From the shallow inlets near Port Albert to the wide open waterways of Lakes Entrance lies the Ninety Mile Beach – a 90-mile long stretch of pristine golden sand that separates the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait.
This is one of the most natural and unspoilt beaches in the world and is ideal for any number of beach activities from beach fishing and swimming to walking, whale and dolphin-spotting or just lazing in the sun.
The beach lies on the edge of a long slender sand dune and the absence of rocky outcrops or headlands results in a vista of endless sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. Offshore, the sandy plains are only occasionally broken by low ribbons of reef which formed as shorelines or sand dunes during ice-ages when the sea-level was lower than today.
Beneath the waters, the sand plains harbour a vast array of marine life. In ten square metres 860 species were discovered living in the sand and in one square metre a staggering 187 species.
The beach can be reached from the South Gippsland Highway via the towns of Woodside Beach, Seaspray, Golden Beach or Loch Sport and Lakes Entrance. Unspoilt and offering clean white sand, wonderful crashing waves and a natural bush environment, these seaside towns create the perfect holiday location. Both Woodside and Seaspray have life saving beach patrols during the summer season.
A beach wheelchair is available from the Lakes Entrance Main Beach and Surf Lifesaving Club. Ring 03 5155 1333 to confirm availability. A kiosk and accessible toilets are available at the Surf Club. A beach wheelchair is also available from the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club (03 5146 4231) throughout January, and on weekends and public holidays.
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