Lakes Entrance

Travel Guide
Lakes Entrance showing a sunset and a bay or harbour
The gateway to Australia’s largest inland network of waterways has miles of coastline and lakeshore on its doorstep, as well as a daily catch of delicious seafood.

Check out the broad expanse of sandy beach or go boating on the calm lake waters in Lakes Entrance. This popular Gippsland getaway and fishing port is superbly located alongside some of Victoria’s most pristine waterways and the wide-open Southern Ocean. Wax up your surfboard and check the swell at the beach. Explore the lakes by boat or kayak. Cast a fishing line from the pier or grab a table at one of the town’s cafés to savor the region’s fresh local seafood.

Stroll down Lakes Entrance’s main thoroughfare, the Esplanade, and enjoy shoreline views of the Cunninghame Arm inlet. The narrow strip of land has marinas and foreshore parks on its southern side and a selection of restaurants and shops toward the north. Book a boat tour from the marina and embark on a sightseeing cruise around the magnificent lake waters. You can also rent a paddleboat or a kayak and explore the lakeshore at your own pace.

Make your way across the footbridge that connects the town center with the windswept dunes of Ninety Mile Beach. This expansive strip of golden sands faces Bass Strait and is a popular destination for swimming and surfing. Play in the waves under the watch of the local lifeguards or embark on a picturesque 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) coastal walk along the narrow peninsula to Flagstaff Lookout. From here, you’ll see gorgeous ocean views, as well as the man-made channel into the Gippsland Lakes.

Keen anglers will love the wide array of fishing spots situated along the town’s marinas and jetties. Check out the markets on Bullock Island, where you can pick up freshly seafood caught daily by local fishing fleets.

Lakes Entrance is situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost, approximately 4 hours’ drive from Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne. Choose from a range of waterfront resort villas and cozy hotels along the lakeshore. With its gorgeous waterfront views and opportunities for adventure, Lakes Entrance is a fantastic year-round destination.

Lakeside Motel Waterfront
Lakeside Motel Waterfront
2.5 out of 5
164 Marine Parade, Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
The price is AU$106 per night from 12 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Stay at this motel in Lakes Entrance. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (262 reviews)
"Manager was very helpful and gave us all the information we needed. Local knowledge te where to eat and what to do in the area"

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Lakeside Motel Waterfront
The Esplanade Resort and Spa
The Esplanade Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
The price is AU$170 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Lakes Entrance. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Great location, tidy and clean rooms, great service."

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2022

The Esplanade Resort and Spa
Emmanuel Holiday Apartments
Emmanuel Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
90 Marine Parade, Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
The price is AU$145 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Lakes Entrance. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and barbecues. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (80 reviews)
"Lovely location"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Emmanuel Holiday Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Emmanuel Holiday Apartments
Emmanuel Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
90 Marine Parade, Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
The price is AU$145 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Lakes Entrance. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and barbecues. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (80 reviews)
"Lovely location"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Emmanuel Holiday Apartments
Allambi Holiday Apartments
Allambi Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
34 Carpenter St, Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
The price is AU$164 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lakes Entrance. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (183 reviews)
"Remote check-in needs everything already checked and provided to guarantee a good stay. We had WiFi that didn't work and no hot water. Water was resolved by a room change in the morning but was inconvenient. Cleaning and maintenance staff were very nice."

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2022

Allambi Holiday Apartments
Hybiscus Waterfront Apartments
Hybiscus Waterfront Apartments
3 out of 5
132 Marine Parade, Lakes Entrance, VIC, 3909
The price is AU$179 per night from 12 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lakes Entrance. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a picnic area. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (22 reviews)
"We stayed in the house, which was lovely. It has a 2nd story view of the north arm, with a balcony. So easy to find as you're coming into Lakes."

Reviewed on 20 Dec. 2021

Hybiscus Waterfront Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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