Shanti Relaxation Retreat
304 Marathon Road
Briagolong VIC 3860

t: 03 5145 5528



Things to do in Briagolong:-

Briagolong to Cobbanah Scenic Road

Freestone River Gorge - signposted walking tracks


Trail riding and Alpine tours

Blue Pool, Quarry Reserve - Freestone Creek,
10 km north of Briagolong. A crystal clear pool set in natural bushland Freestone Creek is part of Gippslands forgotten goldfields and a short walk from Blue Pool leads to an old gold mine. Watch for koalas along the way.
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McKinnons Point -
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Freestone Creek Historic Goldmining Area -
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Things to do in the Maffra area:-

Gem and mineral display - Old Courthouse

Winery - Stratford Rd

Sugar Beet Museum - River St

Avon Mt Hedrick Scenic Reserve - via Boisdale - 30km NW of Maffra
Accessed via Maffra or Heyfield on several roads running off the Newry Glenmaggie Road This 5,700 hectare reserve is bisected by the Avon River which provides the major visitor interest, while its predominantly dry open forests display a great diversity of wildflowers and its variable landform contains gorges, rocky escarpments and several high peaks. Day picnic and BBQ facilities are provided at Nicholson Rocks, The Channels carpark and Dermodys Camp. These sites are
starting points for short walks, including The Channels track which runs through a rocky gorge, cut out of siltston
and sandstone by the Avon River. Several walking tracks are also provided in the vicinity of Mt Hedrick.

Macalister Swamp - bird hides

Four wheel drive tours

Garden tours

Things to do in the Stratford area:-

Horse & Carriage Tours

Avon River - gem and fossil fossicking

Pioneer Way Heritage Drive

The Old Court Theatre

Knob Reserve
3 km south-east of Stratford is a 56-hectare park called Knob Reserve, home to an annual country music festival. At the crest of the hill you can look down upon the local farmlands, the foothills and the Avon River. The
reserve is ideal for a picnic and has the appropriate facilities.

Was the homestead of squatter, William Odell Raymond, who established a run in the area in 1842. He
built the house in 1848-54 from hand-made bricks and pitsawn timber. It is located on Bengeworden Road, a little north
of the town, on a ridge which commands a pleasant view of Lake Wellington. Apart from some extensions in the 1870s it remains almost untouched, structurally along with its furnishings and some ancestral memorabilia. On 30 September 2003, Strathfieldsaye Estate Ltd (SEL) assumed custodianship of this historic Gippsland grazing property. SEL shares a common board of trustees with Australian Landscape Trust and ALT has responsibility for the operation of the Strathfieldsaye property.

Australian Wildlife Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
Past the Munro turn-off is the Australian Wildlife Art Gallery
and Sculpture Park where you can see Australias wildlife faithfully depicted in paint, clay and bronze by award-winning artists, Chris and Dawn Stubbs. It is open to the public, Thursday to Monday or by appointment.

Crystal Stubbs
Is a studio at the Gallery and produces hot solid formed glas sculptures that are figuratively based. Crystal has been scholarship recipient at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle where she studied under Dino Rosin. Crystal Exhibits her work at the Gallery and received a Monash University Fellowship in the glass studies area in 2003.

The Bataluk Cuktural Trail
The trail extends from Sale in the east, through Stratford, Mitchell River National Park, Bairnsdale, Metung, Lake Tyers, Buchan and Orbost to Cape Conran in the west. It follows the trails and trading routes of pre-colonial days and focuses on elements of Koorie history and culture, including Dreamtime stories, traditional lifestyles, the Den of Nargun, Legend Rock, Aboriginal Keeping Places, archaeological sites such as canoe trees and shell middens (some dating back 10 000 years), cultural centres of the region, and aspects of European invasion, colonial settlement and present-day existence. At Stratford the focus is on Knob Reserve.