Sale is a small country town in central Gippsland. It is situated on the Princes Highway, approximatley 200km east of Melbourne
The easiest way to get to Sale is by car, however there are some alternate options. Be aware that even after getting a train to Sale, you will still require a car / taxi to go places. There are no car rental options at the station, however country taxi's are typically present whenever trains arrive.
Vline operates multiple daily trains from Melbourne, via Traralgon on the Bairnsdale line. Typical trip time is 2hr 45 minutes from Flinders St Station costing approximatley $25 (one way, adult) or $15 (concession). Allow extra time, as Vline punctuality is poor (~80% on Gippsland line), and typically a journey may take 15-30mins extra.
Vline operates some coach services from Traralgon, to supplement the Bairnsdale line train services. These operate in two distinct formats Traralgon -> Rosedale -> Sale and Traralgon -> Toongabie -> Cowwarr->Maffra->Sale while both will appear as viable options on Vline online booking, the route through Maffra adds almost an hour to the journey. It should be avoided. Vline operates coaches from Canberra via Cooma (as Capital Link) http://www.vline.com.au/timetables/timetables/bus.html The Premier coach service running between Sydney and Melbourne on the coastal route, passes through Sale.
Plane: West Sale Aerodrome is available for private pilots. approx 5km from sale
In Sale there are limited options for commuting. Having a car is almost mandatory.
There is limited bus services, which operate on selected routes once each hour (or two) depending on location. Busses also operate typically for only until about 6pm, so check ahead of time if you decide to subject yourself to this torture. (use PTV website - http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/)
Cycling or walking is probably the best option if you are without a car. Still it may take 30-40mins to walk from the CBD to some of the hotels located on the outskirts.
Sale has more of a city suburban feel than a country town feel when it comes to shopping, with shopping malls and major chain stores represented in them.