Lakes Entrance, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne to Sydney Coastal Drive

Day 4: Metung to Mallacoota
226 km/140 miles, about 2.75 hours

Greet the Metung morning with a bayside cup of tea before setting sail around Australia's largest group of inland waterways. Take a cruise through myriad lakes and rivers and get close to native birds and kangaroos grazing by the water, or throw down your anchor a while and feed the local pelicans.

If you have a bit of the old seadog in you or just enjoy a spot of fishing, hire one of the small powered boats and take it for a spin. Cast a line at Metung's excellent fishing opportunities and try your hand at hooking some of the local species like bream, tailor, flathead and King George whiting.

Heading 20 kilometres east brings you to the popular holiday destination of Lakes Entrance, where the mighty Gippsland Lakes enters the Southern Ocean. Greet the local fishing boats and take a stroll along the magnificent Ninety Mile Beach.

From here, it's an hour's drive to Cape Conran Coastal Park, an ideal camping and bushwalking area and home to kangaroos, koalas and emus. Stop off for a picnic lunch and immerse yourself in nature's bounty.

Continue on towards Mallacoota and stop into the expansive Croajingolong National Park. Explore the diversity of one of Australia's most spectacular national parks, featuring a world famous eco-system brimming with over 1,000 native plants and more than 300 bird species. Set down your binoculars to embrace the abundant outdoor activities on offer, including kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing and cycling.

Spend the night within the tranquil surrounds of this stunning landscape at Gipsy Point Lakeside resort, located on the banks of the Mallacoota Inlet. Sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of the Australian bush.

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Kayaking on Gippsland Lakes, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park near Marlo in East Gippsland has heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds. A...

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Sailing, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

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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Croajingolong National Park, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Croajingolong National Park

One of Australia's most spectacular parks, Croajingolong's landscapes are so valuable that UNESCO has nominated it a World Biosphere Reserve.

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Fishing in Gippsland

Fishing

Explore Gippsland's great expanse of rivers, lakes and beaches for fishing aplenty. Reel in a selection worthy of a glorious gourmet barbecue.

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