Lakes Entrance is a tourist resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia with a population of 6000 (2001). It is situated 320 kilometres east of Melbourne near a man-made channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait.
Lakes Entrance lies at sea level, meaning that any approach to the township requires a drop from a higher geographical point.
The main township is connected to the town of Kalimna by a stretch of the Princes Highway known as “Jemmy’s Point”, which snakes down and around a point protruding into the Gippsland Lakes. Spectacular views of the entrance and of the Lakes can be seen from the look-outs along Jemmy’s Point.
Lakes Entrance is predominantly a fishing- and tourism-driven town; the main beach front is a safe harbour for many major commercial fishing and recreational watersport operations. The waterfront is populated by restaurants, shops and caravan parks. The town’s main residential areas lie farther inland.