Things To Do
Operating in Lakes Entrance for three generations, Peels Cruises run three cruise boats at different times throughout the year.
The three cruises available are the Thunderbird Cruise, the Winery Luncheon Cruise and the Metung Luncheon Cruise.
For more information phone 03 5155 1246, or 0409 946 292.
Just under 50 minutes from the park, near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves with spectacular limestone formations.
While the caves were formed by underground rivers, the formations are made when rain water seeps through cracks dissolving the limestone.
Tours of the Royal and Fairy Caves are available daily, go to the Parks Victoria website for more details, and condition updates.
Cruise the Gippsland Lakes in search of the dolphins that frequent the lake system. Your skipper, Tony, is a 4th generation seaman, a local character with a great sense of humour, and extensive knowledge of the Gippsland Lakes and surrounds.
Come with us on board the Lonsdale and explore the diverse Flora and Fauna that the Gippsland Lakes has to offer. As well as dolphins, sightings of wallabies, seals and sea-birds are an integral part of the Lonsdale’s Lake Cruise.
Dive in and experience the broad range of watersports on offer in Lakes Entrance. With an abundance of fresh and salt water in the region’s lakes, rivers and coastal waterways, you can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, scuba diving and many more outdoor activities.
Hire kayaks from within the park, and explore Cunninghame Arm by water. Canoeing and kayaking trips run all year round, although the best times are when the snow melts from August to September.
The Mitchell River near Bairnsdale offers the canoeist short day trips or extended touring through tranquil pools and turbulent rapids down to the Gippsland Lakes. It provides challenging grade 3 and 4 rapids and the best time to visit is July to December. Go white water rafting the Mitta Mitta which rises in the Alpine High Plains. For a gentler paddle, launch a canoe or kayak on the Gippsland Lakes or further along the coast at the Mallacoota Inlet. You can also canoe on the tranquil waters of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh rivers that lead into the Mallacoota inlet or the Thurra and Mueller rivers in the Croajingolong National Park.
Gippsland has an excellent reputation for waterskiing. The Gippsland Lakes in particular provide excellent opportunities for waterskiing. There are a number of designated spots such as Bunga Arm, Newlands Arm or North Arm but you can ski almost anywhere on the lakes.
In Central Gippsland, Lake Glenmaggie near Heyfield, Lake Narracan at Moe and the Hazelwood Pondage at Morwell are amongst Victoria’s best kept secrets for waterskiers, with their deep fresh water and open space for skiing, wakeboarding and biscuiting.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Gippsland offers visitors the chance to take a peak at the wonders beneath the ocean with scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. The broad rock platforms and underwater reefs of Bunurong Marine Park support a remarkable range of habitats along 17 kilometres of coastline. Favourite points from which to set off include Eagles Nest, Shack Bay, Cape Paterson, Flat Rocks and Inverloch.
Further along the coast, Cape Conran Coastal Park is another popular spot for scuba diving, particularly around West Cape Beach and Salmon Rocks.
When the surf’s up, you can find crystal clear waters and white sands in Gippsland along the coast of Wilsons Promontory National Park. More advanced surfers can find some excellent world-class beach breaks at Cape Paterson, Venus Bay and Waratah Bay as well as Red Bluff at Lake Tyers Beach, Salmon Rocks at West Cape Beach in the Cape Conran Coastal Park and Bastion Point Beach in Mallacoota.
Beaches such as Inverloch and Lakes Entrance have gentle uncrowded waves ideal for surfing beginners, and would-be surfers can attend a beachside surf school to learn the techniques for catching a wave.
Stretching from Cape Paterson in the east to the beaches of Croajingolong National Park in the west are some of the finest swimming beaches in Gippsland. In the warmer months popular ocean beaches like Cape Paterson, Inverloch, Venus Bay, Sandy Point, Norman Bay, Seaspray, Woodside and Lakes Entrance are the perfect swimming spots for families.
Walkerville, famous for its historic lime kilns, is a great spot for families – children love the rock pools, sandy coves and sheltered waters of Shallow Inlet or East Cape Beach a little further east.
Travelling by boat allows you to enjoy the scenery of Gippsland Lakes at a more leisurely pace. Cruising and fishing the Tambo, Mitchell and Nicholson rivers are a good way to experience the region. The cliff areas of the Tambo and Mitchell are particularly picturesque. Barrier Landing is a thin strip of dune separating the Hopetoun Channel from Bass Strait and a great place to meet local boaties. On the Channel side, you’ll discover a large public jetty and a good beach, and a two-minute walk takes you to Ninety Mile Beach. The recently redeveloped historic Port of Sale has cultural entertainment and quality restaurants to discover by boat.
Rotamah Island and Sperm Whale Head, part of the Lakes National Park, have public jetties, barbecues and walking tracks and an abundance of birdlife and native animals. Look out for the Bunga Arm, which runs east-west and boasts spectacular sunsets. For the length of the Bunga Arm, the ocean beach is a sand dune away.
McLennans Straits, connecting Lakes Victoria and Wellington, is a gently flowing channel with vast wetlands, outstanding bird life and good fishing. Boxes Creek, close to Metung and Duck Arm near Paynesville, offer all-weather moorings in idyllic settings.
The Mallacoota Inlet further down the coast offers a serene environment for boating with plenty of secluded getaway spots. Kick back and relax on one of several cruises on the Mallacoota Inlet or hire a boat and go exploring on your own.
Lake Tyers Charters
Snorkel in the warmer months around the snags to hand feed and see huge Bream and Luderick in their natural environment. Your Skipper/Host; Colin has had years experience fishing this magnificent waterway that holds the current Victorian Australian Angling Association award for the heaviest Flathead weighing in at 6.02 kg (14 lb).
Seeing a Wild Eagle snatch a fish out of the water before your eyes, takes your breath away. Come and enjoy yourself aboard the “Tambo Queen” on beautiful Lake Tyers with your Skipper/Host Colin Hannah. Come and fish the majestic, clear and safe waters of Lake Tyers
Catch a variety of fish from huge Flathead up to 6.0 kg. to tough blue nose bream over 45 cm. long. See and feed the local bird life which include the inspiring white breasted Sea Eagle and the over friendly pelicans.
Cross a footbridge and walk towards the beach, head along the edge of the lake through coastal bushland to historic Flagstaff Hill for views of boats crossing the bar. Head back the same way or along Ninety Mile Beach.
Location: Lakes Entrance
Distance: 4.6km return
Duration: 2 hours
Grade: Level 2 – 3. Level 2 – No experience required. The track is hardened gravel or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and some steps. Walks up to 10km.
Level 3 – Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep sections, a rough surface and steps.Walks up to 20km.
Getting there: Park at the footbridge car park in Lakes Entrance opposite Myers Street (at the traffic lights).