5 things to do in Lakes Entrance

5 things to do in Lakes Entrance

For many people visiting Gippsland in summer means only one thing, time to hit the beaches! Gippsland is blessed with some great beaches and none are more popular than the 90 Mile Beach. It’s fine white sand, blue waters and sand dunes as far as the eye can see, make it the place to have a swim on a hot day and Lakes Entrance is the capital of the 90 Mile Beach. Tourists flock in their droves to visit Lakes Entrance in the warmer months of the year to enjoy a piece of that beach to themselves. The Lakes Entrance caravan parks, hotels and motels fill up fast. Here we are going to look at 5 popular things to do in Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance – The Entrance Walk

Head across the footbridge towards the 90-Mile Beach and you will come across the sign for The Entrance Walk. A 5 kilometre, 2-hour return walk along either the beach, the foreshore or through the sand dunes will take you to the entrance. The Entrance is where the waters of Bass Straight / The 90 Mile beach meet the Gippsland Lakes. At the Entrance, you may see seals, dolphins and even Whales swimming by at certain times of the year. The walk is pretty easy and certainly picturesque. Wear some comfortable and easily removable shoes such as Skechers. Allow 3 hours for plenty of stops and exploring along the Lakes Entrance Beach.

 Swimming at the Lakes Entrance Beaches

You will find lifesavers patrolling the beaches during the warmer months especially at the main surf beach over the footbridge and at Eastern Beach. You will often find a sandbar at the Lakes Entrance beaches and the water can be quite shallow as little as 20 meters or so out from the shore. This is good but it can also mean there are strong waves that break close to shore that you will need to get through. Just be careful if you are not an experienced beach swimmer or just head straight to the beaches that are patrolled to be safe. You will find lots of people and families swimming at the beach so have fun and enjoy the waves. Make sure you slip, slop and slap on the sunscreen, hat and rash vest for sun protection.

Lakes Entrance also has an indoor aquatic centre if the ocean is not your thing. The aquatic centre sometimes has blow up play equipment for the kids to have fun with.

Gippsland things to do – Mini Golf at Lakes Entrance

What else is there to do in Lakes Entrance with kids? Play a round of mini golf! These days Lakes Entrance has quite a few options for mini golf. At last count, there were 4 different mini golf courses to play. You will find 3 in the main street of Lakes Entrance and the other course is located towards Eastern Beach. This course also has the ever-popular pit trampolines that both kids and adults enjoy. Mini golf has been a mainstay of fun and family entertainment in Lakes Entrance for generations.

BBQ or Picnic

Lakes Entrance has many places to have a bbq or picnic. When you first enter Lakes Entrance just over the bridge on the North Arm you will find the latest BBQ area just off the roundabout. This area on the waterside has undercover bbq’s and seating. The playground includes climbing frames, swings and even a basketball half court. The electric BBQ’s are free. If you forget anything Aldi Lakes Entrance is straight over the road.

At Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance you will find 4 BBQ’s with picnic tables and play equipment. The BBQ’s are free and electric with some of the play equipment under shade sails. The Lakes Entrance beach is just 100 meters away with a walk over the sand dunes.

Public toilets at the North Arm BBQ area are 200 meters away near the boat ramp.

Public toilets at Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance bbq area are located adjacent to the area. Don’t forget to bring the BBQ equipment!

 Lakes Entrance Fishing

Fishing in Lakes Entrance is very popular and Lakes Entrance fishing comes in 3 different forms. You can fish off the Lakes Entrance Beach, you can fish off the Lakes Entrance wharves and you can fish in the Gippsland Lakes by boat. The easiest places to access the beach at Lakes Entrance for fishing is Eastern Beach car park number 2. In the middle of town and the north arm, you will find over a dozen wharves or jetties to cast a line off. This is great if you are a newbie fisherman or have kids in tow. The Gippsland Lakes can be accessed with a fishing charter out of Lakes Entrance. The putt putt boats are also available to be hired in the North Arm that will get you out on the water.

It is a requirement that you have a fishing licence if you do plan on going for a fish. There are also strict catch measurements on certain fish and limits of how many you can take home with you.

The putt putt boats don’t require you to have a boat license, so its a great chance for families to go boating without buying a boat. You can order your fishing eqipment before you arrive and pick it up at BCF in Bairnsdale on the way.

Lakes Entrance Accommodation

Esplanade Spa and Resort:

This 4.5-star property offers 134 elegantly designed rooms. This property features 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments.  Located at the junction of Cunningham Arm and the North Arm means there is water on both sides of the property

The facilities at this amazing Lakes Entrance accommodation property include.

  • Large lagoon pool
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Tennis court
  • Day spa
  • BBQ area
  • Fresco dining and bar
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The North Arm Tourist Park
This Lakes Entrance accommodation property has a choice of cabins and villas to stay in. The Tourist Park also features spots for tents and caravans. Located on the North Arm close to the water for fishing and boating. Walking distance to nearby shops such as Woolworths
    • Free Wifi
    • Undercover barbecues & camp kitchen
    • Fish cleaning and freezing facilities
    • Solar heated pool
    • Private jetty

  Check out the availability and prices at the North Arm Tourist Park in Lakes Entrance

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Places to Eat. Lakes Entrance Restaurants

Lakes Entrance RSL

The RSL has a menu made up of both Chinese and Australian cuisine. The bistro seats 180 people, it is open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner. You will find gaming machines as well as a TAB inside. Like most RSL clubs from time to time you will find live entertainment happening.

Location: 221 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

Ferryman Cafe

The Ferryman Cafe is a great Lakes Entrance restaurant for seafood, The Ferryman Cafe is a floating restaurant built on an old barge that is mored near the post office jetty on the Esplanade. The Ferrymen as mentioned is known for its modern Australian menu featuring delightful fresh local seafood,

How to Get To Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway in East Gippsland. Travelling from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance via the highway you will cover a distance of 330 kilometres and take you around 3.5 hours to reach. There are many attractions to see when coming from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance, so plan ahead and take your time. Arriving from the opposite direction you will find Lakes Entrance 2.5 hours from the New South Wales border.

The public transport system (V/Line in rural Victoria) runs trains to Bairnsdale daily, where you can transfer to a bus that will take you to Lakes Entrance

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Marley Point on Lake Wellington

Marley Point on Lake Wellington

Marley Point is one of those family-friendly, laid back, easily accessible spots on the Gippsland Lakes that is well worth a visit. Be it a day trip, camping or just for a swim in Lake Wellington.

Marley Point is best known as the location for the Marley Point overnight Yacht Race. The Marlay Point Overnight Race has been running on the Gippsland Lakes since 1969. The race is regarded as Australia’s premier race for portable yachts. Over the years more than 4000 boats and 11,000 sailors have participated in the race. The Marley Point Yacht Race is held every year over the labour day long weekend.

Places to go in Gippsland – Marley Point

Today at Marley Point you will find the Yacht Club building, a BBQ shed, boat ramp and a free camping site.

The free camping site at Marley Point is right on the banks of Lake Wellington. You can set up your tent, caravan or camper right between some big Cypress trees. This is one of the best places in Gippsland for free camping. The Cypress trees provide great shelter from the sun in summer and the weather in winter. There are toilet facilities at Marley Point Gippsland. You will find a partially enclosed BBQ area with an open fireplace and bench seat inside. There is only 1 free electric bbq for use. There are wooden picnic tables spread along the Marley Point foreshore area.

Swimming at Marley Point is excellent for kids and adults alike. The sandy shallow waters of Lake Wellington are calm and safe for everyone. You will find you can walk out into the lake more than 50 meters and the water would not be over your head, that’s how shallow it is.

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For fishing, there is a jetty and the sandy banks to fish off. Being a freshwater lake the best baits will be the worm if your chasing bream. A little easier to catch is the European carp. For this fish, you will only need corn or bread on your hook. You may have to wade out into Lake Wellington a little to cast if you want to catch some of the bigger fish. Fishing at Marley point is one of the easiest things to do in Gippsland with kids.

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Boating in Lake Wellington via Marley Point is very accessible via a boat ramp and adjoining jetty to tie up on. You often see people launching fishing boats from the point. People head into the middle of the lake, into the Mclennan straights or up into the mouth of the Avon River which drains into Lake Wellington.

How to get to Marley Point: Marley Point is very easy to access once you get to Sale in Gippsland Australia. Follow the A1 Princess Highway through Sale towards to Stratford. 3.4 kilometres out of Sale turn right onto Bengworden Road. Follow Bengworden road for 11 kilometres before turning right onto Marley Point Road.  Travel 3.6 kilometres and you will arrive on the banks of Lake Wellington at Marley Point. Marley Point is a bit of the Gippsland tourist attractions radar but its certainly worth a visit.


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Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre

Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre

Phillip Island is in far south Gippsland, about as far as Gippsland stretches. Phillip Island would be the most popular of Gippsland tourist attractions. Phillips Islands close proximity to Melbourne allows it to draw bug crowds all year around. The Koala Conservation Centre is one of the best things to do in Phillip Island. Now, who does not like a koala! The Phillip Island Koala Conservation Centre is located on 6 acres of bushland in the middle of Phillip Island.

Phillip Island Wildlife Park – Koalas

You enter this venue through the gift shop, cafe information centre. Staff will happily give you any information you need about the park and tips for seeing the Koalas. There is a great information section inside the centre. You should spend the first 10-20 minutes of reading and be learning about the koalas’ habitat, what they eat, how long they sleep and much more.

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. Just walking the boardwalks is a great experience it is like your walking through the treetops.

The treetop boardwalks help bring you into close proximity with the koala. We were amazed that you could see the Koalas so up close and personal. Because Koalas sleep for up to 20 hours a day it can be hard to spot them from a distance.

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We spotted about 6 at close range some even only a few feet away from us. You could just about reach out and touch them, BUT that’s a no don’t ever touch native animals. Down on the ground away from the koalas, you will also be able to spot 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 Koala Conservation Center Opening Hours

– 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 Accommodation

For our Phillip Island accommodation, we stayed at the Ramada Resort Phillip Island. The self-contained cabins were roomy and comfortable with all the modern cons. The resort has features such as a pool, games room, restaurant and much more. You will find a great review of the Ramada Resort from Wyld Family Travel on their website.

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Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland – Newlands Arms

Where to have a BBQ in Gippsland – Newlands Arms

Where: Newlands Arm Boat Ramp on The Gippsland Lakes

Whats there: At the Newlands Arms boat ramp you will find 2 hotplates ready for a BBQ. The BBQ’s are free to use. There is a child playground onsite, its only small but enough the keep the kids occupied while you cook. The kid’s playground is covered by a shade cloth, which is great for the sun protection.

There are 3 sets of picnic tables, 2 under cover of a shade sail and one near the edge of the water in direct sunlight. There are public toilet facilities available to use. We have had a bbq a few times at Newlands Arms and found this location to be empty and uncrowded. You will usually have the bbq facilities for yourself. This means the hot plates are generally clean and ready for use.

BBQ Tips: When using public bbq’s it is always best to bring some BBQ cleaner and a BBQ mat. 

Newlands arms bbq area
Newlands Arm from a drone

There is only 1 store at Newlands Arms, a handy convenience store selling the essentials. We suggest you bring everything you need for a bbq with you to Newlands Arms.

Things to do at Newlands Arms bbq area:

  • Swimming – shallow sandy calm waters great for little kids
  • Kite Flying – There is usually a light breeze.
  • Fishing – There is a jetty to fish off
  • Canoeing and boating
  • Ball Games – There is a large grass area adjacent to the BBQ area for kicking a football and cricket.
  • Drone flying

Where is Newlands Arms:

Newlands Arms is located just a stone through away from Paynesville Victoria and Bairnsdale on the Princes Highway in Gippsland.

  • Bairnsdale to Newlands Arms 17.8km
  • Paynesville to Newlands Arms 10.9km

Where to stay at Newlands Arms:

There are no hotels – motels in Newlands Arms. Your best choice is Paynesville accommodation. Paynesville has one of best things to do in Gippsland. The Raymond Island Koala Walk is a special experience for the whole family

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Blue waters of the Gippsland Lakes

Gippsland Immigration Park & Heritage Walk

Gippsland Immigration Park & Heritage Walk

As you drive through Morwell on the old Princes Highway just past McDonald’s going one way or just past Mid Valley Shopping Centre Morwell the other way is Lake Kernot. Lake Kernot is home to Kernot Hall and the Gippsland Immigration Park and Heritage Walk. Kernot Lake (Morwell Lake) is a focal point of things to do in Morwell and a community area for citizens and visitors to the area.

The Gippsland Immigration Park pays homage to all the immigrants that now call Gippsland home. The majority of people calling Gippsland home were born in Australia. Today’s figures show only 5.6 per cent of the population were born in one of the main non-English speaking countries and 4.5 per cent of the population only speak a Language other than English at home.

The park is a great spot for family gatherings and days out. There are two covered BBQ areas with electric barbeques and picnic tables for seating. Green grass for kids to play on trees and trees to shelter under. There is a children’s playground to keep the kids entertained. The Morwell Lake is stocked with fish a few times every year. It is a great place to introduce the kids to a fish or two. Toilets are available a short walk away at Kernot Hall.

The Immigration memorial consists of 7 walls that display the history of immigration into Gippsland in images and writing. The walls are depicted using four themes – ‘Departing / Arriving, Settling, Working, Achieving’. They feature images and names of the families who arrived in Gippsland. These walls sit in front of a deck sits on the edge of the lake that was designed to look like an arrivals port where the migrants arrived.

The Gippsland Heritage Walk is made up of 72 panels tracing the history of Gippsland. The walk starts adjacent to the Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition.

Gippsland Heritage Walk Morwell Australia
Picnic area Kernott Lake Morwell Gippsland Australia

Lake Kernott

The 72 panels will educate you about Gunaikurnai history, Coming to Gippsland, Settling In, Energy(electricity, gas, oil), Life in Gippsland, Government, Rule of Law, Transport, War Time, Educating Gippsland, Serving Gippsland (emergency services) and Gippsland Community (immigrants, early sport, population, government towns).

The beginning and end are marked by two large archways. I can tell you its an educational experience even for someone who has lived in Gippsland their whole life. Kernot Lake provides some great things to do in Gippsland. It’s well worth turning off the Princes Highway and exploring Heritage Walk and Immigration Memorial in Morwell. On a nice day, the sun dances off the calm waters of the lake which provides a picturesque backdrop to this Gippsland attraction.

Melbourne to Morwell is 153 kilometres and Traralgon to Morwell is 10 kilometres.

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