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Lakes Entrance

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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food
Published August 3rd 2010
I love the beach in the cooler months. Not only do you not have to jostle with crowds for a car park, the rugged-up solitude amidst the elements really drives home the raw beauty and wonder of nature. Lakes Entrance, undoubtedly also fabulous in summer, is a great place to visit in any season.

More fondly known as 'The Entrance', it is indeed an entrance into endless seaside charm, beauty and water activities. It's situated on the edge of the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach one of the world's longest and most attractive stretches of beach where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.

There are all sorts of things to see and do. Here's a taste (literally):

Buy just-caught, fresh-as-can-be seafood from a trawler or local fish shop and savour some of the country's best seafood.

Maybe catch your own from any number of fishing spots, whether picturesque estuary, river, beach or offshore.

- Charter a boat if your sailing skills are good enough, or take the lazy route by catching the sights on a cruise. Look out for frolicking dolphins in winter and spring.

Stroll the picturesque promenade, stopping for coffee and enjoying the area's many fine restaurants.

If you're heading up, I recommend checking out the official Visitor's Guide here, so you can plan your trip in the way that suits you best.

I also recommend staying for at least a week. I'm not sure about you, but I find it takes me a couple of days before I wind down and really start to enjoy myself. Of course, if you can stay longer, do. You won't lack for things to do. Here are some ideas for great places to stay.
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Why? For a winter escape on the Gippsland Lakes.
Where: Approx 4 hours (319 kms) from Melbourne along the Princes Highway.
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