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Foster, Victoria

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Once a bustling gold mining town, Foster is the gateway to Gippsland's spectacular natural attractions. The town is just 30 minutes from Wilsons Promontory National Park and a short drive from other popular destinations including Shallow Inlet, Corner Inlet, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay. Originally a gold mining town settled in 1871, mining ceased in the 1930s and it has since acted as the major service centre for Wilsons Promontory. Visit Foster Museum and learn about Foster's gold, forestry, dairying and social history. The town offers inspiring views over Corner Inlet to the peaks of 'the Prom'. Visit local lookouts such as Foster North Lookout on the South Gippsland Highway or Mt Nicholl Lookout. Embark on Hayes Walk and view the site of Victory Mine, the town's largest gold mine. The walk starts in town and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Head to Shallow Inlet for windsurfing or Corner Inlet for birdwatching and fishing. Swim at the local beaches of Sandy Point and Waratah Bay. You can reach Foster in just over two hours from Melbourne, travelling along the M1 and the South Gippsland Highway.

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