For everyone in the know, the lively fishing and tourist town of Lakes Entrance and the surrounding Gippsland Lakes District has been a popular Victorian holiday destination for decades. From picturesque waterways, amazing seafood, and vibrant history, it’s easy to see why generations of holidaymakers return each year to enjoy all this unique part of the world has to offer.

The Perfect Family Holiday Destination

The array of family friendly things to do and places to stay at Lakes Entrance make it an easy holiday choice. A great base is the supremely convenient and comfortable Lakes Entrance Tourist Park, or BIG4 Waters Edge Holiday Park. Both offer a selection of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets.

BIG4 Waters Edge is, of course, part of the BIG4 Holiday park network and both parks are just minutes from the beach and glorious waterways, and also close to the centre of town.

From here, a short stroll to the main esplanade offers a wide choice of cafes, fish and chipperies, ice cream shops, grocery and specialty stores for all the essentials. Around town there are also a myriad of fun family things to do. Spend a few hours at the famous Griffiths’ Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display or challenge the kids to a game of mini golf at one of the many providers along the Esplanade. There’s plenty of local events and activities in and around the town throughout the year for the whole family to enjoy. Find out what’s on in Lakes Entrance this year.

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Of course you can’t stay at Lakes Entrance without sampling the local seafood. Heralded as the ‘Seafood Capital’, due to the thriving fishing industry operating in the area, the town is a seafood lover’s paradise and can be bought at the many fresh seafood outlets around town.

A Water Lovers Wonderland

Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes are brimming with ample opportunities to indulge in watersports of all kinds. Wonder across the footbridge from town, over the dunes and you’ll find yourself on the eastern tip of the aptly named Ninety Mile Beach. This pristine surf beach, patrolled during the Summer months, truly runs as far as the eye can see up and down the coast. It provides an excellent place for beach goers looking for a place to cool off during hot Summer days or to take long relaxing beach walks. The area is also an idyllic surf beach providing breaks surfers of all levels can enjoy.

Unsurprisingly, the area caters for fishing and boating enthusiasts with any number of marinas and jetties up and down the coast. Looking for a little more adventure? Book a charter with one of the local tour operators for some deep sea fishing fun.

Not to be outdone by the ocean, the vast array of lakes and estuaries surrounding the area really cement it as a certified water-lovers paradise. Lake Wellington, Lake Victoria, Lake Cunningham, and Lake King provide ample opportunities to indulge in just about any watersport, be it canoeing, kayaking, boating or swimming.

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90 Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance (image credit:

Take a Walk On the Wild Side

Get your walking shoes on, the beaches and stunning inland forests in this area are made for exploring. There are plenty of hiking trails suitable for those who just want a leisurely stroll up to the avid hiker.  The easily accessible 5 km return Entrance Walk, trails along the shores of Lake Cunningham, to the actual entrance of the Gippsland Lakes. Perfect for hikers of every fitness level, and ideal for a morning or early evening stroll. Be sure to take your camera, there are often seals or dolphins spotted frolicking in the ocean at the Entrance.

The 4km return Kalimna Jetty Walk, affords some of the best views over the town and extensive waterways that surround it. The Esplanade Walk, which is a 5km one way stretch provides stunning waterfront views of the famed Gippsland Lakes. The walkway traces the water from one end of Lakes Entrance to the other starting at Bullock Island and ending at Eastern Beach.

Whatever it is you choose to do during your stay at Lakes Entrance, whether you come looking for relaxation or adventure, this place is sure not to disappoint.

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