Best things to do near Metung

Best things to do near Metung

Metung is one of the most popular towns on the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria Australia. A quaint little waterside village attracts visitors from far and wide. People visit to enjoy the scenery and tranquillity of this area on the Gippsland Lakes. The town centre only has a handful of shops serving great food and drinks from the local area.

Metung is in an enviable location, which means there are many things to do near Metung. From wildlife to history, from shopping to National Parks there is something for everyone to see near Metung.

Raymond Island near Metung

Raymond Island is located in the Gippsland Lakes near Paynesville. What makes Raymond Island special is its Koalas. Raymond Island is separated from the town of Paynesville by a channel of water that can be crossed every 20 minutes by ferry. You can either take a car onto the ferry to drive around the small island for a fee or you can go on the ferry o foot which is free. Once you are on Raymond Island, there is a clearly marked 1.3km Koala walk around the island where you can walk to see the Koalas in their natural habitat.

Yes, a Koala walk is one of the outstanding things to do in the Gippsland region. You will see markers on rocks and signed posts even painted koalas on the ground lead you in the right direction. The walk can be done in as little as 30 minutes depending on how many Koalas you see and how long you stay to look at these amazing animals.

While it is a good track it is gravel for some of the ways so be careful with wheelchairs and prams. It is always a great thrill to see Koalas in the wild and if you are lucky you may also get to see kangaroos, echidnas, swans or dolphins while you are on Raymond Island. There are no shops on the island but there are a bbq area and plenty of holiday homes. 

Distance from Metung to Raymond Island: 46 kilometres

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Nyerimilang Heritage Park dates back to the late 18th century when the land was purchased as a place to go hunting and fishing on the Gippsland Lakes. Over the years since, the park has been owned by millionaires, church groups and finally Park Victoria.

The land has a colonial period homestead that is open for the public to visit. The Homestead has furniture and fittings from its period of construction. The Heritage Park at Nyerimilang today has areas for picnics, walking trails, tourist information and a fishing jetty for the public to use. The walks range from a few hundred meters to a few kilometres return.

The semi-formal gardens around the Homestead feature such varieties as Austral Indigo, Kangaroo Apple, Native Pigface, Tiger Orchard, Coast Grey Box and more. Animals and birds around the park include Blue Tongue Lizard, Eastern Long Neck Turtle, feather tailed Glider, Powerful Owl, Azure Kingfisher, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo and many more.

Distance from Metung to Nyerimilang Heritage Park: 10.6 kilometres

Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Located in the Colquhoun State Forest between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa is a mighty relic from the past.  A huge trestle bridge that used to support the train line from Bairnsdale to Orbost. At 247 meters long and 20 meters high, it is the largest standing wooden trestle bridge of its kind in the State of Victoria. The bridge is listed on the Register of Historic Sites.

A short 3-kilometre drive into the forest will have you face to face with the bridge. Today the Trestle Bridge at Stony Creek forms part of the East Gippsland Railtrail. You cannot walk on the wooden trestle bridge anymore as its top decking is in a state of disrepair and there are no guard rails on the sides but you can ride past and walk under it. The top deck is actually fenced off to stop people getting out onto the bridge There are toilets and picnic tables at the site

Distance from Metung to Stony Creek Trestle Bridge: 38.4 kilometres

The Entrance Walk


Lakes Entrance is where the sea meets the Gippsland Lakes. The current Entrance was built early in the 19th century to allow fishing boats from Lakes system to access the waters of Bass Strait. In order to walk to the entrance, you must first cross the footbridge to the 90-mile beach. The Entrance Walk is a 5-kilometre journey along Cunningham Arm or the 90 Mile Beach depending on your choice.

Along the way, you will find historical markers that tell you about the history of the Entrance buildings. Most days you will see seals and or dolphins swimming in and around the waters of the entrance. Expect to take 3 hours return for this journey. If you are lucky you might just see some dolphins at the entrance.

There are no shops along the Entrance walk so you will need to take enough water for the journey and if you need to snacks as well.

Distance from Metung to Lakes Entrance: 20.4 kilometres

Buchan Caves

The Buchan Caves are an absolute gem that has to be seen to be believed. The near 400 million-year-old limestone formations were carved out by an underground river. Now you can tour the Fairy Cave or the Royal Cave to see the stalactite and stalagmite pillars that were discovered by Frank Moon back in 1907.

Today the Buchan Caves Reserve has bbq areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, an information area and general store. The area is a magnet for native wildlife. At Buchan Caves Reserve you will see Kangaroos laying about the campground and native birds such as the Bell Miner, Powerful Owl, Superb Lyrebird and Pied Currawong.

Distance from Metung to Buchan Caves: 71.3 kilometres

Where to stay in Metung Gippsland

There are so many places to stay in Metung Victoria for every budget. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel to a Metung Air bnb there is something for everyone.

Air BnB Metung alternative for your stay in Gippsland

Some people prefer a home away from home style accommodation and Air BnB is perfect for that. Check out the map below to find the perfect airbnb Metung.

Metung accommodation for couples

Metung is the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic staycation. From luxury accommodation to small boutique hotels for couples.

The Moorings at Metung

The Moonings at Metung Gippsland 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Accommodation Metung for families

Family budget accommodation in Metung is in abundance. From cheap tent sites to large cabins for bigger travelling families there is a brilliant assortment of family accommodation around Metung.

Metung Holiday Village

The 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Budget accommodation at Metung

As we have said before you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes. There is plenty of budget accommodation in Metung where you will get amazing accommodation.

Metung Waters

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

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

For more information and bookings click here

How to get to Metung

Metung is located in East Gippsland on the Gippsland Lakes. You will need to turn off at Swan Reach on the Princes Highway to reach Metung. Metung is 15 kilometres from Swan Reach. To get from Melbourne to Metung the distance is 331 kilometres.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Metung in East Gippsland and shows you what to do in Metung. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.


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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

Best things to do in Metung

Best things to do in Metung

Metung is the upmarket village on the shore of the Gippsland Lakes. With 5-star accommodation and a handful of boutique stores, there’s not much to do in the town. What the town doesn’t have, the activities on the water definitely make up for it and they are some of the best things to do in Metung Gippsland.

Metung in Gippsland is the quintessential lakeside village with yachts moored, people taking a stroll in the sun and families having fun.

Metung Fishing

Fishing is one of the top Metung attractions. Fishing in Metung can either be done from a boat on the water of the Gippsland Lakes or from the jetties and boardwalks around town. The boardwalk extends from the mouth of Chinaman’s creek right through the village centre to and to Shaving Point. Purchase all your fishing gear online at BCF and pick it up at Bairnsdale on your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes.

Fishing around Metung, you are most likely to catch bream, flathead, luderick, tailor, mulloway, whiting, perch and salmon. You can use sandworm, prawn or spider crab as bait. Fishing from the boardwalk, you will only need a light rod and tackle which you can pick up from any BCF store.

Swimming

Metung has some great sand beach areas along the peninsula that leads out to Shaving Point. The waters around Metung are great for kids. The swimming areas are calm with little or no waves, sandy bottom and a slow gradual increase in depth from the shore. These areas are great for families on holiday to Gippsland

Related Post: If you are spending some time in Metung with kids you may want to visit Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance with kids is great for activities and some fun in any season.

Boating

Boating is what the Gippsland Lakes is all about and staying at Metung can allow you to have the best experience of boating on the Gippsland Lakes. You can bring your own boat (fishing boat, water sports boat), you can moor your yacht with the Metung Yacht Club or you can go on a cruise from Metung with a few boating companies. If you bring your own boat, there is plenty of room for water skiing and kneeboarding.

The Metung Yacht Club can store your Yacht or you can participate in many club activities. The Club offers a wide range of activities for sailors and powerboat operators. The Yacht Club of Metung offers programs to attract Junior sailors and to teach women sailing skills as well.

Water sports

Activities such as canoeing, windsurfing and paddleboards can easily be done in the waters around Metung. You can hire canoes from Riveria Nautic in Metung. This is a great Gippsland activity for anyone who is visiting Metung Victoria.

Lawn Bowls

The Metung Lawn Bowls club is located just behind the Metung Yacht Club. The Club has synthetic greens that are playable all year round. The Club welcomes visitors for social lawn bowls every Thursday and Sunday. The Club welcomes new members and there’s always time for a chat after a game.

Playing Golf in Metung

Kings Cove Golf Course markets itself as one of the best 9 hole public access golf courses in Australia, A challenging 9 hole course with alternate tees on your second nine. This means you can play 18 holes and the tee of position changes from the first 9 holes to your last 9 holes.

The Metung Golf Club layout measures a might 6000 metres in length for a par 72, featuring a traditional layout of 10 par 4’s, 4 par5’s and 4 par 3’s on course. The Kings Cove golf course is open to visitors seven days a week. Clubhouse hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Green fee and equipment hire prices at Metung Golf Club are as follows.

  • 9 Hole social golf $20
  • 18 Holes social golf $30
  • Gold Club hire $15
  • Electric Golf Cart Hire $30

Coming soon to Metung Victoria

Coming soon are the Metung Hotspring Development. Metung was always well known for geothermal waters. In the early ’80s, there used to be 2 public hot springs pools just out of town. Now in the 2000’s the company who bought us the ever-popular Mornington Peninsula Hot springs have turned their attention to building a complex in Gippsland in the coming years. This is going to be a great addition to Gippsland attractions for everyone.

Discover More: Are you camping in Metung? Use our ultimate guide to camping in Gippsland to make sure you have everything you need for the best holiday in Gippsland.

Where to eat in Metung

Metung is all about food. The majority of businesses in town are selling food in one shape or another: Cafe’s, bakeries, fish n chip shops and the local hotel all serve amazing food. The local Metung Village Store stocks lots of local Gippsland artisan foods and drinks as well for you to stock up on for you trip home from Gippsland.

Metung Bakery and Cafe

The local bakery does the usual fare such as pies, sausage rolls, salad roll, cakes and coffee. Where the bakery really excels is with its Vietnamese cuisine. On the weekends, they do what can only be described as an amazing explosion of tastes and textures called the Roast Pork Bahn Mi. Other dishes such as Pho and rice paper rolls are amazing. From time to time, the bakery does Vietnamese nights where they showcase their home crown cuisine.

Metung Pub

The most iconic location to eat in Metung is at the Pub. The Pub sits on the edge of waters of the Gippsland Lakes. There is seating indoors and outdoors but all seating has views of the water. The Metung Hotel serves good quality meals featuring lots of local seafood. You can pull your boat up to the jetty out front and wander in for a meal or a drink.

Where to stay in Metung Gippsland

There are so many places to stay in Metung Victoria for every budget. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel to a Metung Air bnb there is something for everyone.

Air BnB Metung alternative

Some people prefer a home away from home style accommodation and Air BnB is perfect for that. Check out the map below to find the perfect airbnb Metung.

Metung accommodation for couples

Metung is the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic staycation. From luxury accommodation to small boutique hotels for couples.

The Moorings at Metung

The Moonings at Metung Gippsland 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Accommodation Metung for families

Family budget accommodation in Metung is in abundance. From cheap tent sites to large cabins for bigger travelling families there is a brilliant assortment of family accommodation around Metung.

Metung Holiday Village

The 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.

For more information and bookings click here

Budget accommodation at Metung

As we have said before you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes. There is plenty of budget accommodation in Metung where you will get amazing accommodation.

Metung Waters

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

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

For more information and bookings click here

How to get to Metung

Metung is located in East Gippsland on the Gippsland Lakes. You will need to turn off at Swan Reach on the Princes Highway to reach Metung. Metung is 15 kilometres from Swan Reach. To get from Melbourne to Metung the distance is 331 kilometres.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Metung in East Gippsland and shows you what to do in Metung. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.


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Things to do near Lakes Entrance

Things to do near Lakes Entrance

Visiting a bustling seaside town like Lakes Entrance in the summer can be a welcome relief from the norm of everyday life. People are everywhere, in full holiday mode and ready to enjoy themselves. Whether you are staying in a caravan park, an Air BnB or a hotel during this time there are times where you can crave for fewer people around you. Luckily there are so many amazing things to do near Lakes Entrance that can get you away from the holiday crowds.

It will depend on what you like but there are plenty of different things to do around Lakes Entrance. Whether you like getting away from the hustle and bustle of town, into nature, sampling a local beer or even seeing historical places you will be in for a treat whatever you chose.

Know before you go. Our top travel tips for vising Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is a beautiful place and one where we have spent many a summer. Here are all of our top tips so you know before you go.

Where to stay in Lakes Entrance?

There are so many different types of accommodation in Lakes Entrance for every budget. From luxury to caravan camping spots there is definitely a perfect spot for your stay in Lakes Entrance.

  • Luxury Accommodation – Located in the heart of Lakes Entrance, The Esplanade Resort & Spa features a large lagoon swimming pool, tennis court and day spa.
  • Mid-range Accommodation – featuring a swimming pool, free WiFi and onsite parking. The centrally located Emmanuel Holiday Apartment offers accommodations in Lakes Entrance
  • Budget Accommodation – The cabin accommodation is air-conditioned and features a seating area, TV and DVD. Echo Beach Tourist Park features an outdoor pool
  • Caravan ParksBig 4 Whiters Village has cottages, villas and caravan sites available. Enjoy the BBQ area, play tennis, and ping-pong, go for a swim or even play mini golf across the road.

The Air BnB alternative in Lakes Entrance

If you prefer a home away from home style accommodation then Air BnB is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect air BnB in Lakes Entrance.

Nature places to visit near Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is a blessed town with thick Australian bush and the beach right on its doorstep. With the nature that surrounds it, you are able to go out and see the best that this part of Victoria, Gippsland, has to offer in one place.

Raymond Island – See Koala’s

Seeing a Koala in its natural habitat is a dream for many visitors to Australia and to be honest many Aussies as well. Going to a zoo or a conservation centre is against many people’s beliefs but if you are staying in Lakes Entrance a short day trip to Raymond Island will allow you to see them in their home.

Raymond Island is located around 200 meters from the town of Paynesville.

How far is Raymond Island from Lakes Entrance?

To gain access to Raymond Island you will have to go to the nearest town of Paynesville, Paynesville is approximately 1 hour or roughly 54 km’s from Lakes Entrance via the Princes Highway (A1) and Paynesville Rd (C604)

Josie Withers | Gippsland 2017

How do I get to Raymond Island from Paynesville?

You can park your car in Paynesville and take the ferry over to Raymond Island. Foot traffic is free on the ferry and Raymond Island is an easy walk.

Top tips for spotting Koala’s on Raymond Island:

  • There is a notice board right where you disembark the ferry on Raymond Island. Take the time to read the information
  • The walk is free but you can make a $2.00 donation for a little booklet about the Raymond Island Koala walk
  • The walk is very family friendly. Strollers and prams can make it although there are some dirt patches up towards the back of the Island walk.
  • Look up! Sometimes it can be hard to see the koalas snuggled high up in the trees.
  • Look down…if you see a big amount of poo on the ground under a tree it’s a good sign there may be a koala in the tree above!
  • Make sure you pack all that you need including snacks and drinks. There is no shop on Raymond Island

Related post: Take all the top tips for a visit to Raymond Island to see the koala’s in their natural habitat. It is an epic day out for everyone.

Cape Conran

Cape Conran National Park is a perfect place to visit if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Lakes Entrance for a day trip. 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.

It is a beautiful scenic drive from Lakes Entrance and well worth a trip to Cape Conran if you enjoy bird watching, fishing or some easy walks.

GEOFF STANTON

How far is Cape Conran from Lakes Entrance?

A day trip to Cape Conran from Lakes Entrance will take you approximately 1 h 5 minutes or roughly 90 km via the Princes Highway (A1) and the C107

Buchan Caves

The Buchan Caves are an absolute gem that have to be seen to be believed. The near 400 million-year-old limestone formations were carved out by an underground river. Now you can tour the Fairy Cave or the Royal Cave to see the stalactite and stalagmite pillars that were discovered by Frank Moon back in 1907.

How far is Buchan Caves from Lakes Entrance?

You will find the Buchan Caves approximately 45 min or roughly 57 km via the Princes Hwy (A1) and the Bruthen-Buchan Rd (C608)

When are the tours of Buchan Caves?

You can only see the Buchan Caves on a guided tour. Tickets to Buchan caves can be purchased 24 hours in advance of when you would like to visit Buchan Caves.

Tours of the Buchan Caves run daily except for Christmas Day and take approximately 2 hours.

Cave tour times:

  • Royal Cave: start of September school holidays until 30 April – 10.00 am, 1.00 pm and 3.30 pm
  • Fairy Cave: start of September school holidays until 30 April – 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • Royal Cave: 1 May until the start of September school holidays – 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • Fairy Cave: 1 May until the start of September school holidays – 1.00 pm

In peak times tours of Buchan Caves will run every 30 minutes. If you are time-poor and do not have time to tour both of the caves it is recommended that you visit the Royal Cave but only for the ease of access. The Royal Cave requires less bending and it has fewer stairs than the Fairy Cave.

How much is a tour of Buchan Caves?

If you plan to visit Buchan Caves you need to plan in advance and with this guide to prices at Buchan Caves, it may help you decided what tour you would like to do when you are there.

TicketAdult PriceChild PriceSeniorFamily
Single Cave Tour (Royal or Fairy)$23.40$13.80$19.50$64.70
Double Cave Tour (Royal and Fairy)$35.10$20.30$28.70$96.60
Federal Cave Tour$39.10$27.80N/AN/A

A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children between the ages of 5 – 16 years. A senior ticket is only available to relevant concession card holders.

Walk from Lakes Entrance to Lake Tyers

Many people love getting out and about while they are on holiday in Lakes Entrance. If you would like to walk along the beach, an easy walk from Lakes Entrance to Lake Tyers this is perfect for you.

It can take up to 2 hours to walk but at the end is the Water wheel Tavern at Lake Tyers. Here you can sit in the sun on the deck and have a drink or something to eat. If you leave Lakes Entrance for Lake Tyers mid-morning you can get there for lunch.

If you have a meal there you can use the courtesy bus to hitch a ride back to Lakes Entrance. You can call the Water Wheel Tavern on  (03) 5156 5855 to book a table and to check if the courtesy bus is available.

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Historic places and towns near Lakes Entrance

There are so many historic places to visit near Lakes Entrance from Aboriginal sites or colonial towns built on farming and stock that you will be able to see a wide range of things.

Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place

A visit to the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a brilliant way to learn about the Traditional Owners of the Gippsland region the Gunaikurnai people.

The Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a small museum located in the town of Bairnsdale. The name Krowathunkooloong comes from one of the 5 clans of the Gunaikurnai people. The Krowathunkooloong clan came from an area near a local town called Orbost.

Roberto Seba | 2014

This museum aims to keep the traditions of the local Aboriginal people the Gunaikurnai preserved and for future generations. At Krowathunkooloong you can see how bark huts were made, see traditional tools, fighting weapons and many artworks done by locals artists. At Krowathunkooloong you are able to do a self-guided tour of the facility or you can join a group led tour.

Krowathunkooloong is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5pm.

How far is Bairnsdale from Lakes Entrance?

If you drove from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance you would have driven through Bairnsdale. It is about a 35-minute drive back along the Princes Highway towards Melbourne.
 

Orbost

Orbost is a beautiful old town where the mighty Snowy River crosses the Princes Highway. You can visit this town to see the old buildings in town. Once a bustling Gold town it is now home to many farming communities both in beef and dairy cattle. Being one of the last main towns in days gone by before entering the Victorian High Country the history of this town is for all to discover in the Old Hut in Town.

The Slab Hut is where the Orbost Tourist information office is located. Here you can see what a cattleman’s hut looked like. The Slab Hut was bought into town and reassembled so it was not left to the elements. It is a great way to see what time was like and how hard the conditions could be in the Snowy River country. You can also visit the Orbost Exhibition Center that homes artworks by locals or venture into the Snowy River National Park.

How far is Orbost from Lakes Entrance?

The trip to Orbost from Lakes Entrance will take you approximately 43 minutes and it is roughly 60 km’s from Lakes Entrance via the Princes Highway (A1)

Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

The Stony creek trestle bridge is a reminder of times gone by. Still standing strong and beautiful in the thick Aussie bush this amazing marvel has stood the test of time. The Stony Creek Trestle bridge was built in 1916 and is 20 meters high. At 219 meters long it was essential in the rail line that ran from Orbost all the way to Melbourne to keep Gippsland connected to the State Capital.

How far is Stony Creek Trestle Bridge from Lakes Entrance?

You will find the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge approximately 17 minutes or roughly 21 km’s from Lakes Entrance via Princes Highway (A1)

Facilities at the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

  • There are a few walking tracks to suit all abilites near the bridge
  • There are drop toilets at the site
  • There are free electric BBQ’s for you to use in shaded areas

*Unfortunately due to the age of the bridge you are unable to walk on the bridge.

Set in the beautiful Aussie bush in the Colquhoun State Forest you can visit the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge just for a short stay or you can take advantage of the walks in the area. It is a great place to have a bbq lunch with the bridge the backdrop for your picnic.

Discover more: Visit the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge to see a mighty relic of the past.

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

The historic Nyerimilang Homestead is a beautiful heritage home nestled in bushland with perfect views over the Gippsland Lakes. Here you will step back in time to discover what it was like to live in the 1800s in East Gippsland.

The Heritage Park features the homestead, old farming buildings and old farm machinery. There are also some bush walks located there and plenty of places to picnic.

How far is the Nyerimilang Heritage Park from Lakes Entrance?

You will find the Nyerimilang Heritage park approximately 17 minutes or roughly 15 km’s from Lakes Entrance along the Princes Highway (A1)

Foodie lovers places to visit around Lakes Entrance

There are so many places to eat near Lakes Entrance that will have your head swimming and your boot full with your loot to take home with you. The area is a foodie lovers delight with many places using as much local produce as they can. In the summer many will have a big verandah for you to sit on and sun yourself enjoying the amazing food and drinks. In the winter you can stay indoors with a big log fire to keep you extra warm.

Bullant Brewery, Bruthen

Located on the Great Alpine Road in Bruthen the Bullant Brewery offers onsite brewed beer and food that is perfectly matched to it. Pick the perfect day to have a brew on the amazing deck in the summer or a brew by the fire in the winter. You can also see the big copper vats through the front windows of the restaurant.

How far is Bullant Brewery from Lakes Entrance?

The Bullant Brewery is approximately 27 minutes or roughly 26 km via the Lakes Colquhoun Rd and Bruthen-Nowa Nowa Rd (C620)

*We have visited the Bullant Brewery a couple of times now and love a visit in the summer. You can wander the small main street in Bruthen before you leave or take a quick walk on the Rail Trail after your visit to the Bullant Brewery. Also drop into the bakery for one of the best neenish tarts!

Wyanga Park Winery and Henry’s Cafe

If wine is your thing then head straight to Wyanga Park Winery. Here you will find a family-run winery where they produce varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir from their own grapes.

The cafe is open daily from 10.00 am until 3.30 light meals and coffee and lunch is served from 12.00 until 2. Wine tastings are from 9.00 am until 5 pm.

How far is Wyanga Park Winery from Lakes Entrance?

The Wyanga Park Winery is located approximately 7 min (5.7 km) via Colquhoun Rd and Baades Rd from Lakes Entrance.

If you are making Lakes Entrance your holiday base then these things to do near Lakes Entrance will help you see more of the area.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.


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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

Things to do in Lakes Entrance with kids

Things to do in Lakes Entrance with kids

So you are going on a holiday to Lakes Entrance and you are all about the relaxing, sun and good vibes. In the car on the drive up, you realise that the kids may have differing ideas about that a holiday in Lakes Entrance will look like for you!

Juggling the number of activities, relaxing and good vibes take some serious planning so luckily we have put together all of the very best things to do in Lakes Entrance with kids so you have more time for those easy holiday vibes you have been longing for.

The very best things to do in Lakes Entrance for kids

While you may worry that it is all about the beach there is so much more to do in Lakes Entrance with kids that you may find you’ll visit the town over and over again to get all the best things in Lakes Entrance ticked off your list.

These ideas are for all ages and they will definitely keep the whole family happy…they may even stir up some family rivalry if you are not careful.

Have an ice cream at the Riviera Ice Creamery

This amazing Ice Cream shop used to be on the Esplanade but has now moved just over the road past the traffic lights to a much smaller premises but the ice cream is still just as good.

There is so much to chose from that you’ll have to take your time and find your favourite flavor. This is one of the things in Lakes Entrance that we return to every year in either summer or winter.

Bike Riding also the Esplanade

Along the Esplanade in Lakes Entrance is a dual footpath which is great for a walk or a bike ride. There are plenty of places to stop and have a drink along the Esplande.

You will also find that they are plenty of grassy areas to stop and have a picnic of fish and chips or a coffee if there is no room in the cafes.

Toilets are located at the Footbridge. Check out the wooden sculptures along the way too.

Can I hire a bike in Lakes Entrance?

You absolutely can. Sometimes taking your bikes with you isn’t the easiest. You can hire bikes at the Venture Out Shop at 347B Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909.

Bike rental will cost you; 1 hr $18 – 2 hrs $25 – Half Day $35 – Full Day $50. It’s a good idea if you have a helmet at home to take it with you.

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Lakes Entrance paddle boat hire

There’s nothing like using the leg muscles to glide the kids along the water.

Just over the footbridge is a small shed where you can hire paddle boats, aqua bikes and canoes to get out on the water. They have to be used in the water out the front of the shed but it is a great way to spend some time.

How much is paddle boat hire?

Item to hireCost
Paddle Boats$25
Paddle Boat Family$45
Aquabike$25
Canoe$20

*Cost of hire is for 20 minutes during summer and 30 minutes during winter all depending on suitable weather

What are the opening times of the paddle boat hire?

  • September School Holidays 10 am to 5 pm
  • October Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
  • November till Easter, every day 10 am to 5 pm
  • Christmas School Holidays 10 am to 8 pm
  • April School Holidays 10 am to 5 pm
  • July School Holidays 10 am to 4 pm
  • ALL public Holidays 10 am to 5 pm

*In the winter the opening hours will really depend on the weather. You can call the Lakes Entrance paddle boat hire on  0419 552 753 to make sure they are operating.

Top tips for paddle boat hire in Lakes Entrance

  • Life jackets are supplied with your hire
  • Make sure you take water with you and sunscreen
  • 20 minutes may not seem like a long time but on the aqua bikes it seems to go forever

Skate Park

Just as you enter Lakes Entrance you’ll see the Skate Park to the right after you go over the bridge.

It’s a concrete park where a lot of kids hang out. If your kids need some time to chill out and maybe meet some new friends this will be a brillaint spot for it.

*Across from the Skate Park is the North Arm playground and BBQ area. It’s a great area to have a picnic lunch

Camel Rides on Eastern Beach

This has to be one of the most unique things to do in Lakes Entrance for any one visiting Gippsland. The Lakes Entrance Beach Camel rides are a seriously fun way to discover the 90 mile beach.

Located at the Eastern Beach (slightly out of Lakes Entrance towards Orbost) you can go on a 1 hour camel ride along the beach.

Is there an age limit for the Eastern Beach Camel Rides?

Children from 2-4 need to have an adult with them and although there is no age limit some children find the height of the camel a bit scary.

How much is the Lakes Entrance Beach Camel ride?

Below are the prices for the Lakes Entrance Camel rides.

TicketCost of camel ride
Adult $90.00
Child (5-16)$70.00
Child 0-5 (sitting with adult)$30.00

Can I contact Lakes Entrance Camel rides?

If you are worried about how your child will deal with a camel ride or you want to organise your camel ride in Lakes Entrance give the owners of Lakes Entrance Camel rides a call and discuss with them your worries.

The number for the Lakes Entrance Camel rides is 0487032810

To find out all the information and book a camel ride click here

Griffiths Sea Shell Museum

If you are looking for an indoor activity then a lok at the Griffith Sea Shell Museum is for you. Here you can find so many different sea shells and some souviners from your stay in Lakes Entrance,

There is also also a small aquarium out the back for you to have a look at as well.

How much is entry to Griffiths Sea Shell Museum?

Entry to the gift shop is free but if you decide to enter the museum the prices are

Museum ticketEntry cost
Adult $8.00
Children (5-15 years)$4.00
Seniors (cardholders only)$6.00

What are the Griffiths Sea Shell Museum opening hours?

Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily
Winter hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily.

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Mini Golf in Lakes Entrance

There are so many mini-golf courses along the Esplanade that you can choose the one that sticks out for you. Prices range from $10.00 for 18 holes up to $13.00.

Local Tip for mini golf in Lakes Entrance.

We actually take the kids to the Lakes Entrance mini-golf and trampolines located at 56 Roadknight St, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909. This mini-golf course is on one of the streets back from the Esplanade and also has trampolines there which they love.

The Footbridge Minigolf course also has a lolly shop and ice creamery inside. All kids win a prize when they play there,

Visit Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Take a look to the past with a visit to the Nyerimilang Heritage Park. The old Homestead dating back to 1894 will give you a glimpse into life back then with the Homestead, farm buildings and farm machinery.

The Entrance Walk

This may be better for families travelling with older kids or very young kids that can be carried in a sling or carrier.

The Entrance walk will take you along either the 90 mile beach or along the Lake Cunningham to the Entrance of the Gippsland Lakes. Here you can see seals on the rocks, dolphins, birds and boats coming in and out.

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Ride the Thunderbird through the Lakes

Riding the Thunderbird through the Lakes is an excellent way to see wildlife. With a guided tour your captain will be able to show you everything you need to see while on the cruise. This would have to be one of the best things to do in Lakes Entrance with kids especially if they love wildlife.

Ride a Segway along the 90 mile Beach

Now, this would have to be the absolute best thing to do in Lakes Entrance and definitely the most memorable! Imagine you riding a segway along one of the world’s best beaches, well now you can actually do it.

The Lakes Entrance Segway Adventures offer a 90-minute cruise along the 90-mile beach from the Footbridge up to Eastern beach and back. For anyone looking for one of the top things to do in Lakes Entrance this should be top of the list.

How much is a Segway tour of the 90 mile beach?

Below are the prices for the Lakes Entrance Segway adventure tours of the 90 mile beach.

TicketCost
Adult (18+)$89.00
Children (12 – 17 years)$59.00
Pensioner $59.00

Is there an age limit on Lakes Entrance Segway Adventures?

Your child does have to be 12 years old to ride the Segway in Lakes Entrance. There is also a 115 kg weight limit to ride the Segway.

To book your amazing Segway tour of Lakes Entrance click here

Things to do in Lakes Entrance in summer with kids

Lakes Entrance in the summer is a completely different town. It comes alive with visitors from all over who are there to enjoy the sun, fun and beach vibes. You will find that the town is bustling and full all the time.

Swim at the 90 mile beach

While you can swim at the 90 mile beach in eany weather if that is what you would like, you will find that the beach is patrolled in the summer months. Right near the Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club building is the best place f you are not a string swimmer.

The Life Saver will have picked the safest spoirt to swim there are the flag will be out,

If you are a string swimmer you can go slightly either side of the flags to get away from the crowds, surf or fish.

Surf Lesson on the 90 Mile Beach

You can book some surf lesson at The Surf Shack. With this, you will get a qualified surf teacher for 2 hours. This will cost you $60.00. A surfboard and wetsuit are provided for you.

*Check out the walkway into the Surf Shack shop. They are old boards from the Footbridge. What an awesome way to recycle some of Lakes Entrance history!

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Summer foreshore carnival

During the summer months, you will find that a carnival comes to Lakes Entrance. As it is a huge family holiday destination in summer where families got to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The foreshore carnival is a great place to spend a couple of hours with the kids in Lakes Entrance.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance with kids in winter

Being a summer destination in Gippsland Lakes Entrance still does has a few activities that you can do in the winter months. Most of the activities in Lakes Entrance you can do in winter if you like but it can get cold!

Lakes Entrance Aquadome

If the beach is not your thing to do in Lakes Entrance with kids then the Aquadome might be the place for you. The Aquadome has 2 pools for you to swim in and on busy days there can also be activities that will keep the kids entertained.

How much is entry to the Lakes Entrance Aquadome?

There are extra areas in the Lakes Entrance Aquadome that you can pay to enter like the gym and join a water aerobics class but we have just included entry to the pool.

TicketCost of entry
Adult$7.00
Concession$5.50
Children$5.50

Lakes Entrance Cinema

Some days there is just absolutely nothing you can do with the weather and the cinema may be your only option if it is that bad. Finding things to do in Lakes Entrance with kids in the driving rain is near on impossible. You can find many of the latest releases and definitely something that the kids will love.

What is the Lakes Entrance cinema address?

You will find the Lakes Entrance cinema at 52 Myer Street Lakes Entrance, VIC Australia 3909

As you can see there is so much to do in Lakes Entrance for families in any season. If you are planning a trip to Lakes Entrance or even a day trip to Lakes Entrance you will find so much to do.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Lakes Entrance. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Town Attractions Page for more brilliant Gippsland inspiration.


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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

Heesco street art in Yarram Victoria

Heesco street art in Yarram Victoria

We are proud Gippslanders. Day trips in Gippsland are what we long for, to see more of our beautiful part of the state of Victoria. From mountains to mighty rivers, pristine beaches and old towns we have it all. We try to visit as many Gippsland towns, festivals, markets and local Gippsland attractions that we possibly can…but street art in Yarram?

As I walked the main street, I never thought I’d be chasing street art in Yarram. But here I was looking for the magnificent street murals painted by Heesco, a world-renown artist. This tiny town in South Gippsland, Yarram, is now a Heesco Town and if you can visit Yarram to see the street art you absolutely should.

Who is Heesco?

Just a little back story on the artist known as Heesco. Heesco was born in Mongolia before immigrating to Australia. It is here that he developed his love for street art. And this is where Yarram has been able to benefit from one man’s love for art. If you have done the New South Wales Silo art trail you have probably seen one of his works. While Yarram has no large silos for artwork there are plenty of walls waiting to be made over.

How do I find the street art murals in Yarram?

We took a day trip to Yarram to see street art. There are 10 street art murals in Yarram that you are able to find. It will depend on the direction you enter Yarram from but we have put them in order if you were visiting Yarram from Traralgon. If you were visiting Yarram from Melbourne you will need to start in Alberton.

We found that some of the street art in Yarram was hard to find so we have put this post together from our experience and hope that it helps you find all and maybe a few extra on your day trip to Yarram for Heesco street art.

The Yarram Golf Club

This may be your first or your last mural (depending on your route through Yarram). You will find this mural after driving up the dirt road towards the Yarram gold club club-house. To the left, as you arrive at the car park is a small concrete water tank. You can park your car here and against the clubhouse, you will find the Gary Player mural.

an painting of golfer gary Player on a outside wall of the Yarram Golf Course

Yarram golf club address

The address you will need for the Golf course Heesco mural is 42 Golf Links Rd, Yarram VIC 3971

The Yarram golf club is located around 5 km’s from the Yarram town centre.

MG Trading (Murray Goulburn Yarram)

This Heesco mural is located on the outer wall that faces out of town. This mural is of a tanker driver and farmer in the area. Its bright colours make it completely unmissable if you are heading into the town of Yarram from the Yarram golf course.

MG Trading Yarram address

The address for the MG Trading store Heesco mural in Yarram is 39 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971

The MG Trading store is located just out of the Yarram town limits. If you need petrol this is also a great place to fill up your car.

Brown and Wigg

The Brown and Wigg mural is easily visible from the street and with ample parking out the front you can park your car here to wander the main street of Yarram for the rest of the street artworks located in the town.

Brown and Wigg Yarram address

The address you will need for the Brown and Wigg Yarram store Heesco mural is 191 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971

Wynne’s Building

For this street art mural in Yarram, you will have to look up. Located above the rooftops on the old Wynne’s Drapery building you will see the two dolphins playing happily in the waves.

This one I have to admit took us a little longer to find and we weren’t sure if it was a part of the Yarram street art by Heesco.

Wynne’s Drapery building address

The address for the Wynne’s Building Heesco mural is 200 Commercial Road, Yarram VIC 3971

Yarram Bakery

This one was another tricky one to find. You will find the large black and white mural down the alleyway between the two shops. It is very easy to see once you know what you are looking for. This was one of my favourites of the 10 street art murals in Yarram. It focuses on migrants who have come from far and wide to make Australia their home and love it dearly including the local Vietnamese business owner Liem Nguyen and his family.

Yarram Bakery address

The address you will need for the Yarram Bakery Heesco mural 222 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971

Top tip for some lunch in Yarram:

If you have spent the day wandering the area and are in need of a bite to eat, The Yarram Bakery is one of the best places in Yarram to eat. Pop in for a delicious jelly slice and a steak pie.

If your Travels in Gippsland need to be more budget-friendly you can pop into the Woolworths supermarket for a cheaper lunch option.

Drakefords Coffee Roasting Yarram

We actually missed this Heesco Mural. The map for Yarram street art was not working at that time and getting the instructions were really hard. We will go back to Yarram and add this one to our list in the next few weeks. This mural is focused on the Mattern family who were pioneers in the hardware industry in the town. Soon it will be starting a new life as the Bean Pedlar with coffee coming here from all over the world.

Drakefords Coffee roasting Yarram address

The address you will need for the Drakefords Heesco mural is 259 Commercial Rd Yarram Victoria 3971

Yarram Beta Home Living (rear of the building)

There are two of the murals at the back of the Beta Home living building in Yarram

  • The first is a mural is of Victoria’s first female park ranger. Kara Moana Healey was made a park ranger of the Tarra Bulga National Park and spent her years gathering specimens from the park, some of which had not been discovered before.
  • The second is a large mural of local native animals. Don’t forget to get a picture of it too!

Beta Electrical Yarram address

The address you will need for the Yarram Beta home living Heesco mural is 262 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971. This is the address for the front of the building.

Top tip for finding the Heesco Street art in Yarram:

You cannot walk through the shop to see them and you will have to walk to the rear of the building to see the murals or drive your car if you are not walking

The Federal Coffee Palace

The Federal Coffee Palace is a huge two-storey building on the corner near the BP service station. This amazing and colourful town mural is dedicated to another local Ralph Vale and his bullock train that was well known in the area. This Heesco town mural is located on the side of the building facing the BP service station.

The Federal Coffee Palace Yarram address

The address for the Coffee Palace in Yarram Heesco mural is 305 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971

The Ship Inn

This mural in the Heesco town of Yarram is located approximately 1.5km’s from the Yarram town centre. This was by far my favourite one and I loved finding little quirky items within the mural.

We were lucky enough to have Paul the owner of the Ship Inn there to talk to us and tell us the story of how Heesco came to Yarram for the Yarram town mural project.

The Ship Inn Yarram address

The address you will need for The Ship Inn Heesco mural is 480 Commercial Rd, Yarram VIC 3971

Top tip for Ship Inn street art mural in Yarram:

  • Not only will you find the large Heesco mural there are also two others that are on the property.
  • If you can talk to Paul and Jodie the owners of the Ship Inn and find out the story behind their street art mural
  • The mural is located within the hotel grounds so please be careful and respectful of the guests that are staying there when you are looking at the mural.
  • Go over to the Welcome to Yarram sign and sign your name inside the boat. Can you find the Wyld’s names there too?

The Victoria Hotel Alberton

Around 5.6km’s from the Yarram town centre, you will find the last of the Heesco town murals. On the side of the Victoria Hotel in Alberton, you will find the mural that depicts the life of a publican in the old days with the kegs being unloaded from the horse and cart.

The Victoria Hotel Alberton address

The address you will need for the Victoria Hotel Alberton Heesco mural is 53 Turnbull Street, Alberton Victoria 3971

Mechanics Institute Hall In Yarram

In October of 2019 Heesco started painting a new mural in Yarram at the mechanic’s Institute Hall. The new mural is dedicated to local, Ada Crossley (1871-1929), born in Tarraville .Ada lived in the local area until the age of 15 where she played the organ and did the singing at local churches.

After moving to Melbourne and becomin a proffessional singer, Europe called where Ada went on to perform for Queen Victoria and the royal family on numerous occassions, performed at the Titanic Memorial Concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in 1914 and recorded the first vinyl gramophone record for the Victor Company ‘Red Seal’ label while performing in New York.

The Mechanics Institute Hall in Yarram address

The address you will need for the Mechanics Institute Hall mural is 2-4 Church Street, Yarram.

A map to the Yarram street art

If you are still struggling to find the street art in Yarram there is a map that will help you find them all. We have the link below for you to keep so you can find them better.

Heesco Town Mural Project Yarram Victoria.

Top tips for finding street art in Yarram

If you are making a day trip to Yarram for the street art you can take your time with most of the street art located in the main street.

You can wander the gorgeous tree lined main street and easily park your car with ample parking.

Being a small rural town you will find many of the locals happy to help you find the Yarram street art if you are having trouble.

Remember some of the Heesco town murals are on private property and you need to respect the rules there especially at the Yarram golf course.

There are plenty of places to eat in Yarram or grab a coffee as you wander. This area was hit hard earlier in the year with the bush fires that hit local areas. Visitors are more than welcome in Yarram.

At this stage, due to social distancing and travel restrictions, the local public toilets in Yarram are shut. So are many of the restaurants and cafes in town. Hopefully with restrictions lifting these will be open soon as well so you can enjoy more time in Yarram.

Where is Yarram?

The small town of Yarram is located in Victoria, Australia. It is a part of the Wellington Shire and is in Southeast Gippsland.

How do I get to Yarram from Melbourne?

The town of Yarram is around 223km’s east of Melbourne and can take around 2 and a half hours driving time along the M1 or just under three hours along the South Gippsland Highway.

If you are planning a day trip from Melbourne to Yarram the South Gippsland highway may be the more scenic route for you to take.

Can I get to Yarram on public transport from Melbourne?

You can catch public transport from Melbourne to Yarram for a day trip if you do not have a car.

Melbourne to Yarram by bus

You can catch the bus to Yarram from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne for your day trip to Yarram. The journey will take roughly 3 hours and 40 minutes. The ticket will cost you between $26 and $40.

You will need a myki card to be able to get on the bus.

Melbourne to Yarram by train and bus

You can catch a train to Yarram from Melbourne but it will include a stop in Traralgon. You catch the train from Flinders Street station to Traralgon and then a bus from Trarglon to Yarram. This journey will take you nearly 4 and a half hours which will severely cut into you exploring in Yarram time. The ticket will cost a little less being between $23 and $30.

You will also need a myki card for this trip to Yarram as well.

Places to stay in Yarram

Ship Inn Motel is one of the top choices for your stay in Yarram based on travellers recommendations. This 3-star property offers free breakfast and a restaurant. Other good options for your stay include  Yarram Cottage – Art and Accommodation. and the Tarra Bulga Guest House just out of town.

There are not many small farming communities that can attract people like Heesco to create such beautiful art in their town. This is a stunning and beautiful way to bring some of the city into the country in such a unique way. A visit to Yarram is a beautiful day trip from Melbourne.

Not only do you get to see some world-class street art you also get to see some world-class scenery in the rolling hills of South Gippsland that just happened to be right out your back door.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Yarram in Gippsland. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant Gippsland inspiration.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

Port of Sale Heritage Cruise

Port of Sale Heritage Cruise

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.

Port Of Sale
The Rubeena, built-in 1912

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.

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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.

Port of Sale Heritage Cruisers
The Rubeena cruising up the river

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.

TicketPrice
Adult$20
Children under 15$15
Family (2 adults, 3 kids)$80

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.

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

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.

Port of Sale Heritage Cruisers
A koala having a Snooze

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

See trees used by Aboriginal people to craft items

Port of Sale heritage Cruises
The canoe or Sacred tree used by the Koori people

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

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

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

A truly unique bridge seen on Port of Sale Heritage Cruises

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

Port of Sale
The Heritage-listed Swing Bridge

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

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

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

Port of Sale
Reflections off the Thomson River

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?

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

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

Do you need 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.

We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Sale. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant Gippsland inspiration.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids