Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 76 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE !** ~ MV Lady Jodie ~ %%! $ ( + " " %' ' ()# ( ') ( ') -( $ # $)( (& " % ( %$( %' " ' ) %$( %%" , *'( %$( / ' $( '( )% ! " ! #&( '/ #/2(0%0 !3!(*!"*% 2. 1- .!00%,&%/0 --$ /(,)0 ( ) . -#%$ (" $ . )*$ . $ )- " . $ ' $ . %) # (" $ . & '# " +!(* !0'4-/1'+!/(1(+% "(&.-,$ #-+ !2 Water lover’s bliss Based in the centre of Australia’s largest lake system, and with canals carving their way through town, Paynesville offers visitors a unique waterside location. The town is widely considered Victoria’s boating capital, anglers and lovers of watercraft flocking to the area year round. Built on the traditions of fishing in the 1870s, these traditions have carried through to present day, recreational anglers seeking the renowned black bream and mullet still making a beeline to the lakeside town. Paynesville boasts direct access to both Lake King and Lake Victoria, so there’s no question as to why sailors, jet and water skiers, kite boarders, windsurfers, kayakers and canoeists all love it. Onshore there are large lawn expanses, stretches of sand, boat ramps and a pier along the southern shoreline. Walking and cycling around town is a marvellous way to take in the sights. The Sunset Cove Walk takes in terrific views of the waterway, starting at the craft centre on the Esplanade and following the Lake around as it becomes Newlands Arm and Backwater, passing boats and jetties along the way. Another is the Paynesville-Eagle Point track. Look for the sign just before the service station on the main road. The wetland along this track has a great variety of birdlife and it’s a kangaroo haven. Take a drive back towards Bairnsdale and check out the Mitchell River Silt Jetties. They are the longest silt jetties you’ll find in the world. There are a number of places where visitors and locals eat out along both the southern and eastern sections of the main esplanade. A distinctive Paynesville attraction is St Peter’s Anglican Church located in an elevated position on Sunset Drive that overlooks Newlands Arm. It has been architecturally designed to resemble a ship and was built from Gippsland limestone bricks in 1961. COMMUNITY CRAFTING Situated in a prime position right on the beautiful Paynesville foreshore of Lake Victoria, on the corner of Sunset Drive, is a real treasure trove - the Paynesville Community Craft Centre. Looking directly out across the Paynesville waters through to Lake Victoria, the centre is full of locally hand made products including knitted and crocheted beanies, scarves, baby wear, toys, wooden crafts, bags, jewellery, soy candles, ceramics, needlework, hats and souvenirs. Children will delight in the finger puppets and novelty items while adults will marvel at the work, love and devotion put into many of the pieces. There is also a good stock of tourist maps and visitor information guides. Since opening in 1979, the centre has been completely staffed by volunteers allowing the profits to continue to be donated back to local community groups and projects. Pop in from 10am daily and follow the Paynesville Community Craft Centre on Facebook. In the heart of the Gippsland Lakes and with easy access to all its waterways, Paynesville is popular with water lovers. PHOTO: Visit Victoria