Autumn Escapes At Gippsland Lakes

27th March 2024

Autumn Escapes At Gippsland Lakes

Autumn has officially arrived in Victoria, and if you’re craving an autumn escape alone or with the family, there’s no better place to be than Gippsland Lakes.

Located in East Gippsland, the Gippsland Lakes are Australia’s largest and most stunning inland waterway system. The lakes are made up of a network of sandy coastal lakes, marshes, and blue lagoons spanning over 600 square kilometres.

While Gippsland Lakes is a famous spot to visit in summer, autumn is an underrated season to enjoy the lake's scenic wonders. If you’re thinking of visiting Gippsland Lakes, here are some of the top things you can do in the region for an idyllic autumn escape.

Good Read: Six Things to Do in East Gippsland (by Locals Themselves!)

Explore the surrounding outdoor wonders

Travellers who enjoy outdoor activities will not be disappointed in Gippsland Lakes. The cooler autumn weather is perfect for walks and hikes around its iconic parks like the Lakes National Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

Alternatively, the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail is another way to experience the area, with tracks suitable for cyclists at different experience levels. Meanwhile, those looking for a more exciting ride can consider the mountain bike tracks along Lakes Entrance, which are also available at various difficulty levels.

For some exciting water activities, the Lakes Entrance is famous for boating, fishing, and just about any watersports activity. Alternatively, try your luck surf fishing at Ninety Mile Beach!

See the wildlife in their habitat

Gippsland Lakes is where marine life, birds, and other local wildlife thrive. Because of its unspoilt natural environment, visitors can see these animals in their natural habitat. It is truly an experience unlike any other.

Take a tour boat to Rotamah Island, where kangaroos, wallabies, and an array of birds live in the scenic bushland. There is also the famous Raymond Island with its koala colony to enjoy, with plenty of tour boats to take travellers to the island conveniently.

Lucky travellers can also see whales migrating in late autumn. So if you’re travelling in May, keep an eye out over the horizon at Ninety Mile Beach or Lake Tyers Beach for these magnificent sea creatures.

Explore unique experiences

For a truly unique experience, what better way to explore Gippsland Lakes than on the water itself?

To see one of the wonders of East Gippsland, exploring the Mitchell River Silt Jetties in Eagle Point is a must-do. These renowned, naturally formed silt banks span over 8 km, making them the second-largest silt jetties in the world. Visitors in this location can also head to its Bluff Lookout point for that perfect picture.

To get the most out of the lakes, there are plenty of tour operators offering boat tours and scenic cruises from Lakes Entrance to the surrounding islands. From sunset cruises to educational island tours, it's one of the best ways to navigate the area.

Travellers looking for something extra special can also take a scenic helicopter flight from Lakes Entrance Helicopters. This enjoyable helicopter ride allows visitors to take in the stunning scenery of the Silt Jetties, Lakes Entrance and Ninety Mile Beach coastline.

Visiting local businesses and venues

Gippsland Lakes is surrounded by local businesses, cafes, and restaurants with friendly owners. Visiting local towns such as Paynesville and the tranquil Metung village offers a relaxing break away from the hustle and enjoy the slow, quieter days.

For the best cafes, consider visiting Northern Ground and Long Paddock for an amazing breakfast and coffee. Some of the region's best seasonal food is also available at Soda Fish and Sardine Dining, where the best food in the region is sampled through a changing menu. Do make a reservation if you’re planning to visit these restaurants.

Alcohol lovers will love the array of local wineries and breweries to cosy up on the cooler days. Taste some of Victoria’s award-winning wines in Lightfoot Wines, Tambo Estate Wine, and Wyanga Park Winery. Meanwhile, Five Aces Brewing Co. and Good Land Brewing Co. are just two of the many breweries available for local beers and food.

The East Gippsland region is rich in history, and visiting a museum or local art gallery is the best way to learn about it. See the diverse works of artists in the region at the East Gippsland Art Gallery, and go back in time (with a lovely picnic at the end!) through a guided tour of the Nyerimilang Heritage Park.

The Waterfront Retreat: Best accommodation to experience Gippsland Lakes

Gippsland Lakes in Australia is an undisturbed oasis well deserving of its popularity among tourists. If you’re looking to experience the wonders of the region in a cooler climate and fewer crowds, then autumn is the perfect time to visit.

To experience the best of Gippsland Escapes for your autumn escape, book your accommodation at The Waterfront Retreat at Wattle Point.