Lakes Entrance, some 350kms east of Melbourne, is just that – built at a man-made channel that breaks through 90 Mile Beach to connect the 400 sq kilometre network of the Gippsland Lakes with the Bass Strait and Tasman Sea.
As a result, its become a popular holiday destination, appealing to all tastes and budgets, as well as a busy commercial fishing centre.
The town itself is built on the Cunninghame Arm inlet, running east-west, with water on both sides (imagine a finger), with a footbridge built to connect the main esplanade with the beach and the open seas. It's all about location – it's not the most attractive of towns, with The Esplanade a concentration of fast food eateries, cafes, motels and tourist-oriented product.
Considering its location, activities are geared towards water sports - with boat hire, cruises, marina, fishing jaunts etc readily available. But a 20 minute drive in any direction will bring you to some stunning spots - Lake Tyers Beach and Forest Park, Nowa Nowa and its famed trestle bridge, Nungurner Bay, Metung, the historic Nyerimilang Homestead and Park. And just a little further afield, Buchan Caves.