Nowa Nowa, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Nowa Nowa

Nowa Nowa is approximately 22 kms east (Eden side) from Lakes Entrance is a timber town set in magnificent bushland. There is good fishing nearby, numerous forest drives, walks and picnic spots and the Buchan Caves are not that far away. Take the C608 if driving to Buchan Caves.

Most people would not know that gold was discovered on Mount Nowa Nowa in 1887 causing a rush to the area however, only small deposits were found. Iron Ore was also discovered around this time.

Nowa Nowa was originally a coach stop between Lakes Entrance and Orbost prior to the railway which began in 1912.

Nowa Nowa means “Place of Mingling Waters” in the Kurnai tongue.

The Mingling Waters Café/Caravan Park on the highway is a cafe that provides home made food and good coffee and there is a purpose built Ramsdell Gallery attached to the premises which houses a fine collection of wood sculptures including the root system of a giant Messmate tree which was estimated to be 2 to 3 hundred years old and 66 metres tall.

There is also a fascinating Gemstone Collection housed in the gallery. Artwork and paintings are for sale to the general public. Outside there is a 130 year old timber jinker with ironbark wheels which was pulled by bullocks bringing timber to the mills and an early steam engine.

The town consists of a general store (fuel available), Mingling Waters Caravan Park tucked away behind the cafe offers powered, unpowered and camping sites. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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This Tree was 66 Metres Tall
This Tree was 66 Metres Tall

Bullocks Pulled Timber to the Mill
Bullocks Pulled Timber to the Mill

Ramsdell Gallery at Mingling Waters Cafe
Ramsdell Gallery at Mingling Waters Cafe


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Nowa Nowa Accommodation

Mingling Waters Caravan Park
Mingling Waters Caravan Park
2050 Princes Highway Nowa Nowa VIC 3887
Approximately 15 minutes (22kms) from Lakes Entrance, Mingling Waters Caravan Park and Cafe in Nowa Nowa is a laid back camping experience on one of the most pristine water ways in Victoria.
We offer powered or unpowered sites, three rustic cabins, a huge camp kitchen and a BBQ area that all lend themselves to the raw beauty and history of the town and surrounds.
Our onsite cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 6 days a week.
Kayaking, fishing, boating, bird watching, bike riding, bush walking, fossicking and geo-cahing are all easily accessible from our doorstep.
Cafe on site
Mingling Waters has a Cafe onsite, featuring some of the best burgers and coffee in the region.
We use fresh and local ingredients and serve honest country food. Fancy is not our forte.
Morrisons Meat Shop, Gippsland Jersey, Forge Creek Free Range & Paynesville Pantry are some of the local producers/suppliers that we use.
Cafe Hours
Tuesday to Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 3pm
Closed Monday’s


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