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Nyerimilang Heritage Park, Gippsland, Victoria

Updated on January 22, 2013
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

Nyerimilang Bushland
Nyerimilang Bushland | Source

A Great Place to Visit

Take a drive down Gippsland way,

A lovely way to spend a day.

So many things to see and do,

Forests and lakes and cows that moo,

And if longer you wish to linger

Visit Nyerimilang Park, signed road to take

Off the highway to right beside the lake.

My Trip There

Not long ago I was invited to stay with friends who were holidaying in East Gippsland. I decided not to drive, but to go by public transport, so it was quite an adventure. Pulling my weekend luggage behind me, I left home at about 7.15 a.m., walked the half kilometre or so to our local train station. The line runs to Melbourne, but I needed to alight at Caulfield to change trains. I found I needed to change to a different platform, but it was timed well and before long I was on board and seated in my reserved window seat, right in the refreshment carriage, so it was easy to settle in with a welcome coffee after all the bustle.

Soon the suburban stations were flashing by and then we were out in the countryside and enjoying the passing farms and bushland. We stopped at some stations and hurried 'Express' through others, including Drouin, Warragul, Trafalgar, passed the beautiful green 'heartbreak hills' of the Streszkecki Ranges, stopped at Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Stratford, and arrived in Bairnsdale in time to board the bus that left at 11.40 a.m. and arrived just before mid-day at Swan Reach. Here I was met by my friends and driven to a holiday unit in Nungurner, but more about that another time.

Old Shed and Water Tank
Old Shed and Water Tank | Source

Getting There by Car

The next day we drove east along Princes Highway, towards Lakes Entrance, and then turned right into Nungurna Road. It's quite clearly signposted to Nyerimilang Heritage Park, which is situated in Nungurner. I guess, as a Heritage Park, it's not really so very old; the Homestead was built in the 1920s as a gentleman's holiday retreat, but it is now a lovely public park and the homestead is open to visitors, too. The Park is maintained by Parks Victoria and an enthusiastic group of volunteers called Friends of Nyerimilang.

it was a beautiful sunny day. We parked and walked towards the house, passing quaint sheds and an old water-tank built up high to get good pressure for the house. There were extensive lawns and lovely gardens, including a rose garden that was displaying some beautiful blooms.

In the distance we could glimpse the blue waters of Lake King, one of the Gippsland Lakes.

The Bathroom
The Bathroom | Source

The Homestead

We went up the steps onto the wide verandah of the weatherboard house and walked around there to admire the view. Then we went inside.

For those times, and especially for a holiday house, it was quite spacious with good-sized windows looking out to the view across the Lake, where the water sparkling in the sunshine.

The rooms were furnished as they would have been in earlier times. The kitchen, with its range, set of scales and weights, and various utensils from a past era, was especially interesting and we loved the stained glass window and old-fashioned bath and basin in the bathroom.

Lake King
Lake King | Source

The Walk

We went out of a side door and lingered on the wide verandah again, to enjoy the view to the south.

Beyond the arm of land the other side of the lake, we could see the darker blue of the ocean that is the Tasman Sea. We knew that the other side of the arm of land to the west was the eastern end of the Ninety Mile Beach, a wonderful sweep of sand and dunes that stretches along the other side of long, narrow Lake Reeve.

Then we walked down the steps onto the lawn to follow one of the long walking tracks that meander through the property.


Glimpses of the Lake
Glimpses of the Lake | Source

As we came closer to the lake there were glimpses of the water from between the trees.

Native Flora and Fauna

The tracks vary, as they go through both rain forest to wetlands. In the forest there are large Kurrajong trees and Grey Box trees; the gum-flowers are great for the bees.

There is a diversity of flora, as it has been collected and propagated from many parts of East Gippsland, including Paynesville, the slopes of the Great Dividing Range and the rain-forests of the Howe Range near the New South Wales border.

Much of the fauna is nocturnal, such as the delightful little Sugar Gliders, brush-tailed possums and wombats, but there were bird hides and we saw New Holland and Yellow Faced Honeyeaters, and also Black Ducks in the wetland area. We glimpsed a Black Snake but kept our distance. High up in the thermals a pair of white-bellied sea eagles were silhouetted against the deep blue of the sky.

As we were leaving we discovered the Friends of Nyerimilang Gift Shop near the entrance where we stocked up on honey, postcards and gifts for friends back home.

It would be a lovely place to have a picnic or a barbecue near the picnic tables. It is a beautiful place, placid and peaceful in the sun, but there is lots to see and do, as well.

Lake King with the Tasman Sea Beyond
Lake King with the Tasman Sea Beyond | Source

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hello Blossom,

      What a great hub about Nyerimilang Heritage Park. I would love to travel by train but have yet to try it. The park is beautiful with its many animals and foliage to look at not to forget the beach too.. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thank you for sharing...Hope you get to go again soon.

      Sunnie

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      a wonderful share blossom :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      A wonderful park. Loved the pictures. A treat for the eyes.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This would make a great day trip for a family. Lovely photos and the park looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I always enjoy travelling by train, the park looks lovely and the views of the lake beautiful!

      Thank you for sharing your trip with us blossom.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blossom, you are writing about a part of the world I would love to visit and maybe, someday, I will be a rich author and travel will be affordable. Until then I'll use your help to at least learn about some of these places. Wonderful hub!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You made it sound so inviting. My mind even went to asking my sister about a trip....

      Voted up and awesome, my friend, Joyce.

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      cherriquinn 5 years ago from UK. England. Newcastle upon Tyne

      Beautiful place and wonderful photographs anywhere that captures my imagination is certainly worth a visit. However, this time I may have a long wait! A lovely hub.

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Great poem and hub! Sounds like you had quite an adventure!!

      Marcia Ours

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for telling us that know nothing of this place about a wonderful place to visit and I know we would love to copy just the day you had.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for taking us on a adventure through the Nyerimilang Heritage Park sounds and looks like a very beautiful place .

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sunnie Day: I really enjoyed my day there and we did have a wonderful time. It's quite a distance away, so I'm not sure if I'll get there again, but I'm keeping it in mind in case I have some overseas visitors who have enough time to travel there.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vellur: A treat for the eyes and for the soul also, as it is such a peaceful place.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: It would make a great day trip for a family if they drove, as the trip would not take so much time to get there. It was beautiful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Movie Master: I love travelling by train, too, especially long distances as it is so convenient to be able to get up and walk around. The refreshments car is always popular, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      billybuc: If you get to be a rich author, you'll be doing much better than I have so far! I wish you luck and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I love being in natural surroundings, so I really enjoyed it, Joyce. There is so much to see and hear and I even love the smell of the bush. Thank you for the vote.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      cherriquinn: Yes, the imagination can run riot in a place like that, wondering what the people who lived there were like. I know they used to have special days when someone would come with a bullock wagon and demonstrate and also give rides.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mours sshields: You're right! It was an adventure, and of the right kind.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Jackie Lynnley: I knew nothing of it before my friends told me about it and took me there. There are probably lots of really interesting places hidden away, just waiting to be discovered in your country, as well, that you could enjoy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      kashmir56: It was a beautiful place to visit. It's rather whetted my appetite for more explorations of my not too far away environment.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh Blossom, I want to get a passport and come to see such breathtakingly beautiful sights. Thank you for sharing. You are blessed to get to travel and see much of God's creation for sure. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I would love to travel by train, i never have. Very enjoyable article. I love the stained glass window in the bathroom. Thank you for sharing..

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: How lovely, thank you! I am truly blessed and I love to see our Creator in His creation. God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I guess that we don't often see hubs with photos of bathrooms, but that stained glass window was interesting. Love sharing.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Blossom and another for my Armchair Travelling slot.

      Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Thank you, Eddy. I'm glad you enjoyed the visit.

      I have been enjoying my day - caught up on ironing I should have done ages ago, so feeling good. Also went to Artists Group which is always fun (I like Fridays).

      I hope you enjoy your day, which is probably just beginning, if I have the times right!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted everything across the board, except funny. Now this sounds like a lovely place to be, and is probably great for bird photography, too. Maybe one day I will get to see Australia. Thanks for the park information.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      aviannovice: You're exactly right! Last night I completed a hub on some holiday units in Nungurner, called Galilee and in that I have photos of King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas. There were other birds, too, but I was a guest and could not spend all my time with my camera. Thank you for your comments.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds as though you had a lovely vacation trip. Enjoyed seeing and reading about Nyerimilang Heritage Park. Thanks for the photos. Voted up and interesting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Peggy W: It was just lovely and I've enjoyed it numerous times since, just thinking about it. Thank you for your vote.

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