Take a trip to Australia's largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the Gippsland Lakes. Discover a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons covering over 600 square kilometres, separated from the ocean by the coastal dunes of Ninety Mile Beach. The Lakes are a haven for bird and marine life, with dolphins and pelicans frequenting many locations.
On the lakes
Beginning at Sale on the Thomson River, there are three main lakes: Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington and they are all joined and fed by rivers that originate in the High Country, including the Mitchell, Nicholson, Tambo and Avon rivers. Catch a ferry or water taxi from Paynesville to explore the many small islands only accessible by boat.
Take a drive along the Mitchell River silt jetties, a geographical highlight and the largest of their kind in the world. Make your way out into Lake King with the Mitchell River on one side and the lake on the other, and for great photo opportunities, head to the lookout at Eagle Point Bluff.
Pitch a tent and enjoy a holiday under the stars in one of the two national parks that abut the lakes. The Lakes National Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park both offer great camping facilities and have plenty of walking tracks to explore.
Cruise out to Rotamah Island and get up close to local birdlife, kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals. For a personal encounter with a cuddly koala, take the ferry out to Raymond Island and walk the Koala Trail. Stay on the island a little longer and get to know the local kangaroos and other wildlife that inhabit this special part of the world.
Boating and fishing
Keen anglers and sailors rejoice. Cast a line or set sail from the local jetties of Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance. Enjoy surf fishing at Ninety Mile Beach, spend a quiet afternoon by the river, or hit the blue waters of Gippsland Lakes in search of that perfect catch. Local fish varieties include bream, mullet, flathead, luderick and trevally.