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Sale is a thriving town, built around a historic port, situated roughly halfway between Gippsland’s other large commercial centres of Traralgon and Bairnsdale. Its charming town centre is home to many historic buildings and is within easy walking distance of picturesque waterways, boardwalks and parklands. The Port of Sale provides access to the entire beautiful Gippsland Lakes region, eventually connecting to the ocean at Lakes Entrance.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Sale Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Sale region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Sale region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne

216 km

Surrounding towns

Maffra, Traralgon and Bairnsdale



Median house price: $300,000

Median house rent: $310 p/w

Median unit price: $276,500

Median unit rent: $230 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events

Overlooking stunning waterways and parklands, the Gippsland Art Gallery houses ever-changing exhibitions of local, national and international importance as well as a dynamic permanent collection of work. Sale is also home to the fascinating Gippsland Armed Forces Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating stories of local men and women who’ve tirelessly served Australia from 1885 to today. And, if you want something a little lighter, there’s always something on at Sale’s contemporary performing arts centre, The Wedge, from opera to live bands, drama to musical theatre and children’s entertainment.

Food and wine scene

When it comes to eating out, locals love the hip and friendly vibe in Mister Raymond. A stylish café and bistro, every Friday is pizza night and there’s even live music on the menu. ReddCatt is the place to go for great coffee, while one of the oldest hotels in Gippsland, the Criterion, is a slick dining destination. Local favourites include the seasonal ploughman’s lunches and sumptuous seafood dishes.

Family Fun 

The stunning grasses and red gum woodlands of the internationally listed Sale Common wetlands are popular with locals for rambling walks and relaxing picnics. The tranquil grounds of the 150 year-old Sale Botanic Gardens provide endless opportunities for family fun with a flying fox, a fauna enclosure, sensory garden and undercover picnic areas to enjoy. And in November/December you have to give the Gippsland show a go, if you fancy a great family day out.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities

Some of the best boating adventures begin in Sale, where you can choose to tour the picturesque waterways on your own or take the more relaxing option with Port of Sale Heritage Cruises. Just a short drive from Sale is the iconic Ninety Mile Beach. A 90-mile stretch of pristine golden sand, it’s one of the most natural and unspoilt beaches in the world. The region also offers a wide range of sporting clubs and multiple sports facilities, including:

• Sale Golf Course

• Sale Turf Club

• Sale Netball and Football Club

• Gippsland Regional Sports Complex


With more than 40 stores, you’re spoilt for choice at Gippsland Centre, while Sale Producers’ Market is the place for fresh, seasonal produce as well as quirky, one-off pieces of locally made art and craft.


Sale is connected to several major highways and has its own railway station, with services to Melbourne running regularly. It’s also well serviced by a regional bus network, connecting it to other major Gippsland towns.

Health and community services

Sale Hospital, Maffra Hospital and Heyfield Hospital provide premium healthcare to the area, along with a selection of highly regarded local general practitioners. Sale Neighbourhood House provides support, adult education and social opportunities to the friendly local community.



The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities. There are 12 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Sale Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Sale College (Co-ed 7-12), Catholic College Sale (Co-ed 7-12) and Gippsland Grammar (Co-ed P-12).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.