"The Gippsland Lakes - and surrounding areas" Gippsland Lakes by tiabunna
Gippsland Lakes Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 17 photos
The Gippsland Lakes are one of those marvellous and little-appreciated parts of Australia – by other Australians, let alone overseas visitors! I’d even go so far as to suggest they are virtually unknown outside Victoria. Because the lakes are one of the defining features of East Gippsland (a region of eastern Victoria larger than many European countries, but without a ‘VT destination’ heading) I propose to broaden this page to encompass some of the adjacent area.
The Lakes, which are some 270km east of Melbourne, cover a distance of a little over 80km east to west and are the largest permanent lake system in Australia. (If you are unfamiliar with Australia, but have seen the large inland lakes on the map, it’s important to realise that those are anything but permanent, usually they are just large salt pans). The Gippsland Lakes are surrounded by dairy farm country, large forests, interesting little beachside villages, quiet rivers, and are fringed on the ocean side by the “90 mile beach”.
We have driven past the lakes many times and, some years back, had a delightful week on a chartered yacht there with our now-grown children. As we drove through the area recently, we (again) promised ourselves another holiday there some time Real Soon Now. I’ve managed to find some old photos taken on our sailing trip (unfortunately, mainly video taken at that time) and took a few more on our recent drive-through: as I turn up more I shall add to this page, otherwise it will have to wait for that planned holiday!
- Pros:Another lovely and largely unspoiled area
- Cons:Not for those who feel a need for bright lights, theme parks and glitz
- In a nutshell:A very pleasant area for an enjoyable beachside holiday
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