Grand Ridge Road
Gippsland's Grand Ridge Road is one of the great tourist drives of Victoria. For 132km it snakes its way along the ridge of the Strzelecki Ranges, providing striking views across the emerald-green farmlands to the Latrobe Valley in the north and Bass Strait in the south.
The Grand Ridge Road can be reached via Waragul, Morwell or Traralgon from the Princes Freeway, or via Yarram, Foster, Korumburra or Leongatha from the South Gippsland Highway. It takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes to access the road via any of these towns.
The Grand Ridge road spans 132km along the ridge of the Strzelecki Ranges. 50% of the roads surface is bitumen, 50% is gravel. The road is regularly maintained but care should be taken, especially during winter months when tree debris may fall on roads and surfaces can slippery or corrugated. The road runs through a high rainfall area and is often wet, slippery and foggy. On a very rare occasion you could also experience snow.
It is suggested that you allow 5 - 6 hours to complete the drive comfortably. Shorter sections can be completed, however, by using Mirboo North as a convenient halfway point.
The Grand Ridge Road is beautiful, yet windy. Slow, cautious travel is recommended to decrease the likelihood of accident. Gradual acceleration and careful braking is advised and drivers must always be careful to avoid wildlife. Wombats, wallabies, koalas and lyrebirds are common along the length of the road especially mid afternoon and towards dusk.
Logging trucks also utilize parts of the road (primarily on weekdays) and caution is required. Sign damage may be a problem along the road, so it is important to carry a map and follow it carefully.