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Lakes Entrance VIC

Lakes Entrance

Postcode: 3909

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.

Nearby major towns include Bairnsdale and Orbost.

Minor towns include Swan Reach, Johnsonville, Kalimna, Nicholson, Metung and Lake Tyers.