Towns in Australia

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Metung VIC


Postcode: 3904

Metung is a small town in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 315 km east of the state capital Melbourne. It is situated between the larger towns of Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance. It is on a small peninsula 30 km south-east of Bairnsdale, separating Lake King and Bancroft Bay on the Gippsland Lakes.

Metung is a popular holiday spot, near to larger towns, but off any main routes itself. Many of the permanent inhabitants commute to work at Bairnsdale or Lakes Entrance.

The original inhabitants of the area, people of the Aboriginal Gunai or Kurnai tribe, told a story about this unusual rock now found alongside the boardwalk in the Metung Marina on Bancroft Bay. This legend or fable indicates how greed will be punished.

The legend goes that some fishermen made a good catch and ate the fish around their campfire. The fishermen, however, did not share their catch with their dogs, despite having more than enough to eat. As a punishment, the women, who were guardians of social law, turned the greedy men to stone.