Around 1840, two famous explorers of Gippsland, Angus McMillan and Paul Strzelecki explored this region. The first European settler in the Sale city was Archibald McIntosh who arrived in the region in the year 1844. He named this city as “Flooding Creek”, the name was finally changed to Sale in the year 1851. The town greatly gained from the gold rush of the 1850’s and in 1863 Sale became a borough. Thereafter many new developments were made in the region and after oil was discovered in the region it again witnessed a population boom. Sale was given the town status in 1924 and became a city in 1950.
The Sale city experiences a tropical type of climate with summer temperatures ranging between 25ºC to 30ºC and winter temperatures dropping down to below 10ºC in the months of June and July. The maximum amount of rainfall occurs in the month of May and October and is about 80mm on an average during these months.
The Sale city has a well-developed road transport system and there are many private companies which operate regular bus services to different parts of the city. The city is also served by V/Line Rail network. Coaches also ply twice a week from Monday to Friday to different parts of the city. Tourists can easily contact the car rental agencies which are readily available in the Sale city.
Sale has a rich cultural scenario which is depicted at the Sale Art Gallery. This gallery organises about 30 exhibitions in a year which mainly focus on contemporary works of art. Special guided tours of the gallery are also provided from time-to-time and are available on request. The Sale Cinema Hall is another place of entertainment where people can watch the latest flick.
Sale city is also quite popular among tourist who love adventure and wildlife. Some of the popular tourist destinations of Sale include:
- Sale Historical Museum
- Lake Guthridge
- Fauna Park and Botanic Gardens
- Gippsland Armed Forces Museum
- Sale Wetlands
- 90 Mile Beach
- Wallhalla Historic Gold Township
- Blue Pools
- TArra-Bulga National Park
- Baw Baw National Park
- Morwell National Park
- Buchan Caves Reserve
Sale has many restaurants and take-away food joints which serve people with different types of cuisines like Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Australian and fresh seafood items. Few of them are—Apron Strings, Foster Street Pizza, Rainbow Chinese, Indian Dreams, El Sombrero Mexican, Seafood Supermarket, Macalister Coffee and Thunderbird Chicken Shop among many others.
Sale city also offers different types of cheap as well as luxurious accommodations and all modern amenities at hotels, motels, guesthouses, lodges and caravan parks. Some of the accommodation options of Sale are:
- Kilmany Park B&B
- Comfort Inn Princeton
- Captains Lodge
- Sale Motel
- Hacienda International