Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota
Situated on the south-eastern edge of Victoria, where the Gippsland Lakes comes face-to-face with the wide blue Southern Ocean, is the picturesque fishing village of Lakes Entrance. This relaxed holiday destination has been enticing visitors for well over a century. It’s the ideal spot to swim, surf or relax on the beach and sample some of the best seafood in the state. You could also take a cruise to discover the waterways and the abundant natural beauty for which the Gippsland region is renowned.
From the town, a footbridge leads directly to the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach. This stunning stretch of golden sand and rolling surf extends as far as the eye can see, offering plenty of opportunities for long, tranquil walks and aquatic activities. Visit this unspoilt paradise to swim, try your hand at beach fishing or lie with a beach umbrella under the glorious cobalt sky. The area boasts plenty of marine life and you may be fortunate to sight whales or dolphins passing along the coastline. Another option is to join an eco-tour where you can get up close and personal with these beautiful marine creatures.
The Gippsland region is home to Australia’s largest network of lakes and rivers. From Lakes Entrance you can hire a paddleboat or catamaran, or join a leisurely cruise along rivers including the Tambo, Mitchell and Nicholson, or pretty Lake Tyers.
The area is a nature-lover's paradise, with parks including Colquhoun State Forest, Lake Tyers Forest Park, Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. There are walking trails, barbeque and picnic areas, fishing spots (for both experienced anglers and those looking to cast a line for the first time) and plenty of places to discover the abundant local birdlife and native animals. Rotamah Island and Sperm Whale Head are just two popular drawcards.
Away from the water you might visit the Lakes Entrance History Centre and museum, or take a trip to Nyerimilang Heritage Park, 10 km west of town. Here you can take a stroll through a historic homestead with beautiful formal gardens, and explore bush and farm tracks, and wetland areas.
Should you visit in December don’t miss the Seafarers Multicultural Festival. This annual celebration offers art and cultural events, seafood cooking demonstrations, a major parade and a myriad of other entertainment. Also in 2012 is Summer By The Sea, a festival of over 300 events scheduled for Lakes Entrance and surrounding areas.
With a population of just over 5 000 Lakes Entrance is a small town, yet it boasts a wide array of accommodation, shops and restaurants. You can choose to stay in a hotel or motel, holiday apartment or house, bed and breakfast, cottage or caravan park. The town is also renowned for its fantastic seafood. Be sure to sample it at one of the restaurants or takeaways you’ll find dotted through town and along the shore. What better way to truly relax than with a seafood dinner and glass of wine overlooking a gorgeous azure ocean?
Lakes Entrance is a must-see for anyone looking to discover the spectacular national parks, shimmering lakes and sparkling beaches of the Gippsland. Why not discover it for yourself and start planning your holiday now?
Hemmed in by the glorious turquoise waters of Mallacoota Inlet and the stunning wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park, the charming town of Mallacoota is the perfect place to experience Victoria’s beautiful Gippsland region first-hand. You’ll be spoilt for choice whether you want to fill your days with adventure, discover the beautiful natural surrounds, or simply relax and rejuvenate.
Mallacoota is blessed with the state’s warmest winter temperatures, so aquatic activities are encouraged year round. Why not stretch your legs along one of the many pristine beaches? The patrolled Betka Beach is the perfect place for a swim and snorkelers will enjoy the rocky surrounds of Quarry Beach.
For serenity you can’t go past Secret Beach. Surfing fanatics can test the waters at Bastion Point, Tip Beach, Davis Creek Beach. Wherever you roam, be sure to stop and savour one of the spectacular sunsets for which the region is known.
Mallacoota is the ideal spot to try your hand at fishing, with plenty of opportunities for old-hands and amateurs alike along the beaches, estuaries and rivers. With so many watery destinations, sailing is a must. If you’re not an experienced sailor, simply join one of the many cruises along the coast or the inland waterways. You’ll enjoy stunning views as you meander along the calm waters. The Bottom Lake, Top Lake, Maramingo Creek, Betka River, Genoa
River and Wallagaraugh River are just a few options for cruising, birdwatching, fishing and swimming. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Be sure to schedule time to explore the incredible Croajingolong National Park. This diverse location boasts everything from lush rainforest to granite peaks and unspoilt white-sand beaches. Stroll beneath towering eucalypts or take in the far-reaching views from rocky coastal headlands. With more than 300 species of birds and 1000 plant species, the park is also a UNESCO- nominated World Biosphere Reserve, so it’s an ideal destination to discover the local flora and fauna.
Mallacoota is also home to some of Australia’s iconic wildlife. Large groups of kangaroos may often be found at Mallacoota Golf Course, close to the Pony Club, and along the stunning peninsula known as Gipsy Point.
Other popular destinations include Gabo Island, located 16 km off shore and featuring one of Australia’s oldest lighthouses, and Karbeethong, which overlooks the Bottom Lake. Karbeethong is an Aboriginal name meaning 'moonlight over the water', and the shimmering lakes here are a must-see.
Be sure to drop by the Mallacoota WWII Operations Room 'Bunker' Museum for a taste of local history. The community markets are held on the first Saturday of the month and here you can fossick through stalls laden with fresh local produce and the handiwork of local craftspeople.
Mallacoota is one of Victoria’s hidden gems. For a relaxed coastal hideaway that also offers plenty by way of nature and adventure, it’s hard to beat. Why not come and see for yourself everything this fantastic destination has on offer?
Accommodation in Mallacoota ranges from budget backpackers to slick apartments, character cottages, well-serviced hotels, holiday homes and even houseboats. Camping is also available in some gorgeous spots and is a great way to experience nature first-hand. There are cafes, restaurants and takeaways in town.