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Longford: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Sale Common Wetlands Walk


Distance: 15 kilometres return, can be broken into sections
Start and finish: Multiple start points including the Port of Sale, Lake Guthridge and South Gippsland Highway near Cox's Bridge.
Grade: Level 1 - 2. Level 1 - No experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users with someone to assist them.
Level 2 - No experience required. The track is hardened gravel or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and some steps.

The internationally listed Sale Common wetlands offers freshwater marshes and red gum woodlands with an enormous variety of birdlife that you can see from the boardwalk. The boardwalk starts at the edge of the swamp, continues past deeper water, islands and through a small reed bed. At the eastern end of the boardwalk, relax and watch the pelicans, swans and ducks from the bird hide.





Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve,
South Gippsland Highway
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 5.4K from Longford

Sale Common Wetlands


The Sale Common State Game Refuge is located on the South Gippsland Highway, just south of the city of Sale. The Sale Common covers approximately 300 hectares, 70 percent of which is freshwater marsh. The remaining area is covered by red gum woodland and grasslands.

From the car park on the South Gippsland Highway, a short walking track leads through woodlands and grasslands past the information shelter to the lookout.

A longer walk (7.2 km, 2.4 hours return) along Flooding Creek Track can be accessed from the eastern end of the boardwalk. This narrow, winding track passes through Red Gum woodlands and ends near the Latrobe River. On the way there are extensive views of the morass. The lookout overlooks the northern section of the Common, while the bridge leading to the lookout allows visitors to examine some of the plants and smaller pond life of the morass.

A key feature of the Sale Common is the extensive boardwalk that enables visitors to observe the wetland at a closer level. The boardwalk winds its way through a variety of habitats, starting from the edge of the swamp, through deeper water, past islands and through a small reed bed.





South Gippsland Highway
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 5.5K from Longford

Sale Powder Magazine


Colonial Governments in Victoria built Powder Magazines to provide safe conditions for the storage of explosive powder which was used by the gold mining industry.

Built in 1864-65, the Sale Powder Magazine served the needs of North and East Gippsland. The Sale Powder Magazine has massive walls and buttresses and barrel vaulting in the ceiling. To reduce the chance of an accidental explosion, timber dowels were used to fix the flooring.

Barrack like in appearance, the building is almost encircled by the watercourse of Flooding Creek, historically giving it a buffer from bushfires. The Magazine became private property around 1925 and in 1995 it was rediscovered through a heritage study conducted by the former City of Sale having been used as a private residence for many years.

The property is now owned by the Wellington Shire Council, who utilised the services of a heritage architect to produce a schedule of work for its restoration. It is managed by a Committee of Management responsible to the Sale Historical Society.




Walter Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 6.8K from Longford

Sale Historical Museum


The Sale Historical Museum housed in a stylish colonial building originally designed as the administrative headquarters of the Borough of Sale. It houses a relatively large and diverse collection. Local government paper-based records and original council furniture are especially outstanding.

It has a sizeable collection of portraits of local pioneers by Alfred Bock, and a significant collection of photographs of early Sale, military objects, textiles and household devices.

The Sale Historical Museum, located in Foster Street Sale in the original borough of Sale offices showcases local history and life in Sale from its beginnings as Flooding Creek.

An impressive collection of early Sale artefacts and photographs showcase Sale's historical past.




100 Foster Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 7.3K from Longford

Gippsland Regional Art Gallery


The Gippsland Art Gallery was established in 1965 as the Sale Regional Arts Centre above the City Library in MacAlister Street, Sale.

The Gallery was the first public art venue to open east of Melbourne. A Victorian State Government Grant enabled construction of the Gallery, which was subsequently run by a Committee of Management. The Gallery was staffed entirely by volunteers until its first Director, Gwen Webb was appointed in 1976. It continued to operate as a community gallery until 1994, when it came under the management of the newly formed Wellington Shire Council. The Gallery relocated into the Port of Sale Civic Centre, where it reopened in 1995.

Today the Gippsland Art Gallery is a thriving arts hub, hosting artists and exhibitions of national and international significance. The Gallery features three interior exhibition spaces and a sculpture courtyard. The Gallery also houses a significant art reference library, which is open to the public by appointment. Since its establishment in 1965, the focus of the Collection has been Gippsland and the natural environment. Works range in materials from paintings, sculpture, and prints, through to glass, ceramics, and textiles. A selection of works is on display at any one time, while other works in storage can be viewed by appointment.

The Gippsland Art Gallery Shop stocks a full range of merchandise from local artists and craftspeople, ranging from jewellery and decorative items, to original artworks and homewares.

The Gallery's Book Shop includes hundreds of titles from around the world, with subjects ranging from fine art to design, photography, architecture and travel. The shops range of souvenir postcards and greeting cards will make the perfect memento of your visit. There is something for everyone in the Gallery Shop!




70 Foster Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 7.3K from Longford

Sale Botanic Gardens


The 150 year old Sale Botanic Gardens sits next to the Lake Guthridge precinct and contains beautiful gardens, grassed areas, paved walking areas, a playground (including flying fox), undercover picnic areas, sculptures, a fauna enclosure, sensory garden, elm forest and the Lakeside Entertainment and Arts Facility. The Sale Botanic Gardens are located as part of the Lake Guthridge Parklands precinct, surrounding Lake Guthridge in the centre of Sale.

The Sale Botanic Gardens originated in 1860 when approx 20 hectares of land was set aside as a botanic garden. Twenty four years later, additional swampy land, now Lake Guthridge, was included in the site. Over the ensuing years, the site has endured many incursions and changes, including use as a golf course and appropriation of various sections for sporting activities and the construction of a fauna park.

Today, the botanic gardens measure approx 5.1 hectares, with the adjoining Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt occupying an additional 27 hectares. The Gardens owe their botanic heritage to Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller, the first state botanist, and Mr William Guilfoyle, the then director of the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

A major feature of the Botanic Gardens is the many remaining trees planted in the late 1800's by Von Mueller as well as remnant indigenous redgums some dating back 300 years. Near the gardens there are over 4km of trails to enjoy incorporating an indigenous art trail.

As well as an abundance of bird life visiting the parklands nearby, there is a comtemporary fauna enclosure containing Red-Necked Wallabies, Pademelons and Parma Wallabies set into a landscaped natural environment with excellent viewing opportunities. There is also a delightful "sensory garden" located within the botanic gardens for all to enjoy.

The Botanic Gardens are located in Guthridge Parade Sale, with ample free parking on site





Guthridge Parade
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 7.5K from Longford

Longford: Events

Sale Sunday Charity Variety Market


The monthly Sale Sunday Charity market is an outdoor market featuring a wide variety of plants, woodwork, clothing stalls, trash and treasure, bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, barbecue and food stalls.

Egg and bacon rolls are available for breakfast, barbecye, hot dogs and cold drinks are also available.

The market commences at 7:00am and finishes at 1:00pm.

Held on the third Sunday of every month at the Thompson River Canal Reserve.


Event Dates
2016
      19th Jun
      17th Jul
      21st Aug
      18th Sep
      16th Oct
      20th Nov
      18th Dec
2017
      15th Jan
      19th Feb
      19th Mar


South Gippsland Highway,
8,
Foster
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 5.4K from Longford

Sale Sunday Charity Variety Market


Sale Sunday Charity Variety Market is an outdoor market featuring a wide variety of plants, woodwork, clothing stalls, trash and treasure, bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, BBQ and food stalls. Egg and bacon rolls available for breakfast, BBQ, hot dogs and cold drinks also available.

Stalls are $10. Trestles are $5. Raffles must be accompanied by a stall.

Market commences at 7am and finishes at 1pm and is held on the third Sunday of every month at Thompson River Canal Reserve, Sale.



Event Dates
2016
      19th Jun
      17th Jul
      21st Aug


Canal Road
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 7.3K from Longford

BGANZ Open Day


Sale Botanic Gardens will host an Open Day as part of the BGANZ (Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc).

The Sustainability Trailer will be there on the day, as well as a host of activities for all including potting plants, bug blitz, live music, CWA stalls and much more.

The Open Day will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm with members of the Friends of the Sale Botanic Gardens on hand throughout the day.


Event Dates
2016
      29th May


Guthridge Parade,
8,
Foster
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 7.5K from Longford

Longford: Travel Tips

Wellington Visitor Information Centre - Sale


The Wellington Visitor Information Centre in Sale can provide you with information to assist you in your travel through the Wellington Shire region and to make your stay more enjoyable.

You will find an excellent range of brochures, showcasing what and where you can go to enjoy what this region has to offer. The staff are extremely happy to assist you with your requests.

The Wellington Shire region, which is in Central Gippsland, is a very diverse area with much to see. It stretches from the snowfields to the ocean including the longest unbroken stretch of beach in the world known as the Ninety Mile Beach. It also has beautiful National Parks, High Country and Wetlands within an hours drive of Sale.

Wellington Visitor Information Centre - Sale offer many activities for visitors to the regions, some of which are water activities on Lake Wellington such as water skiing, sailing, canoeing and swimming. While in the region you can also go cycling, horse riding, bush walking or hiking along the picturesque landscape.

The Wellington Region also has many art galleries, museums and antique shops. They have a variety of fishing activities from surf fishing, fly fishing, trout fishing, ocean fishing or charter fishing.

With plenty of National Parks, Camping sites and picnic areas. Relax in the local restaurants, wineries and gardens or play a game of golf or lawn bowls.

For any further information please contact Wellington Visitor Information Centre Sale.





8 Foster Street
Sale, VIC, 3850

Located 7.5K from Longford

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