9 Unmissable Things to do in Lakes Entrance
From fresh seafood to beach hopping, these are the best things to do in Lakes Entrance for your next weekend getaway.
Sporting beachy charm, beautiful natural landscapes and an abundance of local seafood, Lakes Entrance is a tried and true holiday destination. We’re here to supercharge your itinerary with a handy guide to all the best things to see, do and eat while you’re down there – both on water and on land.
This airy café overlooking the water brings Hamptons vibes and coffee worth getting up for. The former corner store now highlights the best of East Gippsland’s local produce in wholesome and hearty brunch dishes such as scallop angel hair pasta, chilli labne eggs and verdant spring salads. All the seafood they use comes straight from nearby boats, while beef and free range eggs are sourced from local farms.
201 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Swim and sunbake at the beach
Lakes Entrance sits on the eastern point of the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, a vast stretch of untouched coastline brimming with activities. Main Beach is a popular destination during the summer months, with games of volleyball and beach cricket popping up on the soft golden sand, while the surf is patrolled by lifeguards for peace of mind.
Main Beach Walk, Lakes Entrance
Make the most of your seaside locale by eating uber-fresh seafood at Sodafish. Start at their good old fashioned fish and chippery downstairs for the crispy classics and takeaway beers. Back upstairs you’ll find a welcoming casual restaurant resting against the backdrop of Middle Boat Harbour. With salt in the air and sunsets in the evening, you can enjoy the freshest wild and sustainable fish, oysters and shellfish in simple yet sophisticated dishes that let the produce sing.
Middle Boat Harbour, The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Browse local wares at the Lakes Entrance Foreshore Market
On the first Sunday of each month, the surf club foreshore comes alive with over 80 vibrant market stalls. Wander your way around art, crafts, produce, flowers and fashion, meeting friendly local makers along the way. You can pick up everything from plants and pet clothes to jewellery and fishing gear, not to mention delicious food and coffee to kick start your day.
Lakes Entrance Foreshore, Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
This next level experience takes you on a comprehensive sea-and-sky tour of the stunning Gippsland Lakes. The day kicks off with a soaring scenic helicopter flight before dropping you off at Ninety Mile Beach to continue your escapades by water. Engaging guides will lead you on a relaxed stand up paddle board tour around the lakes, and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for seals.
347B Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
Relaxed wine tastings, delicious comfort food and a rustic bush setting? Sign us up. Wyanga Park is Gippsland’s oldest family-run winery, and they’ve got the formula for a good time down pat. They grow all their grapes onsite, imbuing their drops with plenty of local character. Sample your way from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir before settling on their sunny balcony for a hearty lunch or Devonshire tea.
248 Baades Road, Lakes Entrance
340 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
The picturesque waters around Lakes Entrance are a paradise for canoeing, kayaking and boating. Make a day of it by renting your own kayak – you can choose between single or double – so you can explore the surrounds by paddle. You’ll get tips and tricks before you head out, and from there it’s up to you where you go. Weave around the water and spot dolphins, seals and other marine life while getting a solid arm workout.
347B Esplanade, Lakes Entrance
It doesn’t get much fresher than straight from the sea. At the Fishermen’s Co-op, you can have the unique experience of seeing the day’s catch being unloaded from boats, weighed and iced, ready for purchase (or consignment to the big cities). Depending on the season and weather, you can get prawns, flathead, yellow eye mullet, school whiting, duck fish and more – perfect for a lunchtime feast.
37 Bullock Island Road, Lakes Entrance
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