The beach is one of the major attractions in Lakes Entrance. It draws people from both near and far to swim in these amazing waters. The Lakes Entrance beaches are covered in soft sand with plenty of room for beach lovers. At times, if you are lucky, you may be the only person on this majestic stretch of beach.
Going to the beach if you are visiting Lakes Entrance gives you two main options. You can either go to the main Lakes Entrance beach or you can go to Eastern Beach. These are the 2 options that you will find within the township but there is also a number of beaches just outside town.
Lakes Entrance Main Beach
The Lakes Entrance Main Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Lakes Entrance. You will find many holiday makers in Lakes Entrance will make there way to this beach for the day.
Location of the Lakes Entrance Main Beach
You must walk over the footbridge to access the main Lakes Entrance Beach. The Footbridge is located at the corner of Myer Street and Princes Highway.
Car Parking at Lakes Entrance Main Beach:
There is off-street car parking on the left-hand side of the footbridge. There is on-street parking on the right side. If you are towing a caravan or a boat you may have some trouble parking in this area.
There are toilet facilities on the town and beachside of the footbridge. There are cold showers at the beachside toilets.
Facilities at the Lakes Entrance Main Beach
There is a shop/cafe that opens on weekends and in the holiday periods. You will find paddleboats, Aqua Bikes, canoes and sailing boat hire opened most days of the week. The Lakes Entrance Surf Lifesaving club is also located on the beachside of the footbridge.
Are there lifesavers at Lakes Entrance Main Beach?
The Lakes Entrance Surf Lifesaving Club is on duty during school holidays and busier times of the year. They will patrol a section of the beach making sure it is safe to swim there and may be able to assist if there is any trouble.
Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance
Another beautiful beach located just out of town the Eastern Beach is a great place to pack up and spend a hot summers day on the beach.
Location of Eastern Beach Lakes Entrance:
Accessed off the Princes Highway via Eastern Beach Road. The road goes past the NRMA Eastern Beach Holiday Park and ends at the beach. You can access the beach from 2 different car parking areas.
Car Parking at Eastern Beach:
There are two car parks at Eastern Beach. The car parks are around 200 meters apart and are unsealed. Car Park 1 is medium-sized while there are more spaces in car park number 2.
You will find toilets and showers at the car park 1 area. There are no toilets at the car park 2 Eastern Beach.
Facilities at Eastern Beach:
There is a bbq area with hotplates and picnic tables. It is a good location to go to the beach and have a picnic or bbq while you are there. There is a children’s playground with enough equipment to keep kids entertained.
Are there Lifesavers at Eastern Beach?
The Eastern Beach is a patrolled beach and lifesavers are on duty during school holidays and busier times of the year.
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Are there other Lakes Entrance Beaches?
East of Lakes Entrance there are 2 other beaches that can be reached with a 10-minute drive. Lake Bunga and Red Bluff are also popular Lakes Entrance beaches. You will find them less crowded, with fewer facilities but most importantly there will be no lifesavers.
We recommend only using unsupervised beaches if you are an experienced swimmer in the ocean and you are a very strong swimmer.
Lake Bunga has a shallow saltwater lake (The Lake itself can be subject to algae blooms, (so ask around before swimming) as well as access to this Lakes Entrance beach.
Location of Lake Bunga:
Heading east on the Princes Highway out of town you will drive up a hill. At the top on the right-hand side, you will see a sign for Lake Bunga. The road will take you to a small gravel car park
There is a small gravel carpark that can fill up easily
Facilities at Lake Bunga:
Are there lifesavers at Lake Bunga?
None. Lake Bunga is not a patrolled beach.
Red Bluff Beach is popular with surfers and has a sandy rocky bottom that can be dangerous.
Location of Red Bluff:
Head east out of Lakes Entrance until you come to Lake Tyers Road. Turn right and travel down the road looking for a sign saying Red Bluff, turn right.
Car Parking at Red Bluff:
There is a small car park available with a lookout over the beach.
Toilets located at the car park. These are drop toilets so please be careful when using them.
Facilities at Red Bluff
There are some fresh water tanks at the toilets where you can wash down if you need to.
Are there lifesavers at Red Bluff:
None. Red Bluff is not a patrolled beach in Lakes Entrance.
Lakes Entrance Beach Safety
First and foremost is the safety of anyone that is going to visit Lakes Entrance and plans on swimming at the 90 mile beach in Lakes Entrance.
Always swim between the flags where you can be seen by lifesavers. Even if you are an experienced swimmer it is always a good idea to swim at a patrolled beach. The ocean can easily range from flat to rough in a matter of hours. The breakers can be powerful and easily knock you off your feet.
Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide
These 5 words are the motto of how to be SunSmart in Australia and if you are visiting any of the Lakes Entrance beaches you need to make sure you are being SunSmart.
Sunscreen is a must as well as some shade if you are able to take a small shelter with you. A hat also helps and you need to make sure you have plenty of water with you to stay hydrated.
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.
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We hope this article from us here at Travels in Gippsland has you inspired to visit Lakes Entrance Beaches in East Gippsland. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Gippsland click through to our visit East Gippsland page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids