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Dolphin and Eco/Nature Cruises

A Great Scenic Eco Nature Based Gippsland Lakes Cruise with expert commentary on board the historic “Lonsdale”. See Dolphins, Seals, Pelicans, Swans, and a variety of Sea Birds in their natural habitat. Explore the diverse Flora and Fauna that the Lakes system has to offer.

Your skipper Tony, is a 4th generation seaman, a local character with a great sense of humour, he has extensive knowledge of the Gippsland Lakes area and its most interesting history. 

Add to that the Lonsdale's colourful past, and you can imagine that many stories have accumulated over the years.

Departures are from the Cunningham Quay close to the bus set-down point and taxi ranks.

"Remember, the Lonsdale is also a great party boat, whether it be a corporate function, wedding, or just a simple celebration."

Available Lonsdale Cruises

Dolphin Eco/Nature 1.00pm to 4.00pm

The basis of our cruises is to see the dolphins & Explore the Flora & Fauna of the Lakes.

A scenic cruise bonus covering the areas from Lakes Entrance through to Lake King visiting Nungurner, Box's Creek, Chinaman's Creek, Metung, Rigby, Fraser, and Flanagan islands and the Barrier Landing, and Flag Staff jetty.

Note: some of the mentioned areas may be missed due to the time we spend in areas with the dolphins.

Your cruise time will be around 3 hours & approx 30km departs 1pm return 4pm

Departing our home base Cunningham Quay Lakes Entrance

The cruise ticket includes complimentary Tea/Coffee, biscuits and fresh homemade scones made onboard. We have a basic range of - beers - wines - soft drink on board at our bar prices.

Passengers are welcome to bring a picnic lunch if they wish.

Please note "Dolphins" are protected wild animals

We are required by law to give them a measured safe distance during our cruise experience.

However dolphins are very intelligent animals and on most occasions they will actually interact with us on their own terms.  During this time, we offer the respect they deserve, and appreciate the opportunity to see these wonderful animals interacting and at play close to us all onboard the Lonsdale.

We commonly see the dolphin in the Gippsland Lakes system from around the end of April right through to December, when they apparently prefer to head back out to Bass Strait for the summer.

During the winter period we often see baby (calves) & juvenile dolphins with the mothers and groups.  During these times we exercise great care not to harass the groups.

We at Lonsdale cruises will do our best during the cruise to locate groups of dolphin for your visual pleasure.  But, of course they do their own thing as they should, and at times are in other areas beyond our view and control.  

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee sightings daily

Please enjoy your cruise and take in the many wonderful areas to see & other wildlife during your cruise on the Gippsland Lakes

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Cruise CostAccompanied Children
5 - 16 yrs
Available Lonsdale Cruises -
Cruises on every day Except Wednesday and the occasional maintenance day.
Dolphin Eco/Nature - 1.00pm to 4.00pm$50$30

Please Note:

Accompanied Children Under 5 FREE - Family Ticket $120


All Reservations and Enquires will be confirmed or answered within 24 hours by telephone or email.

A 10% deposit will be required to secure your reservation, paid by credit card. 

Balance of payment to be paid on board the Lonsdale on sailing day.

For Private Functions please email your enquiry - fees and policies by negotiation.

Cancellation Policy
We require at least 48 hours notification of cancellation prior to sailing for a refund of deposit less a $10 administration fee.

Cruises subject to change and/or weather conditions at the skippers discretion.

* Please state age of children in email enquiries below.

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Contact Details:

Contact: Tony or Mel Fredericks
Address: Cunningham Quay 340 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
International Phone: +61 0413 666 638
Mobile: 0413 666 638

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All Aboard
All Aboard

Australia's Largest Inland Waterway
Australia's Largest Inland Waterway

Playful Dolphins
Playful Dolphins

Swanning About In The Lakes
Swanning About In The Lakes

Pelicans Abound
Pelicans Abound

Majestic Sea Eagle
Majestic Sea Eagle

Watch Kangaroos Feed
Watch Kangaroos Feed

Eco Cruise Always Something to See
Eco Cruise Always Something to See

Free as a Bird
Free as a Bird

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