With the ocean to the high-country all in Stratford's backyard, the picturesque town is an excellent base to enjoy the natural beauty and history of the region. Stratford is a charming village set on the Avon River which came into existence as a result of dairying, sheep, cattle and horse breeding in the district. Today it is characterised by pleasant rail cycleways, an Arts Trail, cute cafes, the excellent Apex park beside the river and a Shakespeare on the River Festival which celebrates its links with Stratford in Warwickshire, England.

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Gippsland Rail Trail to Maffra and Tinamba and enjoy the peaceful rural views. For keen cyclists, you can ride all the way through to Cowwarr, Heyfield and finish in Glengarry, 48km in all.

Just 3km south-east of Stratford's main street is the scenic Knob Recreation Reserve, one of the many significant sites long the Bataluk Cultural Trail, which follows the route of East Gippsland's Koorie people. This is the perfect place for a picnic or wood fired BBQ, family-friendly bush walking, and exploration of indigenous history with a spectacular lookout over the Avon River

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