AS A PROM COUNTRY APPETISER, THE JOURNEY TO LOCH PROMISES A VISUAL TREAT COMBINED WITH TRADITIONAL PLEASURES OF BESPOKE FOOD AND FARE.
From the M1, travel through Drouin on C432 and up through the A431 backroads toward the tiny historic village of Loch, c. 1876. You would be right in thinking that this place surrounded by bonny hills and glens had Scottish links. Perched in the verdant highlands with the faraway gleam of Anderson’s Inlet on the south coast, Loch was in fact named after one of Victoria’s early governors, Scotland’s Right Honourable Lord Henry Loch, 1827-1900.
This South Gippsland drive is laced with row after row of cypress stands thwarting the wind from any direction. These stalwart sentinels criss-cross the velvety folds of the rolling dairylands providing safe haven for the farms in the area. Visitors should hasten slowly as every turn in the road presents breathtaking vistas and unbelievable cloud formations riding the ridges on the horizon, each view better than the last. Depending on the time of day, you may be treated to an orderly queue of cows waiting around the bend, assembled patiently at the gateway waiting for their daily graze.
Loch village presents the visitor with a lazy day as a part of a pub crawl which would include a tasting of unique ales, bitters and spirits at the Loch Brewery and Distillery. Your palette may be tempted by a visit to The Gippsland Wine Company at the other end of the village for a tasting. Their beautiful wines from boutique vineyards, created by artisan winemakers include Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. No visit to an historic village would be complete without a treasure hunt in an antique store and Carringtons won’t disappoint. Then Indulge yourself at the Olive at Loch Bakery next door or a potter in one of the local pottery shops or galleries. Cross Victoria Road and do your food shopping at the Udder and Hoe for local produce in celebration of slow food and slower living.
Wind your way up the Loch-Wonthaggi Road to the Cape Horn Lookout above Loch for a sweeping, eye popping panorama of the area. For a 20 minute round trip and a good stretch of the legs, the Loch Village Walk passes through the picnic grounds, through the railway tunnel and past the old South Gippsland Tourist Railway siding, ending at the Loch Recreation Reserve just near the Loch Suspension Bridge over Allsop’s Creek.
Casey-Cardinia residents are so incredibly lucky to have the glory of Victoria’s South Gippsland region at our doorstep for a simple day out or a weekend getaway. This neck of the woods continues to provide ample and varied escapes to land and sea for family and friends.
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