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Getting out of town with Lee from Anderley in Yarragon

I’m Lee from Anderley.

My partner Andrew and I found our property 5km out of town in the hills above Yarragon in 2001 and quickly set about revegetating the property with over 20,000 native trees and understory to protect the steep land and encourage wildlife.

We were captivated by the views and wanted to share this wonderful area with others. Andrew designed and built two cottages drawing inspiration from the high-country bush huts with a modern flavour. They are specifically designed for couples looking to get away from it all and rest and recuperate in West Gippsland.

These are the top tips I give to guests for things to do around the area.

A walk in ancient forests

Mt Worth State park is a real hidden gem of the region.  It is one of the last remaining pockets of wet forest that once covered the entire Strzelecki Ranges. 

The tall Mountain Ash and Mountain Grey Gums tower over lush fern gullies and there is a variety of walks for all levels. 

Many guests collect local cheese and bread or BBQ supplies from town to take up to the picnic grounds for lunch.

Take a drive to Blue Rock Lake

About 20min north of here is Blue Rock Lake which is a hidden gem to visit in the region.

The dam was built across the Tanjil river in the early 80’s and is another scenic place for a picnic with rolling green hills in the background. 

It’s well known by fishing enthusiasts and in summer; it’s a great place for swimming off the beach.

A little tipple or two

Yarragon is a fantastic place to base yourself to explore some of west Gippsland wineries.

20 min from Yarragon you will find Wild Dog Winery, which is home to winemakers Bill Downie and Patrick Sullivan. Hogget Kitchen is the onsite restaurant, headed up by Trevor Perkins and brother Steve, who serve up local and seasonal food, including butchering, smoking and pickling in-house.

The property is also home to the newly opened Baw Baw Cellar Door, where you can taste and take home wine, beers and gin from a whole range of West Gippsland producers.

Brandy Creek Winery is famous for its Spanish Tapas and Raciones. We often have guests who are here specifically for their monthly all-you-can-eat Paella Feast!

Their day spa is a real treat and includes a modern take on a Turkish hammam.

A favourite that I often send people to is Ripplebrook Winery, which has stunning views across West Gippsland and is dog-friendly (like our accommodation). Ripplebrook is run by a second-generation Aeolian (island near Sicily) family and this is very much reflected in the food and wine produced here.

 

Big day out options

For those with a little more time, Mt Baw Baw and Walhalla are within easy reach from here. 

The historic town of Walhalla is a great place to spend the day wandering and soak in the past. The gold mine tour and historic train ride are a must.  The town is particularly stunning in the middle of Autumn when the oak trees drop their leaves. 

Mt Baw Baw plateau is a great place for short walks through granite boulders and snow gums with wildflowers in spring and snow play in winter. The winding roads up the mountain make the drive all the more fun.

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