Lakes Entrance is a popular destination in the Gippsland region, about a four and a half hour drive east from Melbourne.
Many familes come for the fishing and the views but even if you don't fish, it's the perfect small town getaway. Here are a few different activities you can get up to besides fishing:
Okay, not too different from fishing, but it is a little easier to do! The Lakes area is known as a good spot for catching small sand crabs. They're small but their meat is quite tasty.
Make sure you have a Victorian Fisher's Licence and a crab hoop net that complies with the regulations. We couldn't find any at camping stores in Melbourne, but the Lakes Entrance fishing stores sell them for around $15-$20.
A shop owner sold us squid as bait but apparently chicken is the way to go!
Bullock Island is a popular place to head to for crabs but you can also catch some off the piers in the main town. It's usually better to go in the evening or late at night. It's easy to do but sometimes it all just depends on luck.
It was winter, so they only open the store if they have bookings. It was great that they were able to arrange someone to hand us the bikes as the owner was away on holiday. The gentleman was also very helpful in adjusting our bikes to suit us.
If you're a little more adventurous/experienced, Venture Out also run mountain bike tours. For more information click here.
3. Geocaching The Lakes area has some great views, but I wouldn't say it has many hikes to explore them. So we tried a bit of geocaching - I do mention this activity often, but it's a really great way of exploring unknown places you wouldn't normally go to.
Another spot we discovered about 15-20 minutes from the main town was Nungurner. As it was out of town, it was less crowded and even more peaceful. There were BBQ's, toilets and a picnic area, making it perfect for a lunch stop.