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.

Make family memories

 

East Gippsland is the place to come for creating those family memories. There is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what your interests are, or what time of the year.

Kids can be kids. There is space to roam, room to fly and time to play in East Gippsland. 

Visiting during School Holidays? East Gippsland steps up the excitement with a great range of School holiday activities.  

 

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To help get you started, we have hand picked a couple of activities categorised by town to help get your visit to East Gippsland planning underway! 

Keeping in mind that a lot of these towns are reasonably close to each other - so be sure to check out the adjoining towns while you are here! 

 

Paynesville

Paynesville, surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes is the perfect place to wind down and relax and enjoy.

Walks - The beach walks around Paynesville are beautiful, and you will find many hidden coves and playgrounds on your adventure. Check out some of the walks here: https://www.alltrails.com/australia/victoria/paynesville--2

Raymond Island - No matter what age you are, you will love the koala trail at Raymond Island. Head across on the ferry and enjoy the nature of Raymond Island. You can search for koalas by foot following this map, or you can Ride a Surrey Bike in search of Koalas. Find out more here: https://www.ridethekoalas.com.au/

Eat - You cant go past fish and chips by the beach. Paynesville is full of options for Fish and Chips. Check out Cafe Toonalook, Pier 70, Mr Pizza & The Ferry Cafe

Play -  Paintsville Art Club  offer art classes for kids 6+, teenagers and adults. Also Birthday Parties and Paint & Sip Events.  

There are a variety of Play Grounds in Paynesville - Sunset Cove, Main Beach and Paynesville Skate Park just to name a few!  

Relax and explore the Gippsland Lakes on a cruise with H20 Tours and Adventures  

                                                                          

 

Metung

Metung is a picturesque village located on the Gippsland Lakes. Metung is known for its views and easy access to the Lakes system. The kids will LOVE Metung.....So will the adults!

Walks - The Metung Waterfront Walk This 5.3km return walk from Chinamans Creek to Shaving Point is perfect for the kids - they can ride their bikes along the board walk and search for dolphins and seals swimming past. The back beach at Metung is also a nice easy walk and the the sunsets there are 10/10!

Eat - You cant go past a meal at The Metung Hotel. With a kids menu and plenty of grass on the foreshore for the kids to run around on while you take in the views across the lake - it's a win win for everyone. The kids might even spot a fish or two off the jetty! Aroma Metung is another great choice, also with a large kids meal and located right on the village green. So let the kids play while you relax! The Metung Bakery is also a must to check out, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks - there is something for everyone to enjoy here!!! 

Play - Patterson Park Metung is not only an amazing natural playground, but in the summer months - it also has a splash park connected to it! Located right in the centre of town, you cant miss it! 

Do you want to spend the day on a boat exploring the lakes? Or even a night? Then check out Riviera Nautic You can day hire and no licence is required! Go explore the secluded coves around Metung, do a spot of fishing or even go park across at Boole Poole Peninsula and spot some of the kangaroos! Kids are sure to love this one! 

The beach at Metung is a perfect secluded spot. With rocks and shells to forage through and crystal clear water - pack the beach toys and boogie board and jump in! 

Whether you are walking, riding or on the scooter - there is so much to explore in Metung. Kids will love it! 

Lakes Entrance

Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring Lakes Entrance is full of activity and adventures waiting to be had!

Walks - Whether you packed the kids scooters and bikes, or you are just on foot. The Esplanade Walk provides you with a great waterfront view. Stop a look at all the fishing boats coming in (maybe even pick up some fresh seafood straight off the boat) and walk from town all the way down to Bullock Island. 

The Entrance Walk is one of our all time favourites. Walk over the footbridge in the centre of town and you can do the full loop along the lake and back along the ocean (or vice versa). By foot only this one, no flat surfaces for bikes and scooters for the kids. There are stairs as well. But when you get to the Entrance there is a pretty high chance you will see some seals laying around on the rocks and maybe even some dolphins! If it is too far to do the entire loop (approx 5km) then just do a part of it - you wont be disappointed. 

The Kalimna Jetty Walk is one of the hidden gems of Lakes Entrance, this out-of-the-way walk affords some of the best and most uncluttered views over the town and extensive system of waterways this region is famed for. Start and finish at The Marine Parade Reserve Playground and let the kids have a play!

Eat - When you're at the beach - you have to have Fish & Chips at least once. There are lots of local eateries to choose from! But if you want to take the kids out for a sit down meal, Lakes Entrance has you covered with a playground to entertain the kids while you are out. The Lakes Entrance Sports and Community Club is right on the Esplanade and has a huge outdoor playground for the kids. While the Lakes Entrance Bowls Club has you covered for wet weather with an indoor playground. 

Play - If you're in Lakes Entrance, you must go to the Beach. Go along the footbridge and across the dunes to the surf beach. It is patrolled in the summer months. Great beaches on the lake too. Lakes Entrance should also be known as the home of minigolf. Don't let the weather stop you, with both indoor and outdoor mini golf options available.

If you are looking to be a bit adventurous, make sure you check out Venture Out! With loads of activities for young and old. Whether that be Paddle boarding the lakes or downhill mountain biking. If you visit in the School Holidays they are usually running some additional kids sessions.  For those that enjoy being a bit more creative, The Salt Water Creative Co is the perfect place to visit. You can view local artists and their creations in the studio, or put on an apron and get on with creating your own masterpiece. With resin art, decorating skate boards, pottery classes and more to choose from - we are sure you will find something to keep you entertained there. 

In the Summer Months Lakes Entrance hosts the Lakes Entrance Aqua Park. A huge inflatable obstacle course located right next to the Footbridge in the centre of town. 

There are loads of things to keep you and the family entertained in Lakes Entrance. Check out the this link for more ideas on what to do when you visit Lakes Entrance next! 

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