Attractions and things to do for over 55s in Trafalgar, Victoria, and Baw Baw Shire
The picturesque town of Trafalgar, Victoria – with a population of around 3,621* – is conveniently located on the Princes Highway in beautiful Baw Baw Shire. It is the natural starting point of many a scenic drive into the surrounding countryside, which is bursting with wineries, waterfalls and quaint country towns. With a vibrant community and active, creative environment, complemented by an abundance of gorgeous cafes and restaurants – and even a Holden Museum, Trafalgar is the perfect place to enjoy a rich retirement lifestyle.
Whether your ideal retirement is active and energetic, or more relaxed and leisurely, located in the West Gippsland region of Victoria, Trafalgar has something to suit every taste.
Enjoy the glorious Trafalgar weather with some fit and active fun. Keep your swing in at Trafalgar’s beautifully crafted 18-hole golf course – widely considered to be one of the best in country Victoria. There are two Lawn Bowls clubs, featuring both outdoor and indoor bowls, hosting social events and happy hours. Or you might prefer to hit the tennis courts at the ‘Saturday Seniors’ club, cool off in the 25m outdoor swimming pool, or try a spot of senior’s cricket.
Nature lovers can take a leisurely stroll through one of Trafalgar’s many parks, work up a sweat in the community gardens or enjoy berry picking. Visit the stunning Narracan Falls, or the Uralla nature reserve, with its easy bush walks and bike rides. Keen bird watchers can keep an eye out for over 70 species of birds, and wildlife enthusiasts may encounter koalas, wombats and wallabies, or perhaps even spot the rare Trafalgar Millipede!
Take a scenic journey down the Two Ranges drive from the majesty of the Baw Baw Plateau to the rolling hills of the Strzelecki Ranges. Visit the Upper Latrobe and Tanjil River valleys in the mountains to the north and enjoy the spectacular views from Grand Ridge Road, or take to the water at Blue Rock Lake at Willow Grove.
Glimpse history at Old Gippstown, an open-air museum and reconstructed pioneer township in nearby Moe, Victoria, or take a short road trip to the nearby towns of Yarragon and Warragul, which offer a wide range of shopping, markets, cafes, eateries and entertainment to rival Melbourne.
Local sightseers will discover heritage buildings nestled in historic Trafalgar, including the post office, which was built in 1879, and the train station which opened in 1878. For those who enjoy handiwork, visit Trafalgar’s amazing patchwork and quilting store, which also stocks cross stitch and long stitch kits, embroidery threads and knitting wool.
Gentlemen may particularly enjoy a visit to the Trafalgar Holden Museum to see a variety of restored and original Holden vehicles, including other Holden products, such as kitchen appliances. There’s also a cafe and a cinema room to view the history of this iconic Australian manufacturer on film. Men can make new friends and get away from it all at the Trafalgar Men’s Shed, or grab a rod and try the bountiful trout fishing at the local streams.
Engage with the community at social events such as regular book fairs, supper dances and fund-raising events. Trafalgar also hosts a variety of festivals, including the Battle of Trafalgar festival in October, which celebrates the history of this town named after Nelson’s historic victory. For garden lovers, October also features the Gardivalia Festival of Gardens, showcasing open gardens, garden tours, demonstrations, events, workshops and art exhibitions, all complemented by gourmet food and wine.
Venture to nearby Poowong to pick up a bargain at the Picker’s Festival, or enjoy some of the best food and wine in Victoria at the Tinamba Food & Wine Festival. There’s always something special to see and do when living in the lovely town of Trafalgar.
When it’s time to relax and replenish, indulge your senses with some great coffee and tasty treats made from fresh, locally-grown produce at one of Trafalgar’s many friendly cafes, or dine at one of the local or internationally-themed restaurants. You can even take a mini-break at one of the gorgeous accommodations tucked away in the surrounding hills. Whatever your pleasure, Trafalgar, Victoria, and the surrounding Gippsland countryside will soothe and entertain and is a wonderful place to call home.