Venture four hours east of Melbourne to find this picture-book village, stretching along a narrow sandy peninsula in the Gippsland Lakes. Strolling along the water's edge and watching the sailing boats glide by is a local sunset tradition.
Boating and fishing
Boat lovers and summer waterskiers are drawn to Metung's relaxed village lifestyle. Take a cruise and glimpse birdlife and kangaroos grazing by the water, or feed the pelicans. Small runabouts are also available for hire. Metung and surrounds also offers excellent fishing – try your hand at hooking bream, tailor, flathead, King George whiting and prawns in summer.
Food and wine
Head to a harbourside restaurant for quality local seafood and wine. Pick an excellent restaurant for a fancy meal or find a sunny spot opposite the village green for a relaxed lunch and great coffee. Stop into the popular farmers' market on the village green and load up on fresh supplies – held on the second Saturday of each month.
Metung's natural beauty attracts many artists. Visit farm studios, gardens and galleries to view locally crafted pieces by Kate Shone, Max Nicholson and Daniel Jenkins.
Things to do
Explore Gippsland's great expanse of rivers, lakes and beaches for fishing aplenty. Reel in a selection worthy of a glorious gourmet barbecue.
Drive one of Australia's great touring routes, The Great Alpine Road, and explore Victoria's north-east down to the jaw-dropping Gippsland Lakes.