Category: Lakes Entrance
Escape To Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria. It is situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost at a man-made channel that links Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea with the 400 square kilometre network of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes. It is situated approximately 320 kilometres Easr of Melbourne
The township was originally named Cunninghame, the Post Office of that name opening on 5 February 1870. It was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 January 1915.
Lakes Entrance, which lies almost at sea level, can be reached from Melbourne via Bairnsdale and the town of Kalimna to the north-west by a stretch of the Princes Highway, which snakes down and around a point protruding into the Gippsland Lakes known as "Jemmy's Point". Views of The Entrance and of the Lakes can be seen from various look-outs on Jemmy's Point. The Princes Highway leaves the north-east side of the town through hilly countryside towards Nowa Nowa and Orbost.
As a waterfront town, Lakes Entrance is considered one of Victoria’s premier holiday destinations. The town is loved for its swimming beaches, waterfront cafes and fleet of colourful fishing boats, many of which sell the day’s catch from the jetties, when in season.
Close by, Lake Tyers Beach offers real tranquillity and a perfect holiday option. Join a guided boat tour of the Gippsland Lakes, admire the coastal scenery from Kalimna Lookout, and stroll across the footbridge from the foreshore promenade to see the vast expanse of the Ninety Mile Beach or pick up paper-wrapped fresh fish and chips from a local seafood shop. Alternatively, cast a line off the beach or hire a paddleboat, cruiser or a catamaran and catch your own.
It is a very popular all year round holiday destination, including during winter months when the milder climate is often a few degrees warmer than Melbourne.
The main thoroughfare of the Esplanade runs along the shoreline of the Cunninghame Arm inlet, with marinas and attractive foreshore gardens on one side, and a good selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options on the other side. A number of wooden sculptures, carved out of old tree trunks, can be found along the Esplanade, and they represent images of Australia at war.
Top Things to do In Lakes Entrance
- Walk across the popular landmark foot bridge over Cunningham Arm, which links the town centre with the sand dunes and windswept coastline of Bass Strait and the 90 mile beach, popular with surfers and swimmers.
- Take a walk along the 90 mile beach and enjoy the ocean in all its glory. A 5 kilometre return walk from the footbridge along the narrow peninsula of land which separates the still waters of Cunninghame Arm from the choppy waters of Bass Strait takes visitors along some scenic coastline and coastal bush to the Flagstaff Lookout which provides good views over the man-made entrance into the Gippsland Lakes.
- Walk The Esplanade of town and enjoy the wooden sculptures carved out of tree trunks along the roadside
- Lakes Entrance is home to a large fishing fleet. Head down in the morning to buy a catch fresh off the trawlers
- Try one of the many local cafes for a meal or some fresh seafood.
- Make sure you stop at the lookout on your right as you come into town for a birds eye view of the water
- Enjoy a swim, catch some fresh seafood and enjoy this idyllic destination.
As a holiday town with a large emphasis on water activities and a high concentration of marinas and jetties along its extensive lake coastline, it is no surprise that Lakes Entrance is the base of one of Australia's largest fishing fleets.
The Stony Creek Railway Bridge is located 22 kilometres north-east of Lakes Entrance, just off the Princes Highway within the Colquhoun State Forest. This trestle bridge was built in 1916 from local timber and stands 18.6 metres in height and is 274 metres in length. It is believed to be the largest wooden bridge still standing in Australia.