Things to take camping in Gippsland

Things to take camping in Gippsland

Gippsland is a vast area, stretching from the mountains to the coast, from the forest to the open plains. Gippsland is an area of wonder waiting to be explored.

This makes camping in Gippsland the ideal thing to do. You can camp with the sound of the ocean nearby, you can camp in the old world forests, you can camp in mountain huts in front of a roaring fire. Gippsland has plenty of paid and free campsites available for those wanting to get away from it all.

In this article, we will talk about all the best things needed to go camping in Gippsland.

Tent vs Swag for camping in Gippsland

Your Swag is guaranteed to be warmer than tents due to the heavy material and type of canvas used. This allows you to go camping even once the weather turns colder. The swag has a smaller area, which traps body heat inside making it warmer. The foam mattress included, is more effective for body warmth than an air mattress.

Camping by the water in Gippsland

Swags are easier to set up and pack up, just roll out and roll-up. You don’t need to bring extra bedding as it is already inside your swag. Swags are more durable and less likely to be damaged. Swags can be rolled out on the back of a ute and no pegs are ever needed.

Your Tent provides you with a bigger area to move around in than a swag. You can stand up to get changed, you can bring a camp chair inside to sit on. You can store all your food, eskies, clothes and gear inside the rent. If you are camping with kids you are all in the same rooms. You can also have a bigger, thicker mattress in a tent. Tents are very cheap especially if you just want a weekender for a getaway now and then.

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags play an important part of any camping trip. Your sleeping bag is your one-stop blanket for trips away. Easily stored in the carry case and put into the cupboard or plastic container in the shed between uses. No need to carry bug bulky blankets when you can carry your sleeping bag.

Sleeping bag

Your sleeping bag needs will differ depending on when you plan to do most of your camping. Winter sleeping bags will have a warmth rating that goes well into the minus temperatures while lightweight designs are best for warm summer nights.

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ColemanFor kids* ZipPlow zipper for snag-free opening and closing
* Interior tuck pocket to conveniently store small items
* Designed for young campers up to 5 ft tall
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ColemanFor cold nights * Includes pillow for soft comfort
* Lining material: Cotton flannel
* Temperature comfort rating: -6 degrees
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Mountain WarehouseFor summer nights* 2 Season – warm nights, summer, indoor use
* Insulation – Insulated with hollow fibre stuffing
* Insulated with hollow fibre stuffing
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For a full range of sleeping bags, we have put together links for you to browse at some of the most popular places to buy sleeping bags in Australia

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Fridge, Icebox or Esky for Gippsland Camping

When you’re in Gippsland camping do you need a fridge, icebox or just an esky? The answer is never an easy one and many factors need to be taken into considerations such as

  • How long am I going camping for?
  • Where am I going camping?
  • Is there any shade and shops nearby my campsite?
  • Do I want to take perishable food to last more than a couple of days?
  • What amount of food and drinks do I want to bring?

For most campers, the icebox is the ideal solution for a few days away. It stores things cold and keeps things frozen for 2-3 days under the right conditions. If you are just wanting to keep beer and drinks cold the back yard esky will do the trick.

Both the icebox and the esky will need topping up with ice regularly. If you are a committed camper and regularly go camping the investment in a camping fridge will be worthwhile. Please find below a table with a comparison of a fridge, an icebox and an esky.

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Engell Camping FridgePortable Fridge/Freezer mid-range for camping* Large fridge and freezer storage space of 21 litres capacity (29 x 375ml cans)
* Switches between voltage for power from car or powerboard
* Rugged steel body, lid and handles for easy transport
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IcecoolIce Box* Keeps ice frozen for several days, depending on model usage and conditions
* Drainage bung for easy cleaning
* Will not rust or corrode
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WillowWheeled esky* Features robust wheels and extra-long handle
* Hinged lid with two cup holders.
* Glove compartment in lid for keys, loose change etc
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For a full range of camping fridges, camping iceboxes and camping eskies we have put together links for you to browse at some of the most popular places to buy in Australia

Camping Chairs

The easiest thing might be to just buy a cheap chair from cheap as chips or Bunnings. Yes, they might do you for a camping trip but will they be comfortable after a few hours? Certainly not.

We strongly suggest for your Gippsland camping trip to spend a little extra and buy a good chair. One that has padding, one that reclines or even one that has a side table. The investment will be worth the reward.

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Oz TrailDeluxe folding camping Chair* 150kg Weight Rating
* Sliding side table with a cup and wine holder is perfect for keeping snacks and drinks close at hand
* Padded seat and 8 position reclining backrest for superior comfort.
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FE – ActiveCompact folding chair* It weighs approximately 1.9 pounds or 880 grams.
* The load capacity is 330 pounds or 150 kilograms.
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King CampMid-range* Comfortable tilted back design offers great support for the back and the legs.
* Armrest cup holder to keep your drink at hand.
* 136 Kg weight rating
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Oz Trail Compact stool * Hard wearing, durable polyester
* Weight Rating: 80 kg
* Seat Height: 35 cm
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Camping Mattress

Your camping mattress is a very important part of the experience. We all want to be comfortable and have a good nights sleep no matter where we are. You will find numerous models on the market from airbeds to foam mattress to self-inflating and foldup bed frames.

A lot of the time your choice will come down to size and storage. Let’s be honest, this is camping and we can’t take everything! Space is the reason the airbed has been so popular over the years. These days the airbed comes in all shapes and size.

For those camping with kids you can also buy camping bunk beds to save space. These stretcher type beds don’t require a mattress.

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WandererHigh walled airbed* Double high sizing for added comfort and that ‘at home’ feel
* 100% of all Wanderer beds are tested inflated for 24-48 hours before sale
* Includes repair kit for long-lasting quality
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Oz TrailLow profile stretcher bed * Setup literally takes 10 seconds
* Greater comfort for tall people with no head or foot crossbars
* A fully flat sleeping surface
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Wanderer Folding Foam mattress* Folds up small for easy storage
* Comfortable polyester cover
* Opened size L180 x W74 x H6.5cm
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Oz TrailSelf Inflating leisure mattress* Self-inflating: simply open the valve and the mattress does the work for you
* Will remain in a lofted state even with the valve open
* High-density open cell foam for maximum comfort and support
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Camping Furniture

Camping furniture has come along way from just throwing everything in a milk crate. These days you can buy cupboards, kitchens, pantries and more. They are all lightweight and fold-able. This makes them easy to transport and an integral part of anyone’s camping kit.

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The camping furniture will be most beneficial to those who are planning on camping longer than a few days. They will help to keep your clothes, foods and accessories organised while camping in Gippsland.

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Kathmandu Portable single cupboard shelves * Zipped door with mesh window that can be rolled and secured to the side
* Two slip pockets on each side for extra storage
* Quick and easy to assemble
* Flattens to fit in a carry bag
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Wanderer Folding table with storage * Folding camping table with plenty of storage for meal prep
* Includes hanging storage cupboard to keep you organised
* 2 adjustable height positions for versatility
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Wanderer Dual cupboard cooking station * Durable aluminium slat top and shelf
* Rugged powder-coated steel frame and windshield
* Windbreak to prevent stove flare-ups
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Camp ovens and cookers

Sometimes Gippsland camp spots don’t have places for a fire or a fire is not allowed. It might be a total fire ban day and so on. This means you will need some sort of camping cooking stove to cook meals, boil the kettle and more.

preparing camp food

Don’t get me wrong a good camping arsenal will contain a cast iron camp oven and a flat plate cooker that can be put over an open fire.

You can buy a number of different devices from the gas canister cooker to the LPG 2 burner cooker to an even enclosed oven that will cook you a Sunday roast to be proud of. Let’s have a look at what’s on offer

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GasmateButane stove* High heat output
* New 2 stage overpressure safety shut off device
* Convenient carry case for storage
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Gasmate Double butane stove with hotplate * Includes hotplate and hard carry case for easy storage and transport
* Includes new safety shut off the device; if over-pressure occurs cartridge will eject and gas supply will shut off
* Stainless steel spill tray and top with flame protection ring
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Oz TrailFlatplate cooker* Flameproof painted finish
* Large capacity solid plate with oil drain
* Built in carry handle with folding legs for quick set up
* Carry bag included for transport and storage
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PioneerPre-seasoned camp oven* Heavy-duty cast iron camp oven to stand up to punishment out in the bush
* Comfortable spiral steel carry handle
* Pre-seasoned with a vegetable oil mix so your food doesn’t taste metallic
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Lights and power for camping

We certainly need some form of lighting for bush camping. There will be times you need to find something in the tent at night, you may have to head to the bushes to go to the toilet or you may need to make sure the steaks are not burning.

There is everything from torches to re-chargeable hand-held lights and LPG lanterns to provide you with the lights you will need for your camping trip in Gippsland.

Portable power supply might be handy in the form of a battery pack or generator for some.

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RetreatPowerful handheld lighting* Four lighting choices – high, medium, low and flashing
* Impact resistant – up to one metre (three feet)
* Utilises LED bulbs – energy efficient with a long lifespan
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ColemanLight and sound lantern* Provides full 360 degrees of light
* Built in bluetooth speaker
* Rechargeable via USB for versatile power
* Up to 20hrs of music from a full charge
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Tent light and fan
* Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
* Two-speed fan
* Multi-use mounting bracket – table stand or hanging
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Engel Smart battery box * 300w modified sine wave inverter can power both 12v and 240v appliances
* Recharge via 12/24v, 240v (cables included) and Anderson Connection
* Provides portable power, a battery management system and a dual-battery management system in one
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We hope this Gippsland Camping equipment guide has you out and about on the campgrounds of our great area as soon as possible. Gippsland is a beautiful spot to go camping, so just remember to leave your campsite how you found or in even better condition if possible.

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Port of Sale Heritage Cruises

Port of Sale Heritage Cruises

Just behind the brand new new Port of Sale facility in Sale Gippsland, you will find a delightful piece of history moored at the dock waiting to take you on a magnificent journey down the Thomson River. The Rubeena will take you back in time as you glide through the water on your Port of Sale Heritage cruise down towards the Sale swing bridge.

This local treasure, The Rubeena, started its life at a time when WW1 was in full swing. Imagine what it would have been like to be a part of the era and riding The Rubeena as a life line to your home or to your business in the Gippsland area. You can do that as you sit and listen to the history this magnificent boat has seen.

Port Of Sale
The Rubeena, built-in 1912

The Heritage Cruise has quickly become a brilliant Sale tourist attraction and is something that can be enjoyed by the whole family throughout the year. The Rubeena and the Port of Sale Heritage Cruises are one of the only heritage river cruise companies that I know of in this area.

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As we approached The Rubeena, the skipper Alan was on board waiting for passengers to arrive for the 10 am river cruise from the Port of Sale. Alan really resembled a skipper in his vest with his grey hair and Captains hat. Alan joyfully welcomed us on board his fine vessel.

The Rubeena has been plying its trade of ferrying passengers constantly in the Gippsland area since 1912. The Rubeena has spent most of its life on the Gippsland Lakes in Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers area before making the Port of Sale its home a few years ago now. Once I found a seat and got comfortable we were ready to experience one of the finest heritage boats in the district!

Port of Sale Heritage Cruisers
The Rubeena cruising up the river

Chatting to Alan we discovered that Alan has spent most of his life in Sale and has a keen interest in local history. Alan was the town engineer in Sale Victoria for many years until the mid-1990s. I really liked chatting to Alan, it is like one of those experiences where your grandfather tells you stories of days gone by.

The Rubeena and the Pirt of Sale’s History

Alan told us about the boat, its history and the Port of Sale. The Port of Sale was man-made Gippsland Port to allow access from the region to Melbourne by water. Rivers were diverted, the soil was moved, swampland was reclaimed and bridges were built.  At this stage in the 1880s, there was no train access between Gippsland and Melbourne. The Port of Sale helped open up Gippsland to the rest of Victoria.

The Rubeena cruises down the Thomson River at 5 knots an hour, a nice steady pace that allows you to take in your surroundings. The banks of the Thomson River are filled with river gums, natives and sacred Aboriginal trees. Alan happily points out local wildlife such as Whistling Kites, Pelicans, Sea Eagles and Kingfishers just to name of few.

Koala’s everywhere on the Port of Sale Heritage Cruise

Port of Sale Heritage Cruisers
Looking contented in the river gum tree’s

For me, the real highlight was the Koala’s, Yes, Koala’s sitting high in their gum trees on the banks eating leaves and sleeping. No matter how many times you see this iconic Australian animal it is always an amazing experience.

In its natural habitat, the small grey bears are hard to spot in the big leafy gum trees. Alan told me he tries to come down to the river every day even if he has no passengers just to keep track of where the koalas are so he can point them out to passengers.

Port of Sale Heritage Cruisers
A koala having a Snooze

I was really impressed by Alan’s dedication as I didn’t realise we had so many Koalas in this area. As you can probably understand koalas are a highlight for Australian’s let alone, foreigners that the Port of Sale Heritage Cruise’s regularly has on board. Alan slows the boat so you can take pictures of the koala’s and I must admit I happily snapped away!

See the Heritage Listed Sale Swing Bridge

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The canoe or Sacred tree used by the Koori people

The sacred Aboriginal trees still bear the scars of the Gunaikurnai tribe. The Gunaikurnai people are the Traditional Owners of the Gippsland Region. The Gunaikurnai people, removed lengths of bark from a tree for use to make bark canoes, shields, infant carriers, bowls and gunyahs (bark huts). As you approach the Heritage-listed Swing Bridge you will see a sculpture celebrating the creation story of Borun the Pelican & Tuk the Musk Duck.

‘A long time ago the first people were animals and the first Gunaikurnai Man was Borun (a Pelican) Borun came a long, long way from the hills, looking for a place to live, carrying a bark canoe on his head. He’s walking, walking and he hears tapping! Looks here, looks there, nothing! Where’s the tap, tap coming from? He comes to a river puts down the canoe and what’s inside? Tuk (a Musk duck). Borun sees Tuk, likes Tuk and they start the Gunaikurnai people.’

Port of Sale
A sculpture representing the Koori creation story at sale Swing Bridge

A truly unique bridge seen on Port of Sale Heritage Cruises

The Sale Swing Bridge remains only one of 6 ever built in Australia and one of 105 ever built worldwide. The Sale Swing Bridge was able to pivot, allowing boats to pass the bridge before returning to its original position for horse-drawn traffic and later cars to cross over it. The swing bridge still opens to this day a few times a year letting boats in and out.

Port of Sale
The Heritage-listed Swing Bridge

The Sale Swing Bridge played an important role in the development of Gippsland ports and was not closed to traffic until 2003. As much surveying of the surrounding area’s the best access to Gippsland was from the sea. This was by either through Port Albert, south of Sale, through the Gippsland Lakes or any other of the Gippsland ports.

Because of this Sale, Victoria became the transport hub of the Gippsland area. The construction of a direct land link to Melbourne by road or rail was stalled by the wetlands north of Western Port Bay.

When the railway was completed it competed for business with the Port of Sale for several decades. Like all things sooner or later the faster option always wins. The speed of the railway and later the roads eventually forced the closure of the Port of Sale in 1938.

Watch our short Video of Sale Swing Bridge

Port of Sale
Reflections off the Thomson River

A kilometre past the Sale Swing Bridge this heritage cruise line turns around near the environmentally significant Heart morass reserve. This is a local wetlands area that has a large range of native wildlife and is a great area for birdwatching.

We made our way back up the Thomson River. Alan has a number of books and photo’s onboard the boat for you to have a look at. These books are all about local history and many feature pictures from early last century.

Back past the bridge, back past the koala’s, back past the spot where the mighty Macalister River meets the Thomson and back to port at The Port of Sale. As far as heritage river cruises go The Port of Sale Heritage Cruise is unique in the Gippsland area being the only river cruise companies running tours at this end of the Gippsland Lakes.

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I for one very much enjoyed our 2-hours on the Port of Sale Heritage Cruise. It is a must for locals and visitors as it is one of the top things to do in Sale. The boat is sheltered by the banks of the river from the wind and blinds on the boat can be shut to keep the rain out.

This is a good all-weather experience I can not say enough good things about Captain Alan. His knowledge is second to none when it comes to the Port of Sale and this section of the Thomson River. It makes the cruise just so much better when you have a local let you in on all the secrets of where we live!

Port of Sale
Just because one can really not have enough Koala pictures in any article!

Daily Departures: 10 am and 2 pm     

Cruise Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $20 adults

$15 Children (under 15 years of age)

$80 Family of 5

We hope you take time to explore the newly developed Port of Sale precinct. You will find a new building featuring the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Visitor Information Centre, The Wedge Performing Arts Centre plus food and drinks options.

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Places to stay in the Gippsland Lakes

Places to stay in the Gippsland Lakes

The stunning Gippsland Lakes are situated in East Gippsland and they can be reached by an easy drive from Melbourne. Since the lake system takes just over three hours to reach from Melbourne, it makes them perfect for a weekend visit. The main towns on the Gippsland Lakes that tourists are looking to stay in are Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, and Loch Sport.

Lakes Entrance is considered the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The lakes are separated from the ocean by a long stretch of magnificent unbroken coastline called the Ninety Mile Beach.

The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland waterway in Australia and is home to amazing marine life. The Gippsland Lakes are highly popular in the warmer months as tourist look to put there feet up to relax, sun themselves on the beach and drop a line for fishing.

Lakes Entrance

As we said above Lakes Entrance is the largest of the Lakes towns and here you will find most of the essentials that you will need when visiting the Gippsland Lakes area. It is a beautiful sleepy, sea side town during the winter months but in the summer there is so much going on in the town.

Is Lakes Entrance a good choice for you?

If you plan on visiting Lakes Entrance, as with any place you need to know a few things before you take the leap and book it!

Pros of a stay in Lakes Entrance

Staying in Lakes Entrance offers you the biggest variety of shops and restaurants to eat at and browse. Facilities such as a golf club, bowling club and cinema are available for you.

Lakes Entrance provides you with easy access to both the 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes. There is a wide variety of Lakes Entrance hotels for your Gippsland Lakes accommodation

Cons of a stay in lakes Entrance

If you are staying in the summer months prices will be high and the town will be crowded. Local eateries often increase there prices to make their money while they can. It is a very popular destination in Gippsland during summer especially over the Christmas/ New Year period.

Essential Services in Lakes Entrance

Being the largest of the Lakes towns you can find nearly all you could need in Lakes Entrance.

  • Doctors Clinic
  • Police Station
  • Supermarkets
  • Petrol Stations
  • Fast food and local food shops
  • Mechanic
  • ATM

*For any medical emergencies you will need to go to Bairnsdale for treatment or call 000 for help.

Accommodation in Lakes Entrance

There are accommodation types for all budgets in Lakes Entrance. It doesn’t matter if you are a family, couples or a back packer there is something for everyone.

Accommodation for couples in Lakes Entrance

Bellevue on the Lakes is located in the centre of town. The property features 2 pools, sauna, private jetty and a BBQ area where you can cook up your own feast.

There is an onsite bar for cocktails, beer or a nightcap. Get romantic and get a superior suite with a spa bath. The Bellevue is the top choice for Lakes Entrance accommodation.

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Family friendly accommodation in Lakes Entrance

Esplanade Resort and Spa is the logical choice for families staying in Lakes Entrance. You will find fully self-contained units for families. 1,2 and 3 bedroom units are available.

A large lagoon type pool and tennis courts. Located on the waterfront close to the North Arm area. You will find Aldi 100 meters away and a BBQ playground area nearby. This Gippsland Lakes accommodation is centrally located on the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance

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Budget accommodation in Lakes Entrance

Koonawarra Holiday Park has fully self-contained units. A 1 bedroom apartment with self-contained bathroom and cooking facilities is the budget choice ( 2 bedroom apartments are also available ). The park also contains a camp kitchen, seasonal swimming pool, kids playground and communal area.

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Where is Lakes Entrance?

Lakes Entrance lies at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes. Melbourne to Lakes Entrance is some 320 kilometres along the Princes Highway.

Additional Information about Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance has great fishing and boating options. There is a cinema, mini-golf, camel rides and surrounding National Parks to explore. Trips out of town to Lake Tyers, Buchan Caves and the Stony Creek trestle bridge

Top Tips for visiting Lakes Entrance

  • The main beach is patrolled during the summer months
  • Grab an ice-cream from the Riviera Ice-creamery on the esplanade, they are so good
  • There are free BBQ’s along the esplanade where you can have a bbq and soak up the sun
  • There are places you can buy fresh seafood from the trawlers if you like
  • Do the Entrance walk on a nice day and see if you can spot the sea lions on the rocks at the entrance
  • Go to Bullock Island and watch people crabbing
  • Check out the carnival or the Sunday market if you are there while there are on
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Metung

Metung is a small village around 20-30 minutes from lakes Entrance still on the Gippsland Lakes. As it is a smaller town it may not be as busy as Lakes Entrance in the summer months but it is a very popular with people making a day trip to Gippsland.

Is Metung a good choice for you?

Here are our thoughts on the pros and cons of a stay in Metung.

Pros of a stay in Metung

Metung is a small boutique village on the water edge. If you like quiet walks and fewer people, yachting and sipping lattes then Metung is a good choice for you. There is a local yacht club, bowling greens, plenty of fishing spots, a 9 hole golf course and small sandy beach for swimming.

Cons of a stay in Metung

Higher prices for accommodation with many 4 and 5-star places listed. Small commercial area with only a handful of shops available for you.

Essential Services in Metung

Being a smaller town there may not be as many facilities as you would find in some of the bigger towns.

  • Doctors clinic
  • Supermarket
  • ATM
  • Local fast food and a pub
  • Mechanic

Accommodation in Metung

Being a smaller town there are limits to the kind of accommodation that are on offer but Metung has some brilliant options for everyone.

Accommodation for Couples in Metung

The Moorings at Metung have suites with a spa and views over the Gippsland Lakes. The property has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and private mariner take a romantic stroll along the Bancroft Bay boardwalk into the town centre. The Yacht Club and bowls club is a 10-minute walk while the local golf course is a 7-minute drive.

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Family accommodation at Metung

Metung Holiday Village offers a range of 2 bedroom family villas. Starting with a standard villa and increasing to you reach the deluxe villa. Each unit is fully self-contained with a kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. WiFi comes standard with your stay. There is a pool onsite for those warm summer stays.

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Budget accommodation at Metung

Metung Waters offers a queen room with free wifi and flatscreen tv for your viewing. If your visiting in the warmer months you have air conditioning to keep you cool.

Coffee maker for the kick starts in the morning with a patio or balcony to drink it on. Metung Waters offer nice clean and quiet but basic rooms for a budget stay in the Metung area


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Where is Metung?

Metung is 314 kilometres (195 mi) east of the state capital Melbourne and between the larger towns of Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance.

Additional information about Metung

Metung has a boardwalk along the water’s edge that is great for fishing and walking. The Metung Yacht club and Metung Bowls clubs are both welcomings of visitors. You will find long sandy areas of the beach with calm Gippsland lakes waters for swimming. The Metung Pub is the focal point of the town.

Top tips for visiting Metung

  • Have a cold drink or beer on the deck at the pub
  • Get some fresh fish and chips from one of the local shops and enjoy then beside the water
  • Enjoy looking in the little shops

Paynesville

Another beautiful coastal town that sits on the Lakes system. It is a perfect spot for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Pros of a stay in Paynesville

Paynesville is centrally located for the best access to the Gippsland Lakes and to Bairnsdale the biggest town in the East Gippsland Region. Bairnsdale is only 15 minutes away while the 90-mile beach at Lakes Entrance is 30 minutes away. At Paynesville, you still plenty of access for swimming and boating, not to mention the Koalas on Raymond Island.

Cons of a stay in Paynesville

Paynesville can get very overcrowded in the summer months with holidaymakers and day-trippers. Paynesville is like 2 towns in one with the ferry to and from Raymond Island running daily.

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Essential Services in Paynesville

Being another smaller town you may have to go outside of Paynesville to get some things if you can’t find them here.

  • Small supermarket
  • ATM
  • Mechanic

Accommodation in Paynesville

You will find every type of accommodation in Paynesville for every taste. From boutique to budget there is something for everyone.

Accommodation for couples in Paynesville:

Captains Cove Waterfront Apartments in Paynesville feature a vast array of facilities available for their guests.

Each apartment features a balcony or patio, a dining area and a sitting area. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen that comes equipped with a fridge, a microwave, espresso maker and a hob.

Outdoor facilities include a tennis court and indoor swimming pool. The close access to the water allows for kayaking, fishing and boating.

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Family accommodation in Paynesville

Mariners Cove Motel and Apartments are right in the centre of Paynesville located within a 100-meter walk from the main shopping street and the ferry to Raymond Island.

Each room features a balcony or patio with some looking out over the waters towards Raymond Island. All rooms have TVs and coffee/tea makers, fridges, hairdryers and irons/ironing boards.

Free WiFi in public areas, barbecues and dry cleaning/laundry services. are available. Breakfast and free parking are available. Rooms can fit from 2 to 6 people which caters for all types of families.

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Budget accommodation in Paynesville

Paynesville Holiday Park: The Holiday Park is only a short walk to the waterfront esplanade village, where you can find a selection of cafes, supermarket, restaurants and retail outlets.   

The Holiday Caravan park in Paynesville accommodation options includes cabins, villas, caravan and camping sites. 

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If you have your own van there are ensuite sites available for you.

Park facilities include a large camp kitchen, outside BBQ rotunda and games room.  If you are visiting in the warmer months you can access the solar-heated swimming pool, children’s splash pool, spa (Summer months only) and a playground with an inflatable jumping pillow.

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Where is Paynesville?

The town is located 293 kilometres (182 mi) east of Melbourne.

Additional Information about Paynesville

Paynesville is connected to Raymond Island by a free ferry. The Raymond Island Koala walk is a must. The 2 close towns of Eagle Point and Newlands Arms are worth a visit. There is plenty of BBQ areas and a cafe’s on the foreshore. The Bairnsdale Golf Course and Lawn Bowls Club are 5 minutes away.

Top tips for visiting Paynesville

  • Take the ferry over to Raymond Island to look for koalas
  • Get some fresh fish and chips and enjoy them on the dock
  • If you don’t want fish and chips have a bbq instead

We hope this article has inspired you to get away to the Gippsland Lakes. Whether it be a weekend or a week, when you visit Gippsland you will find plenty of things to do

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Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “I think I know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

Fishing at Lake Wellington

Fishing at Lake Wellington

Lake Wellington is the largest lake in the Gippsland Lakes system. With its shallow waters and sandy bottom it is not only a perfect spot for a swim on a hot day, it is a brilliant spot for fishing in Gippsland.

The shores and the larger area around Lake Wellington are underdeveloped, with little accommodation of any note available which makes it the perfect spot to pull up a camp chair, pick a nice, isolated spot and enjoy a day of fishing in Lake Wellington.

Lake Wellington is the largest of the three inland lakes that also include Lake King and Lake Victoria. Lake Wellington receives freshwater from the Latrobe, Thomson and Macalister rivers in the west and the Avon River in the north.

While freshwater is coming into the lake on a regular basis, Lake Wellington is only recommended for shallow bottomed vessels due to the shallow depth of water. If you are planning to boat or jet-ski on Lake Wellington your journey across the lake is well defined with markers as is the entrance to the Latrobe River and the Avon river

Boating at Lake Wellington

Lake Wellington is best accessed via Marley Point which lies 22km from Sale in Gippsland. At Marlay Point, you will find one of the many free camping in Gippsland sites, a sandy bank and a jetty to fish Lake Wellington. A boat ramp at Marley Point allows great access to the lake and the river that flows into it.

On the east side of Lake Wellington, you will Roseneath Caravan Park. The Caravan park is accessed by the Mclennan Straights Road from Clydebank. You can fish from the bank or launch your boat at Hollands Landing boat ramp and bring it around to be moored at Roseneath caravan park.

You find some rough and rugged roads that access the lake from different sides. Most of these tracks will require you to have 4wd.

For those with boats in Lake Wellington, it allows you to move into the McLennan straights or the Avon River for fishing. You find good catches of bream in both areas.

Fishing in Lake Wellington

Fishing in Lake Wellington itself will most likely land you Carp or Bream. I have seen Carp above 50 cm caught in Lake Wellington. You are very unlikely to catch Bream from the banks of Lake Wellington. I witnessed an old Italian gentlemen fishing this way and he had over 15, 50 cm plus Carp in the crill net.

Your best bet if fishing from the banks is to use a surf rod kit and walk around 100 meters out into the lake (water should only be around 1 metre deep) and cast out as far as possible. This will maximise your chance for catching the big fish in Lake Wellington.

What bait should I use to fish in Lake Wellington?

The best bait for Lake Wellington fishing is worms for bream and carp or bread and corn for Carp. I suggest if you just want to catch a fish while enjoying the area go after the Carp.

They put up a good fight and everyone caught and killed is one less in the Gippsland Lakes System

What if I catch a Carp in lake Wellington?

Carp are an introduced, noxious species that have taken over our waterways. If you catch a carp in Lake Wellington and even if you catch one anywhere else it is advised that you do not release it back into the water if you do not plan on eating it.

It is actually against the Biosecurity Act of 2014 to release them back into the waterway. You are instructed to humanely kill the fish and dispose of it well away from the water.

Do I need a fishing license to fish in Lake Wellington

Everyone who goes fishing in Victoria needs a fishing licence. Fisheries officers regularly patrol the Gippsland Lakes checking if anglers have a licence. Victorian recreational fishing licences cost:

You can purchase an RFL for the following periods;

  • 3-day licence for $10;
  • 28-day licence for $21.20;
  • 1-year licence for $37.20 ($34.95 if purchased online);
  • 3-year licence for $100.70 ($95.40 if purchased online).

You can purchase your RFL online and save a few cents for bait!

What is the nearest town for essentials to Lake Wellington

There are two main towns that are close to Lake Wellington and it will depend on where you are coming from as to which town you will go through or be close to.

Sale, Victoria

Sale Victoria Australia is approximately 217km from Melbourne via the M1 and is one of the larger town in the East Gippsland area. Lake Wellington is roughly 22km from the Sale town center.

Essential services in Sale Victoria

  • Hospital with emergency department (Australian emergency number is 000)
  • Police Station
  • Supermarkets (Woolworths, Aldi, Coles, IGA)
  • ATM’s
  • Numerous petrol stations
  • Chemist
  • Fast food outlets and local pubs
  • Accommodation

You stop in Sale for an thing you may need on your way through,

Stratford, Victoria

Stratford Victoria is a small country town about 230 km from Melbourne via the M1 and approximately 52km from Bairnsdale also on the M1. Stratford is around 25kn from Lake Wellington.

Essential services in Stratford Victoria

  • IGA supermarket
  • 1 petrol station
  • ATM
  • Local fast food and a pub
  • Chemist
  • Police Station

Free Camping at Marley Point on Lake Wellington is available and paid camping at Roseneath Caravan Park on the east bank.

Don’t forget you need a fishing licence to fish in Lake Wellington. You can pick these up from most fishing and bait shops in the Gippsland region. BCF has a wide range of fishing gear that can be bought online prior to your fishing adventure. BCF has Gippsland stores in Bairnsdale and Traralgon. Locally you can call into Tackle World in Sale.

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4 Park Pass for Phillip island

4 Park Pass for Phillip island

Of all the destinations one can visit in this big land of ours my kids would readily say ‘Let’s go to Phillip Island’. It is world-renowned for its natural beauty, rugged coastlines and native animals.

People flock to Phillip Island Australia, it is one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in Victoria. So, what to do on Phillip Island you may ask? Phillip Island Nature Parks 4 park pass will provide you with all the sights you need to see on your trip to the Island.

The 4 park pass gets you into the big 4 attractions including:

  • The Penguin Parade
  • The Koala Conservation Reserve
  • The Arctic Centre
  • Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Not only do you get to see the sights but buying a pass also means you are helping to preserve this special place because Phillip Island Nature Parks is, in fact, a Conservation Organisation, that just happens to find it’s environmental, educational and research activities by operating these eco-tourism attractions.

In addition to operating these attractions, Phillip Island Nature Parks manages over 1,800 hectares of Crown Land which includes coastal reserves, woodlands and internationally recognised wetlands and perform habitat protection, restoration and revegetation.

Phillip Island Nature Parks has also been responsible for the longest ongoing seabird study in the world. The revenue generated by the amazing ecotourism activities is invested in vital conservation, research and education programs. This will mean future generations will get to experience the magic that is Phillip Island.

Facts about Phillip Island, Australia

  • Phillip Island is 26 km long and 9 km wide
  • The island is connected to the mainland by a 640-metre long bridge
  • Phillip Island currently attracts some 3.5 million visitors each year
  • The permanent population is a little over 7,000 people
  • Phillip Island is home to a round of the Moto GP world championships
  • The main township is Cowes

The Penguin Parade – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The one thing Phillip Island is most famous for is its Penguins. This attraction alone draws hundreds of thousands of international and local tourists every year.

 The Phillip Island penguins parade happens every evening around dusk when these amazing little creatures make their journey from the water of the Southern Ocean to their nests on the grounds around the shoreline of the island. We had an amazing experience watching the penguins come in.

Your first sighting of these cute little animals will be of them coming through the waves. They then disappear into the sand and you become much like a little kid on Christmas Day waiting for Santa.

The anticipation builds as you see the first few little penguins waddle over the top of the dunes. A trickle becomes a flood as Fairy Penguins keep coming in waves.  

We were in the Penguins Plus section. The Penguins Plus section allows you to be even closer to the beach to watch these amazing little creatures on their return home.

The penguins actually walk straight towards the platform you sit on, they walk underneath and around you. The night we were on the fairy penguins Phillip Island over 600 penguins came in and all four of us were completely mesmerised by these amazing little creatures.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Essential information for the Fairy Penguins Phillip Island parade:
  • Phillip Island penguins time is at dusk
  • Arrive at least an hour before the sun goes down
  • If coming in the cooler months bring warm clothes and blankets
  • No photos are allowed
  • Download the penguin’s app
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The Arctic Journey – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The Arctic Journey Phillip Island is about, dare I say…all things arctic! Australia has a long history of arctic exploration. You head into the Lab where there is a ton of learning opportunities through sight and sound activities. The Lab will give you a chance to feel how cold the artic is in the freezing room and this section was very popular with the kids.

They can get to see the massive size of the Great Southern Whales and be amazed at what they are able to do. The kids will be a given an activity booklet that they will need to fill in by finding the answers in the Lab. You will see the primitive exploration gear that the pioneering explorers had to take to the artic in years gone by.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The sounds of this artic animals will fill your ears, the unusual but beautiful sounds the whales make is mesmerizing. You will get to see how hot your body is compared to the Emperor Penguin through thermal imaging.

The sight and sounds auditorium where amazing huge screens displaying video images of the wildlife and rugged landscape of the artic.

This immersion experience was mind-blowing. Imagine an auditorium full of changing images catching your eye in every direction while the soundtrack of the arctic dances in your ears.

We were able to sit and just take it all in. For the kids, there was a virtual reality technology that allows them to be seen on a floating piece of ice with whales and penguins swimming around them.

The Arctic Journey is located at the Nobbies beach on Phillip Island. There is a cafe with an amazing view out over the coastline. There is walking platforms and boardwalks outside for you to experience the natural beauty and rugged coastline of this area as well.

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Opening hours

The Arctic Journey at the Nobbies closes approximately 2 hours before sunset each day, and the Nobbies Centre itself closes approximately 1 hour before sunset each day to protect the native wildlife.

Arctic Journey
Summer: 10 am – approx. 7 pm (Opening at 2 pm on Christmas Day)
Autumn: 10 am – approx. 4pm
Winter: 10 am – approx. 3pm
Spring: 10 am – approx. 5pm

Where to stay at Phillip Island

Ramada Resort Phillip Island should be your first choice on Phillip Island. The Ramada Resort features Eco units for singles, couples and families. The resort facilities include restaurants, pools, gym, games rooms, bar, playgrounds and BBQs. Ramada is an all in one experience. The Ramada is centrally located to all Phillip Island attractions.

Get the latest prices and booking details at Ramada Resort here

Phillip Island has accommodation types for all people. You can find hotels, caravans, hostels and resorts. The interactive map below can help you pick your Phillip Island accommodation

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Koala Conservation Centre – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

The Koala Conservation Centre is located on 6 acres of bushland in the middle of Phillip Island. You enter this venue through the gift shop, cafe information centre. You should spend the first 10-20 minutes reading and learning about the kolas before heading outside.

Outside you will find 2 treetop boardwalks. The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk is an 800-meter loop and the Tree Top Woodland boardwalk is 600 meters long. We were amazed that you could see the Koalas so up close and personal. Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours a day. We spotted about 6 at close range some even only a few feet away from us.

Look out for wallabies, echidnas and colourful native birds that also live on the reserve. For those of you that don’t know a wallaby is a smaller version of a Kangaroo. Wallabies are everywhere at the Koala Park Phillip Island. This is a must-see for anyone wanting to see the native Australian animals.

Let’s be honest who does not love Koalas! You may never get this close to a koala again. The Phillip Island Conservation Park can put you an arm’s length away.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
 The Koala Conservation Centre is open:

– 10 am to 5 pm daily (First Sunday in April to first Saturday in October)
– 10 am to 5:30 pm daily (February 1 to first Saturday in April and first Sunday in October to Christmas Day)
– 10 am to 6 pm (Boxing Day to end of January)
– 2 pm to 5:30 pm (Christmas Day)
* Please note: last access to Koala viewing boardwalks is 15 minutes before closing time

Phillip Island: 4 Parks Pass and Ultimate Penguin Tour

Experience the top 4 attractions of Phillip Island with one flexible pass Join a ranger on a small group eco tour at sunset Visit a secluded beach away from the main parade grounds and see the birds in their natural habitat Watch sheep shearing and other farming activities at Churchill Island Heritage Farm Marvel at Antarctic wildlife in the multimedia displays at the Nobbies Centre

Get the latest prices and information and booking details right here!

Churchill Island Heritage Farm – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

Churchill Island Heritage Farm is as it says is a little island just off Phillip Island. Churchill Island is accessible by a little bridge across the small waterway.

 Churchill Island is the site of the first European agricultural pursuits in Victoria and since the 1850s this 57-hectare island has been continuously farmed. In 1872, Samuel Amess, former Mayor of Melbourne, purchased the island for both holiday and farming use.

He transformed the island by building a homestead and outbuildings. Today Churchill Island Heritage Farm has been kept in its original state for visitors to see how life was in 1800’s. Today you can go through the homestead and see the furniture and decorations from the 1850’s.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass
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Daily farming activities:

1.00-1.45pm         wagon rides (weekends, school and public holidays only – weather permitting)
2.10pm                 cow milking
2.30pm                 sheep shearing
2.45pm                 whip cracking
3.05pm                 working dogs
3.20pm                 sheep shearing

The baby animal farm was popular with the kids. They were able to pat the goats and sheep. You even had a chance to line up and milk a cow the old-fashioned way.

For most kids, I am sure they think milk just comes out of a bottle. The looks of sheer horror and curiosity as they are told to pull the cow’s teet is something to behold.

Smiles frowns and bemusement all around. Churchill Island Heritage Farm is a chance to step back in time and see how life was in the early years of Australia.

I think for kids of today’s technological society having to milk cows and farm is something totally foreign to them. Churchill Island Heritage Farm also holds a famous farmers market once a month.

How much is a Phillip Island 4 park pass?

These prices are from Get you guide and you can book them here now!

*They are correct as of March 2019.

AdmissionPrice
Adult$59.50
Child$29.70

What does the pass get me?

  • Entry to all the above Phillip Island attractions we have reviewed.
  • A seat in the premium penguins plus viewing area for a closer look at them.
  • An easy way to see all of the best attractions in Phillip Island

*You must book your Penguin Parade viewing date but you are able to use your entry tickets to visit the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre once within 6 months of your Penguin Parade visit.

Where is Phillip Island?

  • Phillip Island is located 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Book your rental car today
  • The nearest international airport is Tullamarine Melbourne International Airport.
  • Day Tours from Melbourne to Phillip Island are available.

How do I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

There are few different options on getting from Melbourne to Phillip Island.

Public Transport:

V-line operates a bus to Phillip Island’s main town, Cowes, from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city. The trip will take you around 3 hours.

*You will need to make your way to Phillip Island and around the Island yourself. The Melbourne to Phillip Island bus does not drop off at the Penguins and the bus does not return after the Penguin Parade is finished.

Drive yourself

Take the Monash Freeway (M1) to the Cranbourne exit, where you will turn into the South Gippsland Highway (M420). Follow this route to the Bass Highway (A420), through Grantville and Bass, then onto the Phillip Island Road (B420) to San Remo, over the bridge onto Phillip Island.

Tour operators

There are a few tour operators that will take you to Phillip Island from Melbourne. Here are a few:

The natural beauty and Australian wildlife experience you will find on Phillip Island is second to none. What to do in Phillip Island look no further than the 4 Park Pass.

The 4 Park Pass will entertain and inform you. Let’s be honest Fairy Penguins are Koalas are awesome. Do yourself a favour get to Phillip Island for a day, weekend or a week and you won’t be disappointed. Another great Gippsland attraction waiting for you to visit.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “I think I know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids