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.


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

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.

Related post: See a historic site by visiting the Stony Creek Trestle bridge just out of Lakes Entrance. It’s the perfect place to go for a BBQ with kids in Lakes Entrance

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

*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.

Discover more: A short day trip to Raymond Island will have the kids so excited. See Koalas in their natural habitat is amazing and a brilliant experience for kids

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.


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.

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!

Are you camping in Lakes Entrance? Use our ultimate guide to what you need to bring when camping in Gippsland so you don’t forget a thing!

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

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. “I think I know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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The canoe or Sacred tree used by the Koori people

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Please find 2 more articles from Travels in Gippsland below for your reading enjoyment. Just click on the description to read.

Some more travel inspiration for your trip to Gippsland

About the Author

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

4 Park Pass for Phillip Island

4 Park Pass for Phillip Island

Of all the destinations one can visit in this big land of ours my kids would readily say ‘Let’s go to Phillip Island’. It is world-renowned for its natural beauty, rugged coastlines and native animals. It is a brilliant family destination and seeing the penguins there is definitely a must-do while you are visiting Phillip Island. But what else is there to do on the Island?

Local and international visitors flock to Phillip Island Australia. It is one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in Victoria. Phillip Island Nature Parks 5 park pass will provide you with all the sights you need to see on your trip to Phillip Island. The Phillip Island park pass will make planning your holiday on Phillip Island a breeze and get you into all the top sights on Phillip Island.

Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

What are the Phillip Island attractions in the park pass?

You will find that the major Phillip Island attractions are included in the park pass. They are all attractions on Phillip Island that are suitable for both families and couples. Below is the list of the included sights on Phillip Island.

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

What are the benefits of buying a Phillip Island park pass?

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

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

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

What does the 4 park pass get me?

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

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

The Penguin Parade – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

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

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

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

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

Where is the best place to see the penguins on the beach?

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

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

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Essential information for the Fairy Penguins Phillip Island parade

  • Phillip Island penguins time is at dusk
  • Arrive at least an hour before the sun goes down
  • If coming in the cooler months bring warm clothes and blankets
  • No photos are allowed
  • Download the penguin’s app
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The Arctic Journey – Phillip Island 4 Park Pass

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

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

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

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

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

Where is the Artic Journey?

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

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The Artic Journey opening hours

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

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

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

Koala Conservation Centre, Phillip Island

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

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

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

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

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 The Koala Conservation Centre is open:

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

Phillip Island: 4 Parks Pass and Ultimate Penguin Tour

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

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

Churchill Island Heritage Farm

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

The dining room of an early settlers home. The table is set with old style plates and jugs for water. The walls are decorated with old style paintings and the window has beautiful lace curtains

What is Churchill Island?

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

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

a beautiful garden scene with old white timber sheds and tin roofs. There is nice tall lavender in the garden and it is nice and green with large pine trees in the distance
A young girl and a farmer in a big hat are trying to milk the cow.

Daily farming activities on Churchill Island

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

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

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

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

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

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A big old brown and white Clydesdale horse is standing tall in a small holding yard made from timber and has a small tin water tank next to him

How much is a Phillip Island 4 park pass?

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

*They are correct as of March 2019.


Where is Phillip Island?

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

Where to stay at Phillip Island

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

Get the latest prices and booking details at Ramada Resort here

How do I get from Melbourne to Phillip Island?

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

Public Transport to Phillip Island

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

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

Self drive to Phillip Island

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

Organised tours to Phillip Island

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

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

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

There are so many amazing attractions for you to visit next on your Travels in Gippsland We hoped you enjoyed this article, you can find more of the best of Gippsland on our attractions page

Please find 2 more articles from Travels in Gippsland below for your reading enjoyment. Just click on the description to read.

Some more travel inspiration for your visit to Gippsland

About the Author

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

Free things to do in Gippsland

Free things to do in Gippsland

Gippsland being the vast and diverse place it is you will find so many things to do on any visit to Gippsland. Some of the best attractions are amazing free things to do in Gippsland and they are located all over the region. Gippsland free things are found in forests, art galleries, national parks and so much more.

We have put together a list of some of the great free things to do in Gippsland for you to do when you visit Gippsland. Activities that are located in East Gippsland, South Gippsland, Central Gippsland and West Gippsland. Gippsland tourism attractions are just waiting for you. So pack up the car and get ready for some epic adventures.

Tarra Bulga National Park

For an epic day out in Gippsland, you must visit the Tarra Bulga National Park. Located in the Tarra Vally south-east of Traralgon and close to Yarram the Tarra Bulga National Park is a great way to connect with nature and walk through some amazing Australian bush. The highlight of the park is an easy walk to Corrigan’s bridge.

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The bridge seems to float over the canopy of stunning, green, lush rain forest below. Bring some snags for a BBQ in the car park where hotplates and picnic tables are available.

Top tips for visiting Tara Bulga National Park

Watch out for the very friendly rosellas and magpies that will come in for your leftovers!

There is also a little museum on-site to have a look in if you have time. It has all the information on the national park

How to get to Tarra Bulga in Gippsland

Make your way to the park from the Princes Highway at Traralgon by following the Traralgon Creek Road to Balook. Alternatively, follow the Tarra Valley Road from Yarram. The journey from Traralgon to Tarra Bulga National Park will take approximately 33 minutes or roughly 35 km.

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Mountain biking in Gippsland

Gippsland is home to some world-class mountain bike tracks. The terrain and wide-open spaces of Gippsland lend itself to some of the best mountain biking in the country.

blores hill mountain bike
Image courtesy of Ryan Lestrange Photography

Mountain biking in Gippsland can be an amazing day at many different locations. You can find Gippsland Mountain bike tracks at

Blores Hill Mountain Bike Park

Tyres Junction Railtrail

Mount Baw Baw Mountain bike trails

Mount Hotham to Dinner Plain Mountain Bike trail

Nowa Nowa Mountain Bike Park

Walhalla Gold Fields Mountain bike trail

Erica Mountain Bike Path

Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail

Koala spotting in Gippsland

A dream of many people is to see the cute little native Aussie animal in their native habitat and seeing them for free is nearly impossible. Raymond Island on the Gippsland Lakes is home to a large native koala population. The Raymond Island Koala trail gives you a chance to see the iconic Koala in the wild. This has to be one of our favourite free things to do in Gippsland.

koala on raymond island

The trail takes you through the bush and town streets where you will find koala’s eating eucalyptus leaves and sleeping. The trail has signposts directing you where to go.

How to get to Raymond Island

First, you will need to go to Paynesville. Catch the Raymond Island ferry from Paynesville. The Raymond Island ferry operates on a regular basis and the ferry makes Raymond Island accessible by foot or bicycle (for free) or by car (for a small fee) The ferry takes under 5 minutes from Paynesville to reach Raymond Island. To get to Paynesville turn off the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale.

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Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

This amazing relic of the past is located in the Colquhoun State Forest between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa.  The huge trestle bridge that the now long-defunct train from Bairnsdale to Orbost used to pass over still stands mighty in the bush that surrounds it.

stony creek trestle bridge

At 247m long and 20m high, it is the largest standing bridge of its kind in the State of Victoria and is listed on the Register of Historic Sites. Today the East Gippsland rail trail between Bruthern and Nowa Nowa passes by the bridge.

Top tip for visiting the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Take your time there and have a bbq.

While you are unable to gain access to the bridge you are able to get close enough to get pictures and see the bush around it.

How to get to Stony Creek Trestle Bridge

Turn at the signpost is on the Princes Highway between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa (about 5km from Nowa Nowa). After you turn off from the Princes Highway there is about a 3km drive into the bush to the bridge.

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The Entrance Walk

Lakes Entrance is where the sea meets the Lakes. In order to walk to the entrance, you must first cross the footbridge to the 90-mile beach which is located on the main street of Lakes Entrance. The entrance is located 2.3 km from the footbridge once you cross it.

Lakes Entrance foreshore

You can choose to walk along the 90-mile beach, the lakes or through the designated trails. Expect to take 3 hours return for this journey.

Top tip for the Entrance walk in Lakes Entrance

If you are lucky you might just see some dolphins at the entrance or some seals sunning on the rocks.

Please also take water and anything else you will need as there are no shops along the way.

How to get to Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance lies 330 kilometres east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway.

Kernott Lake Morwell

Kernot Lake is located in the middle of Morwell. You will have to turn off the Princess Highway to find it. Kernot Lake is regularly stocked with fish and has free BBQs and picnic seats surrounding the lake for you to use. The lake also has an open-air museum, The Gippsland Heritage Walk.

Gippsland Heritage walk

The Gippsland Heritage Walk takes you around the lake and explains the history of Gippsland for you. The Gippsland Heritage Walk is not to be missed as far as combining a little learning with fun things to do in your Latrobe Valley holidays such as fishing.

How to get to Kernot Lake

Turn left off the Princes Highway to Monash Way, just after the train overpass turns right and you will be in the Kernot Hall car park.

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum Korumburra

Coal Creek in Korumburra is a great day out for the whole family. I can’t believe a place like this has free entry and it is so family-friendly too. Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is home to around 30,000 objects ranging from trains to thimbles.

Each piece is important as it helps to tell us the story of life in South Gippsland during the pioneer times. You can take a picnic and enjoy it in the pioneer setting of Coal Creek. You can catch a small train ride and look in the shops, you can grab a coffee or just stroll around the heritage park. Coal Creek is an amazing day out in Gippsland and is a must-see when visiting Gippsland.

How to get to Coal Creek

Coal Creek is located on the South Gippsland Highway in Korumburra

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Noojee Trestle Bridge

Located in a tall native forest is the amazing Noojee Trestle Bridge. It is the tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria (beating Stony Creek Trestle Bridge by 1 meter in height) The Noojee Trestle Bridge also marks the starting point for walks and cycling along the Gippsland Rain Trail.

Image courtesy of Ryan Lestrange Photography

This makes the Noojee Trestle Bridge a very popular spot for day-trippers to the Gippsland region. The Noojee Trestle Bridge Rail Trail is a short bike trail that meanders through the forest for three kilometres along a smooth dirt and gravel track. The Noojee Trestle Bridge Walk is six kilometres return, taking around two hours to complete. The Noojee Trestle bridge is one of the best Gippsland tourist attractions.

How to get to Noojee Trestle Bridge

Coming from Melbourne, head east on the Princes Freeway (M1), coming from Sale head west. Take a left at the Drouin exit and follow the signs towards Noojee. The road will eventually lead to a right turn onto Mount Baw Baw Tourist Rd and once you pass the Alpine Trout Farm, keep a lookout for the Trestle Bridge on your right 1km or so up the road.

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Grand Ridge Rail Trail

Mirboo North is one of those charming little Gippsland towns and it is home to the starting point of the Grand Ridge Rail Trail. Starting in Mirboo North right behind the Grand Ridge Brewery the rail trail runs to Boolara. The great thing about this section of the Gippsland Rail Trail is that 95% of the trail is downhill which is great for kids experiencing the rail trail.

The trail stretches for 13 kilometres through the Strzelecki Ranges following the old Mirboo North – Morwell Rail line. This is a great ride for families and it snakes its way through the forest. There are rest areas and information signs talking about the history of the area along the rail trail.

Top tip for riding the Grand Ridge Rail Trail

At the end of that section in Boolara is a little park with toilets and a couple of cafe’s to get a drink or something to eat. It is a great spot to stop on your bike travels in Gippsland

How to get to Mirboo North, Gippsland

Mirboo North is located 156 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. It is accessible by road from either the South Gippsland Highway via Leongatha and onto the Strzelecki Highway, or the Princes Highway with access from Trafalgar or Morwell.

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See world class street art in Yarram

People would normally think you would have to go to Melbourne to see some fantastic street art but now you can see it in Yarram. World renown street artist Heesco has spent an incredible amount of time bringing to life some of the old walls in Yarram. Using inspiration from local people the paintings are stunning and touch a chord to any local in the area. This is one of the newest additions to free things to do in Gippsland and should not be missed.

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.

Long Jetty Port Welshpool

The long Jetty has recently had a multi-million dollar makeover to make it functional again. Stretching an amazing 850 meters into the water towards Snake Island it makes for a unique walk for the family. The long Jetty was once used for cargo and servicing the offshore oils rigs before a fire damaged it.

Photo courtesy of John Morgan – Drone group Gippsland

With its overhaul, it can be used again by recreational fishermen. The finished jetty has been built to the requirements for safety with a handrail on the sides, public lighting, water supply and a fire service. The jetty also features fishing stations, artefacts and interpretive signage which makes it a great day trip destination in Gippsland.

Where is Port Welshpool?

Port Welshpool can be accessed off the South Gippsland Highway at Toora. Coming from Melbourne take the South Gippsland highway out of Cranbourne or coming from the east turn off at Sale and take the South Gippsland Highway

Agnes Falls

The Agnes Falls are located down South Gippsland way just outside of Toora. Agnes Falls is a classic waterfall that cascades over a series of rocks culminating in a 59-metre drop. It is best viewed after periods of heavy rain when the falls and surrounding rock pools are at their best.

Josie Withers | Gippsland 2017

Agnes Falls is the highest single span waterfall in Victoria. You will find picnic tables and toilet facilities near the car park

Where is Agnes Falls?

Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve is situated 196km southeast of Melbourne or 110 Kilometers south of Sale. Agnes Falls is easily reached from the South Gippsland Highway at Toora by following Silcocks Hill Road.

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The Trinculo Wreck – 90 Mile Beach

These days there is not much left of the Trinculo that run ashore on the 90 Mile Beach between Seaspray and Golden Beach on the 6th of September 1879.

Trinculo wreck 90 mile beach
Photo courtesy of John Morgan – Drone group Gippsland

The Trinculo was built in 1758 in Bristol, England. It was on a journey from Albany, Western Australia to Newcastle, New South Wales.

Where is the Trinculo Wreck?

The Trinculo shipwreck is on Shoreline Drive around 6 km from Golden Beach or 20 km from Seaspray. Golden Beach can be reached from the South Gippsland Highway just out of Sale

Swimming at Buchan Caves

At the Buchan Caves Reserve in East Gippsland, you will find an amazing freshwater pool. What makes this pool so special is that the water that fills the pool runs straight out of a cave that is no more than a few meters away. The water is always crystal clear and cold.

When I say cold I mean very cold, some of the iciest water I have ever come across. It is a great place for a bbq or picnic on a hot summers day, then cool off in the pool for the afternoon.

Unfortunately, at this time the Pool at Buchan Caves is closed and there is no information about it reopening. We will update when we have some information about it.

Where is Buchan Caves?

Buchan Caves is 4.5 hours east of Melbourne, 55 Minutes from Bairnsdale and 45 minutes from Lakes Entrance. Coming from Melbourne turn off at Bairnsdale towards Bruthen. Coming from Lakes Entrance turn off at Nowa Nowa towards Bruthen

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Gippsland Art Gallery

Located in the recently opened Port of Sale Building in one of the biggest Gippsland towns, Sale Victoria. The Gippsland Art Gallery has a permanent collection on display for viewing by everyone. You will also find a rolling exhibition on show there throughout the year.

Port of Sale
Photo courtesy of John Morgan – Drone group Gippsland

At the time of writing the Gallery was featuring 2 exhibitions called “Grand Country” and “Space”. The Gippsland Art Gallery overlooks the Port of Sale which holds a local market on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Where is the Gippsland Art Gallery?

The Gippsland Art Gallery is on the Princess Highway in Sale.

As you can see there are so many amazing free things to do in Gippsland that are suitable for the whole family. From nature to world class street art Gippsland has it all.

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. “I think I know a thing or 2 about Gippsland”. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids


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