With the ocean and 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 livestock and dairy farming as well as horse breeding in the district. Today, Stratford is distinguished by its inviting rail cycleways, an enticing Arts Trail, quaint cafes, the delightful Apex Park nestled beside the meandering river, and an annual Shakespeare on the River Festival, commemorating its namesake town in Warwickshire, England.
For those seeking a leisurely adventure, a bike ride along the enchanting Gippsland Rail Trail to Maffra and Tinamba promises a serene journey through rural beauty. The route offers cyclists the option to pedal all the way to Cowwarr, Heyfield, and culminate their ride in Glengarry, covering an impressive 48 kilometers in total.
A mere 3 kilometers southeast of Stratford lies the picturesque Knob Recreation Reserve, a notable landmark along the Bataluk Cultural Trail. This trail traces the historical path of the Koorie people of East Gippsland, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to connect with Indigenous culture and heritage. The Knob Recreation Reserve is an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic or a barbecue, complete with wood-fired amenities.
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