Lakes EntranceAustralia

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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.

Top hotels in Lakes Entrance

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Esplanade Resort and Spa
The Esplanade Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, VIC
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in Lakes Entrance, this beachfront apartment building is in the city centre, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Griffith's Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (949 reviews)

"We could walk everywhere. My husband and daughter paddle surf skis and they only had to walk across the road to be on the river."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb. 2020

The Esplanade Resort and Spa
Lakeside Motel Waterfront
Lakeside Motel Waterfront
2.5 out of 5
164 Marine Parade, Lakes Entrance, VIC
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Griffith's Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display and Ninety Mile Beach. Lakes Entrance Visitor Information ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)

"Handy to everything. Very friendly staff . Good outlook"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2019

Lakeside Motel Waterfront
Bellevue on the Lakes
Bellevue on the Lakes
4 out of 5
201 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance, VIC
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Griffith's Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Ninety Mile Beach. Lakes Entrance ...

4.3/5Excellent! (547 reviews)

"Great stay, have been here multiple times and will keep coming back.."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2020

Bellevue on the Lakes

Popular activities in Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance Lookout
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Lakes Entrance Lookout

4.5/5(218 reviews)

Get the perfect introduction to the gorgeous waterfront town of Lakes Entrance when you visit the hilltop that looks out over the surrounding waterways and dunes.

Top activities in Lakes Entrance

Vacation Photographer in Gippsland Lakes
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Vacation Photographer in Gippsland Lakes

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Reviews of Lakes Entrance


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

always enjoyable, had drive around but many roads closed due to recent fires, just a place to relax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 2020

Good place to relax

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

Generally a place for people with boats. With all the fires the town has gone through a lot. Lovely people and helpful visitor centre

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

There are many places where kids play and many things to do. Nice weather, great environment

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 25, 2019

So many mini golf courses in one small town!

5/5 - Excellent


Dec 24, 2019

Ended up in lovely accomodation across from the beach, beautiful place to stay