Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.
Explore the west of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, from the popular lakeside village of Loch Sport to the small coastal town of Seaspray. Traverse the tranquil waters of the coastal lagoons, scramble over sand dunes at Ninety Mile Beach, stay at lakeside or beachside campsites, and explore trails.
Launch your boat, kayak or canoe from Hollands Landing to access McLennan Strait, a gently flowing channel that connects Lake Victoria to Lake Wellington. A vast area of wetlands, popular for birdwatching, awaits. And if you're lucky, you may even spot the rare Burrunan Dolphin.
Fishing is big in the Gippsland Lakes - from a boat, jetty or the shore. Cherry Tree Picnic Area on Lake Victoria is a popular spot for catching bream, tailor, mulloway, perch and flathead. Enjoy your catch or a lazy swim at this or other scenic picnic areas such as Trouser Point, Point Wilson, or Wattle Point which is surrounded by banksia and wonderful panoramas.
Those looking to simply relax can kick back at a lakeside campsite and watch the wildlife among the eucalypt trees at Spoon Bay or Red Bluff campgrounds, both located on the shores of Lake Victoria. Further along, there's also the option of family-friendly Emu Bight Campground.
Perched between the ocean and Lake Reeves, Paradise Beach Campground is perfect for a dog-friendly beachside stay. Or for easy access to Ninety Mile Beach, stay at one of the free coastal campsites along Shoreline Drive between the towns of Golden Beach and Seaspray.
Indulge in a myriad of beach activities from surf fishing or whale and dolphin spotting, taking a dip in the ocean or wandering along the hiking trails, to hopping on your surfboard or sandboard.
Don't miss the rusting remains of the Trinculo, beached in 1879 by a heavy gale and now embedded in the sand west of Delray Beach.
The Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park next door recognises the importance of protecting this untamed stretch of coastline. Snorkeling or diving here will introduce you to an underwater world teeming with marine life.
Things to do in the area
If you're going past Lakes Entrance, stop off at Nyerimilang Heritage Park en route for a picnic or walk. Boasting magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife, don't miss the homestead set in a delightful garden on a clifftop above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.
Parts of the Gippsland Lakes system, including Lake Reeve, are listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as waterfowl habitat. The lakes attract the largest concentration of migratory waders in East Gippsland and are host to breeding colonies of the vulnerable Fairy Terns and Little Terns. You may also see Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit.
Within the heathy woodland areas of the park you will see many species of bird including the Common Bronze Wing, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Grey Butcherbird, Eastern Yellow Robin and the gracious Wedge-tailed Eagle.
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Stay safe this summer around lakes and riversInland waterways may have hazards such as strong fast-flowing currents, colder than expected water temperature and submerged branches and debris. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Always wear a lifejacket when boating, fishing or using a watercraft. Flash flooding can occur quickly due to heavy rainfall. Water levels may rise quickly and without warning.
Stay safe this summer around beachesBeaches may have hazards such as steep cliffs, slippery rocks, strong ocean currents, large waves, rips, and sudden changes in weather conditions. Stay safe on your day at the beach by only swimming where there are lifeguards and by staying in between the red and yellow flags. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Always wear a lifejacket whenever boating, rock fishing, or using a watercraft.