Lakes Entrance

4 Day Itinerary

Day 1

Travel through temperate rainforests, over beautiful high country plains or admire the spectacular view of the entrance to the Gippsland Lakes as you wind down the hill into the town of Lakes Entrance. On arrival, visit one of the many amazing cafes such as Salty Groms or Bloody Good Coffee sitting along the waters of Cunningham Arm for a great coffee and baked delight.

Follow the scenic boardwalks through town to stretch those legs after your morning drive and admire Australia’s largest fishing fleet floating peacefully on the calm waters of the harbour. Discover the history of our town through the interpretive signage that journeys you through the stories that made this destination what it is today. An avenue of six sculptures line the Esplanade and honour the local WWI servicemen. Spend a moment of contemplation with the intricately carved pieces, chainsawed from the trunks of the original memorial Cypress Trees planted in 1924. A stop in at the Visitor Information Centre provides all the experienced, local advice needed to make the most of your Lakes Entrance adventure.

Lunch

The Central Hotel

After a loop of the town you are sure to have worked up an appetite. Choose from the Award-winning Central Hotel menu. (The locally sourced daily specials are always a crowd favorite here). Enjoy your meal overlooking the water, where you may spot others enjoying the water on paddle boards or in kayaks. A great addition to add to your afternoon itinerary!

Afternoon

Discover the town

Your afternoon concludes admiring the collection of over 90,000 shells at the Sea Shell Museum. Started in 1962, this internationally acclaimed showcase is one of the largest private collections of natural marine life ever displayed!

Dinner

Nicks Thai and Japanese Restaurant

The authentic Thai and Japanese dishes offered at Nick’s Thai & Japanese make for the ideal dinner. On a balmy Lakes Entrance evening, enjoy in their outdoor seating area.

Evening

Learn the art of pouring resin to create your own beach-inspired chicory board at Saltwater Creative.

When you are done, it’s a short walk to Bullock Island for a spectacular sunset over the Gippsland Lakes. Keep an eye out for the vibrant local marine life, if you’re lucky you may meet a seal, spot a majestic sea eagle greet our resident dolphins.

Day 2

For a beautiful start to day 2, wake in time to enjoy the beautiful pink hues of sunrise reflecting on the still waters of the Cunningham Arm as you walk along the broadwalk. Find yourself a sandy patch where you can sit and watch the swans create the only ripples in the picture perfect scene before you.

Breakfast

Albert and Co

Albert & Co has been one of East Gippsland’s ambassadors at showcasing the regions fabulous and thriving local produce.  Whether it’s the fresh local seafood straight off the boats, to (farm free) free range eggs – their ingredients are the stand out in every dish.

Morning and Lunch

Today is all about tantalizing your taste buds and experiencing the region’s best on a Mystery Lunch Tour with Lakes Entrance Mystery Tours.

During this 3hr tour you will explore Lakes Entrance and surrounds as you solve clues and discover some of the hidden gems of our area. Sample fine foods, enjoy scenic views, meet the locals, and expect the unexpected as you solve the clues to find the next experience!

*Includes visits to Big Bear Donuts, Farmer & The Cook, The Barn at Kalimna and Wyanga Park Winery along with a self-guided tour of Metung, Nungurner and surrounds.

Afternoon

Your afternoon is all about adventure and fun, with so many things to see and do we will hand it over to you!

Choose from

  • Mini Golf (4 to choose from and even an indoor option if the weather is bad)
  • Surf, swim at the beach or enjoy one of our many coastal walks.

Or if you would like to go out on the water:

Dinner

Sodafish

Floating at the middle boat harbor you will find Sodafish, a fantastic restaurant that showcases the freshest, seasonal catch from the Lakes Entrance fishing fleet. Executive chef and owner Nick Mahlook has put together a menu that is all about supporting his local community but also showcasing what this amazing region has to offer. Think Nostalgic charm meets modern classics.

Evening

Stroll back to your nearby accommodation and perhaps stop for a drink along the way at The Servo.

Drive to one of our lookout areas to watch Sunset over the Gippsland Lakes, a sight that you can never get sick of.

Day 3

An early rise is worth it for this once in a lifetime experience. Watch the sun rise from the skies above and marvel the new perspective of the Gippsland Lakes on a 15min Helicopter ride with Lakes Entrance Helicopters. This is your chance to really immerse in the grandeur of the largest inland water ways in the southern hemisphere. See the famous entrance from above and capture your very own postcard-perfect photo from the skies.

Breakfast

Funky Monkey

After that early start, you deserve your morning coffee. Funky Monkey is your next stop, offering delicious menu items and exceptional coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.

Focusing on freshness and quality, you are sure to be tempted by the large selection of housemade cakes, sweets & pastries. Go on, you deserve it!

Morning

Let’s jump on the next adventure of the day. The Entrance Segway Adventure! This is the ultimate Segway experience and includes a trip over the footbridge and along the 90 mile beach. There will be time to explore the historical new works area, spot seals and be awed by the strong currents whisking by you.

Lunch

Fish and Chips

A trip to seafood paradise would not be complete without a lunch of fresh fish and chips! There are many great places to choose from and we are sure that you will be impressed. Some options include –

Awesome Fish & Chips, Wild catch, Lakes Pizza and Fish & Chips.

Afternoon

Cruise your afternoon away with Lonsdale ECO Cruises. The scenic cruise is sure to be a highlight of your time in Lakes Entrance. Travel along the stunning Gippsland Lakes keeping an eye out for dolphins, seals, kangaroos and birds. Leaving from Cunningham Quay in Lakes Entrance this 3hr cruise will take you through to Lake King, taking in Baxter, Flannigan, Fraser and Rigby islands along the way.

Dinner

The Waterwheel Beach Tavern

Set on the waters edge at Lakes Tyres, The Waterwheel Beach Tavern (or the Tav as it’s fondly known by locals) overlooks the Ninety Mile Beach. Offering a diverse range of delicious meals, and a variety of thirst-quenching beers, ciders, spirits and wines, a tranquil ocean view and an expansive deck, this little haven is not to be missed. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the ocean beach and into the sunset with the sound of waves guiding your way.

Day 4

Breakfast

The Boatshed Cafe

A great day starts with a great breakfast. Enjoy a relaxing coffee and a wholesome homemade meal by the lake at The Boatshed Café, before savouring your last day in this beautiful destination.

This morning you have time to explore a little more before heading home. With so much to experience in this vibrant destination, four days were just the start of what’s on offer here. For those lucky enough to have more time to experience Lakes Entrance, there’s plenty more to enjoy of the town and surrounding areas. We recommend a trip to Buchan to see the famous Buchan Caves. On the way you could stop for some pictures at the Trestle Bridge or enjoy a short Rainforest walk.

Wow, what a truly unforgettable experience the last 4 days have been! As you scroll through all of your amazing photos, make sure to pick a few to post online to share some of your amazing and unique experiences during your time in #lakesentrance

Accommodation

For your journey you can choose to stay at any of our wonderful accommodation options in and around town. We recommend booking directly to make the most of friendly service and added bonuses! Recommended are some of our award winning providers:

Beachcomber Holiday Units is an award winning owner-operated boutique accommodation ideally located in the centre of Lakes Entrance. Beachcomber provides outstanding personalised customer service to ensure that you enjoy your stay in their clean and comfortable units.

Welcome to Sandbar Motel, where our goal is to make you feel at home. We believe that it’s the little things that make a big difference. Our promise to you is that you will have a clean comfortable room with personalised touches to make you feel welcome and appreciated as our guest.

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Come to 8 Acres and GLAMP! – Stay in a fabulous canvas (and yes, waterproof!) bell tent already pitched and ready and waiting for you. ​Furnished with a comfy King size bed, coastal deco, cozy fairy lights, and outdoor setting with umbrella.

Buchan Caves
Photo: Jess Shapiro