The Gippsland Coast National Events
Important Australian or Globally Famous events that occur around The Gippsland Coast Victoria and you are invited.
1. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade - This is a globally recognised annual event in Victoria's Gippsland Coast region and is a must-see. Hundreds of Little Penguins come ashore every evening at the Phillip Island Nature Park's Penguin Parade. Visitors can grab the opportunity to watch the little penguins waddle across the sand to their burrows from the elevated viewing platform.
2. Lakes Entrance Fishing Festival - The Lakes Entrance Aquadome hosts the annual Fishing Festival where hundreds of local and interstate fishers gather to try their luck in Victoria's largest and most fertile inland waterways. The festival goes on for four days, with opening ceremonies, fireworks, live music, and other local events.
3. Paynesville Classic Boat Rally – This annual event celebrates classic boats, antique paddle steamers, wooden boats, and historic motorboats. Boat enthusiasts from across Australia assemble at the Gippsland Lakes to showcase their beautiful boats and share in the passion for watercraft.
4. Bairnsdale Agricultural and Horticultural Show – The Bairnsdale Agricultural Show is an annual event, which promotes the rural lifestyle and traditions of country living. The event includes exhibits of livestock, renowned horse competitions, crafts, and flowers, among other local produce. It also features live entertainment, amusement rides, and other fun activities for the whole family.
5. Maffra Mardi Gras Festival – This annual event is a celebration of community spirit and includes live entertainment, street performers, carnival rides, and local stalls selling hand-crafted goods and fresh produce. The event is held in the town's streets and showcases the region's quirky and fun-loving spirit.
6. Churchill Island Farmers Market – This weekly farmers' market is held on Churchill Island, a unique heritage area in Western Port Bay. The market provides visitors with the opportunity to buy fresh organic produce direct from the producer, along with local crafts.
7. Morwell Centenary Rose Garden Festival – This annual event is held in the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden and features various entertainment stages and activities, including a flower petal treasure hunt, market stalls, art and craft displays, classic car show, fashion parade, and local food displays.
8. The Coal Creek Literary Festival – This annual event in Korumburra celebrates literature and books, attracting local and national authors, poets, and storytellers. The festival includes readings, workshops, and children's activities, which are designed to promote the art of writing, reading, and storytelling.
9. Inverloch Jazz Festival – This annual event celebrates jazz and acoustic music and features local and national musicians. The festival includes numerous stages and performances, pop-up stalls, food vendors, and a family-friendly atmosphere that appeals to both young and old.
10. Yarram Country Market – The Yarram Country Market is an ongoing market that supports local growers, makers, and creators of local produce. The market is held on the fourth Saturday of every month and features fresh, healthy local foods, hand-crafted goods, antiques, collectibles, and more.
These are just some of the nationally and globally recognised annual events that take place throughout the Gippsland Coast in Victoria, Australia. Each event offers something unique to visitors, so be sure to visit and experience the local community spirit.