Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 89 9 Kurnai Ave, Metung, Vic, 3904 T (03) 5156 2166 F (03) 5156 2176 E PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE NOWA NOWA Uncover a true escape in Metung In a peaceful corner of the Gippsland Lakes, Metung is tucked away like a well kept secret, offering a true escape and a chance to share simple pleasures. Steeped in a history of boats, fishing and gentle lifestyles, the town is both incredibly romantic and fabulous for families. Stroll along the boardwalk, watch yachts sail by, set up a deckchair for a spot of fishing, dine in the crisp air or take a rejuvenating dip in Lake King – there are so many ways to enjoy the town and its surrounding waterways. RESORT-STYLE GOLFING A major drawcard is the town’s own resort-style golf course at Kings Cove, open for everyone’s enjoyment. The golf course is a challenging par 72 with nine holes that, with clever tee placement, offers the player an 18-hole layout in excess of 6000 metres. Its greens are stunning, wide, and generous, and with well-maintained fairways a most enjoyable day’s golf is ensured. After a hit of nine or 18 holes, the clubhouse is fresh and welcoming with a trained barista and a top assortment of beers and local wines. It has something for everyone’s relaxing needs. All members of the public are also invited to enjoy Kings Cove’s beautifully located restaurant, for a light lunch or snack. The club is open Tuesday to Sunday, an honour system operating on Mondays. Green fee players are always welcome. THE SMILING CHEF A great spot to eat, right in the heart of the Metung Village, is The Smiling Chef Café. Owned and operated by two local chefs who simply love food, it offers a delicious variety on its all-day breakfast menu, and lunch from 11am. The food is fun, fresh and funky and the Kids Bites menu will have even the fussiest of little eaters with a smile on their faces. Enjoy a relaxing meal or a snack and pair it with hot coffee or tea, a fresh juice, smoothie or milkshake. You’ll be glad you visited The Smiling Chef. LEGEND ROCK Lying in shallow water by the shore of Bancroft Bay, opposite the yacht club, the rock is part of a legend of the original Gunaikurnai inhabi- tants - One day, some fisher- men had caught many fish with their nets, eating the catch around their campfire. As guardians of the social law, the women saw that the men had eaten more than enough but had not fed their dogs, and as punishment for their greed the fishermen were turned to stone. Legend Rock holds great spiritual value for the Gunaikurnai people and the story serves as a reminder of the laws of the land, this story showing that greed would bring punishment. Originally there were three rocks in the formation at Metung, however two were unfortunately destroyed during road construction in the 1960s. The remaining rock was preserved when community members and Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative had an injunction issued. The Legend Rock continues to be protected under the Heritage Act of Victoria. Walk Metung’s boardwalk and pass Legend Rock, which holds great spiritual value for the Gunaikurnai people. Photo: Visit Victoria