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.
Four hours east of Melbourne, stretched along a narrow sandy peninsula on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, you’ll find the seaside town of Metung.
Metung was not damaged by the bushfires this summer but has been feeling the pain as the number of visitors has dropped away, spooked by news of the blazes.
But the town is well and truly open for business.
The tranquil village has long been a favourite for holiday-makers, with boat lovers and summer waterskiers drawn to its relaxed lifestyle. Join Riviera Scenic on a tranquil cruise or hire your own yacht from Riviera Nautic and explore the gentle waters of the Gippsland Lakes. Small runabouts and speedboats are also available for hire.
Anglers descend on the town all year round to make the most of its excellent fishing spots. Bust out the rod and reel and try your hand at hooking bream, tailor, flathead, King George whiting and catching prawns during the warmer months.
A day in Metung wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the water’s edge at sunset to watch the sail boats glide by.
Find a sunny spot opposite the village green to enjoy a picnic, or grab a waterfront table and watch the pelicans feeding at the Metung Hotel before winding up your day with fresh seafood and local wine.
Or, for a relaxed brunch, head to the cosy Bancroft Bites, which serves rave-worthy coffee and a varied menu.
The work of local artisans, photographers, jewellers and sculptors are on show at the many farm studios, gardens and galleries.
Learn more about Metung’s rich indigenous cultural history on the Bataluk Cultural Trail and take in Legend Rock, a meteorite entrenched in Gunaikurnai mythology.
After stocking up on fresh produce, cheese and gourmet meats at the Metung Village Store, spend the night at Edgewater Terraces, overlooking Chinaman’s Creek as it enters Bancroft Bay, and a leisurely fifteen minute walk along a waterfront boardwalk to the village.