Victoria is known for having some of the country’s most stunning seaside destinations and Lakes Entrance is no exception to this. Known as Victoria’s fishing capital, this region is nestled in the middle of Bairnsdale and Orbost. It is home to a network of inland waterways which has collectively become known as the Gippsland Lakes. Its ideal position near one some of Australia’s greatest wonders makes it even more appealing and a highly worthy holiday destination.
Lakes Entrance marks somewhat of a meeting point of two of Australia’s greatest driving routes. The first of these is the Great Alpine Road, which takes you through the stunning Alpine National Park. The beautiful park is home to some of the state’s highest mountains and diverse alpine environments. A drive through here is the perfect way to discover Victoria’s high country, while at the same time allow you to breathe in the crisp mountain air and absorb the spectacular scenic views.
The Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive begins at the Croajingolong National Park, which is a park that is overflowing with remote beaches, tall forests, rainforests and estuaries. The magnificent coastline here is packed full of non-stop stunning views which will reward you right up until you reach the Gippsland Lakes.
As soon as you enter the man-made channel that links the Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea, you will be blown away, just by the very sight of this beautiful seaside town. Gippsland Lakes is the largest and most picturesque expanse of inland waterways in the southern hemisphere, and is home to an abundance of marinas and attractive gardens that help it live up to its reputation.
A pleasant climate and laid back atmosphere makes Lakes Entrance a popular holiday destination all year round. The central hub of the region rests around the esplanade which is positioned along the shoreline of the Cunningham Arme inlet. The esplanade boasts a multitude of outdoor cafes, shops, boutiques and galleries, ensuring that all tastes are catered for. The Griffith’s Sea Shell Museum is also worth a look as it is home to a vast display of ocean shells, along with bright and colourful coral and clever, handmade gifts. Browse the local treasures and pick up a keepsake to remember your time in Lakes Entrance.
To really get in touch with the wonder and beauty that is Lakes Entrance, explore it by foot. Begin this adventure at the bridge which crosses Cunninghame Arm. This is the bridge that links the town centre to the windswept coastline of the Bass Strait. Perfect for absorbing picturesque ocean views, it is also an ideal spot for taking a cool, refreshing dip in the surf. To dry off, take the hike up to the Flaggstaff Lookout where you discover 360 views of the town centre and the pristine surrounding waterways.
It’s then time to take a drive and get a look at the greater picture here. Take a leisurely drive along the Seaview Parade from which you will be able to experience undisturbed views of the town centre, the marinas, Cunningham Arme and Ninety Mile Beach. If you want to get off the ground, book a flight with Elite Airways and be delighted by the bird’s eye view of all of Lakes Entrance including Lake Tyers and stunning river scenery.
Venture away from the lakes for a while and head up to the Gippsland High Country, a beautiful mountainous range that is packed full of ecotours and walking tours. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh mountains air while discovering the native flora and fauna that make this area so diverse. To get a full taste of this incredible region, take the short drives out to the neighbouring national parks. The Snowy River National Park boasts magnificent river scenery, spectacular sheer gorges and native pines. Experience the true nature and beauty of what Australia has to offer in pure relaxation and serenity!
Buchan can be found just a short drive up the road from Lakes Entrance and is another one of this region’s most spectacular sights. Journey along the Princes Highway until you reach Nowa Nowa, where veering left will take you along Buchan Road until you reach the actual township of Buchan. This town is known as the ‘place of rocks with holes in them’, a name derived from its vast array of underground caves. The caves are nestled at the foothills of the Victorian Alps and tours of these natural wonders can easily be arranged.
The Lakes Entrance region offers a wide variety of accommodation options, including several caravan parks that encompass spectacular ocean and lake views. These parks are ideal to pitch a tent or park a campervan and offer countless opportunities for relaxation and pure enjoyment of the serenity. It also offers a great opportunity to catch up on a good book or spend some quality time with the kids.
Lakes Entrance will welcome you with open arms and continue to make you feel invited in this lake wonderland. The laid back, peaceful nature of this seaside town makes it the ideal holiday destination and the perfect base for your next driving holiday!