Lakes Entrance - Fast Facts

Lakes Entrance (including Nowa Nowa)
Attractive holiday town with access to numerous attractions such as the Gippsland Lakes.
Lakes Entrance, originally known by Europeans as Cunninghame after a prominent squatting family in the area, is 319 km east of Melbourne via the Princes Highway. As its name suggests, Lakes Entrance is the gateway that allows ocean-going vessels access to the Gippsland Lakes, the largest navigable inland waterway in Australia.

Fed by five major rivers and linked by narrow channels, the great lakes of Gippsland cover 400 square kilometres and extend 90 km down the coast. These coastal lagoons were formed when the ocean's sand deposits created lengthy sandspits, low-lying sand islands and dunes which eventually formed a barrier (Ninety Mile Beach) separating Bass Strait from the calmer waters they enclosed. The rivers which flow into the area deposited silt and clay which divided the inland water into a series of lakes and swamps.

Two areas, covering 17 880 hectares, have been classified as national parkland - the Lakes National Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. The region, known as the Victorian Riviera, is noted for its minimal variation in temperature the year round; being relatively warm in winter and cool in summer.

Lakes Entrance Visitors Centre
Cnr Marine Pde & The Esplanade
Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
Telephone: (03) 5155 1966, 1800 637 060