A 4-Day Itinerary for the Gippsland Lakes

Experience the Best of the Gippsland Lakes with Our Ultimate 4-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – 4-day itinerary

Planning a 4 day break over Easter or Melbourne cup then we recommend this 4-day action packed itinerary in and around the Gippsland Lakes at Metung.

After checking into your accommodation (we suggest either The Mariner or The Oarhouse at Metung) and settling in, head over to the Lakes Entrance Visitor Centre to start your journey by learning about the fascinating history and culture of the area. The centre features interactive displays and exhibits that showcase the unique natural beauty and heritage of the Gippsland Lakes region. You can pick up brochures, maps, and other resources to help plan your itinerary for the rest of your stay.

Lakes Entrance Foreshore on the Gippsland Lakes
Lakes Entrance – Walk the Foreshore and pick up fresh seafood

Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll along the foreshore and If you’re a seafood lover, don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of the freshest catch from the Gippsland Lakes. Check with the fishing trawlers moored along the wharf to see if they have any fresh prawns or other seafood for sale. If not, head over to the Lakes Entrance Fisherman’s Co-op, where you can purchase an array of locally caught seafood, including prawns, oysters, and fish.

Then stop at the Lookout and enjoy the panoramic views of the Gippsland Lakes to get your bearings.

End your day with a delicious seafood barbecue dinner, savouring the taste of the region’s bounty while enjoying the tranquillity of your accommodation.

Day 2 – 4-day itinerary

Enjoy a coffee at Aroma Coffee House and Eatery and let the kids play in the waterpark. The whole family will enjoy the festive atmosphere and the beautiful scenery of the Gippsland Lakes.

Next, take a scenic boat cruise on the Gippsland Lakes with Peels Cruises which offers a variety of tours that showcase the natural beauty and wildlife of the region. Take in the stunning scenery and marvel at the abundant birdlife, seals, and dolphins as you cruise to the heads. The knowledgeable and friendly crew will share fascinating stories and information about the area, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Afterwards, take The Entrance walk, a 5km loop walk, following the coastal bush track to the actual Lakes ‘Entrance’, with plenty of highlights. You can choose to return along the track or via the wild, beautiful Ninety Mile Beach. At the entrance learn about the rich history and culture of the area from the historic markers and machines. These markers highlight the Entrance’s significance as a hub for the local fishing industry, as well as its role in the development of the surrounding region.

The Entrance to the Lakes at Lake Entrance

End your day with a delicious seafood dinner at The Metung Hotel (make sure you book), a local favorite that features fresh seafood caught in the surrounding waters. Be sure to book ahead to secure a table at this popular spot. You can enjoy your meal while taking in the beautiful views of the Gippsland Lakes and soaking in the relaxed ambiance of this charming establishment.

The Metung Hotel at Night
The Pub at Metung

Day 3 – 4-day itinerary

On day 3 of your 4-day itinerary in the Gippsland Lakes, start your day early and head out to the Buchan Caves, where you can explore ancient limestone formations and marvel at the unique beauty of this natural wonder. Take a guided tour and learn about the history and geology of the caves, or choose to explore on your own if you prefer. There is also a lovely reserve and the Buchan Caves Hotel.

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Garry Moore – Gippsland Nov 2011

On the way to or from the caves, stop for lunch at Bullant Brewery, a local craft brewery where you can sample a variety of delicious beers and enjoy a hearty meal. The brewery also offers live music and events throughout the year, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

on a walk around Bruthen after a beer at the Bullant Brewery
On a walk around Bruthen after a beer at the Bullant Brewery

In the afternoon, get active and explore the Gippsland Lakes by kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Venture Out Australia in Lakes Entrance offers a variety of equipment for rent, including bikes, kayaks, and SUPs. Alternatively, you can hire a boat from Riviera Nautic in Metung. No boat license is required, and you can explore the beautiful waters at your own pace.

kayaking for a 4-day itinerary on Gippsland Lakes

As the sun begins to set, take a leisurely stroll along the beach and watch the spectacular colors of the sunset over the water. This is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of exploration and adventure, and to take in the natural beauty of the Gippsland Lakes.

Day 3 – 4-day itinerary

After breakfast, take a scenic drive to the nearby town of Lake Tyers. This charming town is located on the banks of Lake Tyers, which is connected to the Gippsland Lakes system. You can stroll around the town and admire the scenic beauty of the lake.

Next, take a leisurely walk along the stunning 90 Mile Beach, which is known for its pristine white sand and clear blue waters.

For lunch, head to the Waterwheel Tavern, which is located on the waterfront in Lake Tyers. The tavern offers a range of delicious meals, including fresh seafood and locally sourced produce.

After lunch, take a scenic drive along the Lake Tyers National Park to Nowa Nowa. The drive offers breathtaking views of the surrounding forests, lakes, and mountains. Stop at lookout points along the way to take in the stunning views and snap some photos.

From Nowa Nowa, take a scenic drive back to Metung via Bruthen and Tambo Upper. This drive takes you through some of the most picturesque countryside in Victoria, including rolling hills, green pastures, and quaint country towns.

The beautiful countryside around Bruthen with cattle grazing for a 4-day itinerary on the Gippsland Lakes

As the sun begins to set, find a scenic spot for a picnic dinner. You can pick up some local produce from the Metung Village Store and enjoy a peaceful evening surrounded by nature.

This is the perfect way to end your getaway to the Gippsland Lakes, taking in the stunning scenery and enjoying the relaxed pace of life in this beautiful region.