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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Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Park closures due to COVID19Ahead of the Easter long weekend, Parks Victoria has closed additional high-visitation parks to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This Easter the message is clear. Stay home. Protect our health system. Save Lives. This park will be closed from midnight on 8 April 2020 until further notice to protect the health of staff and volunteers. For further information please go to www.parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19
Campground closureAs directed by the Chief Health Officer all campsites, camping grounds and caravan parks closed from midnight 25 March 2020.People can continue to live on a closed caravan park or camping ground if it is registered as their primary place of residence or if they are staying in caravan parks as interim accommodation where their primary residence is not available. For further information go to parks.vic.gov.au/COVID19