Lakes Entrance is a favourite getaway spot for many Victorians. From the moment the view of the Entrance, you are transfixed on the blue waters as you wind your way down the hill into town. Be prepared to find some great things to do in Lakes Entrance. 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 Gippsland Lakes system.
Lakes Entrance accommodation
Lakes Entrance accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes. You will find plenty of caravan parks offering sites for your caravan, camper or tents. Many Lakes Entrance Caravan Parks have cabins for hire. You will find a selection of motels along The Esplanade. The standout resort is the Esplanade Resort & Spa, while the Big 4 Waters Village is one of the top accommodation options for cabins.. You will also find flats and apartments being offered on Airbnb and booking.com
Lakes Entrance things to do
You will find all types of options at Lakes Entrance for activities. Lakes Entrance has Swimming, Surfing. Boating, Fishing, Golf, Mini Golf, Summer Carnival. the winery, indoor aquatic centre and much more to experience. 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.
The 90 Mile Beach at Lakes Entrance
Maybe the biggest attraction in Lakes Entrance is the beach. In Lakes Entrance, you can access the 90 Beach at two different locations, from the esplanade (centre of town) and at Eastern Beach via the car park. To get to the Lakes Entrancebeach from the esplanade you have to walk over the footbridge that crosses a body of water that separates the town from the ocean.
Once you get the beachside of the water you will find toilets, a kiosk selling food and drinks, paddle boat hire and a tower that Life Savers use to monitor the beach. You can swim either in the ocean or the much calmer lake’s side. The beach is regularly patrolled by lifesavers during the summer season and it is recommended you swim between the flags. You will find families enjoying the water, kids using their bodyboards and people sunbaking. The Eastern Lakes Entrance Beach is accessed off the Princes Highway on the east side of town.
Surfing at Lakes Entrance can be a hit and miss option. The 90 Mile beach is not known for its big surf. Local surfers will tell you that the best waves are found out of town at Red Bluff, which can be accessed off the Lake Tyers Road. In Lakes Entrance itself, you can often find some good waves right of the lifesaving tower where there is an outflow pipe into the ocean. A few locals recommend surfing the left-hand side of the entrance
Fishing at Lakes Entrance
Fishing is popular in the Lakes Entrance area. Many kids have their first fishing experience while on holiday in Lakes Entrance. You can either fish in the lakes system or on the 90 Mile beach. Fishing in the ocean is best done at Eastern beach car park number 2. You will not find swimmers or surfers in the water here. You will need a different fishing rig for surf fishing. A bigger road and heaver tackle is needed. The ocean will most likely yield Salmon or flathead for your dinner.
The jetty’s that are present in town can provide a variety of fish from Bream to Garfish. You will find fishing jetties at the footbridge, opposite the Lakes Entrance Post Office, On Bullock Island and numerous boating jetties on the North Arm.
During the summer season, the jetties are popular and it can be hard to find a spot to cast a line. Don’t forget you need to buy a fishing licence to fish within the state of Victoria.
You will find a fishing and tackle shop in the Mainstreet near the RSL club where you can buy bait. Crabbing is another fun option for families. You need a crabbing net and some meat. You just through the net into the water and hope that the crabs crawl into your net after food.
Lakes Entrance Mini golf is particularly popular with multiple mini-golf businesses in town. Our family always ends up playing mini-golf, it is one of the favourite things to do in Lakes Entrance.
Lakes Entrance has 4 mini-golf courses to play. You will find 3 of them located in the main street of town and one located on Roadnights Street. The Roadnight street minigolf also has trampolines for use that kids will love. As far as Lakes Entrance attractions go Mini Golf is always popular with kids and adults
Playing Golf in Lakes Entrance
For Adults that like to golf, there is a golf course in town. The main course is one of the best course in the Gippsland area. The Lakes Entrance Golf club is a par 72 course measuring over 6000 meters in length. It is a championship seaside links-style golf course encompassing great views of Bass Strait. Green fees are $35 dollars for 18 holes. Golf club and cart hire is available
Skateboarding, walking and bike riding in Lakes Entrance
You will find skateboard park just as you arrive in Lakes Entrance from the Bairnsdale side. As you cross the bridge look to your right and you will the Lakes Entrance skate park. The park is designed to suit all levels. Walking and biking can be done on the dedicated path that runs along Cunningham Arm / The esplanade starting near the skate park and finishing at the other end of town at the turnoff to eastern beach.
For those looking for something a little more adventurous, there is the entrance walk. The entrance walk starts at the footbridge crosses the water then follows the shoreline till you reach the entrance. If your lucky you will see Seals and dolphins in the entrance.
Boating in Lakes Entrance
If you bring your own boat there is a boat ramp on the north arm waterway with ample parking. You can also hire the Putt-Putt boats that don’t require a licence. These boats are hired on the hour. You can do an organized boat trip with Peel’s cruises, they run 3 tourist boats out of Lakes Entrance. There is the Thunderbird, Seabird and the Stormbird.
The Thunderbird departs past the Entrance, then into Reeves Channel, Bancroft Bay, onto Metung, Lake King and Paynesville before returning to home. The Stormbird cruises down to Metung where you have 2 hours to get off, explore and have lunch at the Metung Pub if you like.
Lakes Entrance Cinema
There is a small single cinema that runs out of the lakes Entrance Squash courts. It is an old squash that has been converted with cinema seats and full-sized screen. The cinema is open all year round and plays the latest blockbuster including 3D releases.
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Lakes Aquatic Centre
The Lakes Aquadome is your all in one fitness centre. There is lap swimming, a gym, spa and sauna can be used. There are water aerobics classes and personal training available. If you are sensitive to the summer sun a swim at Lakes Aquatic is a great option to cool you down.
The Shell Museum
The Grithiffs Sea Shell Museum has been a mainstay of Lakes Entrance attractions. The Shell Museum has been operating for well over 40 years on the Esplanade in Lakes. The small museum has a unique range of shells and ocean specimens on display to catch your attention. The coral room is a sight to behold with its amazing colours The attached Shell Museum gift shop sells all things seashells for necklaces to anklets and much more.
Lakes Entrance Foreshore Market
The Foreshore Market at lakes Entrance takes place on the left-hand side of the footbridge near the rotunda. The market is on the first Sunday of every month from 9 am to 3 pm. The market seels a variety of food, new and second-hand goods.
Every summer holiday in Lakes Entrance the Chants Carnival sets up the left-hand side of the footbridge on the foreshore. The carnival consists of sideshows such as the clown mouth kids rides and some high-speed high thrill rides for the adventurous. Debuting in the 2020/2021 season is the Gippsland Eye Ferris Wheel. The Lakes Entrance Summer Carnival is open from 26th December 2020 till the 26 January 2021. Food and drinks are available onsite with toilets located nearby,
Best places to eat in Lakes Entrance
We always say when by the ocean eat the fish. Lakes Entrance is well known for its fresh seafood and a number of restuartants do seafood particually well. You will find below some of the best places to eat in Lakes Entrance
Ice cream in Lakes Entrance
Riviera ice cream parlour is a family favourite for us and is located on The Esplanade Lakes Entrance. 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 a 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.
Where to have a BBQ in Lakes Entrance
The best spots for a BBQ in Lakes Entrance are at Eastern Beach or the North Arm. The North Arm BBQ are is on your left coming into town from the Melbourne direction after the bridge. The area has 6 BBQs with undercover and outside seating. There is a kids adventure playground and half-court basketball available.
Eastern Beach also features picnic tables, BBQs and a playground. There is access to the beach and showers if you want to go for a swim then have a picnic bbq.
Things to see near Lakes Entrance
Stony Creek Trestle Bridge: Twenty kilometres east of Lakes Entrance on the Princess Highway you may notice a sign that says Historic Trestle Bridge. The Stony Creek trestle bridge is a reminder of our past, a past when trains used to transport people and goods to all corners of our country.
At 247 meters long and 20 meters high, it is the largest standing wooden trestle bridge of its kind in the State of Victoria. The bridge is listed on the Register of Historic Sites. The East Gippsland rail trail also passes past this amazing monument of our history.
Raymond Island Koala Walk: Located around 40 kilometers from Lakes is Raymond Island. A short free ferry ride from Paynesville will have you st the start of the Koala Walk. Raymond Island is home to a large population of wild Koalas. You will find a marked out trail around the island that gives you the best chance anywhere in Australia to see Koalas in the natural environment. You can read a full review of the Raymond Island Koala walk here.
Nyerimilang Heritage Park: Located 10 kilometres south of Lakes is the Nyerimilang Heritage Park. Nyerimilang Homestead is set among semi-formal gardens on a grassy hill above the picturesque Gippsland Lakes. The centrepiece is a 19th-century homestead that is open for exploring. Scenic walks meander through bushland with some leading down to the water.
How to get to Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance is located 300 kilometres east of Melbourne along the Princes Highway. The journey will take you around 3.5 hours to get there. You can alternatively catch a train to Bairnsdale and then transfer to a bus for the last 30 kilometres to Lakes Entrance.
Where are the best places to stay in Lakes Entrance
At the top of the article, we suggested some accommodation choices. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you to find you perfect stay in the town.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Gippsland for a holiday or a weekend. This area is an absolute hidden gem and you will want more every time you visit and Gippsland will always deliver. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.