6 Best Things To Do in Lakes Entrance with Kids in 2024
Family Holiday to Lakes Entrance
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6 Best things to do at Lakes Entrance with kids in 2024
1. Swim every day
The main beach at Lakes Entrance stretches for 90 miles (145 km), which means there's plenty of space to play without feeling crowded. The slow slope of the beach makes it great for smaller kids even though it's ocean-facing.
Little kids will enjoy playing on the sand and splashing in the calm waters of the Gippsland Lakes at Lake Entrance.
Life saving hut at 90 Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance (Image: gérard/Flickr CCBYSA2.0)
Swim safely at the Lifesaving Victoria patrolled section of 90 Mile Beach.
Family playing in the lakes at Lakes Entrance (Image: Alex Proimos/Wikimedia CCBY2.0)
Paddle, splash and swim in the calm waters and play on the sand next to the lakes at Lakes Entrance.
Lake Tyers inlet beach
For your littlest ones, head further along the coast to Lake Tyers where they can safely play in the shallows of the inlet; pictured above.
2. Hire a boat for leisure or fishing
The lakes are a beautiful place to spend the day on the boat, or you can break the surf and venture into the ocean.
Boats on Lakes Entrance (Image: Abir Anwar/Flickr CCBY2.0)
Take a boat out on the calm, yet largest lake system in Australia at Lakes Entrance.
3. Ride East Gippsland on two wheels
Bring your off-road bikes (or hire some) and venture to the Lake Tyers BMX Track or have a day out with a combination of nature and history on the East Gippsland Rail Trail.
East Gippsland Rail Trail (Image: jjron/Wikimedia CCBYSA3.0)
See some of East Gippsland's best scenery by bike on the Rail Trail.
4. Go for a relaxing Boat Cruise
Enjoy the lakes without the effort of hiring and piloting a boat by taking a cruise. There are many options, including Lonsdale Eco Cruise, which takes you around the lakes and places where wildlife can be found: seals, dolphins, pelicans, eagles, and more!
Seal at Lakes Entrance, Gippsland (Image: Paulh wiki/Wikimedia CCBYSA4.0)
View seals on a boat cruise from Lakes Entrance.
5. Enjoy the attractions on the esplanade
When the weather isn't perfect for swimming, or you've already been and need a break, then the esplanade is a great destination in itself.
For older kids, there's a somewhat ridiculous for the size of Lakes Entrance, but useful, range of Mini Golf venues:
Outdoor gym at Lakes Entrance
The outdoor gym at the end of the Cunninghame Arm Footbridge (pictured above) can keep teens occupied.
6. Challenge the Aqua Park
Lakes Entrance Aqua Park
During the summer holiday, the Lakes Entrance Aqua Park is set up inside the lakes, accessible on the other side of the footbridge.
This can be hours of fun for kids and adults alike, while the shallows of the lake are a popular waiting area for those with toddlers.
The minimum age is 5 years old, and kids under 10 need to be accompanied by an adult on the course.
There are lifeguards on the course.
Where to swim at Lakes Entrance with kids?
Main Beach at Lakes Entrance
The most popular beaches at Lakes Entrance are the Lakes Entrance Main Beach (pictured above), the Eastern Beach and the Red Bluff Surfing Beach. They're all ocean-facing, but have flags at various times.
The shallows of the Lake Tyers inlet are popular for families with toddlers and young children.
Where are the best playgrounds in Lakes Entrance?
Lions Apex Park Playground is the most popular for family get-togethers; there are toilet facilities and BBQs.
Marine Parade Reserve Playground is also popular, particularly if you're staying on the back of Lakes Entrance or on the western edge.
You should also check out Paterson Park in Metung (it has a wonderful water play area for small children) and Loch Sport Playground in Loch Sport if you're in the area.
What are the nearest national parks at Lakes Entrance?
Lakes Entrance is surrounded by natural elements – the coast, beaches, lakes, and bushland so it's easy to get close to nature. But if you want to get slightly further away from the crowds, then The Lakes National Park and Lake Tyers State Park are your go tos.
Pelicans at Lake Tyers, Lakes Entrance (Image: Kacey Chong/Wikimedia CCBYSA4.0)
Visit the crystal clear waters and pelicans at Lake Tyers State Park.
What are the best sight-seeing spots at Lakes Entrance?
Vintage Homestead in the Nyerimilang Heritage Park
Lakes Entrance Lookout
Beacon Reserve Viewing Platform
Shaving point at Metung Park
Lakes Entrance Segway Adventures
12 years of age is the minimum age to ride.
Peels Lake Cruises
Open 7 days, with a choice of two cruise boats.
Art Galleries in Lakes Entrance
What are the best cafes, restaurants, wineries and breweries at Lakes Entrance?
Wyanga Park Winery
Red Bluff Brewers
Albert & Co
Aerial view of Lakes Entrance, Gippsland (Image: worldofwyld/Pixabay)
There are a number of cafes and restaurants looking over the lake to the beach at Lakes Entrance.