Things To Do In Lakes Entrance & Lakes Entrance Accommodation

Whether you are looking for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or time away with friends, Lakes Entrance Australia should top anyone’s list of places to visit in Victoria.

It tops the charts in more ways than one. The Gippsland Lakes is the largest and, in my opinion, the most breathtakingly beautiful system of inland waterways in the southern hemisphere. You can sit back and enjoy the view on a river cruise, or a helicopter tour if you prefer the high life. Lakes Entrance is home to the largest fishing port in the country, so that’s dinner sorted! The abundance of things to do in Lakes Entrance as well as its stunning scenery make it a truly unmissable Victoria holiday destination whatever your style and your budget.

Where is Lakes Entrance and How to Get To Lakes Entrance

  • From Melbourne to Lakes Entrance is just over 300km. The drive takes about 4 hours, and includes part of the Melbourne to Sydney scenic coastal drive, from Croajingalong National Park to Gippsland lakes. You can also get there by bus and train.
  • To get from nearby Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance drive is under 40 km and takes approx half an hour there are also regular buses.
  • Merimbula to Lakes Entrance forms part of the Sydney to Melbourne scenic coastal drive and takes around 4 hours. There are buses on this route too and they take just a bit longer at 4.5 hours.
  • From Batemans Bay to Lakes Entrance if you are driving the 441km should take you just under 5.5 hours. By bus it will take you about 7 hours.
  • Canberra to Lakes Entrance you can drive it in just over 5 hours or bus it in under 7 hours. The distance is 423km
  • Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota – drive the 200km in 2.5 hours. The bus route takes quite a bit longer, around 4.5 hours.

Things to do in Lakes Entrance

Many visitors say it’s the best place to visit in Victoria. As well as it’s outstanding natural beauty there are so many things to do in Lakes Entrance. Go higher with a helicopter tour, taking in a bird’s eye view of the Gippsland Lakes. Or go low (underground in fact) and escape the heat with a guided tour of the Buchan Caves, literally one of the coolest places to visit in Victoria and only an hours drive from Lakes Entrance. Things to do in Lakes Entrance

The beaches in this area are pristine. The northern section of Ninety Mile Beach, Eastern Beach, Lakes Entrance is a perfect place to enjoy kayaking, surfing and windsurfing. Also for beach fishing, crabbing, surfing, swimming and just relaxing or playing on the white sand. Swimming is safest between the flags nearest to the Lakes Entrance RSL.

Another way to enjoy the water are Lakes Entrance River Cruises. A wonderful way to see the beauty of the lakes as well as some of its residents. Children and adults alike will love watching the dolphins, seals and birds that inhabit the gorgeous Gippsland Lakes. For a unique way to experience this part of 90 Mile Beach, there are camel rides too.

More traditionally perhaps Horse riding through the forests and national parks which surround the area is a perfect way to explore Victoria. If two legs are more your style there is a wide range of walking and hiking choices for all ages and levels from 30 minute routes to day long treks. If you love biking there’s plenty of options for you too with bike trails, guided rides and bike hire if you haven’t brought your own. Accommodation Lakes Entrance

Staying within the town there are plenty of options for if you’ve had enough of the beach (if that’s possible!) like mini golf at Lakes Entrance, a great family activity for all ages.   An indulgent treat for couples or girls’ weekends away the Wyanga Park Winery is only 10km from Lakes Entrance or for an even more relaxing adult indulgence try the Esplanade Lakes Entrance resort and spa for beauty treatments including hydrotherapy. 

For more information on any or all of these places check out the Lakes Entrance Visitors Information Centre on Marine Parade or give them a call on +61 3 5155 1966.

Lakes Entrance accommodation

There is an enormous variety of accommodation in Lakes Entrance to suit every need and every budget. This helps make it one of the best places to visit in Victoria. Places to stay in Lakes Entrance include hotels, motels, camping, Lakes Entrance holiday houses even houseboat hire if you are looking for something a bit different from your Victoria vacation rental. The following reviews will help you to narrow down your choices and find the best fit for your break as you explore Victoria.

Lakes Entrance Hotels

Central Hotel Lakes Entrance -This hotel provides good value 3.5 star accommodation and is suitable for families or couples. Being only 550 metres from the beach visitors highly rate Central Hotel’s location. The on site pool and spa are a big hit with the kids. The bistro’s menu with plenty of fresh local produce and freshly caught seafood is a bit hit with the grown ups as, of course, is the bar which also provides entertainment at the weekends.

Bellvue Lakes EntranceA 4 star hotel boasting both indoor and outdoor heated pools and a children’s playground for when the children want to run rather than swim. Helpful staff, BBQ facilities, free wifi and being only 690 meters to the beach all add up to a relaxing, enjoyable stay. 

The Esplanade Motel Lakes Entrance – A great budget option. This 3 star motel is perfect for keen kayakers as it adjoins the Gippsland Lakes Kayak Hire Centre. It has a pool, free wifi and free parking.

Comfort Inn Lakes Entrance – With an on site golf course, tennis court, swimming pool and only 840 meters from the beach. This 3 star hotel has lots to do and has a good location making it value for money.

The Esplanade Resort and SpaA more luxurious option this 4.5 star resort and spa suits families or couples. It boasts a large lagoon pool and heated indoor pool, floodlit tennis court and children playground to keep little ones entertained while you enjoy being pampered at the day spa. 

 

Airbnb Lakes Entrance

The Wheelhouse – This modern and fully equipped apartment offers a very central location. If bringing children be aware that the front yard is unfenced so supervision is essential. This stylish option is perfectly suited for couples or friends holidaying together with 2x double beds, 2 x lounge rooms with TV’s and 2 x car spaces. There is also room for a boat on the grass.

Central Holiday Flats – A good for families with small children as high chair and cot are provided and noise is discouraged after 10pm. There is a spacious outside area with undercover BBQ and seating area. These flats have an older style and homely feel.

 

Pet Friendly Airbnb Lakes Entrance

Close to beach in town…. pet and boat friendly! – With a gorgeous and secure yard this pet friendly Lakes Entrance accommodation is just few minutes walk from the beach. The Fireplace adds cosiness and a touch of romance to this modern, stylish and well equipped house. It has free wifi and a stunning outside BBQ and dining area complete with hammock. What’s not to love? 

 

Lakes Entrance Accommodation Caravan Parks

Big 4 Holiday Park Lakes Entrance – Perfect for families. This Lakes Entrance Caravan Park has 3 solar heated pools, table tennis, children’s playground, billiards, indoor games room, movie night for kids. Pedal carts available to hire such for kids to explore the 5 acres of gardens in this holiday village.It is a short walk to the pedestrian bridge to 90 Mile beach.

Echo Beach, Lakes Entrance Tourist Park – This Lakes Entrance dog friendly Caravan Park has accommodation to suit everyone including large groups/families with houses/cabins which can sleep up to 10. For those you bringing your own accommodation the pitches for Lakes Entrance camping here are flat, roomy and all have power, water and sullage. There is tons for the kids to do with a games room, air hockey, table tennis, children’s playground and a fenced pool. All cabins have their own covered seating/eating area outside.

Eastern Beach Caravan Park Lakes EntrancePerfect for active families with it’s kayak and peddle cart hire, pool, games room and children’s jumping pillow. This Lakes Entrance Camping and Caravan Park is as close to the beach as you can get and is suitable for families or couples.

Lakes Main Holiday Park At less than 800 meters to the beach and right next door to the Aquadome this is a great choice for families who love to swim whatever the weather.  Has a family room, BBQ facilities and well equipped cabins. 

Koonwarra Caravan Park Lakes Entrance – With so many options and facilities families, large or small groups, pet owners (at managers discretion), drivers of big rigs and people with impaired mobility will find an option to suit them. Just one of the reasons why many people say this is the best caravan park in Lakes Entrance. 

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