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East Gippsland Coast
East Gippsland Coast
Enjoy mild winters and glorious summers in the home of the largest lake system in Australia.
Located in the eastern corner of Victoria, surrounded by the unique Gippsland Lakes, the largest inland waterway system in Australia covering some 400 square kilometers and the spectacular Wilderness Coast incorporating Croajingolong National Park which extends some 100kms from Bemm River to the far east of Genoa, Gipsy Point, Mallacoota and Gabo Island and across the border into NSW.
Accommodation ranges from luxurious to pitching a tent at one of the camping grounds in the National Park.
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Destinations in East Gippsland:
Bairnsdale City 285 kilometers east of Melbourne an easy 3 hour drive is the gateway to the region. Situated on the banks of the Mitchell River the city with its wide tree lined streets is the service centre for nearby coastal villages of Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance.
Nicholson halfway between Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance on the Princes Highway. Small hamlet with the Nicholson River flowing through offering the chance to land a nice bream or two. Accommodation is available. Meals at the hotel.
Johnsonville approx 8kms from Nicholson on the Princes Highway. Good fishing in the Tambo River just off the highway. Johnsonville is the starting point for the Twin Rivers Food and Wine Trail – Great local produce and wine. Accommodation available.
Swan Reach is synonymous with the Tambo River and bream fishing. Accommodation is available. Hotel meals. Over the bridge on the right is the turnoff to Metung, (15 minutes) there is a good little picnic spot just over the bridge and you can drop a line in and try your luck.
Metung rapidly expanding residential and holiday village set in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes, vast history steeped in boats, fishing and a gentle lifestyle, it has drawn holidaymakers since the 19th century. Accommodation, hotel, restaurants, cafes.
Paynesville known as the boating capital of the Gippsland Lakes with McMillan Straits, Newlands Arm and canals providing sheltered moorings for many boats and pleasure craft. Fishing is a popular past time in the Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo Rivers which provide some of the best bream fishing in the state. Accommodation, hotel, restaurants, cafes.
Lakes Entrance East Gippslands premier holiday destination and home to large fishing fleet. Your first impression is guaranteed to be memorable, especially if you are approaching from the west (Melbourne side) the descent down Jemmy’s Point Hill is most spectacular with magnificent views of the Gippsland Lakes System and the Ninety Mile Beach.
Lake Tyers turn off the Princes Highway approx 5kms from Lakes Entrance - a great spot for fishermen and families. The Lake is separate from the Gippsland Lakes and is renowned for outstanding prawning and fishing and if you tire of this have a beer on the deck of the pub opposite.
Nowa Nowa 22 kms from Lakes Entrance is a timber town set in magnificent bushland. There is good fishing nearby, numerous forest drives and walks and picnic spots. The town has a general store, motel/hotel, caravan parks and galleries. Turn off the princes Highway and take the C608 to Buchan Caves.
Orbost on the banks of the Snowy River approximately 60 kms from Lakes Entrance is the ideal base to explore the National Parks in the region. Bushwalking, canoeing, fishing, swimming sightseeing and bird watching are very popular.
Marlo where the Snowy River meets the sea is a friendly, relatively undiscovered East Gippsland holiday destination with boating, fishing and all types of water sports popular. French’s Narrows near Marlo has great views over the estuary and the ocean beyond. Range of accommodation including camping and the towns hotel is very popular for bistro meals
Cape Conran Coastal Park 15 kilometers from Marlo consists of 11,700 hectares of coastal wilderness and fronts onto 60 kms of isolated sandy beaches renowned for spectacular beach for surf fishing, Accommodation is available in the caravan and camp park, cottages and cabins.
Cann River small town where the Princes and Monaro Highways meet. The A1 takes you to Sydney 599km or to Canberra via the Monaro Highway some 293kms. Motel and hotel accommodation, spacious caravan park on the Melbourne side of the bridge. Bistro meals at the hotel, coffee shops and eateries located at the service station and in the main street.
From Cann River you can explore the Croajingolong National Park which runs along this coast.
Mallacoota often described as a paradise for anglers is one of Victoria’s most remote and peaceful holiday destinations. Nestled in the far eastern corner of the state in the heart of the 86,000 hectare Croajingalong National Park Mallacoota Inlet with its sparkling lakes, rivers, ocean, beaches, forests and pristine wilderness areas has been a favourite get away from it all destination since the early 1900’s.
Croajingolong – The Wilderness Coast
The 86,000 hectare Croajingolong National Park runs along this coast for over 100 kms. You can drive down roads that end up at delightful inlets which nature has isolated from the wild ocean with sand barriers, inlets like Sydenham, Tamboon, Thurra and Wingan. Here you can fish, swim, canoe, walk or simply sit back, relax and soak up the natural surroundings.
Distances from Bairnsdale
Lakes Entrance 32kms
Distances from Lakes Entrance
Nowa Nowa 22kms
Bemm River turn off Princess Highway
Cann River 135kms
Distances from Cann River
Canberra via Monaro Highway 293
Sydney via Princes Highway 599
Tamboon Inlet 27kms
Thurra River 40kms
Point Hicks Lighthouse 45kms