PAGE 92 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE NOWA NOWA Nyerimilang Park Near the resort towns of Metung and Lakes Entrance, Nyerimilang Park is a popular visitor attraction offering magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife. The highlight is historic Nyerimilang Homestead, set among semi-formal gardens on a cliff top above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Enjoy a picnic, take a scenic walk along bush tracks and past wetland areas, and discover the old farm cottage and sheds. For more information visit parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963. Historic gem overlooking the Lakes A little gem in East Gippsland, Nyerimilang Park has had a colourful history that dates back to 1884. Many owners have enjoyed residing at Nyerimilang over the years, the property originally used as a base for fishing and shooting holidays at the Gippsland Lakes. Successive owners developed the land, built the homestead and planted the beautiful gardens that can still be seen today, until the property was eventually purchased by the Victorian Government in 1976 for future generations to enjoy. Today, Nyerimilang Park remains as a popular visitor attraction near the resort towns of Metung and Lakes Entrance. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Gippsland Lakes and the rich variety of plant and birdlife that call this place home. A key highlight is wandering through the Nyerimilang Homestead, surrounded by a delightful garden setting on a cliff top above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. The homestead offers an insight into yesteryear with its polished wooden floors, classic period furniture, antique piano, photographs, drawings, ornaments, brick fireplace, wood fire oven and kitchen appliances. You can also see the old shearing sheds, farmers’ cottage and other farm buildings and historic equipment. The park offers picnic tables, informa- tion shelter, toilets and barbecues. Enjoy a picnic, take a scenic walk along bush and farm tracks, past Kurrajong trees, wetland areas and wander through the East Gippsland Garden. The park is open year round by Parks Victoria with the homestead coordinat- ed by the Friends of Nyerimilang. Nyerimilang Park is home to a number of events throughout the year, including events hosted by the Friends of Nyerimilang. OPERA BY THE LAKES Nyerimilang Homestead, and the magnificent Gippsland Lakes below, provides a stunning backdrop for Opera by the Lakes, which, on Sunday, March 17, 2019, will for the sixth year, grace the natural amphitheater offered by this splendid venue. Dubbed by many as the event of the year, the 2019 presentation of Opera by the Lakes will feature Teddy Tahu Rhodes, whose magnificent bass baritone voice will thrill you. Teddy will be joined by other extremely talented artists, Georgia Wilkinson, Madeleine Crombie, pianist, David McNicol, a 40-strong West Gippsland Chorale, conducted by Simon Loveless, and East Gippsland Symphonia, as well as the East Gippsland Band. Along with the marvelous entertain- ment, the day is made special with picnics, wine, afternoon tea, country cooking and warm hospitality. Tickets are essential and they sell out quickly. If you do find yourself missing out, make sure you make it in the diary for 2020. You won’t be sorry. Explore Nyerimilang Park, with its heritage homestead and magnificent views of the Gippsland Lakes below.