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The Lovely Gippsland Lakes

  • March 19, 2014
  • By 50 Shades
  • 10 Comments
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Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes

Australia’s largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the lovely Gippsland Lakes, are a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons covering 400 square kilometres. They are separated from the ocean with coastal dunes known as Ninety Mile Beach.

Lakes Entrance

At the hub of the lakes system is Lakes Entrance, and as the name suggests it is situated at the entrance from the ocean to the lakes. Feast your eyes on the spectacular views from any point, night or day. Watch fishing boats returning with their catch and see the many local Pelicans, Black Swans and Seabirds.

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Fishing Boats at Lakes Entrance

It is no surprise that boaters flock from all over the world to experience the largest navigable inland waterway in Australia.  Exploring all the inlets, rivers, arms and lakes of this incredible system needs to be done at a leisurely pace to truly appreciate the natural beauty.  You can do so by a sailing charter boat, cruiser or by doing an eco day cruise aboard a ferry.

Things To Do In Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance area is choco-block full with things to do, such as:

  1.  Explore the waterways on a boat cruise.
  2.  Walk across the footbridge to the expansive Ninety Mile Beach for a swim or a surf at the patrolled beach at Lakes Entrance Surf Club.
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Ninety Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance

3.    Catch the winery boat or drive out to nearby Wyanga Park Winery.

4.    Check out the unique carved statues that line the foreshores of Lakes Entrance that are made out of cypress tree stumps and are a tribute to WWI soldiers.

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Carved Statues at Lakes Entrance

5.     Drive up to Jemmy’s Point Reserve that provides panoramic views of the Gippsland Lakes.

6.    Eat out at one of Lakes Entrance fine waterfront eateries that serve local produce, fresh seafood and local wine.

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Lakes Entrance Floating Restaurant

7.     Visit the nearby holiday retreat of Metung that is located on a crescent shaped peninsula reaching into Lake King and Bancroft Bay.

8.     Walk or cycle around Lakes Entrance pathways and take in the birdlife and the busy wharf precinct where the fishing boats come in to unload their catch.

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Black Swans at Lakes Entrance

9.    Ten kilometres north-west of Lakes Entrance, is Nyerimilang Heritage Park and Homestead, that exhibits the history of Nyerimilang and the natural resources and history of the Gippsland Lakes.

10.   Naturally there is a wide range of water activities to be indulged in such as: water-skiing, paddle-boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking or surfing.

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Hire Boats at Lakes Entrance

I always knew that the Gippsland Lakes would take my breath away, but I did not expect it to also earn a place in my heart. Simply stunning!

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By 50 Shades, March 19, 2014 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

10 Comments
  • Johanna
    March 19, 2014

    It does look beautiful Kathy! And you add a lovely splash of colour to the carved sculpture at the entrance too! What a great list of things to do as well … I’ll definitely be referring to this post when we eventually get over to the east one of these days.

  • kathymarris
    March 19, 2014

    There was a lot to see and do in the Lakes Entrance area. Everywhere a gorgeous lake view! I hope you get to enjoy the east one day, as I am. :)

  • Rae Hilhorst
    March 19, 2014

    I just love the water, your photos are great, happy travels. xxx

    • Kathy
      March 20, 2014

      Thank you Rae. We are following the coastline around so lots of water views! They are all unique however. My photographic skills are improving but I must admit our new SLR camera is fantastic.

  • Pinky Poinker
    March 19, 2014

    I agree with Johanna. You obviously have a much better camera than me as well as a flair for photography Kathy :)

    • Kathy
      March 20, 2014

      We did buy a new Canon SLR camera with a zoom lens before we came away and it is working a treat. It makes my very ordinary photography skills look reasonably good! When you take about a hundred photos a day you do get better at it. Thanks for your kind words :)

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