A visit to Gippsland for a BBQ is a great idea and there is no better spot than Cape Conran. You will find plenty of things to do at Cape Conran including a BBQ area that looks out towards the water. Cape Conran is a major Gippsland attraction that is a favourite for locals and returning visitors alike. Cape Conran National Park is located in far East Gippsland. Turning off at Orbost you follow the Snowy River to where it meets the sea. You will drive along the coast through the banksia with occasional ocean views till you get to Cape Conran.
The first sign you will see takes you to the West Cape at Conran. West Cape is beautiful and dramatic with its ocean swells crashing over the rocks and white sand beach stretching around the coastline as far as the eye can see.
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We need to get to East Cape for our BBQ. East Cape BBQ area is set amongst the trees on the foreshore with ocean views. It is one of the most scenic places in Gippsland to have a BBQ.
You will find the following facilities waiting for you.
Free Electric BBQ
Shower (for after swimming)
Things to do at Cape Conran include swimming, fishing, camping and walking trails. An easy walk from the BBQ area at Cape Conran is the East Cape Boardwalk. The boardwalk goes around the East Cape on a very scenic walk. You will find plenty of rock pools depending on the tide where you can find marine life such as star fish and crabs.
What strikes me about this area is the beach. The sand is powder white and unspoilt. You will see no high rises, no shops and no hotels. It is just white and the sound of the waves rolling in as you cook your bbq or relax on the beach sunbaking, playing or swimming.
Fishing off the beach can produce great catches of tailor and salmon. If you are good with filleting maybe you can cook your catch on the bbq in foil with some lemon.
If you avoid the school holiday periods you may even have the place nearly to yourself. Cape Conron is some of the best Gippsland coastal wilderness you will find in this area. Get in the car today and have a look!
Don’t forget to stop in Marlo and Orbost on your way to visiting Cape Conran. A beer or soft drink at the Marlo pub on the deck overlooking the water is an unforgettable Gippsland Experience. The Orbost tourist information centre is located in an old high country hut. It worth a look just for the hut. If you are lucky the hut will be manned by a volunteer and you can hear the story of how it came to be in the town of Orbost. It really is a great story.
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Golf is a sport close to my heart here at Travels in Gippsland. I spent a large part of my youth, late 30’s and early 40’s swing the big stick at a little white ball on the Gold Courses of Gippland Australia.
To say I was spoiled for choice was an understatement. You could find me anywhere within a few hours for a round of golf with a couple of mates either on the weekend or in the summer months after work. Gippsland Golf Courses pose some amazing challenges for golfers of all abilities, from your weekend hacker to your serious competitive player, there is a course for everyoe to enjoy.
Due to the popularity of the game, you can find a competition every day of the week somewhere in Gippsland for you to play in and challenge your skills. You can go with some mates or at times you can join a group at the course on the day. Today we are going to have a look at 5 of my favourite Gippsland Golf Course.
The Course: Maffra is a par 72 course with your typical layout of 4 par three’s, 4 par fives and 10 par fours on the course.
Standout Hole: For me the standout Par 4 is the third hole. A short dog leg to the left protected from tee to green by a channel down one side with a bunker on the dig leg corner. A long iron or short wood will put most golfers in a great spot for an approach to the smallish green ringed on one side with bunkers A good drive should see you hitting anything from a 7 iron to pitching wedge into the green.
Adittional information :
Maffra Golf Club is known to have some of the best greens on the Gippsland side of Melbourne. Rv and caravan parking are available at the back of the club house for a small fee.
The Course: Sale Golf Club is a par 70 layout. You will find 4 par three’s, 2 par fives and 12 par fours to challenge you.
Standout Hole: The par 3 sixth hole measuring a healthy 167 meters off the back blocks provides a massive challenge for those that don’t hit it straight at the green. On the right side lies a deepish bunker not too far from that bunker lies an out of bounds fence. On the left-handed side, the hole falls away steeply into a grassy ravine. You will be able to play your ball from down there but it provides a challenging chip when you can’t see the flagstick.
Additional Information: If you are coming to the Sale Golf club from the Melbourne direction it is best to turn off at Rosedale on the Rosedale- Longford road which takes you straight past the course.
The Course: Bairnsdale Golf club in East Gippsland is a par 71 course. You will find 4 par three’s, 11 par fours and 3 par 5 on this great Gippsland Golf Course.
Standout Hole: The best hole at Bairnsdale would have to be the par 5 13th hole. Measuring a gut-busting 503 meters long. A few things to know about this hole are that there is an out of bounds all the way along the right-hand side. If you can get a good drive away down the fairway your eyes will light up with the opportunity of reaching this hole in two. The last 200 odd meters falls down hill sharply. Protecting fairway and greenside bunkers lie waiting. More than one fool has been caught out going for glory here by putting the ball out of bounds after overswinging. A good birdie chance awaits those who set up the hole with a good second shot.
Additional Information: The course is also home to the Bairnsdale Bowls Club for those that like to go hunting for the jack aswell as the pin.
Weekly Competition Days:
Men: Thursday and Saturday
Ladies: Wednesday and Saturday
Mixed: Tuesday (18 holes and 9 holes) & Sunday
Ladies beginners golf over 9 Holes is held on Tuesdays
Where to stay near Bairnsdale Golf Course:
Lakes Entrance Golf Course
Where: 142 Golf Links Road Lakes Entrance Victoria
The Course: The Lakes Entrace Golf Course is a par 72 course. It has a traditional layout of 4 par threes. 4 par fives and 10 par fours.
Standout Hole: This was hard there are just so many good holes at Lakes Entrance. For me, the standout hole is the 7th. Its a par 4 monster measuring 418 meters. It’s referred to locally as the Khyber Pass. You tee off from an elevated position with views of the ocean and the sounds of the waves crashing in. You will need to smash a big drive into a good position down the right-hand side to set up an approach shot. This is where the hole gets difficult. The hole narrows significantly with sand dunes on either side before opening back up around the green. A bad tee shot will require you to draw/hook or fade/slice your second shot into the green. A true test of your golfing skill awaits you here
Additional Information: Lakes Entrance is the furthermost course East we will feature. It runs alongside the 90 Mile Beach and was once the site of the original entrance where the sea meet the lakes at lakes Entrance
Weekly Competition Days:
Ladies Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
Men’s Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
Men’s Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
Ladies Competition Day – As per Monthly Event Schedule
First Sunday of each month will be scheduled a Medley 18 Hole Stableford event.
Standout Hole: The 10th at Yarram is a 453-meter par 5 downhill with a right angle dogleg right near the green. You tee off from an elevated position with out of bounds running all the way down the left. A good drive to a wide fairway will set you up for 3 things. An easy bar, a great birdie chance or a disaster. You can play this hole easy with a driver, mid iron and wedge for a par. You can also play this hole for an easy birdie with a driver mid-iron to the green. To do this you need to hit a blind second shot over the dog leg which contains a water dam. No guts no glory, with a good drive, go for the green here. With a bad drive put your second down to corner and fire at the pin with a wedge from 50-100 and hope to make par.
Additional Information: There are 4 caravan sites at the course for golfing nomads. Pull up, stay a few nights and play one of Australia’s premier volunteer-run courses.
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Visit Gippsland today for some of the best golf courses in Victoria. Gippsland Golf course will provide any level of golfer a real challenge. Why not make a Gippsland weekend of it and stay a night. You could easily play 2 of these courses over a weekend in Gippsland
Gippsland is the largest region in the state of Victoria Australia and for some, it is the most unknown part of the state. The Gippsland region is also the least populated area of the state and is an amazing region for families to visit with outdoor activities the most popular.
Gippsland has miles and miles of coastline and mountainous areas waiting to be explored and experienced. Perfect for family weekend getaways in Victoria. Small towns with friendly locals welcome you. From swimming in the ocean to skiing down mountains to exploring any of the 20+ Gippsland National Parks in the area there truly is something for all members of your family to enjoy.
Dinner Plain is located in the Alpine Region of Gippsland. Dinner Plain reminds me more of a European alpine village than a town in Australia. If you close your eyes you could imagine yourself in Austria or Switzerland. Multi-story chalets with steep roofs and sleek designs adorn the main street. Dinner Plain is 3 hours and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.
Dinner Plains history stretches back well over a century to when the stagecoach that crossed the mountains would stop here for lunch, thus the name Dinner Plain. Today Dinner Plain is a popular 365 day a year destination with a wide range of activities. The town has over 200 chalets and lodges plus shops, pubs and restaurants. In the summer months, activities such as bushwalking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis are popular with visitors.
Where Dinner Plain really comes into its own is in the winter months. Dinner Plain is popular with families looking for a skiing experience. The gentle slopes of the Plain are perfect for beginners learning to ski and snowboard. Some time spent at The Peashooter toboggan run and building snowmen are family favourites when on the mountain. Dinner plain has 1 ski tow
The all-year-round tubing park that is highly popular with kids and adults alike. For the more advanced you can take a trip 20 minutes up the road to Mt Hotham one of Australia’s premier ski destinations
If you are planning a trip to Dinner Plain the price of accommodation will vary hugely depending on the season you visit. The summer months will see you get some real bargains as the snow has dissapered and the allure of the mountain subsides.
Phillip Island is one of Victoria’s if not Australia’s premier tourist attractions. Phillip Island is located only an hour from Melbourne making it highly accessible to international visitors. When people talk penguins in Australia, they talk Phillip Island. Nightly these miraculous little fairy penguins make their way from the cold waters of Bass Straight up onto the beach to their homes at the island and into there burrows.
They waddle and they shuffle in all their cuteness to the oh’s and ah’s of the kids and crowds. These little guys may be the main attraction of the island but there is plenty more to see at Phillip Island. The Koala Conservation Centre is a standout experience with a boardwalk through the trees bringing you up close and personal with Australia’s most iconic animal. In places, the Koalas are only a matter of meters away from you.
The Arctic Journey Centre at The Nobbies is both educational and entertaining with the multimedia presentations on a large scale captivating. You will learn about Australia’s history of exploring the Arctic and the animals that call the water of this baron and deescalate place home. Phillip Islands answer to a fun park is Amaze n things, home to magic, intrigue, action and excitement.
From a giant maze to halls of mirrors, mini golf and high ropes courses there is a little something for all ages. You can also experience a trip back in time with a visit to the Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Here you will get to see what life was like back in the 1800’s on the sprawling farm.
When staying on Phillip Island we recommend that you stay at Ramada Resort Phillips Island. Set on a bushland property with cabin style accommodation and all the facilities of a 5-star hotel. You can get 1,2 or 3 bedroom cabins with cooking and washing facilities. Lounge room with Tv, beck with outdoor setting to relax on free wifi. You will find Indoor and outdoor pools, games room, play equipment on-site restaurant and bike hire are available. This is one of the best family accommodations we have ever stayed at.
Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes. The largest town on Australia’s largest inland lake system. Located 3 hours east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway. Lakes Entrance is all about long days spent at the beach swimming and eating ice cream and playing mini golf. for families. What makes Lakes Entrance unique is its access to both the ocean and lakes.
The town is separated from the ocean by a long narrow stretch of water that requires you walk across a footbridge to access the 90-mile beach. If salt water is not your thing the Lakes Entrance aquatic centre will keep the sand and sun away from you. When not enjoying the waters some equally popular things to do in Lakes Entrance include bike riding, fishing and mini golf.
Lakes Entrance is home to 4 mini golf courses which is a fantastic game for the whole family. Fishing can be done either on the 90-mile beach or off the town jetties in the lakes system. It is quite a thrill for young kids to wind in a fish of their own. A shared bike path runs from one end of the town to the other along the water’s edge.
There is nothing better on a cool evening to go for a ride and watch the fishing boats come back into the docks. Over the January summer period, a carnival sets up in town on the foreshore with roller coasters, dodgem cars and sideshows.
When staying in Lakes Entrance we recommend that you stay at the Esplanade Spa and Resort. The Esplanade Spa and Resort is located on the Esplanade directly adjacent to the water and the beach. A community playground and bbq facilities are just behind the resort. Featuring a bar, restaurant, day spa and swimming pool this place hits the spot for families.
Wilsons Promontory or simply know as the Prom to Gippslanders is the southernmost point of the Australian mainland. The drive into Wilson Promontory takes you through a visual journey of excitement. You will see a rugged landscape dominated by hills with rugged outcrops, lush vegetation bursting with wildflowers that gives way to long white sandy beaches. Located just off the South Gippsland Highway 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Melbourne.
The Wilsons Promontory National Park was recently made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, only 1 of 6 worldwide. The Prom is home to an abundant amount of wildlife. You will find seals and whales in the waters that surround it and kangaroos, wombats and possums on the land. Around 400,000 national and 15,000 foreign tourists visit Wilson’s Promontory every year. You can undertake a variety of activities in the park, including hiking, fishing, power boating, camping and swimming.
The calm waters and sandy beaches of Wilsons Promontory are a strong drawcard for families coming to the area for a holiday. Tidal River is the main settlement at Wilsons Promontory, home to a ranger’s station and information centre. The information centre will tell you about everything from the different walks around the park to where the surf lessons for the kid are run.
Days at Wilsons Promontory for families can be filled with an early morning fish, followed by a bush walk and a cool down swim in the ocean or the river. The main beach area is family friendly with lifesavers patrolling during the summer months. The main areas of the Prom are packed in the summer months with accommodation at Foster and Fish Creek filling up fast.
We recommend Promontory View beach House for your stay at the Prom. Set in Yanakie, this 4-bedroom holiday home features a deck with sea views. The unit is 2.5 mi from Wilsons Promontory National Park. Sit on the deck enjoy a bbq and drinks as you watch the sunset over this amazing part of Australia
Walhalla is located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Gippsland. The road to Walhalla winds its way around the mountains through rainforests, and across rivers. Wallaha sits in a densely forested valley where the trees and bush lap at the back door of many properties. The land around Walhalla is so steep that even the cemetery is located on the slope of a hill. Walhalla was one of the most prosperous gold mining towns in the state over 100 years ago.
As the gold declined so did the population to the point where the town was nearly forgotten and reclaimed by the bush. Walhalla has now re-emerged as a colonial-era tourist town restored to its former glory. The main street is lined with shops bought back to their former glory and painted in heritage colours selling antiques, foods, ice creams and old-fashioned sweets. A BBQ by the river in the park is a relaxing way to spend a few hours. The kids can enjoy the playground with plenty of space to play.
The mine that was once so prosperous can now be toured daily as you are taken down into the depths of the mountain. The Gold Fields railway which starts a few kilometres outside of town is the star attraction. The reopened line ferries families and visitors in and out of Walhalla by a traditional steam train.
If you are brave enough and you are spending the night in Walhalla there is a ghost tour that takes around town at night. Camping is a great option for Walhalla with paid and free camping areas available.
We hope these amazing places have awakened you to a few of Gippsland’s best destinations for family day trips, weekends and holidays. Gippsland can easily be reached from Melbourne so when are you visiting?
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One of the great things about living in Gippsland is that you can go swimming anywhere from the mountains to the sea. Being such a big area as Gippsland is, most parts will have their own little swimming holes that are popular with locals and others who have discovered these gems. Today I am going to introduce you to two of my favourite freshwater swimming holes in Gippsland. Surprisingly enough they are both located in Briagolong just out of Maffra. Even more surprising is that they are located on the same creek just a few kilometers from each other.
Briagolong is located 20 kilometres from Maffra and 270 kilometres east of Melbourne. Briagolong is more of a village than a town. 1 pub, bakery, cafe, shop and an art gallery make up Briagolong. This small town has a rather eclectic feel about it. The community is based around the local pub. The pub is popular with travellers heading into the high country especially towards Dargo. Expect to see cowboy hats, check shirts and RM Williams stickers adorning the utes parked outside.
These 2 great freshwater swimming spots in Braigolong are known as the Quarries Reserve and the Blue Pools Reserve. They are both located on the Freestone Creek in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The Freestone Creek runs off Lees Creek in the mountains and meets up with the Avon River near Stratford.
The Quarries Reserve Briagolong
The Quarries Reserve is located 2.6km from Briagolong on the Freestone Creek Road. You wind your way down into the Quarries on a sealed road with speed humps. What opens up before your eyes is a bush setting with giant gum trees rising up, birds chirping and the sounds of the creek running. The Quarries reserve is wedged between the elevated road and the Freestone Creek.
The Reserve is split into 2 sections. At one end is a shed with fireplaces and a playground for the kids. The shed has a picnic table inside for limited seating. At the other end of the reserve is the camping area. This area has a few firepits, picnic table and an exposed shelter to sit and eat under. There are toilets available on site with cold showers.
Access to the Freestone Creek is available all along the reserve. The main swimming area is located near the shed and the playground area. Here you will find a nice water hole with clear running water. Camping at the Quarries reserve is $10 a night payable at the local store in Briagolong. One thing you must remember is that the Reserve is a carry in, carry out park. what you take in you must take out with you. Talk about a budget family getaway for a few nights!
The Blue Pools Briagolong
The Blue Pools Briagolong is also located on Free Stone Creek Road. It is a bit further along from the Quarries at around 8.5km from Briagolong. The Blue Pools consists of two separate car parks, free camping area and the Blue Pools swimming hole. Get all your camping gear HERE
The Blue Pools is a popular free canoeing Gippsland site. You will find plenty of space, picnic tables, fire pits and 1 toilet. Yes, just 1 single cubicle for use. The campground is dirty and dusty just to be warned with very little grass and again it is a carry in, carry out site.
The Briagolong Blue Pools swimming area is large much larger than the Quarries. As a kid, we used to enjoy jumping off the high rocks into the water at the gorge of the Blue Pools. It used to seem so high with the water so far away. In reality, the jump was about 3.5 meters. The kids of today have taken to using ropes to swing of the trees into the water. The Blue Pools is like a bay of sorts. There is a semi-circle of sand and rocks that ring the water with a tiny creek flowing to the side as the hills rise directly up creating a gorge
The water at Blue Pools gets deep very quick. So be a good swimmer or be prepared at the least. There are some amazing bush walks that start off from the car park. The Bluff walk is short but leads off on a steep rise to the top of the gorge. The Peregrine Lookout is a little more serious. The circuit from Blue Pool to the Peregrine lookout takes about an hour return. The lookout is aptly names after the Peregrine Falcon. The Falcon nests nearby from September to December each year
Insiders Tip: On the road between the Quarries and the Blue Pools is another swimming spot. It is virtually unknown to many. There is no facilities, there is no car park. Its called the Blue Mark. You may see a faint blue circle on a tree and dirt shoulder on the side of the road. There is a narrow bush track that winds its way down the hill to the Blue Mark. The Blue Mark is another quality swimming spot on the Freestone Creek
Looking for something to do this weekend? If the weather is hot get in the car and visit these two great Gippsland Freshwater swimming spots.
The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland lake system in Australia. To help protect this amazing lakes system the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park was established in 1979 and covers the area all the way from Seaspray in the south to Lakes Entrance in the north.
The Gippsland Lakes are a system of lakes and lagoons that are located adjacent to the Tasman Sea and the 90-Mile Beach. Seven rivers empty into The Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, The Latrobe, Avon, Nicholson, Tambo, Mitchell, Macalister and Thomson rivers.
There are 5 major towns in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park on the banks of the lakes and ocean. The towns of Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, Loch Sport and Seaspray are extremely popular summer destinations for things to do in Gippsland.
SEASPRAY GIPPSLAND AUSTRALIA
The Seaspray beach
Seaspray is a small coastal community on the 90 Mile Beach. The town features the Seaspray Caravan Park, a general store and the Seaspray Surf Club. The rest of the town is a mix of local and holiday houses. The Seaspray Caravan Park is often packed out over the summer months. The Seaspray Beach and Merryman’s Creek are where most of the summer fun is had in the water.
The Seaspray Beach is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months due to the area being so popular with holidaymakers. Not only a swimming beach the Seaspray Beach is popular for surf fishing where salmon is regularly caught. For the more experienced fishermen, sharks are what they are after and you can see plenty for fisherman bringing in dinner late in the afternoon.
You can get to Seaspray via the South Gippsland Highway from either Sale or Yarram.
Places to eat in Seaspray:
Your choice of places to eat in Seaspray is limited to the local corner store/fish n chip shop or the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club. You can check the current menu for The Waves Bistro and Sandbar at the Seaspray Surf Life Saving club HERE
Seaspray accommodation is limited to Airbnb. If you have never used Airbnb before here have $55 off your first booking for new members. There is also a caravan park but places fill up quickly especially in the summer months. To use the caravan park you will need your own caravan.
In between Seaspray and Golden Beach heading towards Loch Sport on Shoreline Drive you will find access to the Trinculo Ship Wreck. The Triculo was wrecked on the sands of the 90 Mile Beach in May of 1879. Today all the can still be seen are parts of the Hull sticking out of the sand.
90 Mile Beach
LOCHSPORT GIPPSLAND AUSTRALIA
Loch Sport wedged between lakes and the ocean
Loch Sport borders both the 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes. Well, certainly the Gippsland Lakes with the 90 Mile Beach Beach being 1.5 kilometres out of town. Loch Sport is an ever-growing town on the Gippsland Lakes. Loch Sport is popular for boating and the Loch Sport Mariner is a focal part of the town.
Recently new jetties have been built on the Gippsland Lakes side for fishing and for mooring cruising vessels. Loch Sport has a handful of shops including a General Store, the Mariner bar and bistro and a fish ‘n’ chip shop. There are plenty of BBQ areas and parks along the foreshore that are fantastic to bring your own lunch and have a picnic. At the end of town, you will find the Lakes National Park where you can continue onto more swimming and fishing spots. Sperm Whale head is a good destination where you might also find a kangaroo or two. Don’t forget a trip to the local mini-golf with the kids. They will love it!
You can get to Seaspray via the South Gippsland Highway from either Sale or Yarram.
Places to eat in Loch Sport:
You have 3 options in Loch Sport to eat. The best option for a full meal would be The Marina Hotel Bar and Bistro. There is also Lochies Takeaway and the Mini Golf Cafe.
Paynesville is located on the Gippsland Lakes. The second biggest town on the lakes with a population of 3480 people. Paynesville is closely located to Raymond Island, Eagle Point and Newlands Arms. These 3 other locations are located anywhere from a few hundred meters away to 5 kilometres away. Paynesville is home to the biggest yacht club on the Gippsland Lakes.
You find multiple BBQ picnic areas along the foreshore. A sandy beach section is popular for families with kids for a paddle on a hot day. Swimming in the shallow sandy bottom calm waters is great fun for young ones. A ferry arrives and departs from Raymond island every 20 minutes during the daylight hours and it is free for foot traffic to use the ferry. We highly recommend you take the ferry to Raymond Island and do the Koala walk. You will see Koalas in their native habitat and the walk is very easy for young kids. IT is fantastic to see the looks on the kid’s faces when they spot the koalas
Where to eat in Paynesville:
There is a huge amount of options for places to eat in Paynesville. You have everything from fine dining to pubs, cafes and bakeries. You can check TRIP ADVISOR for more information.
Where to have a BBQ in Paynesville:
You will find plenty of BBQs and picnic tables along the foreshore area. If you catch the Raymond Island Ferry you will find a bbq area and playground just a few meters from where the ferry docks.
You can get to Paynesville by turning off the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale.
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Metung, Gippsland Australia
Metung is the boutique village of the Gippsland Lakes. Metung has a small town centre built around a grassy town square. The major focal point of Metung is the Metung Hotel. The Metung hotel is famous for its outdoor eating/drinking area that sits over the water on the Gippsland Lakes. It’s a great place to sit, eat and drink on a nice sunny day. Metung has many 4 and 5-star accommodation options for the visitor that make the trip to the town. Metung has a Yacht Club and Lawn Bowls club. Metung is popular for boating, fishing and eating. There is a great boardwalk that runs along the water’s edge that is great for stroll or fishing.
Places to eat in Metung:
The Metung Pub has a vast and I would say pretty expensive menu to choose from. The Metung Pub is the most popular venue in town. You will find Nautica Restaurant & Bar also has a takeaway fish n chips section. The fresh seafood is local and fresh. The Smiling Chef Cafe is a popular destination for breakfast.
To get to Metung turn off the Princes Highway at Swan Reach which is located between Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes with a summer population swelling to around 40,000 people. Fishing in Lakes Entrance is popular as you can surf fish and lake fish. Eastern Beach is a popular place for surf fishing while the jetties of the north arm are great for anglers. Lakes Entrance has a variety of restaurants and accommodation from caravan parks to resorts. There is mini golf, cinema, skate park and paddle boats for families.
The Esplanade in Lakes Entrance
You can go on boat cruises on the Gippsland Lakes or hire a put-put boat. For any golfers out there Lakes Entrance Golf Course is one of the best in Gippsland. There is an amazing boardwalk that stretches the length of the esplanade that is great for walking and bike riding. The path stretched from one end of Lakes Entrance to the other.
Where to eat in Lakes Entrance:
Lakes Entrance has a number of clubs and pubs to choose from. The local Lakes Entrance RSL on the Esplanade serves both Australian and Asian cuisine at a great price. The Bowls Club and Gold Club both have a big venue in the centre of town serving good food. You will find the usual fast food outlets such as McDonald’s, KFC and Subway available. Miriam’s Seafood Restaurant is popular for trying the local fish from the Gippsland Lakes.
Where to have a BBQ in Lakes Entrance:
The North Arm Park as you enter Lakes from the Melbourne side. The Park has a playground, Picnic tables and bbq’s ( both undercover and exposed ). The park features a basketball court and inground trampoline along with favourites such as swings and climbing equipment.
Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway 330 kilometres from Melbourne
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Gippsland Lakes Weather: The weather on the Gippsland Lakes at Lakes Entrance has an average high of 23.7 degrees in February and a low of 14,6 degrees in July. The weather in Lakes Entrance has a daily high temperature of 43.6 degrees in February and a low daily average of 5.6 degrees in July.
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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.
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
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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
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 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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Mark Wyld is a Gippsland native having lived here all his life. Mark and his family get out in Gippsland as much as possible exploring different destinations. Having worked and lived in this area for over 40 years i have considerable knowledge of the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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