Enjoy our natural diversity
The Diocese of Sale offers visitors an opportunity to experience some of Australia's unique flora and fauna. Gippsland is known for its rugged beauty and natural history which has been preserved in literally dozens of national and state parks. Many protect small remnant stands of undisturbed forest, deep gullies with magnificent tree ferns, lyrebirds, brightly colored parrots, honeyeaters and a host of other flora and fauna.
During your stay in our diocese you might visit Phillip Island to witness the world's smallest penguins, fairy penguins, make their nightly pilgrimage up the beach and back to their burrows and waiting chicks. Phillip Island is also home to a large koala population, and the largest colony of fur seals in Australia.
The Buchan Caves in the east of the diocese feature several caves which are open daily for tours. The spectacular limestone formations are regarded as among the best in Australia. The caves reserve is a popular spot for native wildlife, particularly eastern grey kangaroos which hop into the reserve looking for handouts from picnickers. Camping is allowed in the reserve and on a hot summer's day there is nothing more refreshing than a dip in the swimming pool fed by an underground stream.
If you are looking for a taste of Australia's famous beaches you might take in a visit to the Ninety Mile Beach. This is one of the longest straight beaches in the world stretching some 150km from the inlets of McLoughlin's Beach to Lakes Entrance which is one of Victoria's favourite holiday destinations.
The Gippsland Lakes are Australia's largest navigable lakes system, teeming with yachts and other pleasure craft throughout the year. The lakeside towns of Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville and Loch Sport offer visitors to the diocese magnificent views of the lakes. The Mitchell River silt jetties near Eagle Point are unique in Australia and second in length only to those of the Mississippi River.
For the skiing enthusiast the Diocese of Sale is probably one of the few places where you can snow ski in the morning and a few hours later be waterskiing on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Mount Baw Baw is a prominent feature of the Gippsland skyline and in winter is a popular place to play in the snow and ski on gentle slopes. Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain resort, although just outside the diocese are easily reached from Gippsland and many choose to stay in the alpine town of Omeo which is part of Bairnsdale parish.
Visitors to the Diocese of Sale will be in awe of the spectacular beauty and varied terrain of Wilson's Promontory. "The Prom" is the southernmost point of mainland Australia and a dominating feature of the Gippsland coast. It is one of the world's oldest national parks, recognised for its rugged splendour. The park is a mecca for bushwalkers and features Mt Oberon, a massive granite mountain which presides over some of the area's most pristine beaches.