Sales prosperity grew on the flurry of excitement generated by the Omeo, Stringers Creek and Crooked River gold rushes. Although settlement had begun soon after explorer Strzelecki passed through in 1840, it was Sales strategic location on the route between Port Albert and the gold diggings that saw it develop. It became a borough in 1863, was declared a town in 1924 and a city in 1950. The cutting of the Sale Canal in 1888 linked the town to the Thomson River and established it as a busy port for steamers plying the 400 square kilometre GippsIand Lakes system. During the 1880s the swing bridge - still visible 5 kms south of the city -was operated up to 20 times day to allow larger vessels to dock In the heart of Sale. Latter day prosperity has stemmed from its proximity to the vast offshore oil and gas fields of Bass Strait and as the home of the RAAF Roulettes
Sale is also the home of Annemieke Mein the world famous Textile Artist and some of her work is available via this link Prints and Cards
THINGS TO DO :
GippsIand Regional Art Gallery - Foster St - The Gallery holds works by the famous textil artist Annemieke Mein who lives in Sale
Historical Museum - Foster St - The museum is housed in a stylish colonial building originally designed as the administrative headquarters of the Borough of Sale. It houses a relatively large and diverse collection. Local government paper-based records and original council furniture are especially outstanding. It has a sizeable collection of portraits of local pioneers by Alfred Bock, and a significant collection of photographs of early Sale, military objects, textiles and household devices.
Historic Swing Bridge - continue down the South Gippsland Highway and enjoy the bird life or fishing around the Swing Bridge and Thompson River. The Bridge has been renovated and once again opens to allow the larger boats to go through.
St Pauls Cathedral and rectory (1885)
Historic homestead and gardens
Sale Common Wildlife Refuge and boardwalk- South GippsIand Highway