Lakes Entrance is situated between Bairnsdale and Orbost in Victoria, Australia. It is a man-made channel that links Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea with a network of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes. This small towns proximity to Melbourne, and it’s waterfront position make it a very popular holiday destination all year round. There’s a a good selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options on the Esplanade that runs along the shoreline of the Cunninghame Arm inlet, with marinas and attractive foreshore gardens at the water’s edge. Like many seaside towns, entertainment at Lakes Entrance revolves around water activities and sea food. You can take a boat ride through the lakes or fish from the many marinas and jetties. Lakes Entrance is in fact the base of one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets and there’s a Fisherman’s Co-Op, located on Bullock island that sells a wide variety of freshly caught fish to the public. Of course, if you’d prefer your fish on a plate, why not dine at one of the many seafood restaurants?
We arrived in time for brunch, so fish didn’t seem like an appealing choice, but luckily we dined at a delightful restaurant on the marina that served excellent breakfast options. The Ferryman’s Seafood Cafe was relaxed and uncrowded on the weekday, winter morning. The service was friendly and attentive, and the breakfast choices as good as any trendy city cafe. We can highly recommend the Toasted Muesli with Fruit Compote and the Sourdough Toast topped with Grilled Tomatoes and Avocado. Above all, the best thing about this cafe however was the view. We sat out on the deck watching the boats bobbing on the calm sea, and Pelicans looking for a feed from the fishermen.
A number of lookouts provide panoramic views over Lakes Entrance and the surrounding waterways, however, for one of the best views of the area, a drive along the appropriately named Seaview Parade for outstanding views over the town centre, marinas, Cunninghame Arm and down to the Ninety Mile Beach. We only visited this charming holiday spot for a morning, but the locals and the scenery made a definite impression on us, we’ll be back for another visit one day. For those passing through on a road trip from Melbourne and on to southern New South Wales, make sure to include the small detour that takes in Lakes Entrance, you won’t be disappointed.