesque canal.

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Wellington Farmers Market - Sale
Grow it, make it, bake it Market. Lots of in season fresh produce, jams, sauces, chutneys, free range eggs, cheeses, wines, venison, cakes, gluton free products, hand made soaps and fragrances, flowers, native plants and lots more.

What's on and things to do in East Gippsland:

Bairnsdale Country Music Festival
Please note that the Bairnsdale Country Music Festival, formerly held at Easter, no longer exists

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You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.