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Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance (Australia)

Practical information about Lakes Entrance

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
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  • Port
  • Water Sports
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
4 hours by car from Melbourne
When to go
Try to visit in summer if possible
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Lakes Entrance

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

As its name suggests, Lakes Entrance is situated in a lagoon, by a lake, at the entrance to the ocean. The town attracts a lot of tourists.

My suggestion:
If you plan to camp or stay here during the summer months, make sure you reserve in advance, as pitches and hotels are limited.

I have to say that the scenery around Lakes Entrance is beautiful, with lakes and a coastline that offers a host of activities from windsurfing to surfing. Even so, I wasn't that enamoured by the area, which was too touristy for my liking.

The town of Lakes Entrance is modern and lacks charm, even if it does have some superb fish and seafood restaurants. For the surfers amongst you, the waves are considered to be some of the best on the continent and the magnificent, huge, white sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see. It could be worth coming here outside of the Australian school holidays, when you'll be able to make the most of what's on offer without the crowds and, therefore, have a truly relaxing holiday!

View of the Lakes Entrance lagoon
Alicia Munoz Travel writer
87 travel articles

Situated 300 kilometre east of Melbourne, Lakes Entrance is the largest network of navigable routes in Australia, offering truly unique views.

My suggestion:
It's better to go in summer to make the most of the boat trips on the lakes or to hire a kayak or pedalo. I recommend a detour via the picturesque Lake Tyers, bordered by the ocean, a eucalyptus forest and a river.

Lakes Entranceis a fairly popular destination in the Gippsland region, but not necessarily an unmissable stop. For our part, we camped for a night in this town which is bathed in fresh and salty water from all sides. I appreciated the walk along the promenade to see the attractive marinas and gardens. It's a lively place with plenty of shops, restaurants and accommodation.

This specific humid centre offers unique wildlife and plants. You can also see dolphins, wallabies, seals and numerous sea birds by taking a boat trip on Lake Lonsdale.

For a panorama of everything, go to viewpoints situated on or close to the motorway. A walk along the Seaview Parade offers on of the best view points in the region. A unobstructed view from which you can see the immense Ninety Mile Beach and the inlets separating the lakes from the ocean.

Pelicans on Ninety Miles Beach at Lakes Entrance
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