Nyerimilang Heritage Park is on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, 10 km by road north-west of Lakes Entrance. The park is ideal for picnics featuring attractive gardens and pastoral surroundings and walks along bush and farm tracks. The park also offers magnificent views across Reeve Channel and the lakes beyond.
Things to Do
Nyerimilang is used by local community groups for activities concerned with history and the natural environment. These events are advertised locally and are generally open to all park visitors.
The land that is now Nyerimilang Heritage Park was first owned by Mr A Murray in 1884. He later transferred it to Frank Stuart of Melbourne who built a home as a base for fishing and shooting holidays at the Gippsland Lakes. During the early 1930s, his son Frank Jnr extended the house, developed the surrounding gardens and lived in style at Nyerimilang complete with housemaids and a gardener. When Frank Stuart Jnr died in 1936 his widow gave the property to the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland for use as a Boys' Training Farm.
William Buckland, the "quiet millionaire", purchased Nyerimilang in the 1940s and occasionally used it as a holiday home. After he died in 1964 the property changed hands again before being purchased by the Victorian Government in 1976.
A display featuring the history of Nyerimilang and the natural resources and history of the Gippsland Lakes may be seen in the homestead. A collection of reference material is also available in the homestead library.
Nyerimilang attracts many species of birds including honeyeaters, water birds and birds of prey. A large dam below the homestead provides a new habitat of wildlife in the Park.
The semi-formal gardens and lawns surrounding the homestead contain an interesting collection of exotic and native species. Elsewhere, the majestic Gippsland Blue Gums and Coast Grey Box on the cliff tops contrast with the marshland in the valley of Maringa Creek.
The East Gippsland Garden will represent the flora communities of East Gippsland. The garden is currently being developed by the Friends of Nyerimilang, Society for Growing Australian Plants- Bairnsdale Group and Parks Victoria.
Looking After the Park
How to Get There
Access to Nyerimilang Heritage Park is from the Princes Highway via either the Nungurner Road or the Metung-Kalimna West Road. Signs indicate the appropriate turnoffs from the highway to the park. The park is open daily until sunset and the homestead is open when Rangers are on duty, normally from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Group visits should be arranged in advance with the Rangers.For further information go to Parks Victoria web site.
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