A four-hour drive east from Melbourne, Lakes Entrance marks the opening to the Gippsland Lakes. Separated by lofty dunes is a vast system of inland waterways on one side, and Ninety Mile Beach and the Bass Strait on the other. This is the spot for surfing, fishing, swimming or hiring a boat to explore the hidden waters beyond. Culture Trip knows all the best hotels in Lakes Entrance, and they’re bookable here.
Hail passing ships from this elevated timber house, which clings to the hillside and offers peak views over nearby Ninety Mile Beach. Between huge wooden pillars and exposed timber are your choice of four rooms, including two with four-poster queen beds. The penthouse has a double spa, while you can stargaze through the skylight in the Goose Nest room. You’ll love the sink-into beds as much as the breakfast of home-made scones with jam and cream – though more hearty fare is available.
Recline in style on the red ottoman as you gaze through the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the northern inlet of the Gippsland Lakes. Behind you is an open-plan living area with timber finishes, great modern art and soft leather couches. The long galley kitchen, perfect for preparing lazy holiday lunches, features an induction stove, a built-in wine rack and a breakfast bar. This modern four-bedroom home, placed high on a terraced block, includes a rooftop barbecue and seating area with more of those fabulous views.
The solar-heated swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind at these contemporary one- and two-bedroom catered apartments with a kitchen, laundry facilities and a barbecue area. They’re ideal as a base to explore nearby Buchan Caves, a 45-minute drive away. The largest cave system in Victoria, carved by an underground river 400m years ago, Buchan is home to enormous stalactites and stalagmites, giant pillars, and rim pools.
Expect a warm welcome from on-site managers Michael and Tracey, just five minutes via a weathered wooden footbridge to the soft sands of Ninety Mile Beach. Enjoy the solar-heated pool amid tall palms in a beautiful fern garden with an excellent barbecue area. Spa suites sleep between two and four people, while two-bedroom apartments will suit larger groups. Nearby is the Funky Monkey, a great little Aussie cafe offering all-day breakfasts and an exceptional range of cakes.
Pets are welcome in this modern, grey-toned four-bedroom holiday home. You’ll love the fabulous views of the ocean from the expansive raised timber deck, with two huge umbrellas for shade on sunny days. Alternatively, you can relax in the open-plan living and dining areas inside. There’s even a doghouse in a fenced backyard where your pooch can roam. And speaking of roaming, Flagstaff Lookout is nearby for a great view of the coastline and lakes, followed by a walk along Ninety Mile Beach.
The beautiful fish sculpture on the living room wall sets the tone for this modern three-bedroom home, great for a family or small group. The light-filled living and dining areas open to a covered deck, which is the perfect place for a healthy salad or pasta dish. In the morning, settle at the breakfast bar for blueberry waffles and coffee, then get exploring at nearby Stony Creek Trestle Bridge, a spectacular wooden railway overpass. At nearly 300m (984ft) high, it’s the largest such structure in Australia.
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