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Toe-dippers, twitchers, anglers and skippers, wander the Gippsland Lakes. Navigate the water on yacht, cruiser, kayak or skis. Watch for dolphins, koalas, and twitchers' treasures. Scramble over dunes, catch ferries and cast a line. Explore expansive beaches and tiny islands. Take in sunset from the deck of yacht, a restaurant, a bar, or from your camping chair.

These are our eight top reasons to visit the Gippsland Lakes. Take a lucky dip.

1. Boating

Knot your average boating holiday: hire a yacht or a cruiser and skipper the lakes. The lakes are easy to navigate and can make even a novice skipper feel like a seasoned salty. Spend a weekend or a week gently cruising the lakes, racing dolphins, relaxing over sundowners at sheltered moorings, scrambling over the dunes to explore Ninety Mile Beach, or taking a dip in perfect swimming water.

2. Ninety Mile Beach

Rip off your socks and plant your toes in one of the world's longest stretches of sand. The 90-mile long stretch of pristine golden sand lies on the edge of a slender sand dune separating the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait, offering a seemingly endless vista of unspoilt beach. Take your rod for beach fishing, binoculars for whale and dolphin spotting, take a dip or a wander. It's the best, by miles.

3. Raymond Island

Everybody loves Raymond Island. The tiny island, accessible only by boat, is home to Victoria's largest koala population. Jump on the free ferry from Paynesville and wander the island's Koala Trail by bike or foot to watch the furry island dwellers doing what they do best: snoozing in the treetops.

4. Rare dolphins

Check out the lakes' flip(per) side. The lakes are home to a population of rare and endangered Burrunan dolphins. They love a rare old time and can be spotted from the beach or boats, playing in the water. For the best chance of reliving your favourite Sandy and Bud moments, take an eco boat cruise, or keep an eye out from at the Lakes Entrance foreshore and from Bullock Island.

5. Fishing

Live the bream. Cast a line and enjoy exceptional lake fishing at hotspots around Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance, where bream, flathead, luderick, tailor, and mulloway are common catch. For surf fishing, wander over the dunes and cast a line from Ninety Mile Beach, popular for night fishing in winter.

6. Park life

The land surrounding the lakes is pitch perfect for camping and hiking enthusiasts. Set up base camp in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park for outdoor adventures: hiking, swimming, kayaking and horse riding. Head to the Lakes National Park for a peaceful bushland retreat fringed by Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve. Here, take your binoculars to Rotamah Island, a twitchers' paradise.

7. Skis and paddles

Ski bunnies, enjoy year-round, head-to-tow fun on the lakes. Find designated waterskiing spots Bunga Arm, Newlands Arm and North Arm, or venture further afield – you can ski most places on the lakes.

Paddlers, launch a canoe, kayak or paddle board from Lakes Entrance or your lakeside campsite for a lazy meander around the lakes.

8. Lakeside life

Join legions of lake enthusiasts for waterfront wining, seafood dining and sunset viewing. The lakeside villages Metung, Paynesville and Lakes Entrance are all deservedly popular spots for summer holidays and winter getaways with as much, or as little, aquatic action and ardent relaxing as you can manage.

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National parks & reserves

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The tranquil Gippsland Lakes are a system of coastal lagoons separated from the Tasman Sea by the coastal dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. Seven...

Destinations

Metung

Metung is a small and stylish destination located near the Gippsland Lakes and sandy beaches – a great base for water sports enthusiasts.

Nature and wildlife

Gippsland Lakes

Experience the largest inland network of waterways in Australia, the Gippsland Lakes. Go on board a cruiser or enjoy a range of water-based activities.

Fishing

Lake fishing

Embark on a limitless adventure when you cast a line into the pristine lakes that make Gippsland a fishing hotspot, with a long list of fish species.

Wildlife

Marine life

See seals, dolphins and Gippsland's other marine residents at play in the region's marine parks, and look out for visiting whales on the coastline.

Destinations

Lakes Entrance

A popular holiday spot, Lakes Entrance is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.

Nature & wildlife

Raymond Island

Jump on the ferry from Paynesville and hit the island's Koala Trail by bike or foot for top koala-spotting in the Gippsland Lakes.

National parks & reserves

The Lakes National Park

The Lakes National Park is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes, fringed by the waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve. The park...

Beaches & coastline

Ninety Mile Beach

One of Gippsland's highlights, Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in the world offering a wealth of activities.

Destinations

Paynesville

Set out for adventure on Gippsland's waterways from Paynesville, a charming village with canals and inlets providing plentiful sheltered moorings for boats.

Outdoor activities

Water sports

Enjoy watersports on the Gippsland southern coast with world class surfing, swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as canoeing and kayaking.

Outdoor activities

Boating and sailing

With the largest inland network of waterways at your disposal, Gippsland is the perfect location for a boating expedition.

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