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Situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost in a net of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes, you will find the town of Lakes Entrance. This water-front town is a popular all year round holiday destination, including the winter months when it is a few degrees warmer than metropolitan Melbourne.
With a water-front focus, you can lose yourself in the charming marinas and eye-catching foreshore gardens when you wander around this township. Why not stop for a bite to eat with a good selection of cafes and restaurants throughout the town. Stop along the Esplanade and have a look at the wooden sculptures, carved out of old tree trunks, which symbolize imagery of Australia at war.
There is a walk that takes you along the landmark footbridge, which takes you through the town centre with its sand dunes and stunning windswept coastline. You can also stop for a dip in the sea or grab a board and learn to surf. This footbridge takes you 5km on a return walk to show off the choppy waters of Bass Strait, picturesque coastline and coastal shrub. At the end you will be standing at Flagstaff Lookout which allows you to see the man-made entrance into the Gippsland Lakes. If walking isn’t your thing then you can take a scenic drive along the Seaview Parade to get a view that resembles the many lookouts around the town.
Not far away you can sink your toes into the sand of Ninety Mile Beach, which has a huge emphasis on water activities. Due to Lakes Entrance many marinas and jetties, it is appropriately home to one of Australia's largest fishing fleets - The Fisherman's Co-Op, which sells a wide variety of fresh fish.
The climate at Lakes Entrance brings sunny, warm days during the summer months reaching temperatures around the mid twenties. Due to this reason holiday makers flock to enjoy its beaches and shoreline during these months. If you’re holidaying in winter, days are still clear but with temperatures being between 6-12 degrees Celsius.
Lakes Entrance is so-called because it’s the places where the Gippsland Lakes meet the ocean. It also marks the beginning of Ninety Mile Beach. Between those two facts, you’ll have a pretty good idea of why Lakes Entrance is one of the most popular destinations in Victoria – the sea and beaches are the main attractions, although there are plenty of other activities that have sprung up around them. There’s a wide range of holiday accommodation in Lakes Entrance, including pet-friendly and family-friendly options, and you have a choice between staying in a holiday apartment near the restaurants and bars, or beautiful holiday villas near Lake Entrance but far enough out for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
When you’re in Lakes Entrance, there’s plenty to do. Sunbathing and swimming in the lakes and the sea are a must. You can go on a cruise, perhaps an evening sailing that includes wine tasting and dinner, or rent your own boat to muck about in. Go fishing or, if you want something a bit more exciting, there’s a very good surf beach too. Don’t worry if you’ve never been on a board before – it’s easy to find someone to teach you how to catch the waves. Away from the water, there are excellent golf courses, or you can bushwalk in one of the nearby national parks.
If you’d like to sightsee, then Nyeringmalang Heritage Park has a beautiful, old fashioned house, and is also a good place to see local wildlife. The Oriental Claims area used to be one of the largest gold-mining operations in the world – come here to find out about Australia’s mining industry, which is crucial to the country’s history.
In the evening, there are some lively bars and restaurants where you’ll get a warm welcome. Or, you can stock up your Lakes Entrance holiday home with goodies from the local farmers market and have a lovely romantic or family dinner in your peaceful, self-contained accommodation.
Holiday rentals in Lakes Entrance are available all year round, and you should always find something suitable – however, the town can fill up quickly during peak season.
January is the warmest month, with an average daily maximum of 24C – perfect for sunbathing in the garden of your holiday house! However, accommodation in Lakes Entrance is at a premium during this time, so you’ll need to book accommodation in advance and prepare for the town to be relatively busy.
July and August are the coolest months, and daily maximums are around 15C. Winter offers a pleasant climate for walking in the nearby Mitchell River National Park, which has spectacular gorges – or, you can tackle the nearby Nowa Nowa mountain bike trails and bridle paths.
Winter, spring and autumn are the best times to visit if you are looking for budget accommodation or holiday deals.
The nearest international airport is in Melbourne, and is just over 300 kilometers away. Most holiday makers drive to Lakes Entrance from the city, although you could alternatively choose to fly to Canberra or Sydney and travel around.
Whilst the family have travelled overseas into Europe and there are many great travel tales, nothing beats the local car travel of a 4 hour drive to Lakes Entrance, in particular our trip in the summer of 2012-2013.
After arriving on Boxing Day afternoon, our family of 5 enjoyed one of the most relaxing and satisfying holidays in our 3 bedroom cabin over 10 nights. With our children that little bit older, we were able to enjoy:
Highly recommended place to holiday and enjoy at your own pace. Saluti!