One of my favorite childhood holiday destinations would have to be Lakes Entrance. The picturesque view of the lakes as you drive into Lakes Entrance coming from Melbourne will never be forgotten. A photographers dream. On a clear day there are so many different blues. With fishing boats and dolphins to watch out for. Fresh sea air and scenic views. It’s breathtaking. Argh love this place.
Kalimna Lookout is a spectacular place to stop and get a birds eye view of the numerous inland waterways which make Lakes Entrance a tourist hot spot for keen fishermen and holiday makers alike.
From the lookout points you can read up about Lakes Entrance.
If fishing is not your thing there’s the white sandy Ninety mile beach to relax on. A beach which is reached by crossing the pedestrian bridge over a lake. A lake where you can hire a paddle boat or perhaps you’d like to put in your paddle board.
For others a stroll to the beach after shopping, playing mini golf or having lunch is the thing to do. There are many bakeries and cafes spread along the esplanade. As a child I have fond memories of playing mini golf and a daily walk to the bakery which was home to the famous Pattie pies.
If the beach isn’t your thing then a pleasant walk along the Esplanade with shops on one side, the other side you can witness the fishing boats bobbing up and down on one of the lakes.
Where can I stay?
Lakes Entrance is a popular place for campers with many camping grounds to chose from. If you are planning your holiday in a peak period ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Many book their accommodation a year in advance and frequent this gorgeous beach side area of Gippsland year after year. If you can, I recommend visiting out of peak season.
If camping is not your thing, don’t worry there are also a number of hotel/motels to choose from. You are spoilt for choice.
7 Reasons to visit Lakes Entrance
Top of my list to do at Lakes Entrance is to hire a boat to explore the beautiful lakes. Throw in a fishing line or take a snack as you take in the ambience.
One experience I will never forget is getting carried away following a pod of dolphins and nearly ended up going out to sea. Fortunately we realised and quickly turned the boat around. The mouth of the sea is not where you want to be in a small boat with minimal experience.
- Boat hire/cruises
- Tourist hot spot
- Beautiful beach
- Great amenities
There are numerous places to hire a boat from on the back lakes. Ensure you book in advance if you are visiting in peak period to avoid disappointment.
We had a lovely couple of hours exploring the lakes and fishing. So relaxing. If a boat hire is not your thing, but you’d still like to go out on the lakes, there are cruises which you can book along the Esplanade.
Humans aren’t the only ones looking for a boating experience!
Nearby places to explore
The most popular nearby place to explore would have to be Buchan Caves situated at Buchan Reserve. Again ensure you book to avoid disappointment. On this visit we sadly missed out on exploring the Buchan Caves, due to Covid-19 the numbers of people allowed on the tours were reduced and it was booked out. I recall my first visit to the caves as a child, it was such an awesome place to go. If you haven’t been this is a highly recommended place to visit.
Below are some of the places we’ve explored in the Gippsland Region of Victoria, some places are a couple of hours drive away. Due to the road conditions whist the distance is not great the time taken to get from a to b is a lot longer than one first thinks. Ensure you allow plenty of time to explore this beautiful part of Victoria and check the road conditions before heading off. If you are heading to the iconic McKillops Bridge there is an 11km part of the road which is said to be the most dangerous road in Australia!
- Buchan Reserve, Buchan
- Little River Falls, Wulgulmerang East
- Little River Gorge, Wulgulmerang East
- McKillops Bridge, Deddick Valley
- Ambyne Suspension Bridge, Deddick Valley
- Pettmans Beach, Lake Tyers
- Shelleys Beach, Lake Tyers
Lakes Entrance Location
Lakes Entrance is located in Eastern Victoria in the Gippsland Region. The Ninety Mile beach stretches along the Tasman Sea shoreline.
- Approximately 320km, 3hrs 50mins from Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 2hrs 5mins from McKillops Bridge
- Approximately 56km, 44mins from Buchan Caves/Reserve
- Approximately 107km, 1hr 20mins from Sale
Have you explored this popular tourist destination of Victoria? If you have we’d love to hear about your experiences or other places you think we should explore.