Coming into Maffra from any direction one of the first things you notice is the surrounding farmland whether it be dairy or vegetable farms. Lush green paddocks with rolling fields, cows grazing and corn or canola growing. It is a beautiful sight.
Driving into Maffra you will instantly be drawn to the tree-lined nineteenth century Main Street, Johnson Street. The tree-lined avenue has local shops lying on each side street, some still sporting heritage verandas. Maffra’s main street is a throwback to times gone by with its community rotunda and town clock. A time when small Gippsland towns thrived.
Maffra Victoria has a small population of around 5,000, with the major industries being dairy farming and vegetables growing. The dairy industry is in decline while the vegetable industry surrounding the town continues to grow steadily.
Things to do in Maffra Victoria
What you will find in a small town like Maffra are friendly people and small-town hospitality. Let’s take a look at some of the things to do in Maffra.
Gippsland Vehicle Collection
The jewel in the crown of things to do in Maffra. The Gippsland Vehicle collection is an award-winning motor vehicle museum. The museum has a rotating display of vehicles and motorcycles. The Gippsland Vehicle collection stages a number of shows throughout the year featuring different themes such as American classics, Fords etc just to name a few. You can make a day of it by bringing some food and using the free BBQ facilities onsite. GVC now allows self-contained travellers to camp in the grounds of the Motor Museum.
What is the Gippsland Vehicle collection address?
1 Maffra-Sale Rd, Maffra VIC 3860
What are the Gippsland Vehicle Collection opening hours?
Friday-Monday from 10.00am – 4.00pm
Gippsland Rail Trail
The Gippsland Rail Trail that runs from Traralgon to Stratford enters and departs from Maffra. The rail-trail provides visitors with a great place to ride their bike or do some walking towards both Stratford and Tinamba. It is a nice flat surface ride to Stratford 11 kilometres away. If you like a drop of wine you can call into Avon Ridge Winery for a glass of wine at the near halfway mark. The ride to Tinamba has you surrounded by green dairy farming pastures. There are places to eat and drink at both Tinamba and Stratford.
Have a bbq at the Macalister River Park
If you are travelling in Gippsland with kids a stop at the amazing Macalister River park in Maffra is a must. This large and well-maintained park is beside the mighty Macalister river and is a great family-friendly stop. There is a walking track beside the river where you can stretch your legs and look for local native animals.
What is the Macalister River Park address?
McMahon Drive, Maffra Victoria 3860
What facilities are at the Macalister River Park Maffra
There are plenty of facilites at Macalister River park for everyone.
Close to Woolworths Supermarket
Large lawned area for pets
Shaded eating areas
Close to the Maffra Sugarbeet Museum
Maffra Golf Club
Maffra Golf Course has a reputation as having some of the best greens in the Gippsland area. The Maffra Golf Course is a par 72 golf course of just over 6000 meters. The course will provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities. A clubhouse has a bar and sells food on competition days and weekends. Green fee players and members of other clubs are welcome. The Maffra Golf Course has space for Rv parking so you can stay overnight.
What is the Maffra Golf Club address?
13 Fulton Rd, Maffra VIC 3860
What time is the Golf Course open?
The golf course is open daily from 9.00am-5.00pm
Tips for playing golf at Maffra Gold Club?
There are competition days where you may not be able to play
There are motorised carts and push carts for hire
You can hire golf clubs
If you need to stay the night there is a motor home park out the back of the club house
You can call the club house on 03 5147 1884 to book a time
Macalister Wetland Reserve
Maffra wetlands walk is a short 1.5 kilometres walk that is accessed from River Street near the local pool. The Wetlands of Maffra has both paved paths and wooden boardwalks. A number of Birds on the Victorian threatened species list which has been recorded at Macalister Wetland Reserve. You might just see the Australasian Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Little Egret, Great Egret, Nankeen Night Heron, Royal Spoonbill, White-bellied Sea-Eagle and the Painted Snipe. There are a number of bench seats and picnic tables for you to sit on.
Maffra Tourist Information Centre
If you’re still looking for further things to do in Maffra call into the local tourist information centre. The Maffra tourist information centre is located in the old courthouse building on Johnson St (the main street) and is a Maffra attraction in itself.
What is the Maffra Tourist Information Center address?
96 Johnson St, Maffra VIC 3860
What are the Tourist Information Office opening hours?
Open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm (The Tourist Information Office closes early at 1.00pm on a Tuesday)
Maffra Sugarbeet Museum
Go back in time and learn about an industry that kept this town alive in times past. The Sugarbeet Museum is in the old office and weighbridge factory building that was used by the employees in its heyday. Outside you will also find some old equipment that was used in the harvesting process.
Inside there is plenty on the industry in the area, information on European families that settled in the area and some information in the local Aboriginal tribe that lived in the area.
What is the Maffra Sugarbeet Museum address?
McMahon Dr, Maffra VIC 3860
What are the Sugarbeet Museum opening hours?
Hours differ during seasons and on the availabilty on volunteers. Please contact 0351472680 to organise a visit.
Find the wooden sculptures at Victoria Park
Another beautiful park in Maffra to visit is Victoria Park. Here you will find wooden sculptures displayed along the banks of a large pond. You can walk through the park or around Victoria park to find the sculptures.
What is the Victoria Park in Maffra address?
52 Kent Street, Maffra Victoria 3860 (Across from the Maffra District Hospital)
What facilities does Victoria Park Maffra have?
There are plenty of facilites at Victoria Pain in Maffra for anyone who needs a break.
Free gas Bbq
Large shaded eating area
Ample parking on Kent Street
Sample a local wine
The residents of Maffra are lucky enough to have 2 wonderful wineries close to town. The closer of the two is Avon Ridge (the restaurant is called the Vines on Avon) and the other is Blue Gables.
The Avon Ridge Winery
Located just 5.5km’s out of the Maffra township towards Stratford Avon Ridge is a great place for a tasting of local wine. Surrounded with views of the vines you can also see out over the Avon River Valley. Not only can you enjoy a local Maffra wine here there is also an assortment of ciders too. The new restaurant and dining area is called The Vines on Avon.
What is Avon Ridge address?
446 Stratford-Maffra Rd, Maffra VIC 3860, Australia
Situated on top of a small hill with the vines behind you, you are able to look down on some amazing farmland that the area is known for. You can sit inside under the verandah or out in the sun on the large picnic-style tables. While you are having your local Maffra wine you can enjoy some local Maffra cheese platers or wood-fired pizza. Blue Gables is located 23km’s from the Maffra township through beautiful farming lands.
What is Blue Gables address?
100 Lanigan Rd, Maffra West Upper VIC 3859, Australia
*If you are unable to get out to either of these wineries during your visit to Maffra you can purchase wines from them at the local IGA store in their liquor department. IGA is located at 102-106 Johnson St, Maffra VIC 3860
Devour a Maffra Pie
Many people will attest to loving a Maffra Pie. This award winning piece of heaven is a Maffra legend in it’s own right. Whether it’s at the footy or garbbing one to head to the park with the kids you can’t go wrong.
The Maffra Bakery and their pies have been around for as long as I can remember with my mother returning home with a treat of as Maffra pie on many occasions when I was growing up.
Where can I get a Maffra Pie?
You can visit the Maffra Bakery at 18 Foster Street Maffra, Victoria 3860
Does the Maffra Bakery sell other items?
You will find an array of cakes, bread, drinks, made to order salad rolls, sausage rolls and different flavoured pies if the traditional Maffra pie is not for you.
When is the Maffra Bakery open?
You will find the Bakery open Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 4.00 pm and Saturday mornings until 12.30.
Being a small rural town there are not too many options for Maffra accommodation. There are a few places to stay in Maffra and we will list them below.
Maffra Golf Club Motor Park
Gippsland Vehicle Collection Park
Macalister pub rooms
Maffra Caravan Park
Maffra Motor Inn
*Some of these places to stay only have basic facilities or they are only availableto stay in if you are self-contained.
How to get to Maffra by car
Maffra is easily accessed off the Princess Highway on the Melbourne side of Stratford or via the Princess Highway turn off between Sale and Traralgon. You can easily follow the signs to Maffra.
How to get to Maffra by bus
If you are travelling to Maffra from Melbourne you will find you can book tickets through V/Line.
How to get to Maffra by train
There are no direct trains from Melboun to maffra. If you are travelling from Mebourne to Maffra you can get a train to Traralgon and then you will have to transfer onto a bus.
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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.
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 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.
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.
* 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
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.
Engell Camping Fridge
Portable 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
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.
Deluxe 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.
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.
High 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
* High heat output * New 2 stage overpressure safety shut off device * Convenient carry case for storage
* 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
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.
Powerful 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
* 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
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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Just behind the brand 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.
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.
The history of The Rubeena
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 lifeline to your home or to your business in the Gippsland area. You are able to do this as you sit and listen to the history this magnificent boat has seen.
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 it’s home a few years ago now.
Where do we board the Rubeena?
The Rubeena is moored at the Port of Sale. There will be signs for you to follow to find your way to the boat for your cruise time.
As you approach The Rubeena, the skipper Alan will be on board waiting for passengers to arrive. Alan really resembles a skipper in his vest with his grey hair and a Captain’s hat. Alan joyfully welcomed us on board his fine vessel.
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.
The Port 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.
How fast does the Rubeena go?
The Rubeena cruises down the Thomson River at 5 knots an hour, a nice steady pace that allows you to take in your surroundings.
What times does The Rubeena cruise the Thomson River?
You will find the Rubeena ready to glide down the river with you on board at 10.00 am and 2.00 pm daily.
If you have a large group and would like a private tour outside of these times you can contact the staff at the Rubeena to organise this. The website is Sale Heritage Cruises
How long is a Port of Sale heritage cruise?
The total journey time is roughly 1 and a half to 2 hours duration.
How much does a Port of Sale Heritage Cruise cost?
There are different prices for the family. If you are booking for a large group please contact the team at Sale Heritage Cruises to discuss this with them.
Children under 15
Family (2 adults, 3 kids)
What will I see during my Thomson River Cruise?
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
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 aboard the Rubeena just to keep track of where the koalas are so he can point them out to passengers.
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 trees used by Aboriginal people to craft items
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.’
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.
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.
The Heart Morass Reserve
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 in Gippsland.
After we spent some time looking out for some native birds we made our way back up the Thomson River. Alan has a number of books and photo’s on board the boat for you to have a look at. These books are all about local history and many feature pictures from early last century.
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.
Some frequently asked questions about the Rubeena
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the port of sale Heritage cruise and what you should know before you board the boat.
Are there toilets on board?
There are no toilets on board the Rubeena but there are public toilets located at the Port of Sale where you start and finish your journey.
Can you buy food and drink on board?
Light refreshments are included in the price of your tickets but if you have dietary requirements or allergies you should make sure you have some of your prefered snacks with you or make sure you have made it known when you are booking your ticket.
Does the Rubeena run all year round?
This is a good all-weather experience although you may have a better view of the animals that live on the banks during the warmer months.
Did we enjoy our Thomson River Heritage Cruise?
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.
Do you need some accommodation in Sale?
If you are staying in Sale for a few days during your Travels in Gippsland this will help you find the perfect accommodation for you.
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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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.
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.
Fast food and local food shops
*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 forcouples 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.
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
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.
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 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.
Prosof 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.
Consof 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.
Local fast food and a pub
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Airbnb alternative for Paynesville. Please explore the map below for properties available
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
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).
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 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)
Supermarkets (Woolworths, Aldi, Coles, IGA)
Numerous petrol stations
Fast food outlets and local pubs
You stop in Sale for an thing you may need on your way through,
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
1 petrol station
Local fast food and a pub
Free Camping at Marley Point on Lake Wellington is available and paid camping at Roseneath Caravan Park on the east bank.
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