PAGE 86 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE Est. 1920 Ph. (03) 5155 1246 Post Office Jetty Lakes Entrance. Mob 0409 946 292 info peelscruises.com.au www.peelscruises.com.au - See abundant wildlife in our corner of Victoria - Cruise the lakes of East Gippsland in class and style Our skippers will open your eyes to delights unseen - are you up to it?! We’ve been cruising the lakes since 1920. Escape from it all in the privacy of your own island 0490 341 311 or 0402 715 676 | PO Box 202, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.fraserislandretreat.com.au Fraser Island is a 30 hectare island set in the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes. Enjoy visting kangaroos, parrots and wildlife and take in the waterways with bountiful fishing and boating. • 65 square homestead • 11 bedrooms • Accommodation for up to 38 people • Plus extra accommodation for 12 people in a bunkhouse • Family friendly atmosphere • Tennis courts • Swimming pool • 9-hole golf course • Weddings, private or business functions PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE NOWA NOWA Fishing fleet home As its name suggests, Lakes Entrance is situated at the entrance to the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway, and a popular destination year round. The entrance to the lake system we know today is actually two kilometres west of the original natural access point. Despite being suitably deep, the original channel was inconsistent in that it would shift back and forth along the sand barrier. Work began on the new entrance project in 1869 but it was not until 1889 that the sea finally broke through. As a holiday town with a large emphasis on water activities and a high concentration of marinas and jetties, it is no surprise that Lakes Entrance is the base of one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets. Be sure to have a meal of fresh fish purchased from local shops or straight off the boat in one of the many eateries. Shopping, dining and beautiful beaches and waterways for fishing, swimming, surfing and all manner of water activities, are all within walking distance when you stay in Lakes Entrance. A great place to stay is Ocean Bridge Holiday Units. Head out the back gate of Ocean Bridge Quality Units and you’re just a stone’s throw away from shopping, restaurants, cafés and the world-famous 90 Mile Beach. No need to call a taxi... everything is within easy walking distance. Even the V-Line bus stop is right out the front. The 10 diligently maintained units provide a wonderful atmosphere, leading out onto lawns with plenty of space, a sparkling pool for a relaxing dip and a centrally located undercover entertainment area. And if you’re looking to get a little crafty with some top quality yarn, why not pop into Stitches ‘N’ Things on the Esplanade where you can pick up all your knitting and patchwork needs and more? Lakes Entrance sits where the Gippsland Lakes meet the ocean and as such is the perfect base for one of the country’s largest fishing fleets.