Attractions & Activities
There is so much to see and do in the Gippsland Rivers & Lakes district of Victoria. The Gippsland Lakes, including Lake Tyers is the largest estuarine lake system in Australia, and is unsurpassed for all water sports – boating, yachting, sailboard riding, swimming, skiing and fishing
The 90 mile beach, just 20 minutes away at Lakes Entrance is wonderful for surfing, swimming, surf fishing or just to stroll along.
The East Gippsland Rail Trail is just a short ride away, and crosses Stephenson Road just 2 kms from the caravan park.
For those without a boat of their own, they can be hired at Lakes Entrance, or there are a variety of cruises available to book.
Mount Hotham is only a 2 hour drive up the Great Alpine Road following the Tambo Valley, with some beautiful scenery and a variety of interesting towns to stop at along the way.
Follow the Princes Highway east, and visit the timber town of Orbost, then take the road to Marlo, where the mighty Snowy River flows out to the ocean.
The Buchan caves are some of the best limestone caves in Victoria, and at just a 45 minute drive, make an excellent day trip.
A late afternoon visit to Paynesville can be a great treat for children. – Try fish and chips next to the water for tea, then leave the car in Paynesville, and take the ferry across to Raymond Island and follow the koala walk to play spot the koala.
Fishing & Rivers
For the fisherman, Lakes Bushland is just 5 minutes from the boat launching ramp on the Nicholson River at Nicholson, and 10 minutes from the launching ramp on the Tambo River at Johnsonville. The Tambo, Nicholson, and Mitchell Rivers provide some great bream fishing.
With very large sites, there is ample space for boat parking, together with a fish cleaning bay.
At the end of a hard day’s fishing, sit and relax around the camp fire, or, if the fish aren’t biting, throw a steak on the barbie.
Food & Wine
There are many fine restaurants and hotels in the area some specialising in great local seafood, also some excellent wineries:-
- Nicholson River Winery – Nicholson
- Tambo Estate Winery – Nicholson
- Wyanga Park Winery – Lakes Entrance
- Dargo Valley Winery – Dargo
- Ensay Winery – Ensay
Dine locally at the Windmill Italian & Pizza Restaurant, or 10 minutes drive will take you to the Bullant Boutique Brewery & Restaurant in Bruthen.
the homestead at Nyerimilang Park is worthy of a visit with its magnificent rose garden and lake views.
The area abounds with national parks including the Colquhuon Forest, Fairy Dell, and Glenaladale National Park for the bushwalking enthusiast, and for those who prefer the beach, there are the Ninety Mile Beach Marine Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.
A trip further afield can take you to the beautiful beaches of Cape Conran, or visit the high country with day trips to McKillops Bridge in the Snowy River National Park, or have lunch at the famous Blue Duck Inn, Anglers Rest at the junction of the Cobungra and Mitta Mitta Rivers in the Alpine National Park.
Nicholson & Surrounds
this part of East Gippsland has much to offer, together with a moderate climate all year. Cool sea breezes in the summer, and the temperate effect of the ocean in winter makes for a perfect holiday in either winter or summer.
For the shopaholic there are the towns of Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale (while there, don’t forget to check out the magnificent ceiling of St Mary’s Church).