East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.


Nicholson, Johnsonville and Swan Reach are three towns set on two rivers – the Twin Rivers of East Gippsland – and make an ideal spot for fishing and boating all year around. Nicholson offers the first glimpse of the Nicholson River, with its spectacular historical railway bridge and boats moored below. A spectacular historical railway bridge with access to the renowned Rail Trail.  Hire a boat in Johnsonville, launch your boat from the floating pontoon on the Tambo River or cast in a line to fish for your dinner. Swan Reach is also set on the  banks of the Tambo River and offers picturesque coastal and river scenery.

Things to do 

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    Come and enjoy the view and a glass of wine at one of our many wineries. Enjoy a tasting at the cellar door and select one of the wineries medal winning wines to take home. Follow the farm food and wine trail to sample some of our local produce.

  • Adjacent to the Nicholson River you can enjoy a meal and a drink at the local hotel.

  • Johnsonville Jetty is a great place to stop where you can enjoy an amazing view up and down the river

  • Throw a line in at any of the rivers where you are sure to catch a fish! 

  • Swan Reach has a local hotel right on the river for a great pub meal.

  • Swim in the summer tiime in the Tambo and Nicholson Rivers and enjoy the natural beauty of these beautiful rivers.


Travel Time: Approximately a 10 minute drive from Bairnsdale to Nicholson, 15 minutes to Johnsonville and 20 minutes to Swan Reach

Bream Lodge

Self Contained
Johnsonville Victoria
Plenty of Boat Parking Fish Cleaning Facilities Able to Accommodate Large Groups upto 120 People show more

Culinaire Cooking School

Food and Drink
Swan Reach Victoria
A cooking school hands on for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of cooking. we cover cuisines such as Italian French India Asian. Our work show more

Lakes Bushland Caravan Park

Caravan Parks & Camping
Nicholson Vic
Experience the Magic - Lakes Bushland a boutique caravan park offering a bushland holiday with all the comforts. show more
Nicholson General Store front

Nicholson General Store

Food and Drink
Nicholson Victoria
Nicholson General Store provides hot food and cold drinks, plus a post office and fishing supplies to those living in and travelling through Nicholson River. show more

Nicholson River Winery

Nicholson Victoria
Bringing you the flavour of East Gippsland. show more
Vineyard under bird netting

Nicholson River Winery and Barrel Room Restaurant

Food and Drink
Nicholson Victoria
Nicholson River Winery was established in 1978 and is owned and operated by Juliet and Ken Eckersley. They make small quantities of speciality wines intended show more

Swan Reach Holiday Park

Caravan Parks & Camping
Swan Reach Vic
Situated close to the Tambo River and only 14kms from Lakes Entrance. With standard cabins, miner's cottages, powered grass sites, powered concrete slab sites, unpowered ... show more

Tambo Estate Wine

Nicholson Victoria
Gippsland Lakes single vineyard winery show more

The Fruit Farm, Johnsonville

Food and Drink
Johnsonville Vic
Tree ripened farm fresh fruit with flavour show more

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