Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 34 | LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE CENTRAL GIPPSLAND Explore the vast expanses of Australia’s longest beach Australia’s longest beach can be found right here in Gippsland. From Mcloughlins Beach to the wide-open waterways of Lakes Entrance, lies the Ninety Mile Beach – a pristine stretch of golden sand that separates the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait. This is one of the most natural and unspoilt beaches in the world and is ideal for any number of beach activities from surf fishing to swimming or walking, seasonal whale and dolphin-spotting, building sandcastles, running up and down the dunes or just lazing in the sun. Come for a drive to The Middle of Everywhere and explore the coastal towns located along Ninety Mile Beach: Mcloughlins Beach Just 15 minutes from Yarram, Mcloughlins Beach is amongst the southernmost beaches on the Ninety Mile Beach. The estuary and beach make for ideal fishing spots and there is also a two-ramp boat ramp for boaties, jetty and footbridge. With plenty of bird life, native fauna, photographic opportunities and walking tracks, Mcloughlins Beach is a fantastic day out…but bring snacks as there aren’t any shops. Woodside This tiny coastal community offers a relaxed vibe to enjoy the vast Ninety Mile Beach with patrolled swimming during the summer months. Easy beachside parking, general store for all your drink and snack needs, caravan park and the Surf Life Saving Club bar and restaurant are also open over the summer months. Seaspray With large grassy reserves, easy foreshore access, playground, toilets, barbecue and picnic facilities, Seaspray is the perfect stopover. The beach is patrolled over summer months and the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club offers a great meal with a great view from its restaurant. A fantastic caravan park is on offer, and the General Store has brilliant fish and chips – grab some and head to the park or the beach. Golden Beach Golden Beach is situated within the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park on the stunning Ninety Mile Beach just 25 minutes from Sale. This gorgeous coastal town offers a 9-hole golf course where the main attractions are the kangaroos that inhabit the fairways. The town has an RV Park and general store offering perfect fish and chips, fuel and groceries including fresh bread, liquor, bait and gas bottles. Around six-and-a-half kilometres south-west of Golden Beach, is the Trinculo shipwreck. Be sure to stop off and take a look at her iron spine sticking out of the sand after she ran aground due to bad weather in 1858. Loch Sport This hugely popular seaside village is ideally positioned between the waters of Lake Victoria and Bass Strait. Loch Sport is one of the larger towns along the Ninety Mile Beach, with facilities including a supermarket and many varying accommodation options. Hire a kayak and take a paddle around Lake Victoria, grab a round of golf, watch the action from the waterside Loch Sport Marina Hotel or check out one of the surrounding national parks. And be sure to check out the new Art Trail featuring works from amazing artist, Simon White. To find out more, scan the QR code on this page. Gippsland’s magnificent Ninety Mile Beach. PB13871