THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 57 CHALLENGETHELAKES VICTORIA’S PREMIER PADDLE EVENT www.gippslandlakespaddlechallenge.com.au 4 TH MAY 2019 Presented by Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance • SUP & Prone Paddle Board • Surf Ski • Canoe • Outriggers • Hobie, Sit on Top & Sea Kayak • Surf Boats PAYNESVILLE 27KM - METUNG 13KM to LAKES ENTRANCE As a thriving fishing town, fresh seafood is always on the menu in Lakes Entrance. Gateway to the Gippsland Lakes As its name suggests, Lakes Entrance is situated at the entrance to the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway, and a popular destination all 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. Boat building became a strong industry early in the town’s history and the town cried out for the construction of a more stable and permanent entrance to the Lakes. Work began on the new entrance project in 1869, the sea finally breaking through 20 years later in 1889. Walk to the man-made entrance along a five-kilometre track through the scenic coastline and coastal bush of the narrow peninsula that separates the still waters of Cunninghame Arm from the choppy waters of Bass Strait. The track opens out onto the Flagstaff Lookout and provides good views over the entrance and into the Gippsland Lakes. The town’s main thoroughfare runs along the shoreline of the Cunninghame Arm, with marinas and attractive foreshore gardens on one side, and a good selection of shops, restaurants and accommodation options on the other. As a holiday town with a large emphasis on water activities and a high concentra- tion of marinas and jetties, it is no surprise that Lakes Entrance is home to one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets. Commercial and recreational anglers head out to the deeper waters of Bass Strait and beyond for game fish like broadbill swordfish and marlin. Increasing popularity in game fishing saw the recent building of a fish weigh station at Bullock Island at the western end of the town. While in Lakes Entrance don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a meal of fresh fish purchased from local shops or straight off the boat in one of the many eateries. STAY IN THE HEART OF TOWN Located in the heart of town is NRMA Eastern Beach Holiday Park offering a range of accommodation options including self-contained deluxe and water view two-bedroom villas as well as en suite, powered and unpowered sites for camping and caravanning. Guests have access to excellent facilities, including camp playground, jumping pillow, barbecue areas, shared amenities, televi- sion and games room, kayak and pedal cart hire, onsite shop and free wi-fi. Eastern Beach Holiday Park is the perfect spot to spend your getaway relaxing by the beach or exploring the endless natural attractions throughout the area.