Population 4501

Leongatha is a thriving town, considered the commercial centre of South Gippsland. Idyllically positioned as a gateway to Gippsland destinations and attractions, any major road departing Leongatha provides access to popular attractions, all within an easy one hour's drive.

Visitor Information

Michael Place Complex; (03) 5662 2111


Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • Mitchell River National Park

    Stunning river scenery, thickets of temperate rainforest, idyllic fern gullies and tracts of rugged countryside are the background to a wide...more

Nearby towns

  • Korumburra

    Established in 1887, Korumburra stands firmly as the heritage centre of South Gippsland. The township was a primary producer of black coal...more

  • Inverloch

    Inverloch is a small seaside town set on the protected waters of Anderson Inlet, east of Wonthaggi. It is characterised by long stretches of...more

  • Foster

    Foster was originally a goldmining town settled in the 1870s. The town boasts close access to Wilsons Promontory – affectionately called...more

In Town

Historical Society Museum: McCartin St.

Gallery: Cnr McCartin St and Michael Pl.

Mushroom Crafts: craft sales and gallery; 40 Blair St.

Great Southern Rail Trail: commencement of 50 km rail trail that winds between Leongatha and Foster.


Koonwarra Situated between Leongatha and Meeniyan on the South Gippsland Hwy, Koonwarra became the first eco-wise town in Australia. The town prides itself on its commitment to sustainable lifestyles. Drop in to the Koonwarra Fine Food & Wine Store to purchase local wines, cheese and pantry items. On the first Sat of each month, Koonwarra holds a farmers market. The town also boasts an organic cooking school, day spa, specialty shops, pottery and winery nearby. 8 km SE.

Gippsland wine region This dispersed wine region stretches from Phillip Island to Lakes Entrance, with the main cluster of wineries around Leongatha. Bass Phillip makes what is regarded as Australia’s greatest pinot noir. Phillip Island Vineyard is responsible for another superb version, as well as an excellent botrytis riesling, in spite of the island’s fierce winds and hungry birds. Chardonnay is Gippsland’s other specialty, evident from wineries such as Narkoojee and Nicholson River. The latter makes a particularly wonderful merlot and a blend called The Nicholson (merlot and shiraz).

Meeniyan: great place to visit for the art and craft enthusiast. Places of interest include Meeniyan Art Gallery, South Gippsland Craft Merchants, Beth's Antiques and Lacy Jewellery. Meeniyan hosts an annual art and craft exhibition over the Melbourne Cup weekend; 16 km SE.

Mossvale Park: tranquil setting for a picnic or barbecue. Music concerts and festivals are held here in Feb and Mar; 16 km NE.

Mirboo North: situated among the picturesque Strzelecki Ranges, the township is decorated with murals depicting the history of the area. Grand Ridge Brewery, Lyre Bird Forest Walk and the Grand Ridge Rail Trail are also located here; 26 km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Tarwin River 20 km

Estuary perch are the saltwater equivalent of Australian bass, and are highly regarded as sport fish. The Tarwin River is among the more exalted of Victoria’s estuary systems with a solid reputation for producing... Find out more

Anderson Inlet 24 km

Some would argue that Anderson Inlet, near Inverloch, isn’t an estuary but a bay. It has three creeks, Screw, Pound and Cherry Tree, plus the Tarwin River flowing in to it, and is situated about 140 km south-east... Find out more

Venus Bay 27 km

Victoria’s annual run of Australian salmon hits the surf beaches in autumn and runs through the winter. South Gippsland beaches are traditionally among the hottest for salmon action. Winter sees beaches from... Find out more

Corner Inlet 38 km

The sheltered waters of Corner Inlet yield snapper, salmon, whiting and trevally, and the area is popular with game fishermen because it offers the safest ocean entrance between Westernport Bay and Eden in NSW. Port... Find out more

Shallow Inlet 45 km

Shallow Inlet is one of few places in Victoria where you can launch your boat off the beach. You can reach the inlet via Sandy Point or from the Wilsons Promontory side, turning from the Fish Creek–Yanakie road. ... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching around Gippsland 38 km

This stretch of Victorian coast offers some of the best birdwatching in the country. Two locations, both Ramsar-listed, are worth a visit. Protected by the northern arm of Wilsons Promontory, the wetlands of Corner... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Koonwarra Store

Koonwarra is a tiny dot on the map, but this lovely cafe and gourmet food store makes it a fantastic stopover on the way to Wilsons Promontory, or a destination in itself. Decked out in friendly country style, aim for a... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Grand Ridge Brewery 21 km

One of the country’s longest-running craft breweries began life as the Strzelecki Brewery in 1988, but operated for only a brief period before being re-branded as Grand Ridge under new ownership. Over the ensuing... Find out more

Campsites around town

Inverloch Foreshore Reserve camping area 25 km

Camping is available year-round at the foreshore reserve, but it does get popular. For views over the inlet, take the Screw Creek Walk which includes a boardwalk section and a trail through a paperbark forest. If you... Find out more

Turtons Creek camping area 27 km

You can camp without facilities beside Turtons Creek about 18 km north of Foster. Near the campsite, reached via Turtons Creek Rd, which branches off the Boolarra–Foster Rd, you’ll find a lovely little... Find out more

Morwell River camping areas 32 km

Blackfish, trout and crayfish are the prime targets for anglers when they set themselves up along the banks of the Morwell River. If you’re a like-minded soul, head for one of the campsites strung out along Morwell... Find out more

Middle Creek camping area (bush camping) 37 km

From the small town of Yinnar, south of the Strzelecki Hwy, get onto Middle Creek Rd and follow it for 10 km to the south-east. Here, at a secluded spot beside Middle Creek, you’ll find a small bush-camping area... Find out more

Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat 42 km

Dramatic coastal views are the norm at this quiet beachside caravan park, located between Wonthaggi and San Remo. The beaches here are safe for kids, plus there are good spots for a snorkel and plenty of walking options,... Find out more

Shallow Inlet camping area 43 km

This campground is 4 km west of Yanakie at the end of Lester Rd, just outside the boundary of the marvellous Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park. The sheltered waters of the park are ideal for swimming, canoeing and... Find out more

Walkerville camping area 43 km

Popular with many families who return year after year, this camping reserve has great facilities and is kept neat and tidy by the staff. Close by are surf beaches for adults, as well as safe beaches for kids. Walking... Find out more

Bear Gully camping area 46 km

At the bottom of the cape, just to the east of its historic lighthouse, the Bear Gully camping area is the only overnight option in the park, its shady campsites nestling among tall banksias. From here you can rock-hop... Find out more

Lake Narracan Caravan Park 47 km

When its water levels are high enough, Lake Narracan, 5 km north-east of Moe, is a popular watersports venue. Besides sailing and canoeing, waterskiing is also conducted here under the auspices of what’s believed... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Warragul Gardens Holiday Park 35 km

This owner-operated park has spacious grassy sites, good facilities and great amenities. However, the focal point is the magnificent gardens; these alone make the park worth a visit. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Glen Cromie Caravan Park 45 km

In a large, park-like setting on the banks of a stream, this is a popular caravan park during weekends and holiday periods. It is a great place for a family break and just a short drive from the greater Melbourne area.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lamont House

This three-bedroom historic cottage might date back to the early 1900s, but it has all the comforts of home with reverse-cycle air-conditioning, period furniture with modern fittings, full kitchen for self-catering and... Find out more

Lyre Bird Hill Winery

The owners of this family-operated winery offer two accommodation options: three in-house B&B rooms in a purpose-built guesthouse that is ideal for couples; and one self-catering three-bedroom cottage expressly... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Trafalgar park area 35 km

At Trafalgar

Middle of town via the service road.

Bunyip rest area 44 km

29km W of Yarragon (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For westbound only.

What's on around town

South Gippsland Golf Classic: Feb.

Music for the People Concert: Mossvale Park; Feb.

Mossvale Music Festival: Mar.

Raw Vibes Youth Festival: Mar.

Daffodil Festival: Sept.

Garden and Lifestyle Expo: Nov.

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