Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

PAGE 66 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE 18 Waterfront Apartments with Jetty berth & BBQ at your doorstep 1-3 bedroom rates Indoor heated pool, tennis court ★★★★ WaterFront Holiday Apartments 03 5156 7223 >> Mitchell St, Paynesville PAYNESVILLE Water and land-based encounters Being right at the very heart of Australia’s largest inland waterway, the Gippsland Lakes, is it any wonder Paynesville is a popular destination for holidaymakers who are looking for a peaceful waterside getaway or keen to get out on the water for a multitude of watersports? There are also land-based wonders that draw visitors to the area. Two hundred metres across McMillan Strait from Paynesville is Raymond Island, a quiet residential island with more than just people populating it. A visit to the island via the free ferry (a fee applies for vehicle passage) offers a truly Australian experience. It is one of the best places in Victoria to spot koalas and is also home to over 60 bird species and many species of ground orchids and wildflowers. An easy 1.2-kilometre koala trail, starting in the Ferry Park, provides the perfect koala spotting opportunities. Take time to explore the area properly and stay in style and com- fort at one of the numerous accommodation providers in town. LAKESIDE SABBATICAL With both motel and apartment style accommodation, Paynesville’s Mariners Cove is perfect for your next lakeside holiday. Overlooking the canals, Mariners Cove is situated on the shores of McMillan Strait, the stretch of water separating Raymond Island from the mainland, Mariners Cove offers superb, luxurious accommodation within walking distance of all local facilities and restaurants. View the dolphins or a passing parade of boats from the privacy of your own balcony. The fully self-contained apartments are situated right on the waterfront with wonderful views. Come and enjoy the lakeside village surrounds and experience the lakes that the region is famous for. It’s all there on your doorstep at Mariners Cove. CANAL COMFORTS Tucked away on the Paynesville Canals, Captains Cove offers a unique, relaxing holiday experience right in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes. The setting will have you in holiday mode as soon as you drive in the entrance and enter one of the 18 beautifully appointed, bright and spacious apartments. The spacious apartments are available at one, two or three bedroom rates, each having two bathrooms, a private deck with barbecue and its own private jetty providing direct access to the waterways. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s private tennis court and indoor heated swimming pool or hire a kayak or bike from reception to explore the local area. The fully self-contained apartments are situated right on the waterfront with wonderful views. Take a wander along the Raymond Island Koala Trail and it won’t be long before you’re spotting many of these Australian icons. Photo: Visit Victoria