Gippsland is an economic rural region that occupies much of the southeastern part of Victoria, Australia. The region is best known for its primary production such as mining, power generation and farming as well as its tourist destinations - Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory, the Gippsland Lakes, Walhalla, the Baw Baw Plateau, and the Strzelecki Ranges.
Gippsland lies to the east of the eastern suburbs of Greater Melbourne, to the north of Bass Strait, to the west of the Tasman Sea, to the south of the Black-Allan Line that marks part of the Victorian/New South Wales border, and to the east and southeast of the Great Dividing Range that lies within the Hume region and the Victorian Alps.
The climate of Gippsland is temperate and generally humid, except in the central region around Sale, where annual rainfall can be less than 600 mm. In the Strzelecki Ranges annual rainfall can be as high as 1,500 mm, while on the high mountains of East Gippsland it probably reaches similar levels – much of it falling as snow. In lower levels east of the Snowy River, mean annual rainfall is typically about 900–950 mm and less variable than in the coastal districts of New South Wales. Mean maximum temperatures in lower areas range from 24 °C in January to 15 °C in July. In the highlands of the Baw Baw Plateau and the remote Errinundra Plateau, temperatures range from a maximum of 18 °C to a minimum of 8 °C. However, in winter, mean minima in these areas can be as low as -4 °C, leading to heavy snowfalls that often isolate the Errinundra Plateau between June and October.
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