Maffra, Victoria, Australia, is a small, picturesque heritage town. It is located in the Gippsland region and is approximately two hundred twenty kilometres (one hundred forty miles) east of Melbourne. This tiny town has a population of just over five thousand people. Its name is derived from a town also called Maffra in Portugal; it's so named because it was said that some of the early inhabitants had fought in Peninsula War in Spain and Portugal.
Maffra boasts much natural beauty and its tree-lined streets are pleasing to the eye. Visitors are regularly drawn here as part of a lush country drive, which passes through Maffra as well as nearby areas such as Toongabbie, Cowwar, Heyfield, Tinamba, and Glengarry.
History lovers will be delighted with the offerings in Maffra, Victoria, Australia. As well as being a heritage town, there are several purpose-built historical attractions. For instance, there is the Maffra Sugar Beet Museum as well as The Gippsland Vehicle Collection. Maffra’s Duart Homestead is also a popular place to visit. Housed in a beautiful historic Victorian homestead, the restaurant serves set menus with two or three courses as well as high tea (advance bookings essential).
Those with a more active streak will be pleased to know there are activities that will appeal to their interests. Cyclists can take on The Country Road Cycling Route, which is a fifty-five-kilometer, sealed road track that starts and finishes in Maffra. Or try the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, a sixty-seven-kilometer recreational trail former historic Gippsland Plains railway line route between Traralgon and Stratford. If you’re more suited to four wheels than two, The Pinnacles Four Wheel Drive might be more up your alley.
Accommodation-wise, there is a small number of Maffra, Victoria, Australia hostels. Considering how small this town is, it is surprising there are any hostels in Maffra, Victoria, Australia at all. However, if staying overnight in Maffra itself isn’t appealing, there is a huge variety of hostels in the much more populated city of Melbourne. Since it is only a two-and-a-half-hour drive away, Maffra could be a good place to visit on a day trip as the drive there is quite scenic. Alternatively, if you’re road tripping through Victoria, Maffra is a beautiful place for a pit-stop.
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