East Gippsland is a haven for water-lovers, and with every water activity under the sun on offer in the region, it’s no surprise the place is a holiday mecca during the summertime.
Swimming, kayaking, surfing and diving are all popular, but if it’s one thing that draws hordes of visitors all year round, it’s the fishing and boating. The system of inland waterways that snake through East Gippsland like an intricate maze feed into three major lakes – Lake Victoria, Lake King and Lake Wellington; and the whole network is well equipped with casual jetties and fantastic facilities. Add in the sweeping coastline of Bass Strait, and you’ve got yourself a region that is a veritable smorgasbord for fishing and boating lovers alike.
It’s not all about rivers, lakes and the beach in East Gippsland however; as the Snowy River, Alpine and UNESCO-recognised Croajingolong National Parks (to name a few) are also part of the rich, natural tapestry that help make up East Gippsland. Keen bird-watchers and animal lovers will delight, with an abundance of wildlife, including koalas, emus, wallabies, and over 200 species of birds calling the national parks of East Gippsland home.
All of this makes East Gippsland an extremely family-friendly destination. Townships including Bairnsdale, Metung, Lakes Entrance and Lake Tyers have quality camping and caravan parks that are great places for setting up base and exploring the area, and for keeping the kids entertained for hours. The towns themselves are bustling hubs filled with vintage and boutique stores, galleries and cafes, and if you’re a foodie you can guarantee to stumble across a market overflowing with fresh local produce at some stage.