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Located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance has become an excellent destination for families, and anyone looking to escape to enjoy a beautiful small beach town. There are many activities to enjoy from the soft sandy beaches to the local restaurants and shops. Lake Entrance is sure to cater to all needs. With bird and marnie life to enjoy and places to swim and fish, Lakes Entrance offers the perfect holiday for any budget.
Lakes Entrance Beach
After walking over the footbridge located at the corner of Myer Street and Princes Highway, you will find spotless golden sand that connects the blue water of the Bass Strait to the Gippsland Lakes.
What does Lakes Entrance Beach Offer?
- Beachside toilet facilities with showers
- Local nearby shops & cafés
- Local Lifesaving Club patrolling the beaches during busy times of the year
- Surf Club located at the end of the Lakes Entrance footbridge open during the summer months
- The footbridge to walk across to the ocean and Ninety Mile Beach
Gippsland offers many great locally owned restaurants, brewery’s, distilleries, and shops. While These are the best spots in Lakes Entrance to grab some great meals.
Top 5 Restaurants in Lakes Entrance According to Trip Advisor:
1. The Floating Dragon
This locally owned restaurant offers fresh seafood with a sophisticated Asian twist. With reservations required, Chef Julie cooks up locally sourced seafood and produce for an upscale dining experience. This beautiful dockside restaurant is located on the Cunningham Arm on the Western Boat Harbour.
2. Wyanga Park Winery
The “best kept secret in Gippsland Lakes” is a 10 KM drive from Lakes Entrance offering a restaurant/café, local wine tastings, and a relaxed rustic atmosphere. The staff here strives to provide delicious food, a relaxed wine tasting experience, and benchmark hospitality.
3. Nick’s Thai and Japanese Restaurant
This Asian fusion style restaurant offers a family friendly atmosphere with both Thai and Japanese cuisine for lunch or dinner (reservation required). Nick’s offers everything from stir fry, noodles, soups, laksa, golden fried appetizers, to a Japanese A La Carte menu with fresh to order sashimi, nigiri, and bento.
4. Froggy’s Bistro
Sitting on Myer Street opposite the footbridge in Lakes Entrance, this locally owned restaurant brings traditional French food to East Gippsland. With charming hospitality and delicious food, the friendly staff at Froggy’s Bistro brings French and European style dishes to Lakes Entrance while offering exquisite desserts.
5. The Central Hotel Bistro
Offering stunning views overlooking the front lake of Cunningham Arm, this spacious bistro is in the heart of the township. Using local produce and fresh seafood, the menu provides something for everyone. The bar also offers live music most nights, check their Facebook for a schedule of local bands and DJs playing live in the bar.
Activities To See & Do:
1. Lake Entrance Beach Camel Rides
Want a unique and unforgettable experience? This 60-minute adventure takes you down the 90 Mile Beach on the back of a camel where you can enjoy the golden beaches of Lake Entrance in the morning or afternoon.
2. Lake Entrance Helicopters
Located at the Lake Entrance Airfield at Kalimna West, this 5-star rated tourist attraction is a very popular way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Entrance. Lake Entrance Helicopters offers scenic flights, charters, and tailored Heli-Experiences.
3. Illuka Day Spa
An oasis of relaxation, the Illuka Day Spa offers an inviting atmosphere with a professional staff striving to provide a range of spa and beauty services. Packages offer everything from massage, hydrotherapy, shower treatments, waxing, nail services, and much more.
4. Lake Entrance Angler
With the wonderful fishing and marine life, Lake Entrance Angler offers the largest range of fishing gear in town. This family-owned business is located opposite the footbridge on Esplanade. The staff can provide a wealth of knowledge while also offering repairs, bait and tackle, rods/reels, apparel, and even provide fishing licenses.
5. Lakes Explorer (Water Taxi Services)
Lakes explorer offers day trips, 1-hour tours, and tailored fishing expeditions. This water taxi service can fulfill all your transportation needs when it comes to fishing on the water. A licensed tour operator can take up to four people on fishing expeditions, sea safaris, wildlife boat tours, private charters, and quick water taxi services.
6. Walking & Biking
Great for small children and families, the well paved flat bicycle ride path along the waters of Lake Entrance is great for biking or walking. The path starts at the Skate Park at the eastern end of Lake Entrance, near the visitor info center. This 2.7-kilometer path offers a view of the water, floating restaurants, fishing boats, and great lake views. At the end of the path, you will reach a petrol station and a small group of shops.
7. Sammy’s Cinema and Squash
Located on Myer Street this small theater offers a small selection of movies and sport. This 140-seat year-round cinema offers currently released movies with a candy bar. For full times and program see the website or Facebook page. This location also offers four squash courts where you can enjoy squash or racquetball. Equipment is included when reserving the court, and staff offers instructions to new players for free.
8. Lakes Entrance Aqua Park
LEAP, the new and fun 1,400-square-metre inflatable aquapark offers a splashing great time for the whole family. Located at 429 Main Beach Walk on Lakes Entrance Beach, this floating adventure offers both group or individual tickets to enjoy 1-2 hour sessions. They also offer stand up paddle boarding as an additional add on experience.
9. Nyerimilang Heritage Park
About a 17 minute drive from Lakes Entrance, this park and garden feature a 19th century homestead with exhibits, trails, and picnic areas. This Park can provide history and exceptional views for you and your whole family. The house built in 1890 offers a unique style. The walking trails along the cliffs are also a much see.
1o. Day Cruises
Peels Cruises & Lonsdale Eco Cruise are two options for day cruises around Lakes Entrance. These casual cruises through the Gippsland Lakes offer different packages and tours. These trips can include aquatic wildlife, the powerful waters of the Entrance of Gippsland Lakes, sightseeing, and even luncheon tours. These guided tours can vary in price and duration, so please check the website for Peeks Cruises or Lonsdale Eco Cruise for more details.
Accommodations in Lakes Entrance:
With so many different options of accommodations in Lakes Entrance, you can be assured that staying here can fit any budget. From the caravan parks of BIG4 Whiters Village, offering villas cottages, and caravan sites, to the budget accommodations of Echo Beach Tourist Park offering simple cabins with an outdoor pool, Lakes Entrance has it all. The Esplanade Resort & Spa offers a luxury style accommodation with a large lagoon swimming pool, day spa, indoor heated pool, tennis courts, apartments, and penthouses. These vast options are sure to provide you with the perfect spot to stay.
With the beach being the main attraction for most, you will find that Lakes Entrance is a great place to stay while visiting Gippsland. The small-town feel, and locally operated restaurants and shops provide an oasis of relaxation in Gippsland. From surfing at Red Bluff Beach, to enjoying sophisticated elegant dining on the waterfront of the Cunningham Arm, Lakes Entrance can provide a vast variety of experiences for families, couples, and solo travellers.