Lakes Entrance

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Victoria Lakes Entrance



The Entrance at Lakes Entrance

The Entrance at Lakes Entrance

© Peter

Lakes Entrance is a fishing port and tourist haven in eastern Victoria, 320 kms to the east of Melbourne.

Many of the activities are understandably water based, owing to the town's location on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes meet the Bass Strait.

The town is located along the Princes Highway, making it an easy stop along the scenic route between Melbourne and Sydney, although it easily justifies a longer stay for those looking for a relaxing break.



Sights and Activities

90 Mile Beach

90 Mile Beach

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  • Ninety Mile Beach, a popular surf beach and a great beach for long walks. If you enjoy long walks on the beach, this stretch of sand offers an ideal opportunity.
  • Fishing in one of the nearby lakes or in the ocean is a major attraction for a large number of visitors.
  • Jemmy's Point Lookout offers good views of the town and lakes.
  • Nyerimilang Heritage Park, located just outside of Lakes Entrance, includes an historic homestead set amongst some beautiful gardens.



Events and Festivals

  • Sky Show New Year’s Eve
  • Summer Series triathlon, held in January
  • Lakes Entrance Rodeo, held in January
  • Lions Club Easter Fish tasting
  • Twin Rivers Bream Classic is held in July



Getting There

By Plane

Great Lakes Airport (YGRL) opened in 2003, offering some possibilities for light aircraft to land. No commercial flights take in Lakes Entrance.

The nearest major airport is Melbourne Airport. From there, use one of the transport options below to reach Lakes Entrance.

By Train

Daily train services run from Melbourne to Bairnsdale. Once in Bairnsdale, you will need to catch a bus to Lakes Entrance, which should take roughly 30 minutes.

By Car

It takes roughly 4 hours to reach Lakes Entrance from Melbourne along the Princes Highway.

By Bus

V-Line operates several services that include Lakes Entrance on the way.

  • Canberra - Lakes Entrance: A three-weekly service from Australia's capital, Canberra, taking 6 hours to reach Lakes Entrance via Cooma, Bomballa and Orbost.
  • Narooma - Lakes Entrance: A daily service stopping in a number of coastal towns, including Orbost, Genoa and Merimbula. A three weekly service between Narooma and Batesman Bay can take you further up the coast.
  • Bairnsdale - Lakes Entrance: Runs several times a day.




Keep Connected


Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.


Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.


  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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