Welcome to Don’t Delay Your Stay, news.com.au’s campaign to support communities hard hit by this summer’s devastating bushfires. Many of these regions rely on tourism so one of the best ways to help is to visit and spend time in some of the most beautiful parts of our great country.
With stunning swimming beaches, a thriving water sports sceneand beautiful lakes, Lakes Entrance has been at the top of the holiday destination lists for decades.
The lively, family-friendly town is set at the eastern edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes break through to the Southern Ocean.
Take a walk across the footbridge to the popular beach, patrolled by lifesavers during the summer months, and enjoy the pristine water and sand or take a camel ride.
Or, explore the Gippsland Lakes in a kayak, join a boat cruise or hire a paddleboat and hit the sparkling waters.
Alternatively, see the town from the sky with Lakes Entrance Helicopters, taking in the world-class views of the unique inland waterways.
Or you can take a stroll along the lakeside esplanade, lined with park lands and brimming with waterfront eateries, ice cream shops and accommodation along one side and hundreds of boats bobbing in the marina on the other.
Don’t miss the Griffiths Sea Shell Museum at the western end of town, boasting one of Australia’s largest collections of sea life – from displays of coral reefs to rare fish and plenty of shells.
For indigenous flavours with a modern twist, pay a visit to the nearby Bush Cafe, under head chef Kevin Murray, a proud Gunaikurnai man, and take a walk through the Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kalimna West.
Start your day at Albert & Co, a standout brunch spot with modern, French-provincial decor and lakeside views.
You haven’t had the full Lakes Entrance experience until you’ve enjoyed the foreshore with some fish and chips.
If you’re looking for fresh seafood, make sure Off the Wharf, the fishermen’s collective, is on your list. Or dine on the floating vessel at Ferryman’s Seafood Cafe.
Be sure to stop for a drink at Red Bluff Brewers, Lake Entrance’s newest microbrewery. Their handcrafted ales are named for the places of interest around the traps, and you can pop by for a tasting in the retro-industrial fitted space.
After a long day kayaking, fishing or swimming, retire to Waverley House Cottages, which offer a private and peaceful retreat set in a landscaped native gardens.