Toora is a small historic farming village in South Gippsland, a leisurely 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD. This scenic location at the top of Corner Inlet boasts stunning views to Wilson’s Promontory National Park and the rolling landscape of the Strzelecki Ranges. The Tooralodge Motel is at the heart of town, affording you quick access to all local shops and cafes, and the townships central location provides the perfect base to explore the regions many parks and attractions.
This budget motel in Bairnsdale has a range of accommodation options to choose during your stay, including the Double Room with one queen bed (suitable for up to 2 guests), the Spa Room is a spacious room with one queen bed (suitable for 2 guests), the Twin Room with one double bed and one single bed (suitable for up to 3 guests), and the larger Family Room for a group of up to 5 guests with one double bed, one single bed and one bunk bed.
A range of pleasing extras exist to enhance your stay, such as a fully licensed bar and bistro on the premises offering delicious dining to guests, cooked breakfasts available on weekends and BBQ Facilities/Meal Packages available on request.
Traditional Indian and Mexican meals a specialty. Home cooked on the premises and served in onsite restaurant. Meals to rooms. Hot Breakfasts.
Tooralodge Motel is situated in the heart of the Toora township, and offers tidy and hospitable accommodation in Bairnsdale that presents an excellent base to discover South Gippsland’s best points of interest.
A short drive will see you to Gippsland’s finest parklands; Wilson’s Promontory, Tarra Bulga National Park or Agnes Falls and a few of the numerous surrounding villages of Sandy Point, Waratah Bay, Walkerville, Port Albert, Port Franklin and Port Welshpool, all idyllic coastal locations with plenty of unique charm, history and local activities to engage in during your travels.
Toora is a quaint and appealing town. Its tranquil environment but pivotal location in the Gippsland region makes it the perfect holiday getaway and a great way to explore some of Victoria’s finest tourist attractions.
The iconic and much-loved Wilson’s Promontory National Park sits atop the southernmost peninsula of the Australian mainland with stunning scenery and incredible wildlife to enjoy during your visit. A complex web of walking trails direct you forth into a number of breathtaking rivers, coves, lookout points and coastal beaches.
Extensive bushwalks of up to three days can be taken up with the opportunity to camp outdoors or bunker down in a number of huts and cabins in the wilderness. The Prom has the added convenience of nearby access to a general store and take-away food store.
A plethora of walking trails exist in direct proximity to Toora, including a trek amongst the mesmerizing mountain ash trees at Tarra Bulga National Park, with stretches of fern gullies and ancient myrtle beeches providing some of the best examples of cool temperate rainforest in the Strzelecki Ranges. The labyrinth of trails set off to a number of different picnic grounds and weave amongst the unique flora and fauna to Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge providing breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest.
The Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve is also located in the Strzelecki Ranges with walking trails that set off through blue gum forests to the falls and picnic grounds on the banks of the Agnes River.
The Toora Village Studio Gallery is a creative space showcasing works from the local arts community. The gallery is a shared space with the Windmill Café behind the historic Grain Store’s shop front with an exhibition space and workshop area run by local volunteers. Relax with coffee and cake at the adjoining café and be sure to check into the gallery and enjoy the incredible paintings or classes on offer.
A unique local history of Toora can be experienced in a visit to the Toora Heritage Pear Orchard, referred to locally as a ‘living museum’ with 100 trees bearing over 50 varieties of succulent pears. An association run by local residents provide pruning days and grafting days where visitors to the Orchard can learn techniques from experts and take home new trees to plant – a wonderful memento from your stay in Toora! Every march the local collective hosts an annual Pear Party, a beautiful day out with live music, art installations, children’s activities, food stalls, displays of local history, food stalls and (of course) pear tastings.
Lovers of walking, riding or merely getting amongst the great outdoors will adore the Great Southern Rail Trail, a series of trails differing in length and difficulty along the old Gippsland rail line with a number of towns and attractions to see along the way. The winding path of the trail stretches from Leongatha to Foster alongside diverse flora, wetlands, forest and countryside. The trail also has a number of toilets, signage and resting points to make your travels comfortable.
There are a great many food experiences to be appreciated on the journey around Toora. Waratah Hills Winery is set on the road to Wilsons Promontory, its southern location providing the perfect cool climate to produce some of the finest Pinot Noir wines in Australia. Sample some of their delicious range with cheeseboards, tapas platters and other seasonal food specials under a pergola, or in the expanded picnic area overlooking the Hoddle Ranges.
The Royal Standard Hotel in Toora offers mouth-watering pub fare at decent prices and extensive wine list promoting many excellent local wines of the Gippsland region. The Windmill Café is another favoured local eatery abutting the Toora Village Studio Gallery offering quality coffee, homemade pastries, scones, freshly baked bread and even a hearty soup on the menu from time to time. The exceptional hospitality makes this a worthwhile visit when in town.