The largest network of inland waterways in Australia, the spectacular Gippsland Lakes are ideal for aquatic adventures and relaxing.
Stretching out over 400 square kilometres, the lakes are a network of inland waterways, made up of three magnificent lakes – Lake Wellington, Lake Victoria and Lake King. The Gippsland Lakes meet the oceans of Bass Strait at the popular tourist town of Lakes Entrance.
The lakes include many small islands and are fed by three East Gippsland rivers: the Mitchell, the Tambo and the Nicholson.
While most people visit for the boating and fishing, you can sail, swim, canoe, kayak, relax and take in the energy from the picturesque lakeside towns of Lakes Entrance, Metung and Paynesville. The region’s commercial centre, Bairnsdale, is known as the ‘gateway to the lakes’, while the ‘Twin Rivers’ area comprises the towns of Nicholson, Johnsonville and Swan Reach.
Skipper the lakes on a chartered yacht or cruiser, hit the water on skis, with paddles or simply dip a toe in the water. Nature lovers can see rare dolphins, seals and a myriad of water birds. On land the area is teaming with koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas and wombats.
Anglers can cast lines from almost anywhere popular spots are Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance.