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

*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.


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!

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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

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

Towns on the Gippsland Lakes & 90 Mile Beach

Towns on the Gippsland Lakes & 90 Mile Beach

The Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland lake system in Australia. To help protect this amazing lakes system the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park was established in 1979 and covers the area all the way from Seaspray in the south to Lakes Entrance in the north. There are 5 major towns in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park on the banks of the lakes and ocean. The towns of Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, Loch Sport and Seaspray are extremely popular summer destinations for things to do in Gippsland.

The Gippsland Lakes are a system of lakes and lagoons that are located adjacent to the Tasman Sea and the 90-Mile Beach. Seven rivers empty into The Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, The Latrobe, Avon, Nicholson, Tambo, Mitchell, Macalister and Thomson rivers.


90 Mile Beach Australia
The Seaspray beach

Seaspray is a small coastal community on the 90 Mile Beach. The town features the Seaspray Caravan Park, a general store and the Seaspray Surf Club. The rest of the town is a mix of local and holiday houses. The Seaspray Caravan Park is often packed out over the summer months. The Seaspray Beach and Merriman’s Creek are where most of the summer fun is had in the water.

The Seaspray Beach is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer months due to the area being so popular with holidaymakers. Not only a swimming beach the Seaspray Beach and creek is popular for surf fishing where salmon is regularly caught. For the more experienced fishermen, sharks are what they are after and you can see plenty for fisherman bringing in dinner late in the afternoon.

You can get to Seaspray via the South Gippsland Highway from either Sale or Yarram.

Places to eat in Seaspray

Your choice of places to eat in Seaspray is limited to the local corner store/fish n chip shop or the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club. You can check the current menu for The Waves Bistro and Sandbar at the Seaspray Surf Life Saving club HERE

Where to have a BBQ in Seaspray

There are plenty of places to enjoy a BBQ in Seaspray. The best place for a BBQ in Seaspray would be along the foreshore. There are plenty of BBQ areas and seating for everyone and the BBQ’s are free to use.

Seaspray accommodation

Seaspray accommodation is limited to Airbnb. If you have never used Airbnb before here have $55 off your first booking for new members. There is also a caravan park but places fill up quickly especially in the summer months. To use the caravan park you will need your own caravan, tent or camper trailer. There are some limited cabins for hire at the Seaspray caravan park as well.

In between Seaspray and Golden Beach heading towards Loch Sport on Shoreline Drive you will find access to the Trinculo Ship Wreck. The Triculo was wrecked on the sands of the 90 Mile Beach in May of 1879. Today all the can still be seen are parts of the Hull sticking out of the sand.

90 Mile Beach


Loch Sport in Gippsland Australia
Loch Sport wedged between lakes and the ocean

Loch Sport borders both the 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes. Well, certainly the Gippsland Lakes with the 90 Mile Beach Beach being 1.5 kilometres out of town.  Loch Sport is an ever-growing town on the Gippsland Lakes. Loch Sport is popular for boating and the Loch Sport Mariner is a focal part of the town.

Recently new jetties have been built on the Gippsland Lakes side for fishing and for mooring cruising vessels. Loch Sport has a handful of shops including a General Store, the Mariner bar and bistro and a fish ‘n’ chip shop. There are plenty of BBQ areas and parks along the foreshore that are fantastic to bring your own lunch and have a picnic.

At the end of town, you will find the Lakes National Park where you can continue onto more swimming and fishing spots. Sperm Whale head is a good destination where you might also find a kangaroo or two. Don’t forget a trip to the local mini-golf with the kids. They will love it!

You can get to Seaspray via the South Gippsland Highway from either Sale or Yarram.

Places to eat in Loch Sport:

You have 3 options in Loch Sport to eat. The best option for a full meal would be The Marina Hotel Bar and Bistro. There is also Lochies Takeaway and the Mini Golf Cafe.

Where to have a BBQ in Loch Sport

Another great place to have a BBQ on your day trip to Loch Sport is along the foreshore. At the Lions Park, there is a playground and a skate park if you are travelling in Gippsland with kids. The BBQ areas are shaded and there is plenty of seating.

Loch Sport Accommodation

Accommodation at Loch Sport is available with Airbnb. If you have never used Airbnb before here have $55 off your first booking for new members


Paynesville is located on the Gippsland Lakes. The second biggest town on the lakes with a population of 3480 people. Paynesville is closely located to Raymond Island, Eagle Point and Newlands Arms. These 3 other locations are located anywhere from a few hundred meters away to 5 kilometres away. Paynesville is home to the biggest yacht club on the Gippsland Lakes.

Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes
Paynesville Marina

Another amazing reason to visit Paynesville is to visit Raymond Island. A ferry arrives and departs from Raymond island every 20 minutes during the daylight hours and it is free for foot traffic to use the ferry. We highly recommend you take the ferry to Raymond Island and do the Koala walk.

You will see Koalas in their native habitat and the walk is very easy for young kids. It is fantastic to see the looks on the kid’s faces when they spot the koalas. This has to be one of the best free things to do in Gippsland on your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes.

Where to eat in Paynesville:

There is a huge amount of options for places to eat in Paynesville. You have everything from fine dining to pubs, cafes and bakeries. You can check TRIP ADVISOR for more information.

Where to have a BBQ in Paynesville:

You find multiple BBQ picnic areas along the foreshore. A sandy beach section is popular for families with kids for a paddle on a hot day. Swimming in the shallow sandy bottom calm waters is great fun for young ones.

You will find plenty of BBQs and picnic tables along the foreshore area. If you catch the Raymond Island Ferry you will find a bbq area and playground just a few meters from where the ferry docks.

Paynesville accommodation

There are so many option of places to stay in Paynesville from hotels to retreats. There is something for every budget in Paynesvile.

Find all your Paynesville Accommodation options HERE

You can get to Paynesville by turning off the Princes Highway at Bairnsdale.


Metung is the boutique village of the Gippsland Lakes. Metung has a small town centre built around a grassy town square. The major focal point of Metung is the Metung Hotel.

The Metung hotel is famous for its outdoor eating/drinking area that sits over the water on the Gippsland Lakes. It’s a great place to sit, eat and drink on a nice sunny day. Metung has many 4 and 5-star accommodation options for the visitor that make the trip to the town. Metung has a Yacht Club and Lawn Bowls club.

Metung is popular for boating, fishing and eating. There is a great boardwalk that runs along the water’s edge that is great for stroll or fishing.

Places to eat in Metung:

The Metung Pub has a vast and I would say pretty expensive menu to choose from. The Metung Pub is the most popular venue in town. You will find Nautica Restaurant & Bar also has a takeaway fish n chips section. The fresh seafood is local and fresh. The Smiling Chef Cafe is a popular destination for breakfast.

Where to have a BBQ in Metung

A great place to have a BBQ in Metung is at Paterson Park. There you will find free BBQs and toilets. If you have kids with you there is also a playground and water taps there.

Metung Accommodation

While there is a lot of accommodation options in Metung many of the options are luxury. Bed and breakfast type places and luxury hotels are the most available.

Find all your Metung Accommodation options HERE

To get to Metung turn off the Princes Highway at Swan Reach which is located between Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance


Lakes Entrance is the capital of the Gippsland Lakes with a summer population swelling to around 40,000 people. Fishing in Lakes Entrance is popular as you can surf fish and lake fish. Eastern Beach is a popular place for surf fishing while the jetties of the north arm are great for anglers.

Lakes Entrance has a variety of restaurants and accommodation from caravan parks to resorts. There is mini-golf, cinema, skate park and paddle boats for families.

Lakes Entrance on the Gippsland Lakes Australia
The Esplanade in Lakes Entrance

You can go on boat cruises on the Gippsland Lakes or hire a put-put boat. For any golfers out there Lakes Entrance Golf Course is one of the best in Gippsland.

There is an amazing boardwalk that stretches the length of the esplanade that is great for walking and bike riding. The path stretched from one end of Lakes Entrance to the other.

Where to eat in Lakes Entrance:

Lakes Entrance has a number of clubs and pubs to choose from. The local Lakes Entrance RSL on the Esplanade serves both Australian and Asian cuisine at a great price. The Bowls Club and Gold Club both have a big venue in the centre of town serving good food.

You will find the usual fast food outlets such as McDonald’s, KFC and Subway available. Miriam’s Seafood Restaurant is popular for trying the local fish from the Gippsland Lakes.

Where to have a BBQ in Lakes Entrance

The North Arm Park as you enter Lakes from the Melbourne side. The Park has a playground, picnic tables and bbq’s (both undercover and exposed) The park features a basketball court and inground trampoline along with favourites such as swings and climbing equipment.

Lakes Entrance accommodation

Whatever sort of accommodation you are looking for Lakes Entrance has some of the best facilities in Gippsland for holidaymakers. You can find luxury accommodation in Lakes Entrance and you can find tent sites in Lakes Entrance. No matter what you are looking for on your travels in Gippsland Lakes is guaranteed to have it.

For all your Lakes Entrance accommodation click HERE

Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway 330 kilometres from Melbourne

Gippsland Lakes Weather

The weather on the Gippsland Lakes at Lakes Entrance has an average high of 23.7 degrees in February and a low of 14,6 degrees in July. The weather in Lakes Entrance has a daily high temperature of 43.6 degrees in February and a low daily average of 5.6 degrees in July.

During the summer months, the towns on the Gippsland Lakes come alive. They are busy with holidaymakers and tourists from all over the world. If you prefer a quieter time you can always visit the towns on the Gippsland Lakes in the cooler months to enjoy them as well.

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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