There is something to be said about getting off the beaten track. We all dream about. We all think about. But we don’t necessarily do anything about it. Weekends in the cities can be great with coffee, brunch, culture and shopping, but it’s often revolved around square metres of concrete and dense living. There isn’t the same adventure as that of exploring nature’s playground – the endless lush landscape and surprising gems are always just a few hours away from the CBD.
For the second year running, East Gippsland Marketing Inc showcases the very best of East Gippsland with their highly anticipated event – Australian Adventure Festival. Running from the 21 to 23 of October, the event combines the athletic challenges of trail running, mountain biking or kayaking competitions – for those who want to test their physical limits. And for those whose interest are not necessary for the track, East Gippsland offers some of the best high quality local produce and wine offerings in the region; including boating or fishing on the Gippsland Lakes, bird watching in the hides of Macleod Morass boardwalk, explore the Mitchell River silt jetties, or spot koalas on Raymond Island.
A four hour drive from the CBD, East Gippsland boasts some unique scenery and isolated beaches that aren’t seen anywhere else in the world. The mild climate with high-country grandeur makes for the ideal location for being Victoria’s food bowl and producing some great wines – not to mention a fantastic selection of Pinot Noirs. The region also offers unique natural attractions to explore – including the UNESCO-recognised Croajingolong National Park with 100 kilometres of coastlines – to discover and disconnect from the fast past of the CBD.
The Australian Adventure Festival offers events from all ages and abilities, including an adventure race, ultra and half marathon, trail running, mountain bike events of varying lengths. It also offers an adventure fun run and activities for the kids.
“The scope and scale of events means that everyone from the professional athlete to the person new to the sport can have a go at adventure sports,” Race director Steve Peterson said. “We have made sure the kids have some great events too to kick off their interest in adventure sports.”
Registration are still opened to compete in one of the best and most challenging events in the categories of mountain biking, trail running and kayaking. It’s a magical region and to take part in any of the events should be on everyone’s bucket list. Come for the fun of the physical activity and stay for the food and wine – a #winning country weekend escape.
Applications are still open for all events and more information can be found here.
The Important Stuff
What: Australian Adventure Festival
When: 21 to 23 of October
Where: Various regions of East Gippsland, including Echo Bend Camping Park, Forestech and the festival hub at Lake Entrance
Expect: An unforgettable weekend of physical activity surrounded by the natural beauty of East Gippsland