For many people visiting Gippsland in summer means only one thing, time to hit the beaches! Gippsland is blessed with some great beaches and none are more popular than the 90 Mile Beach. It’s fine white sand, blue waters and sand dunes as far as the eye can see, make it the place to have a swim on a hot day and Lakes Entrance is the capital of the 90 Mile Beach. Tourists flock in their droves to visit Lakes Entrance in the warmer months of the year to enjoy a piece of that beach to themselves. The Lakes Entrance caravan parks, hotels and motels fill up fast. Here we are going to look at 5 popular things to do in Lakes Entrance.
Things to do in Lakes Entrance – The Entrance Walk
Head across the footbridge towards the 90-Mile Beach and you will come across the sign for The Entrance Walk. A 5 kilometre, 2-hour return walk along either the beach, the foreshore or through the sand dunes will take you to the entrance. The Entrance is where the waters of Bass Straight / The 90 Mile beach meet the Gippsland Lakes. At the Entrance, you may see seals, dolphins and even Whales swimming by at certain times of the year. The walk is pretty easy and certainly picturesque. Wear some comfortable and easily removable shoes such as Skechers. Allow 3 hours for plenty of stops and exploring along the Lakes Entrance Beach.
Swimming at the Lakes Entrance Beaches
You will find lifesavers patrolling the beaches during the warmer months especially at the main surf beach over the footbridge and at Eastern Beach. You will often find a sandbar at the Lakes Entrance beaches and the water can be quite shallow as little as 20 meters or so out from the shore. This is good but it can also mean there are strong waves that break close to shore that you will need to get through. Just be careful if you are not an experienced beach swimmer or just head straight to the beaches that are patrolled to be safe. You will find lots of people and families swimming at the beach so have fun and enjoy the waves. Make sure you slip, slop and slap on the sunscreen, hat and rash vest for sun protection.
Lakes Entrance also has an indoor aquatic centre if the ocean is not your thing. The aquatic centre sometimes has blow up play equipment for the kids to have fun with.
Gippsland things to do – Mini Golf at Lakes Entrance
What else is there to do in Lakes Entrance with kids? Play a round of mini golf! These days Lakes Entrance has quite a few options for mini golf. At last count, there were 4 different mini golf courses to play. You will find 3 in the main street of Lakes Entrance and the other course is located towards Eastern Beach. This course also has the ever-popular pit trampolines that both kids and adults enjoy. Mini golf has been a mainstay of fun and family entertainment in Lakes Entrance for generations.
BBQ or Picnic
Lakes Entrance has many places to have a bbq or picnic. When you first enter Lakes Entrance just over the bridge on the North Arm you will find the latest BBQ area just off the roundabout. This area on the waterside has undercover bbq’s and seating. The playground includes climbing frames, swings and even a basketball half court. The electric BBQ’s are free. If you forget anything Aldi Lakes Entrance is straight over the road.
At Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance you will find 4 BBQ’s with picnic tables and play equipment. The BBQ’s are free and electric with some of the play equipment under shade sails. The Lakes Entrance beach is just 100 meters away with a walk over the sand dunes.
Public toilets at the North Arm BBQ area are 200 meters away near the boat ramp.
Public toilets at Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance bbq area are located adjacent to the area. Don’t forget to bring the BBQ equipment!
Lakes Entrance Fishing
Fishing in Lakes Entrance is very popular and Lakes Entrance fishing comes in 3 different forms. You can fish off the Lakes Entrance Beach, you can fish off the Lakes Entrance wharves and you can fish in the Gippsland Lakes by boat. The easiest places to access the beach at Lakes Entrance for fishing is Eastern Beach car park number 2. In the middle of town and the north arm, you will find over a dozen wharves or jetties to cast a line off. This is great if you are a newbie fisherman or have kids in tow. The Gippsland Lakes can be accessed with a fishing charter out of Lakes Entrance. The putt putt boats are also available to be hired in the North Arm that will get you out on the water.
It is a requirement that you have a fishing licence if you do plan on going for a fish. There are also strict catch measurements on certain fish and limits of how many you can take home with you.
The putt putt boats don’t require you to have a boat license, so its a great chance for families to go boating without buying a boat. You can order your fishing eqipment before you arrive and pick it up at BCF in Bairnsdale on the way.
Lakes Entrance Accommodation
Esplanade Spa and Resort:
This 4.5-star property offers 134 elegantly designed rooms. This property features 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Located at the junction of Cunningham Arm and the North Arm means there is water on both sides of the property
The facilities at this amazing Lakes Entrance accommodation property include.
- Large lagoon pool
- Indoor heated pool
- Tennis court
- Day spa
- BBQ area
- Fresco dining and bar
The North Arm Tourist Park
- Free Wifi
- Undercover barbecues & camp kitchen
- Fish cleaning and freezing facilities
- Solar heated pool
- Private jetty
Check out the availability and prices at the North Arm Tourist Park in Lakes Entrance
Places to Eat. Lakes Entrance Restaurants
Lakes Entrance RSL
The RSL has a menu made up of both Chinese and Australian cuisine. The bistro seats 180 people, it is open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner. You will find gaming machines as well as a TAB inside. Like most RSL clubs from time to time you will find live entertainment happening.
Location: 221 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
The Ferryman Cafe is a great Lakes Entrance restaurant for seafood, The Ferryman Cafe is a floating restaurant built on an old barge that is mored near the post office jetty on the Esplanade. The Ferrymen as mentioned is known for its modern Australian menu featuring delightful fresh local seafood,
How to Get To Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway in East Gippsland. Travelling from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance via the highway you will cover a distance of 330 kilometres and take you around 3.5 hours to reach. There are many attractions to see when coming from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance, so plan ahead and take your time. Arriving from the opposite direction you will find Lakes Entrance 2.5 hours from the New South Wales border.
The public transport system (V/Line in rural Victoria) runs trains to Bairnsdale daily, where you can transfer to a bus that will take you to Lakes Entrance
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