Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive
Leg 3: Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota
200 km / 124 miles, about 2.5 hr
The route leads on to Lakes Entrance where, as the name suggests, the Gippsland Lakes meet the sea. Cast a line at ocean beaches, rivers and public jetties, or let someone else do the hard work and buy fresh seafood when the daily catch arrives on trawlers, or enjoy a meal at local restaurants where that fresh seafood is always on the menu.
Lakes Entrance is located on one of Victoria’s most remarkable beaches - the Ninety Mile Beach - which stretches as far west as Yarram. Head to this long stretch of sand to find a secluded spot, or the patrolled swimming and a range of water activities around tourist centres.
Further east, Cape Conran Coastal Park is a great camping and bushwalking spot and home to many kangaroos, koalas and emus. The town of Mallacoota is a coastal village surrounded by the Croajingolong National Park, recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, with a diverse ecosystem featuring over 1,000 native plants and more than 300 bird species. In Bass Strait, you can spot seals and dolphins at play. Aside from its natural attractions, Croajingolong is also a great place for sports like fishing, kayaking, boating, sailing and cycling.
Explore Gippsland's great expanse of rivers, lakes and beaches for fishing aplenty. Reel in a selection worthy of a glorious gourmet barbecue.