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.

Celebrate Where You Live Giveaway

 A Big Thank You 

We would like to thank the local community for supporting the Love Where You Live Giveaway, an initiative to support local businesses through December in celebration of the festive season. We received many entries to the competition and were so pleased to see so many local business help us promote the campaign itself. 

We are thrilled to announce the 12 x winners that have been randomly selected and will each win a $1,000 voucher to be spent at their chosen locally owned business in East Gippsland.

Giveaway Winners 

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All entrants have also been contacted via email and are required to respond to our email by Tuesday 8th February to successfully redeem their voucher.


Please note this giveaway is now closed.

Love Where You Live, a campaign brought to you by East Gippsland Shire Council and East Gippsland Marketing is an initiative designed to to showcase the many fantastic local businesses we have in our backyard and to celebrate where we live.

The campaign will roll out throughout 2022 across East Gippsland focuses on Celebrating, Employing, Exploring, Spending, and Supporting Local.

Heading fast into the festive season we kick off our Love Where You Live Campaign with a Celebrate Where you Live Giveaway. Instead of purchasing Christmas presents online, drop into your local shops and businesses and check in with the businesses owners to see how they have been faring during these hard times. Spend just $50 during December for the chance to win one of 12 x $1000 vouchers. What better reason than to Celebrate locally?

Celebrate Where You Live Giveaway

Celebrate where you live in East Gippsland this festive season!
When you spend over $50 at an East Gippsland locally owned business during December, you go into the draw to win a prize to the value of $1000*.
Simply upload a photo of your receipt and your details to visiteastgippsland.com.au for one of 12 chances to WIN!

Stay with us

Snuggle up in one of the region’s hotels, motels or resorts. Say "hello" to a B&B with friendly local hospitality. Book into a cabin or caravan park, or hire a motor cruiser and spend a night – or a week – aboard.  With so many choices, you're going to need an extra week.



This itinerary will lead you to some fun, local gems around the Gippsland Lakes.

Welcome to East Gippsland. Upon entering Bairnsdale, take the time to let the kids stretch their legs. The All abilities playground and adjacent Bairnsdale Skatepark is the perfect place for this and while you’re in town, ensure you grab a bite to eat or a coffee from one of our favourites. If there is anything you need to stock up on or just feel the need for a little holiday retail therapy - you have plenty of choices in Bairnsdale to do this.

Add more adventure: Howitt Park – Home of the big yellow slide and the iconic flying fox. Or head to Benchelo’s indoor play centre


Bairnsdale - Paynesville (20 Minutes)

Take the scenic route along the Mitchell River as you get your first glimpse of our magical Gippsland Lakes. Paynesville welcomes you with a seaside vibe. Boats moore along every jetty, swans wander and the locals say hi.Kids3

Are you ready to spot some cute and fuzzy friends? Well wait no longer and catch yourself a ferry ride to Raymond Island. A free service for pedestrians and bike riders, or drive your car for a small fee. Once the ferry journey is over, it’s only a few steps to the start of the Koala Trail.

Add more adventure: Ride the Koalas / Sail Safari


Eagle Point

Eagle Point is just around the corner from Paynesville (5 minute drive) or take the scenic Bike ride / Walk and offers up some real treats. The Mitchell River Silt Jetties are worth the look.
Local tip: The silt jetties make for an easy family bike ride too.
Eagle Point Bay is a popular water play area with sandy lakeside beaches; it's great for a whole bunch of water activities.

Add more adventure: Parks Vic offer school holiday activities at the Mitchell River Silt Jetties


Paynesville to Buchan (via Bruthen) (60 minutes)

Take a short drive to our low-lying Alpine town of Bruthen. This little township hosts some great festivals if you are lucky enough to catch one. It’s the perKids1fect place to take a break with a range of antique and collectable stores, a beautiful gallery, cafe, bakery, teahouse and brewery! Ok. A brewery may not come across as kid friendly, but Mum and Dad will certainly like a visit and they cater well for the little ones with their surrounding deck area and special kids menu.


Next stop - Buchan.

This little town has it’s very own underground world. Dating back millions of years you can take a tour of a real cave! The caves themselves are absolutely
astonishing and will keep little minds ticking away for hours. The surrounding park area is filled with kangaroos, gorgeous deciduous trees - changing the scenery throughout the year, a selection of short walks, perfect for little legs and if you are keen and you can even camp the night here in one of their picturesque campsites.

Events to pencil into the calendar: Buchan Rodeo / Picnic Races


Buchan - Lakes Entrance (Via Nowa Nowa) (40 minutes)

Enjoy the bush landscapes as you travel the road to Nowa Nowa. This town features a series of short walks with artistic flair dotted along the way. If your kids are still bouncing with energy and enthusiasm, you can access the East Gippsland Rail Trail for walking or bike riding.

We know all this fresh air and activity is going to make you hungry - so make sure you refuel your bodies with a Hamburger from Mingling Buchan2Waters Cafe.

Add more adventure: Nowa Nowa is home to an epic Mountain Bike park. Pack your pedals and get your ride on.

* If you have time to take a short (5 minute) detour, Lake Tyers Beach is well worth it! 



Lakes Entrance will welcome you with a stunning vista over the magnificent Ninety Mile Beach. You can spend your days soaking up the sun, sand and salt water or exploring the Lakes. The kids are sure to be impressed by the array of mini-golf courses in town and we cannot guarantee the competitive stakes which will present.

Next stop we recommend is the Griffith’s Seashell Museum. And of course you must enjoy some local fish and chips by the seashore. A perfect place for this is the Apex Foreshore Playground. This place will keep the kids entertained for hours!

Add more adventure: Saltwater Creative offer a super-fun school holiday program


Lakes Entrance - Metung (25 minutes) 

Enjoy the drive along the Nungurner road and swing by Nyerimilang Heritage Park. This park takes you back in time and the surrounding gardens are a great place to enjoy some fresh air with gorgeous views and walks to exert some of that little energy. 

Metung features even more opportunities for water play. Pack a picnic from The Local and roll out the picnic mat on the shoreline as the kids trample in the watMelbSyd2er, collect shells and rocks or cast a line. The village also sneaks in a quaint splash park, natural focused playground and surrounding green lawns which pair perfectly with a latte for Mum and Dad.


Still needing to burn some energy? Metung has kilometers of lakeside boardwalks, popular for fishing and walking, with a high chance of spotting dolphins playing in the Lake.


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In East Gippsland, we bring you the challenge of adventure with this all-star line up. 

Lakes Entrance 

Let's get the adrenalin pumping by beginning with an orientation to the region - from the air! There is no better way to get an understanding of East Gippsland than to see if from above. Add more excitement by choosing the HELIPSUP tour which will have you paddling down the Gippsland Lakes on top of a stand up paddle board. 

We've hardly broken the ice of our adventure itinerary. Whilst in Lakes Entrance, it's your perfect opportunity to jump on board a charter fishing vessel. Choose either a lake or ocean experience and see for yourself what all the fuss is about by fishing these waters. 

Lakes Entrance and surrounds also provides the perfect playground for these adventure activities:

- Water skiing and Jet skiingSUP

- Kayaking, Canoeing and SUP

- Mountain biking, road cycling

- Hiking

- Surfing, Swimming and diving

* There is a fitness circuit around the Lakes Entrance foreshore, and the Lakes Entrance Aquadome incorporates a casual gym, swimming pool, spa and sauna facilities. 

When all this adrenalin wears off and it's time to add some nutrients to the body, we recommending tasting fresh, local seafood at one of our cafes and restaurants and be sure to grab a cold brew from the Red Bluff Brewery


Lakes Entrance - Buchan (40 minutes)

We don't think you will ever have enough of Lakes Entrance and surrounds but when it's time to move on, let's head to Buchan. Buchan will bring you into the hills, a small rural community with some awesome opportunities for caving! The underground oasis here is incredible, and not to be missed. The Buchan Caves reserve is a tranquil area complete with walking trails, local wildlife and a very cold running stream for anyone game enough to test the waters. 

Hiking is aplenty in the Buchan region. Our favourites include Tulloch Ard and Raymond Creek Falls.Buchan2

Recharge after a long day at the Buchan Caves Hotel. 

Events to pencil into the calendar: Buchan Rodeo. This annual event held on Easter Sunday is a must-do!

Buchan - Omeo (1 hour 45 minutes)

The Great Alpine Road - Weaving and winding and full of adventure opportunities. This route will take you from Bruthen  to Omeo with opportunities to stop and explore at almost every corner. But you came for adventure and outdoors - so lets get started with either fly fishing, white water rafting or mountain biking. Let's also mention the copious amounts of 4WD tracks, hiking and horse riding. Where will you start? Now, Omeo is only a hop-skip and a jump from our neighbours up at Dinner Plain, here you can snow ski, toboggan, Mountain bike, trail run and end the day with a high-altitude brew. 


Omeo - Bruthen (1 hour 15 minutes)

Locals call this route "coming back down the mountain". So we think it's time to relax a little. After all the adventure take some time to stop in at the Pressing shed café or have a tasting at the Ensay Winery

Don't want to relax? Cassilis is an old gold-mining town which now resembles a ghost-town. However there is an abundance of walking trails and strong history and relics amongst the hills. You may even like to try your luck and gold finding?

Nunniong State Forest is another option to put your 4WD skills to the test. Admire Moscow Villa Hut,  walk the Bentley Creek walk and keep your eyes opened for brumbies. 


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