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Gippsland Lakes

Australia's largest and most beautiful inland waterways, the Gippsland Lakes are a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons covering over 600 square kilometres. The Lakes are separated from the ocean by coastal dunes known as Ninety Mile Beach. Bird and marine life thrive here, with lake dolphins and pelicans frequenting many locations.

Scenic waterways

Beginning at Sale on the Thomson River, there are three main lakes: Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington and they are all joined and fed by rivers that originate in the high country, including the Mitchell, Nicholson, Tambo and Avon rivers. The lakes include many small islands, which are reached easily by ferry or water taxi.

Silt jetties

The Mitchell River silt jetties is a geographical highlight, being the largest in the world. Drive along the silt jetty out into Lake King with the Mitchell River on one side and the lake on the other. For a great photo opportunity head to the lookout at Eagle Point Bluff.

Protected waters

There are also two national parks that abut the lakes, the Lakes National Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, both of which offer great camping and walking tracks.

Wildlife havens

The lakes also contain several island wildlife havens. Rotamah Island can only be reached by boat, and is inhabited by birdlife, kangaroos, wallabies and other native animals. Raymond Island has a koala colony and can be visited from the shore, making this an easy and enjoyable jaunt from any one of the nearby waterside villages and towns.

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Destinations

Metung

Metung is a small and stylish destination located near the Gippsland Lakes and sandy beaches – a great base for water sports enthusiasts.

National parks & reserves

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The tranquil Gippsland Lakes are a system of coastal lagoons separated from the Tasman Sea by the coastal dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. Seven...

Beaches & coastline

Ninety Mile Beach

One of Gippsland's highlights, Ninety Mile Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in the world offering a wealth of activities.

National parks & reserves

The Lakes National Park

The Lakes National Park is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes, fringed by the waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve. The park...

Nature & wildlife

Raymond Island

Jump on the ferry from Paynesville and hit the island's Koala Trail by bike or foot for top koala-spotting in the Gippsland Lakes.

Destinations

Lakes Entrance

A popular holiday spot, Lakes Entrance is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.

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River fishing

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Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Gippsland boasts some of the state's most beautiful beaches, perfect for all types of visitors be they families, anglers or surfers.

Nature & wildlife

National parks and reserves

Gippsland is home to some of the most stunning national parks and reserves in Victoria, most notably Wilsons Promontory and Croajingolong National Park.

Outdoor activities

Water sports

Enjoy watersports on the Gippsland southern coast with world class surfing, swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as canoeing and kayaking.