Tarwin Lower - Down by the River
Looking for a peaceful, relaxing, getaway from it all holiday that won’t cost you a fortune?
Tarwin Lower village is located on the Tarwin River in South Gippsland 160kms from Melbourne, 25kms from Inverloch and 6kms from the magnificent Venus Bay beaches. The lifestyle is relaxed, no one hurries here.
Accommodation will surprise and delight with all forms from camping, caravanning, cabins, motel, holiday houses, apartments, through to the more luxurious.
Tarwin Lower is well serviced with a hotel, general store/newsagency, post office, real estate agent, takeaways, hardware store and butcher all catering for your requirements.
The river which is tidal and flows into Anderson Inlet then out to into Bass Strait is the centre of activity with fishing, boating and water-skiing very popular. There is a concrete boat ramp on the Venus Bay side of town. Picnic area and toilets are also located here.
Stroll along the boardwalk, drop a line into the river with the kids, watch the soldier crabs scamper along the mud flats when the tide is out, view the birdlife and enjoy the peace and serenity on offer.
The Historic Tarwin Lower Hotel has family meals 7 days a week with Pub Tab and live entertainment during the summer months. Spacious verandah with river views. During winter the two sided open fire enhances the atmosphere.
If you are a landlubber, there is plenty to see and do including tennis, regular markets, bushwalking, and an abundance of wildlife. Picnic tables and bbqs are placed at strategic places in the village for your enjoyment
Baldhills Creek Wetland Reserve is 4kms from Tarwin Lower is alive with birds and wildlife.
Excellent beaches are close by at Venus Bay, so there is always something going on in this part of Victoria’s South Gippsland Coast.
Stadium 4 Cinema Leongatha 20 Minutes from Inverloch
Little tired of the beach? Looking to cccupy the children whilst enjoying a movie yourself?
Then consider Stadium 4 Cinema at Leongatha approx 20 minutes from Inverloch and thirty minutes from
Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay areas. This modern 4 screen cinema complex screens latest release movies with extra screenings during main holiday periods, has exciting amusement games and a Kids Fun Day on the first Monday of the school holidays.
Venus Bay - Magnificent, Unspoilt Beaches
6kms from Tarwin Lower with a walk/bike track connecting the two villages. Venus Bay seaside village was named by George Bass after the planet commonly observed as the morning or evening star. Enjoy 26 kilometers of magnificent, unspoilt sandy surf beaches, via 5 different access points along the bay stretch.
The main family beach (number 1 beach) just above the Caravan Park is patrolled during summer months. Follow directions given by the lifesavers and swim between the flags as the beach opens directly onto Bass Strait which is renowned for strong undertows. Also be aware that other beach locations around Venus Bay are not patrolled and not recommended for poor swimmers.
Venus Bay beaches are also a haven for surfers and surf fishermen with large fish regularly caught from the surf. Fishing competitions are held regularly over the main holiday periods. Call into Rod Bending Fishing in the shopping precinct, the friendly staff will tell you the best spots and what bait the fish are taking.
The Venus Bay boat ramp is located at the end of Fishermen's Jetty Road. Allows access to Anderson Inlet (turn right at the general store then left at roundabout). There is also a concrete ramp near the hotel in Tarwin Lower for a spot of river fishing.
Venus Bay has a large, well stocked licensed general store, sub newsagency, restaurant, pizza shop and several specialty shops.
Accommodation is plentiful but it is a good idea to book over main holiday periods. Venus Bay Caravan Park owned and operated by Fenna and Jacob is a very clean and tidy family orientated caravan park where you can bring your van, pitch a tent or stay in one of the ultra modern ensuite park units. The park facilities include swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground – all of this a few minutes stroll to the main beach which is patrolled during summer months.
Wildlife is very prominent throughout the area with many species of native and sea birds to be observed. Kangaroos can be sighted grazing along the sides of the road so be aware and take your time when driving through the various beach areas.
The Point Smythe Walk (6 km circuit, 2 hours) takes you through thick coastal vegetation and onto the beach at Point Smythe. The track is sheltered and you can follow it through to the point, views directly across Anderson Inlet to Inverloch.
TARWIN LOWER Weather Guide