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 River Winery & Barrel Room Restaurant

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
Evening cruise on the Mitchell River at the Bluff

Seas the Day - Gippsland Lakes Boat Hire

Nicholson Victoria
A great day out with friends and family on the luxury party pontoon boats which are licensed for up to 12 people. show more

Swan Reach Gardens

Swan Reach Vic
Introducing Swan Reach Gardens, a new lifestyle village nestled in the heart of Swan Reach, Victoria. This idyllic residential community has been thoughtfully designed to... show more

Tambo Estate Wine

Nicholson Victoria
Gippsland Lakes single vineyard winery show more

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