Lakes Entrance in Victoria, Australia is my Favourite Holiday Destination near Fairy Cave

Lakes Entrance

Lakes Entrance is my favorite Holiday spot and perhaps one day it may be a Sea Change and I will live there permanently.

Lakes Entrance is a tourist resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia.

Lakes Entrance is situated roughly 320 kilometres east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway near a managed, man-made channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait. At the 2006 census, Lakes Entrance had a population of 4093. The township was originally named Cunninghame, the Post Office of that name opening on 5 February 1870. It was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 January 1915. The locals loving just call it "The Lakes"

Other place close by are Paynesville and Metung.

Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance

Approaching Lakes Entrance

After a very easy drive from Melbourne , it takes about 3 and a half hours from Melbourne , but more if you want to stop and have a meal at Traralgon or Bairnsdale just to name two of the towns you drive through.

When you arrive in the Lakes you are confronted by one of the most beautiful vistas of the Lakes and rolling Ocean you could see anywhere. I have included a photo I took on one of my visits from the "look out" just up from Lakes Entrance.

On a clear day , from the lookout you can see the Oil Rigs on the horizon.

From this lookout it is just a short drive , about 1 Km downhill to the little township of Lakes Entrance.

Lakes Entrance Victoria

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The main road through Lakes Entrance is a very picturesque drive.

Arriving in Lakes Entrance

After you drive down from the lookout you cross over the North Arm bridge and hit the main street which is The Esplanade

Fishing trawlers ready to head out to Sea
Fishing trawlers ready to head out to Sea
A statue depicting our war hero Simpson helping one of the many wounded Soldiers during the War
A statue depicting our war hero Simpson helping one of the many wounded Soldiers during the War

Sculptures

The Esplanade

The main road "The Esplanade" runs along the shoreline of the Cunninghame Arm inlet, with marinas, docks for the fishing trawlers, attractive gardens and walkways for pedestrians on the southern side.
Interspersed throughout the expanses of lawns and trees are sculptures carved from old tree trunks. The sculptures represent various stages of Australian forces at War. The trees , apparently had become deceased and instead of totally removing them the Township commissioned local artist John Brady to make the sculptures. It has become an "Avenue of Honour"

The other side of the Esplanade is mainly commercial with a good selection of shops, hotels, accommodation and clubs .


Well appointed 2 bedroom apartments at a reasonable price close to everything.
Well appointed 2 bedroom apartments at a reasonable price close to everything.
We stayed in a Cabin in Lakes Entrance
We stayed in a Cabin in Lakes Entrance

Accommodation in and around Lakes Entrance


There is just about any type of accommodation that you could image here is a list I'm sure I have not covered everything:-

  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Caravan Parks and Camping
  • Apartments
  • Cabins and Villas
  • Bed and Breakfasts

On our travels we tend to look for accommodation that has comfort at a reasonable price. Lakes Entrance has these in abundance, especially in off peak times.  Like most resort areas prices can be hight during the peak times such as School Holidays and Long Weekends like Easter.

Our beaches do not get all that crowded especially on the "90 Mile Beach"
Our beaches do not get all that crowded especially on the "90 Mile Beach"
One of the many bush tracks to hear and see the native  fauna and flora
One of the many bush tracks to hear and see the native fauna and flora

Things to do while in Lakes Entrance

There are so many things that you can do in Lakes that I think I may just run out of space , but here is a short list. Not in any particular order:-

  • Fishing. 3 types :- Boat, Beach/Surf, Jetty, If you are courageous you can even go out on the ocean on a charter boat.
  • Cruises , around the Lakes area and Ocean.
  • Yachting in our world famous Lakes Victoria and Wellington.
  • Walking includes hiking in the bush listening to the birds and seeing the wildlife and along the beaches.There are many walking tracks on the flat for those of us that cannot handle the hilly walks.
  • Bike riding, Go Karts, Paddle Boats, Catamaran Hire.
  • Day Tours in your own Vehicle.
  • For the sports minded we have world class Golf Course and Bowls and Tennis.
  • and of course my wifes favorites, Relaxation and Retail Therapy.


Around Lakes Entrance there are some interesting places to visit.

The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge towers over a person
The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge towers over a person

Stoney Creek Trestle Bridge

About a half an hours drive (22 km) north east of Lakes Entrance is The Stony Creek Railway Bridge , just off the Princes Highway, and was built in 1916 from local timber. At 18.6 metres high and 274 metres in length, it is believed to be the largest wooden bridge still standing in Australia.

One of the nude statues that are scattered around the Sculpture Walk at Nowa Nowa
One of the nude statues that are scattered around the Sculpture Walk at Nowa Nowa

Nowa Nowa

Nowa Nowa is only a short drive from Lakes Entrance and is Nestled on the edge of Lake Tyers where the fresh water from the ancient Gorge meets the Lake.

This small East Gippsland township celebrates a rich history,beautiful environment and friendly community.

Enjoy the trails that make up the Nowa Nowa Walk. Savour
the idyllic waterway, the wildlife and bush and enjoy the
contemporary arts culture that now flourishes.

Sculpture Walk

Along what is known as Boggy Creek the walk is a distance of 1.4km, an easy 30 minute tranquil walk along the shores of the Nowa Nowa Arm, where the fresh water of Boggy Creek meets the salt waters of Lake Tyers. On the walk you can:
• Rest on the carved seats depicting historical Nowa Nowa
• Jetty, boat ramp, shade and barbecue make this a good swimming & popular fishing spot
• Visit the unusual Ramsdell Wood Gallery, and the
unforgettable ‘Ra’ at Mingling Waters
• See the growing collection of public sculptures from the
annual Nowa Nowa Nudes Art Show.

The Buchan Caves :- Limestone formations
The Buchan Caves :- Limestone formations

Buchan Caves

About three quarters of an hours drive (60 km) from the Lakes is a pretty little town called Buchan. Buchan is mainly is noted for its beautiful caves.

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. Buchan Caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock. The formations are created by rainwater seeping through cracks and dissolving some of the limestone. As each droplet comes through the roof it deposits calcite which crystallises in a small ring. In time, stalactites are formed on the roof of the cave, and stalagmites build up from droplets which fall to the floor.

These ancient caves have spectacular limestone formations created by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock that was formed almost 400 million years ago. Professionally guided tours of Royal Cave and Fairy Cave are conducted every day of the year except for Christmas. Both caves are lit and have walkways. Royal Cave features calcite-rimmed pools and in Fairy Cave you will see elaborate stalactites and stalagmites. Tours to 'wild' unlit caves can also be arranged for small groups. The caves are a constant 17 degrees Celsius making the tour a comfortable temperature all year round.

Located in the Reserve, there is a swimming pool, picnic ground, playground, toilets, kiosk and an information centre. Wildlife is plentyful in the reserve. Bellbirds, lyrebirds, and kangaroos are all commonly seen. Entry to the Reserve is free.
As well as a well serviced campground, Buchan Caves has two fully self-contained cabins available that can accommodate up to five people.


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Sheltie 7 years ago

I have to agree with you there, Lakes Entrance is a magnificent spot. I've only been there twice but absolutely loved it.

It's a gem on the Victorian coast and the motel I stayed in, unfortunately can't remember the name but it was incredible. So 'art deco' in the room and the restaurant was wonderful.

The Buchan caves were something I'd not seen until my last visit and it's definitely worth going to.

I'm hoping to return in a few months and will try to find the motel I stayed at on my previous visit because the service, the cleanliness and the food were just out of this world.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Shelta, it is such a nice place my wife and I will be going down there again in the next few weeks.

When you go back can you let me know if you find the nice motel you stayed in. By nature of their industry the Fish food is beautiful. Especially the Prawns when they are in season.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi ag

This sounds like a great place to visit Ag. Your photos give a hint of how beautiful it is, and I will definitely put it on my list of places to visit when I eventually get to Australia!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Amanda. It's a pity I can't put all of the photo's up here that I have of Lakes Entrance , I really had to fight with myself to make the selections. lol

I do not think you will be disappointed when you finally make it over here. I do not think there is anywhere in the world with a more beautiful coastline than Victoria.

Very pristine and rugged.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Gidday sport. I took my mother for a tour of the east coast from Melbourne to Brisbane back in the sixties, (her only time out of NZ) That area was truly beautiful. (I've just had a look, still have slides of some of that trip!)

BTW, I know a silver fox in Godzone too, - he's a pom!!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

ag, your photos are gorgeous! You did good picking them! Like Amanda, Lakes Entrance goes on my list of places to visit if I ever make it to Australia.

They've started turning tree trunks into sculptures where I live too. A wonderful alternative to taking the entire tree down!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day mate, I do vaguely remember the "sixties" . I have a lot of slides myself and slowly converting them to digital. (thank god for the digital revolution)

You did not say if your Mother was impressed with Australia, I have found that a lot of Kiwis are slightly underwhelmed with Australia. It seems too big?

Godzone ? don't know the term will you elaborate?

and please sir I am not a silver fox, way beneath me. I have raised to the level of the noble Agvulpes. We are a special bread of fox.

Surely the "The Old Firm" would be aware of this?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day JamaGenee, nice to see you again, and thanks for the compliment. It was actually hard to pick the images. I wanted to give viewers the real ambiance of the Lakes area. I hope that the message is coming through, and your not disappointed when you do visit!

The tree trunk sculptures were a great idea as it gave the town a nice way to honour our War Heroes.

Thanks again JamaGenee. ;-[)


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

It was my mother who took the photos ag and kept them catalogued in boxes until her death. She also corresponded with the elderly friends of mine that she stayed with for my graduation for the rest of her life. She like I thought Aussie a grand country.

Godzone? - God's Own Country, as yours is The Promised Land. Goes back over a hundred years I believe.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

ToF , sorry I lost the plot there for a minute. I thought it might have been a game. lmfao. Too much on the old plate today.

Now I understand. It is sad to hear your mum is no longer with you, it is not nice to loose your mum. Mine passed away in 1969 and I still think about her a fair bit.

Cheers mate!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

We all must go eventually ag. Although my mother died a few years short of the family average (For the women) she still made 85. Independent until a stroke hospitalised her, the forerunner of cancer.

More to the point how are things with you and yours? I hope you came through comparatively unscathed.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Hi ToF, So far things are OK, the fire danger is no where near over yet .

According to all the forecast from the Weather Bureau we are heading for a bad week next week. We have been told to stay alert. There are still 4 fires burning uncontrolled and 16 contained but still burning.

Cheers mate!


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britneydavidson 7 years ago from united kingdom

wow its really amazing.great hub.the photos and explanation on the topic is excellent.thanx for sharing your wonderful experience.keep it up. have a look for this one...i am sure it will make you amaze just like you made me ...lol

http://hubpages.com/art/Worlds-Most-Expensive-iPho...

thanx


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Hi agvulpes, Lakes Entrance also has a huge water slide and pool. I spent a day there with my son when he was younger. It is a great spot tp cool off.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Very nice hub and wonderful photos. I must now add victoria also to my "must see" list. I already have ayers rock, sydney opera house, great barrier reef in my list of places to see in Australia. I don't know when we will travel but one day I hope to do so. It is wonderful place with wonderful people like you, jewel, eric g, earnest and so many other Australian folks that I have begun admiring over the past few months. Thumbs up for a great hub.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

countrywomen thank you for your very considerate comment and I hope we live up to admiration , I must say I have great respect for you, especially your ability to communicate with people.

Victoria has many more things to offer you than I have shown.

We have beautifully rugged coast lines steeped in stories of Ship wrecks and daring rescues. I am still waiting patiently to see some photos.;-)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Well photos are on my long to do pending list. We have a milestone deadline this thursday. I am just running some last minutes tests and this weekend I promise I will get some out to my friends :D


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Please , I hope you did not perceive any pressure on my part, I know you must be very busy. If you did I apologise deeply. I just have a sincere interest in your wellbeing and I look forward to seeing your snaps with great anticipation.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Ag- NO no, you weren't pushy. I really have neglected a lot of my friends. I will have to do a lot of catching up :D


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and descriptions of that beautiful area in Australia. We have not made it there yet for a vacation, but I intend to forward this hub to friends of ours who have been there. Everyone that has ever visited Australia comes back and reports loving their experiences. Someday we hope to see it in person.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Peggy. thanks very much for your kind comment. The photos do not do justice to the beautiful coastline we have here in Victoria.

I do not think any visitors go home disappointed with what they have seen.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Looks and sounds like a stunning place, Ag. Maybe I'll get to go someday. Are you really thinking of living there? That would be totally cool! Very informative and compelling hub!


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

AG is dead right. Lakes Entrance is Magnificent.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Well well well! I too love that place. I was there in my childhood, the most memorable of holidays. We went to Buchan Caves which to a child was wonderous, they left an imprint. After 3 years of full on spiritual practices I escaped back there, this is four decades later of course. I travelled over Mt Hotham through Omeo - now that is gorgeous. I spent a week on my own but walked the beaches and explored as much as I could. And revisited the caves. I even went to the mouth of the Snowy River which is in the area. I made a point of dangling my feet in the water as a mark of exploration and conquer! The Gippsland area recharged me, and I'll probably go again one day.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Hi ag - always wanted to visit The Entrance but have never made it you have now convinced me to go, especially with your beautiful photos...sounds great and comes with prawns - can never say no to a decent proawn....cheers

we moved from the city to a tree change now I think a sea change would be even better...


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Chris, my photos don't do it full justice, the atmosphere is almost indescribable when you walk along the surf beach with the roar of the ocean, cool breeze in your face. And you cannot see another living soul as far as the sand stretches.

I must tell you that is only one of many spots on the Victorian coastline.

I should do some more hubs on Victoria.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Eric how ya doin ?

Thanks Eric, youv'e got some great spots in Tassie as well, why not do a Hub.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Jewels, it is not surprising when you travel over the Gippsland area you can feel the spirituallity of the place. Especially the off the beat tracks like the Snowy river, The Buchan Caves and there is a place called Nungerner and another called Den of Nargun near Bairnsdale. The whole area is steeped in Aboriginal lore.

It is a fantastic area to go for the old recharge of live.

Jewels thanks for sharing some of your great memories.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day aj unfortunately the prawns are seasonal from the end of summer to mid autumn . So if it is a prawn your looking for you will have to time your visits, or you will get the raw prawn.

Shmbo and I did the tree change thing too, but now we would like to get down by the sea where the air is clear , the nights are balmy and all is well with the world.

If only?

thanks for dropping by . Cheers mate.


nazishnasim 7 years ago

Ag,

I have never been to australia but wheneve I do I shall make it a point to visit Lakes Entrance - I really liked the pictures, espcially the mine. Great hub. Thankyou! :)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

G'day naz , thanks mate I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. specially the mine that looks just like a cave. ;-)


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

The Lakes sound like a wonderful and exciting get a away for all ages. It will be on my calendar for my next holiday,coming up soon :)


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

oliversmum, sorry to take so long to reply to your lovely comment.

I can assure you oliversmum that if you go to Lakes Entrance with someone special it indeed will be wonderful.

btw Have you been yet?

I just love that song "Starry Starry Night" how about you?


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Agvulpes. Hi. Apology accepted..I did indeed go to Lakes Entrance with a special person.It is such a beautiful place,and each time I go , there is something different and exciting to explore.yes I do also love that song,it holds special memories for me. Thank you. :) :)


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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Hi we love going on holidays by any water, lochs, lakes, sea, canals whatever and this area looks superb - never been to Australia, so great to read about places from the native point of view - you don't get that in brochures!! Love the log cabin - would be our accommodation choice. Great pics - did you do them yourself? Good read thank you.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

G'day Jamie, thanks for taking the time to visit Lakes Entrance my favorite spot in the world. My wife and I would dearly love to retire to this area.

Yes the photographs are all my own, some are digital some are converted from old 35mm slides.

We do appear to have something in common in that we both like to be near the water in some type or other lol

The log cabin has all you would want in an accomodation and I mean everything!

Thanks again for dropping by and leaving a great comment :-)


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susanlang 6 years ago

Lakes always have a friend in me. great hub..good photos


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

susan thanks for your visit and kind words. The Lakes is also a special place for my wife and I. We try and holiday in the area at least twice a year. Lakes Entrance is such a beautiful place it is hard not to take some good photos!

Lakes Entrance and the surrounding areas are certainly our favorite holiday destination :-)


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AuntySa 6 years ago from Austalia

This is a truly beautiful place to visit. Not only is the natural beauty fantastic but there is so much to do even for families.

I have been there a few times and highly recommend a visit, you'll always go back once you have visited.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

AuntySa thanks for the grand endorsement. We still love the place even after visiting Lakes Entrance on and off for over 40 year or more.

Thanks for dropping by :-)


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Looks worth popping over the ditch to visit!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

cindyvine yep just pop on over and join a lot of your country people here in OZ! Trust me you will not be lonely!


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TroyM 5 years ago

Great place to visit Ag. Your photos give a hint of how beautiful it is... Interesting to get more on this topic. Thanks!


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Yes Troy, Lakes Entrance is not called the Riviera region of the South for nothing!

Thanks for taking the time to visit and leave a nice comment :-)


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billyaustindillon 4 years ago

Have to agree Lakes Entrance is a wonderful spot. Many years ago I went out on a scallops trawler out of the entrance there - amazing experience and great scallops! Great drive - beautiful as your pictures have captured splendidly.


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia Author

G'day billyaustindillon and sorry about the delay in replying to your great comment. By coincidence my partner and I, Oliversmum here on HP, were taking a break down at Lakes Entrance.

What a great adventure do you remember the name of the boat ?

The scallop trawlers are still plying their trade at the Lakes and it is worth it just watching them come back through the sometimes treacherous opening, where the name for Lakes Entrance originated.

As you say the drive is great, it never fails to impress me as we drive down from the top into Lakes Entrance. The pictures do not do it real justice.

Thanks heaps for sharing your story about Lakes Entrance :-)


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

Agvulpes.Hi. Lakes Entrance to me is the most exciting and beautiful place to go for a holiday,with wonderful beaches,lakes and rivers.

So much to see and do for any age,the Buchan Caves,and the Trestle Bridge are incredible.

Your explanation and photo,s are breathtaking. Thanks :).

It is so very special that we are no longer holiday makers,but resident,s, That's a "Ta Dum" don't you think.

This is a great hub. Thanks for sharing it with everybody.:):)

p.s. Oliver loves it down here too.


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia Author

Yes lovely lady this area is about as "Ta-Dum" as it gets:-)

As you so rightly point out the area has something for every age group. As proof of that a family with two young boys has just pulled in and grabbed their bikes and off they went on a bike ride!

Breath taking you say?... I totally agree! I defy anyone to not have a moment when they come over that hill and spot the name sake of Lakes Entrance, the "Opening"! Certainly not to be taken lightly as it has been the downfall of many a seafarer.

The Buchan Caves are certainly on my 'revisit' list as I have not been there for a long time. I would also like to travel with you again to see the Trestle Bridge a very historical site indeed.

We should keep this place a secret (lol) as it is too precious to share with the rest of the world, I only want to share it with you (and Oliver of course lol).

Here's to many happy years at our little piece of Heaven! Lakes Entrance :-)

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