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

Nicholson General Store front

Nicholson General Store

Food and Drink
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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 & Barrel Room Restaurant

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Bringing you the flavour of East Gippsland. show more

Tambo Estate Wine

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Gippsland Lakes single vineyard winery show more

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