After an action packed evening with the penguins on Philip Island we headed off to the much beloved Victorian holiday destination, Lakes Entrance.
Think beaches, surfing, lakes, fishing, wildlife, hiking, and food and you will soon understand why Lakes Entrance is such a favourite amongst Melbournites. At only a just under 4 hour drive from the state capital, it isn’t difficult to get here either.
Lakes Entrance is a small town, so most of the activities we outline here are easily accessed from the towns main esplanade.
Swimming, surfing, and beaches
There are several surf beaches in the area, the most popular being 90 mile beach, which is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. For a more isolated beach experience, there are loads of great hidden beaches just outside town. They are also fantastic spots for sunset photography.
The easiest accessible hike, and the most popular hike starts just across the foot bridge from the main esplanade. From the foot bridge you can walk across the narrow island to 90 mile beach. You can then walk along the beach to the entrance of Lakes Entrance where the Gippsland Lakes meet the sea.
Boating and fishing
Boating and fishing is one of the main reasons that people come to Lakes Entrance. The man made entrance is what joins the Gippsland lakes to the sea. Fishing and boating enthusiasts will be like a kid in a candy store in this region. For more information on fishing in the area, check out Visit Victorias Gippsland fishing guide.
It’s not a surprise that one of the most common and easiest wildlife to spot in this region are bird life. The best way to discover the bird life of the region is from a boat. If you are not one of the lucky few who has their own boat, you can easily hop on one of the many boat tours offered in the area.
We hopped on board with Sea Safari Tours. Our skipper, Peter, took us on a one our tour of the area by sea. He told us all about the town, it’s history, and its attractions. A wildlife pamphlet on board describes the type of creatures we can spot. Finding bird life in this area is incredibly easy. With every turn of the boat we found more sea bird species.
The boat experience is a great idea when travelling with kids. Jacob loved pointing out all the birds and boats to us, and skipper Peter was prepared for smaller passengers with an arsenal of plastic sea creatures to play with.
For a great land based wildlife experience, hop in the car, and drive one hour to Paynesville. Here you can hop on a ferry to Raymond Island. The car ferry costs 10 dollars return, but you can ride as a foot passenger for free. Raymond Island is a great place to spot Koalas in the wild. In fact, you don’t need to go far, in the trees behind the houses on 10th avenue, you can easily spot a dozen Koalas simply by walking a few meters.
Food, food, food
For beer lovers, the local craft brewery, Bullant Brewery is located only 15 minutes from Bairnsdale. The brewery is closed on Monday and Tuesday, which means we didn’t actually get to enjoy their brews. But apparently they put just as much thought into the accompanying food as they do their balance of hops and malt. This is definitely somewhere we want to come back to.
Wine lovers should check out Wyanga Winery. The winery offers several varieties including a Gippsland Gold Medal winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir, and you will love our famous frozen Muscat.
The winery can be accessed by either car or boat, and a popular wine cruise departing from Lakes Entrance visits the winery.
We visited Lakes Entrance as part of our Gippsland adventure tour with Choice Hotels. Stay tuned to hear more about our adventures and the fantastic locations we visited. Want to win your own Aussie Road Trip Adventure? Check out the Tom Williams Aussie Adventures competition for your chance to win.