Dive in and experience the broad range of water sports on offer in Gippsland. With an abundance of fresh and salt water in the region's lakes, rivers and coastal waterways, you can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, scuba diving and many more outdoor activities.
Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding
Launch a boat on the Snowy River near Orbost for a thrilling Gippsland canoeing or kayaking experience. Canoeing and kayaking trips run all year round, although the best times are when the snow melts from August to September.
The Mitchell River near Bairnsdale offers the canoeist short day trips or extended touring through tranquil pools and turbulent rapids down to the Gippsland Lakes. It provides challenging grade 3 and 4 rapids and the best time to visit is July to December. Go white water rafting on the Mitta Mitta, which rises in the Alpine High Plains.
For a gentler paddle, launch a canoe, kayak or paddle board on the Gippsland Lakes or further along the coast at the Mallacoota Inlet. You can also canoe on the tranquil waters of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers that lead into the Mallacoota inlet or the Thurra and Mueller rivers in the Croajingolong National Park. Bring your own or hire a paddle board and set out at Lakes Entrance for a lazy meander around Gippsland Lakes.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Gippsland offers visitors the chance to take a peek at the wonders beneath the ocean with scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. The broad rock platforms and underwater reefs of Bunurong Marine Park support a remarkable range of habitats along 17 kilometres of coastline. Favourite points from which to set off include Eagles Nest, Shack Bay, Cape Paterson, Flat Rocks and Inverloch.
Further along the coast, Cape Conran Coastal Park is another popular spot for scuba diving, particularly around West Cape Beach and Salmon Rocks.
Surfing and windsurfing
When the surf's up, you can find crystal clear waters and white sands in Gippsland along the coast of Wilsons Promontory National Park. More advanced surfers can find some excellent world-class beach breaks at Cape Paterson, Venus Bay and Waratah Bay as well as Red Bluff at Lake Tyers Beach, Salmon Rocks at West Cape Beach in the Cape Conran Coastal Park and Bastion Point Beach in Mallacoota.
Beaches such as Sandy Point, Inverloch and Lakes Entrance have gentle uncrowded waves ideal for surfing beginners, and would-be surfers can attend a beachside surf school to learn the techniques for catching a wave.