Lakes Entrance on the Victorian Riviera

Lakes Entrance is located in East Gippsland Australia. Lakes Entrance is at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes system. The Gippsland lakes are the largest inland waterway in Australia. This area is sometimes known as the Victorian Rivera. Lakes Entrance is aptly known because it is where the lakes meet the ocean. Lakes Entrance is the only entrance/exit to the ocean from the lakes system.

I have been visiting Lakes Entrance since I was a young child. My family holidayed every summer holidays for 3 weeks in Lakes Entrance. You might say this is where family travel started for me.I have some fantastic memories of these times from being a young child swimming with my cousins, to teenage years spent with school friends to early adulthood partying in the local pubs and clubs. My parents now reside in Lakes Entrance so my family, Bec and girls are frequent visitors to Lakes Entrance.

Summer Fun at the beach

Lakes Entrance is your typical beach town. The population swells three-fold during the summer months when families flock into the town for the school summer holiday period. Lakes Entrance is one of the most popular seaside towns for holiday makers in Victoria. Caravan parks, flats, holiday house, motels and resorts host families for the 6 weeks of the school summer holidays.

Lakes Entrance

The foreshore area

The beach at Lakes Entrance

The 90-mile beach at Lakes Entrance is popular with swimmers and sunbathers. The 90-mile beach as its name says runs for 90 miles along the Gippsland coast. I find it quite funny it is called the 90-mile beach as Australia uses Kilometers. The main beach at Lakes Entrance is accessed via a footbridge that allows you to cross from the town over the lake inlet to the beach.There is another beach easily accessible  at eastern Beach located on the outskirts of town. Over at the beach, there is a cafe serving cold drinks and ice creams, paddle boats, aqua bikes, kayaks available for hire. The girls are I went on an aqua bike last weekend I must warn you they are hard work. The adults end up doing all the work. It has been 20 years since I have been on an aqua bike and it may be 20 more until I go on one again. A popular activity is the Entrance walk. There is a man-made path that takes 2 hours return where you can walk to the entrance which is where the ocean can access the Gippsland lakes.

Fishing is popular in the Lakes area. You can fish off the beach and the jetty’s that are present in town. Many people have boats which allow access to the Gippsland lakes system.  For foreign visitors, you need to buy a fishing licence to fish the within the state of Victoria. You can catch Salmon, flathead, bream and mullet just to name few. We have taken our kids fishing and crabbing and its great fun.

2016-02-27 11.01.27Bike hire, mini golf, trampolines, cinema, the aquatic center and a summer carnival are all available to keep the kids entertained in Lakes Entrance. The indoor aquatic centre lakes1is available for swimming and kids fun if you don’t like the ocean. This works well for our family as Willow does not like the ocean the waves scare her. Marley, on the other hand, is full throttle into the ocean. Mini golf is particularly popular with multiple mini golf businesses in town. Our family always ends up playing mini golf the girls love it. A new attraction to the town is camel rides on the beach at the Eastern Beach area located 2 kilometers out of town.

For Adults that like to golf, there are 2 golf courses in town. The main course is one of the best course in the Gippsland area. The town has clubs that have gaming machines and budget meals. Floating restaurants that specialize in seafood, and cafe’s all along the main street for a bite to eat or a much-needed coffee break.

Ice cream time

Riviera ice cream parlour is a family favourite for us. The ice cream is made on a local dairy farm and sold in the shop. The kids love the snow cone, one scoop of flavoured ice cream and dollop of vanilla soft serve in a waffle cone yummo. There is an array of usual shops selling souvenirs, clothes, toys, sporting goods and all your shopping needs on the main street.

Lakes Entrance

Snow Peaks all around


Lakes Entrance

Aqua Bike time for the girls

We love Lakes Entrance and visit regularly. Lakes Entrance reminds me of British seaside resorts that you find in the UK. If you are in Victoria Lakes Entrance is located 3 hours east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway. You can access the town via public transport from Melbourne for summer fun. If a beach holiday is what you and your family are after Lakes is a great place for a family travel holiday




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Next up for Wyld Family Travel is 10 weeks in Europe from November 2016 till January 2017. We will be visiting Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
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