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Tours and Cruises

Tours and Cruises

horsekoonawarragroup2-330pxWMake your stay in East Gippsland even more memorable with one of the many tours or cruises.

Whether it is a sailing adventure or fishing charter on the lakes or offshore, a horseback trail ride, winery or a cycling trip, there is plenty to see and do.

Charter a yacht or a motorboat to explore the rivers and the Gippsland Lakes or join an organised cruise. Spot dolphins and seals and look for native birds, including pelicans, swans, cormorants and the rate white-bellied sea eagle. Learn about the eco systems of the waterways or explore picturesque lakeside towns. Some cruises offer light refreshments on board or cruise to a winery to be wined and dined on land.

Enjoy a fishing adventure with a experienced local fisherman and fish for snapper, bream, flathead, mulloway, salmon, luderick and trevally or head underground with an experienced guide to explore the world famous Buchan Caves. Marvel at the formations then wander throught the surrounding parkland.

Discover the histroy of our traditional owners by taking a self-guided tour of important indigenous sites or pedal your way through forests and farmland along the East Gippsland Rail Trail and Lakes Discovery Trail. For guaranteed wildlife spotting, take the ferry to Raymond Island and follow the koala trail to see Australia's famed marsupial napping or snacking in the towering gums. Keep an eye out for echidnas and other wildlife as you walk

4WDCrossingrivernrOmeowebTouring and Driving

Bring your own or hire a car, motorcycle, four-wheel drive or recreational vehicle to explore one of Australia’s most beautiful and diverse natural playgrounds. From the Gippsland Lakes, Raymond Island and the Mitchell River Silt Jetties to the gold-mining history of the High Country and the Snowy River; the majesty of Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park to the maritime history of Metung and Shipwreck Creek, there is plenty to see and do.

The Great Alpine Road is Australia’s highest sealed road and offers spectacular alpine scenery, river valleys, lakes and food and wine. The Melbourne to Sydney drive passes through East Gippsland and many of our picturesque coastal destinations. Venture off the highway to uncover idyllic locations and unique experiences. 

The Bogong Apine Way is one of the finest driving routes in the country. Starting at Omeo the 235km loop navigates Victoria's breathtaking alpine region through the villages of Anglers Rest, Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Mt Beauty, Bright, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and Dinner Plain, finishing again at Omeo.The road between Omeo and Falls Creek is closed over winter.

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East Gippsland is ideal for your RV trip whether it is round "the block' or just away for some R and R. You will find a variety of  campsites and caravan parks to make your stay memorable. East Gippsland welcomes Recreational Vehicles and provides a number of recognised overnight stopping places and free access Dump Points. Each of our stopping places recognises the CMCA "Leave No Trace" criteria for the benefit of all our visitors.

Our region has a wide variety of caravan parks, some with million dollar views, where you can really unwind, some a short stroll from the ocean beach where you can cast a line or simply leave your footprints along the sand. Others with a trout stream flowing through the park, ideal for that special home caught and cooked meal. One even has its own moorings available for your small boat, another with a flora and fauna park next door.

Free access Dump Points are located at Mallacootta Caravan Park (3), Cann River, Eagle Point and Omeo Caravan Park, at Forest Rd Orbost (at the truck wash), at Bullock Island in Lakes Entrance and at the recreation reserve at Wulgulmerang.

Free Overnight (36 Hour) sites are located at Genoa (old caravan park near highway on East side of bridge), Kalimna (Log Crossing) off Princes Highway about 7 Kms West of Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers Forest Park off Princes Highway at start of Bataluk Trail, Murramgower, on North side of Princes Highway about 12 Kms East of Orbost, Livingstone Park Omeo and at Mt Koscuiosko Lookout  just north of Omeo on Great Alpine Road. 

Ask for further information on facilities for Recreational Vehicles in East Gippsland at any of our Visitor Information Centres.

TouringOntherunatShavingPt.1Boating & Sailing

With over 400 square km of sparkling lakes, quiet rivers and canals to explore you might need a few days on your boat to see it all. Yachts or cruisers are popular and can be hired. If you don’t have your own boat so you can also enjoy this boaties delight. You can stay on board or come home to land each night. It is safer boating here with few rocks or reefs, and average wind strength just 10-15 knots. Tides are minimal except around the Entrance where care should be excercised. The rivers offer alternate boating trips. With the wind in your sails, some petrol in your motor or paddle power you can experience safer  spectacular boating.

Thinking of heading offshore from Lakes Entrance? This Lakes Entrance Bar Crossing video gives you all the tips and tricks for crossing the bar at Lakes Entrance, on the Gippsland Lakes.

You will hear it called the boating capital of Victoria, perhaps Australia. If you love boating then you are going to love East Gippsland. With 6 major rivers feeding the lakes and the famous 90 Mile Beach, you are spoilt for choice. Or why not try our other spectacular boating destinations including Lake Tyers, Mallacoota and Marlo. BYO boat, boat hire, sail, cruise or paddle your choice of water craft in this spectacular water wonderland. With so many choices available try one of our local businesses to assist you with any boating requirements.

Stop off on your coastal cruise and enjoy a few days or weeks in the Gippsland Lakes system. Access through the Entrance is regularly maintained. Temporary moorings are available at Lakes Entrance (Cunninghame Quay) and at Metung or Paynesville. Contact the Commercial Business Operations Manager at the East Gippsland Shire Council Ph: 5153 9500.

Sales, service and repairs are also available throughout East Gippsland to those who require specialist service for their boat. The Paynesville Boatyard and Slipway provides vessel owners with a major boat launch and retrieval facility, consisting of a 120 tonne slipway and a 40 tonne vessel lift. To compliment this service, the boatyard also has the most comprehensive boat maintenance and repair facilities in the region. Well fitted out workshops enable the highly skilled staff to undertake most type of boat repairs and service.

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4WD/AWD is on tap in East Gippsland, drive on forest tracks in your AWD or encounter extreme 4WD routes through rugged country.  All the excitement and adventure and with a diverse range of AWD track networks help you immerse yourself with adventure, natural beauty and isolation.

Escape to East Gippsland in your 4WD and discover the wild and remote beauty of mountain and coastal landscapes. A range of track networks allows drivers to explore all corners of the region, from the high-altitude environments of the Alpine National Park to the hinterland forests and beaches of Croajingolong and Snowy River Country in between. Some tracks are for experienced drivers only, but there are plenty to satisfy any level of four-wheel drive experience. Whatever type of car you drive, you will gain access to remote and beautiful locations.

Enjoy a couple of hours driving through the Colquhoun State Forest  in your AWD or take a trip deeper into the bush for some real 4WD experiences on the Mt Baldhead Loop of Limestone Link. East Gippsland has all the boxes ticked.  Explore the Davies Plain Drive in and around Omeo's High Country or go deep into Snowy River Country on the Stringers Knob Mottle Loop or drive the Coopracambra Link and explore the old growth forest areas in Far East Gippsland and the Croajingolong National Park. Tracks range in difficulty from novice to extreme

Spectacular sights from old railway bridges or high vantage locations will become memorable photo opportunities. Plan ahead and spend some days stopping off in varied accommodation along your way. Camping sites are also available in our national parks and forests if living the bush is your style.

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Ride and explore one of Australia’s most beautiful and diverse natural playgrounds. From the Gippsland Lakes, Raymond Island and the Mitchell River Silt Jetties to the gold-mining history of the High Country and the Snowy River; the majesty of Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park to the maritime history of Metung and Shipwreck Creek, there is plenty to see and do.

The Great Alpine Road is Australia’s highest sealed road and offers spectacular alpine scenery, river valleys, lakes and food and wine. The Melbourne to Sydney drive passes through East Gippsland and many of our picturesque coastal destinations. Venture off the highway to uncover idyllic locations and unique experiences.

The Bogong Alpine Way is one of the finest driving routes in the country. Starting at Omeo the 235km loop navigates Victoria's breathtaking alpine region through the villages of Anglers Rest, Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Mt Beauty, Bright, Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and Dinner Plain, finishing again at Omeo. The road between Omeo and Falls Creek is closed over winter.