Metung Things to Do
Metung is a small Village of 1100 permanent residents located on a narrow peninsula of land separating Bancroft Bay and Lake King.
People come here to relax and many come for the excellent fishing.
The lake has a lot of wildlife as it is a protected area. The lake and wetlands is home to 20,000 waterbirds, some travel from Siberia and Alaska to here. The more common ones are black swans, chestnut teals and musk ducks, as well as many fairy terns. I read there is 300 species of native fauna species, another good chance to spot some on a walking trail around the lake.
What I haven't seen are the bottlenosed Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis), fifty of them live in Lake King. This is a rare species of Dolphin only found here and in Port Phillip Bay.
The gentle giants of the ocean, the southern right whales and humpback whales can be seen at the Lakes entrance.
I wasn't looking for wildflowers as it was the wrong season, but if your here in Spring, I'm sure you will find some as there are 400 indigenous flora species, three plants, two of them being orchid species, are listed as endangered.
Riviera Scenic, located at 185 Metung Road, offer afternoon excursions
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm - 5.00pm
Phone (03) 5156 2243.
Seniors/ Conc / Local* $35.00
Child (6 years - 16 years) $20.00
Many cruises come here from the nearby town of Lakes Entrance.Related to:
- Whale Watching
- Sailing and Boating
THE CHARLES EDWARD SILHOUETTE
I came across the "Charles Edward" silhouette situated beside the shore on my walk near Shaving Point. The Charles Edward was an iron hulled paddle steamer built in Dunbarton, Scotland in 1864. As I didn't know anything about this Paddle steamer, I was happy to find an interpretive sign beside it.
It read the 129 foot 185 ton ship, with a 60 hp motor, was built for the Gippsland Steam Navigation Company, later to be named The Gippsland Lakes Navigation Company. Whether it was intended to carry passengers or not, I am not sure, how-ever it did have suitable accommodation in the saloon for passengers. In 1865, the steam ship ran regularly between Melbourne and the Gippsland Lakes with Captain Darby in charge. She was advertised as leaving Queen's Wharf, Melbourne on Mondays at 8 pm for Sale, Bairnsdale and Stratford via Port Albert, I imagine quite a big trip and an adventure in those times. When passengers arrived at Metung, they were informed that Bairnsdale was within one day's travel of the great gold fields of North Gippsland - I wondered how many came for a holiday or to try there luck finding gold.
The Steamer nearly became ship-wrecked several times on the Victorian coast, luck was with her though. In 1876, the Charles Edward was sold to New Zealand.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Arts and Culture
WALK FROM BANCROFT BAY TO SHAVING POINT
There is a good shared cycling/footpath that follows Lake King from Bancroft Bay to Shaving Point. Once again, my husband dropped me off so I could do the walk and meet him at the end.
It's a really nice walk, although the weather changed suddenly from sun/cloud to strong stormy cold winds, the lake turned grey and had many whitecaps and I was cold before reaching the car.
Bancroft Bay was pretty, Yachts bobbed around in the water, the jetty had Cormorants and Pelicans resting on the wooden railings. This area had many upmarket units overlooking the Lake, there position was nice and so was the price. Around the jetty area birds such as Honeyeaters, White-faced and White-necked Herons, Egrets, Thornbills, the Superb Fairy-wren, and a variety of Cuckoos including the Channel-billed Cuckoo can be seen through out the year, as I have seen all these Iwas more interested in keeping an eye on the lake, hoping to see one of the rare Dolphins or Seals, no such luck!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking