Located on an artificial channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to Bass Strait is the Victorian fishing town, Lakes Entrance. The region actually boasts Australia’s largest inland network of waterways (400 square kilometres).
It is an incredibly popular tourist destination amongst families, as well as those interested in water-based activities (such as fishing and surfing). Many retirees also choose to move to and holiday in the area.
Many visitors choose cheap accommodation in Lakes Entrance because they enjoy the beautiful beaches in the area. There are four main beaches in the region – Eastern Beach (perfect for children and families), Main Beach (ideal for surfers, but also popular with families), Lake Tyers Beach (which has a little something for everyone) and Bunga Beach (which is fairly secluded).
If swimming, surfing and sunbaking aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of other water-based activities for you to enjoy. Fishing is an incredibly popular pastime – if you don’t have your own boat, feel free to hire one for the day or join a charter. Hire a paddleboat or catamaran to explore the lake. Or take a relaxing boat cruise of the area, learning about all the best spots.
There are a number of hotels in Lakes Entrance, ensuring that you are able to find one that meets your needs. Most motels are within walking distance of the beach, shopping, restaurants and many of the attractions the region has to offer.
ARRA Hotels believes in the provision of high quality and comfortable budget motels in Lakes Entrance without breaking the bank. You will be provided with many of the same amenities you would expect to find in higher priced hotels.
Our accommodation can cater for families, groups, couples and even those travelling by themselves. Whether you’re planning to stay for a few days or a few weeks, you are sure to find a hotel in Lakes Entrance that suits your needs.
Most visitors arrive in the town via car – Lakes Entrance is located on the Princes Highway, around 3 and a half hours from Melbourne and around 8 hours from Sydney (travelling along the coast). The drive offers plenty of stunning coastal and countryside views, as well as plenty of places to stop for a break.
It is possible to get a V/Line train from Melbourne (Southern Cross Station), however, the line stops at Bairnsdale and you will transfer to a coach for the duration of the journey (around 30 minutes drive).
A local bus service does operate around the town and surrounds, so visitors can get to and from motels in Lakes Entrance fairly easily. A small number of taxis are also available (note that they also serve surrounding communities).
The good news is that, if you have chosen motel accommodation in Lakes Entrance, there are plenty of activities in the area to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Many attractions are within walking distance or a short drive.
If the weather isn’t favourable or you’re just not a beach person, there are plenty of forests to explore. The Mitchell River National Park, Lakes National Park, Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, Colquhoun National Park and Lake Tyers State Park are filled with walking tracks of varying distances.
There are five different mini golf courses to keep the kids amused – you read right, five! There are three along the Esplanade, one on Roadknight St (close to the caravan parks) and one in nearby Bairnsdale.
If you’re planning on holiday during the Christmas and New Years period, make sure you book hotels in Lakes Entrance early! The town is incredibly popular with tourists during this time; don’t forget to check out the carnival (usually set up along the Esplanade) and the fireworks on New Years Eve!
Those interested in adventure might like to check out Buchan Caves (50 minutes drive away), which were created over 400 million years ago! Guided tours of the Royal and Fairy Caves are held daily (both are lit and have walkways).
If your hotel in Lakes Entrance doesn’t provide cooking facilities, you are only minutes walk from restaurants and cafes. The region is known for its seafood, so be sure to give it a try – it’s likely it was caught earlier that morning!