Metung is the upmarket village on the shore of the Gippsland Lakes. With 5-star accommodation and a handful of boutique stores, there’s not much to do in the town. What the town doesn’t have, the activities on the water definitely make up for it and they are some of the best things to do in Metung Gippsland.
Metung in Gippsland is the quintessential lakeside village with yachts moored, people taking a stroll in the sun and families having fun.
Fishing is one of the top Metung attractions. Fishing in Metung can either be done from a boat on the water of the Gippsland Lakes or from the jetties and boardwalks around town. The boardwalk extends from the mouth of Chinaman’s creek right through the village centre to and to Shaving Point. Purchase all your fishing gear online at BCF and pick it up at Bairnsdale on your holiday on the Gippsland Lakes.
Fishing around Metung, you are most likely to catch bream, flathead, luderick, tailor, mulloway, whiting, perch and salmon. You can use sandworm, prawn or spider crab as bait. Fishing from the boardwalk, you will only need a light rod and tackle which you can pick up from any BCF store.
Metung has some great sand beach areas along the peninsula that leads out to Shaving Point. The waters around Metung are great for kids. The swimming areas are calm with little or no waves, sandy bottom and a slow gradual increase in depth from the shore. These areas are great for families on holiday to Gippsland
Related Post: If you are spending some time in Metung with kids you may want to visit Lakes Entrance. Lakes Entrance with kids is great for activities and some fun in any season.
Boating is what the Gippsland Lakes is all about and staying at Metung can allow you to have the best experience of boating on the Gippsland Lakes. You can bring your own boat (fishing boat, water sports boat), you can moor your yacht with the Metung Yacht Club or you can go on a cruise from Metung with a few boating companies. If you bring your own boat, there is plenty of room for water skiing and kneeboarding.
The Metung Yacht Club can store your Yacht or you can participate in many club activities. The Club offers a wide range of activities for sailors and powerboat operators. The Yacht Club of Metung offers programs to attract Junior sailors and to teach women sailing skills as well.
Activities such as canoeing, windsurfing and paddleboards can easily be done in the waters around Metung. You can hire canoes from Riveria Nautic in Metung. This is a great Gippsland activity for anyone who is visiting Metung Victoria.
The Metung Lawn Bowls club is located just behind the Metung Yacht Club. The Club has synthetic greens that are playable all year round. The Club welcomes visitors for social lawn bowls every Thursday and Sunday. The Club welcomes new members and there’s always time for a chat after a game.
Playing Golf in Metung
Kings Cove Golf Course markets itself as one of the best 9 hole public access golf courses in Australia, A challenging 9 hole course with alternate tees on your second nine. This means you can play 18 holes and the tee of position changes from the first 9 holes to your last 9 holes.
The Metung Golf Club layout measures a might 6000 metres in length for a par 72, featuring a traditional layout of 10 par 4’s, 4 par5’s and 4 par 3’s on course. The Kings Cove golf course is open to visitors seven days a week. Clubhouse hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Green fee and equipment hire prices at Metung Golf Club are as follows.
9 Hole social golf $20
18 Holes social golf $30
Gold Club hire $15
Electric Golf Cart Hire $30
Coming soon to Metung Victoria
Coming soon are the Metung Hotspring Development. Metung was always well known for geothermal waters. In the early ’80s, there used to be 2 public hot springs pools just out of town. Now in the 2000’s the company who bought us the ever-popular Mornington Peninsula Hot springs have turned their attention to building a complex in Gippsland in the coming years. This is going to be a great addition to Gippsland attractions for everyone.
Metung is all about food. The majority of businesses in town are selling food in one shape or another: Cafe’s, bakeries, fish n chip shops and the local hotel all serve amazing food. The local Metung Village Store stocks lots of local Gippsland artisan foods and drinks as well for you to stock up on for you trip home from Gippsland.
Metung Bakery and Cafe
The local bakery does the usual fare such as pies, sausage rolls, salad roll, cakes and coffee. Where the bakery really excels is with its Vietnamese cuisine. On the weekends, they do what can only be described as an amazing explosion of tastes and textures called the Roast Pork Bahn Mi. Other dishes such as Pho and rice paper rolls are amazing. From time to time, the bakery does Vietnamese nights where they showcase their home crown cuisine.
The most iconic location to eat in Metung is at the Pub. The Pub sits on the edge of waters of the Gippsland Lakes. There is seating indoors and outdoors but all seating has views of the water. The Metung Hotel serves good quality meals featuring lots of local seafood. You can pull your boat up to the jetty out front and wander in for a meal or a drink.
Where to stay in Metung Gippsland
There are so many places to stay in Metung Victoria for every budget. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel to a Metung Air bnb there is something for everyone.
Air BnB Metung alternative
Some people prefer a home away from home style accommodation and Air BnB is perfect for that. Check out the map below to find the perfect airbnb Metung.
Metung accommodation for couples
Metung is the perfect getaway for a quiet, romantic staycation. From luxury accommodation to small boutique hotels for couples.
The Moorings at Metung
The Moonings at Metung Gippsland have suites with a spa and views over the Gippsland Lakes. The property has indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and private mariner take a romantic stroll along the Bancroft Bay boardwalk into the town centre. The Yacht Club and bowls club is a 10-minute walk while the local golf course is a 7-minute drive.
Family budget accommodation in Metung is in abundance. From cheap tent sites to large cabins for bigger travelling families there is a brilliant assortment of family accommodation around Metung.
Metung Holiday Village
The Metung Holiday Village offers a range of 2 bedroom family villas. Starting with a standard villa and increasing to you reach the deluxe villa. Each unit is fully self-contained with a kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. WiFi comes standard with your stay. There is a pool onsite for those warm summer stays.
Metung is located in East Gippsland on the Gippsland Lakes. You will need to turn off at Swan Reach on the Princes Highway to reach Metung. Metung is 15 kilometres from Swan Reach. To get from Melbourne to Metung the distance is 331 kilometres.
We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Metung in East Gippsland and shows you what to do in Metung. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.
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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 Parks – Big 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)
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
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
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.
Single Cave Tour (Royal or Fairy)
Double Cave Tour (Royal and Fairy)
Federal Cave Tour
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.
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.
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.
The historic Nyerimilang Homestead is a beautiful heritage home nestled in bushland with perfect views over the Gippsland Lakes. Here you will step back in time to discover what it was like to live in the 1800s in East Gippsland.
The Heritage Park features the homestead, old farming buildings and old farm machinery. There are also some bush walks located there and plenty of places to picnic.
How far is the Nyerimilang Heritage Park from Lakes Entrance?
You will find the Nyerimilang Heritage park approximately 17 minutes or roughly 15 km’s from Lakes Entrance along the Princes Highway (A1)
Foodie lovers places to visit around Lakes Entrance
There are so many places to eat near Lakes Entrance that will have your head swimming and your boot full with your loot to take home with you. The area is a foodie lovers delight with many places using as much local produce as they can. In the summer many will have a big verandah for you to sit on and sun yourself enjoying the amazing food and drinks. In the winter you can stay indoors with a big log fire to keep you extra warm.
Bullant Brewery, Bruthen
Located on the Great Alpine Road in Bruthen the Bullant Brewery offers onsite brewed beer and food that is perfectly matched to it. Pick the perfect day to have a brew on the amazing deck in the summer or a brew by the fire in the winter. You can also see the big copper vats through the front windows of the restaurant.
How far is Bullant Brewery from Lakes Entrance?
The Bullant Brewery is approximately 27 minutes or roughly 26 km via the Lakes Colquhoun Rd and Bruthen-Nowa Nowa Rd (C620)
*We have visited the Bullant Brewery a couple of times now and love a visit in the summer. You can wander the small main street in Bruthen before you leave or take a quick walk on the Rail Trail after your visit to the Bullant Brewery. Also drop into the bakery for one of the best neenish tarts!
Wyanga Park Winery and Henry’s Cafe
If wine is your thing then head straight to Wyanga Park Winery. Here you will find a family-run winery where they produce varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir from their own grapes.
The cafe is open daily from 10.00 am until 3.30 light meals and coffee and lunch is served from 12.00 until 2. Wine tastings are from 9.00 am until 5 pm.
How far is Wyanga Park Winery from Lakes Entrance?
The Wyanga Park Winery is located approximately 7 min (5.7 km) via Colquhoun Rd and Baades Rd from Lakes Entrance.
If you are making Lakes Entrance your holiday base then these things to do near Lakes Entrance will help you see more of the area.
We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our Gippsland Attractions page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. “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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