Visiting East Gippsland
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East Gippsland’s major towns include, from west to east, Bairnsdale (the region’s administrative centre), Paynesville, Metung, Lakes Entrance, Orbost and Mallacoota. Smaller, but no less significant towns in the more mountainous northern areas include Ensay, Swift’s Creek, Omeo and Buchan. The Mitchell, Tambo and Nicholson rivers all run into the Gippsland Lakes, which in turn opens to Bass Strait at Lakes Entrance.
The Gippsland Lakes are a network of lakes, marshes and lagoons covering 400 square kilometres and are separated from the ocean with coastal dunes known as 90 Mile Beach. Bird and marine life thrive here, with lake dolphins and pelicans frequenting many locations.
Another feature of the Lakes are the Mitchell River Silt Jetties. They are they are now the longest silt jetties in the world following the destruction of the Mississippi Delta by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Drive along the Silt jetties out into Lake King with the Mitchell River on one side and lake on the other.
The area is a major tourist destination, especially for water sports, and is noted for its mild climate. The Great Alpine Road leads north from Bairnsdale into the Australian Alps via Swift’s Creek and Omeo, and onto the major ski resorts of Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. The Buchan district is popular with tourists for its limestone caves, while in the far east the Snowy River and estuary at Marlo is a haven for fishing and water sports.
At the far tip, Mallacoota and the Croajingalong National Park provide for land and water-based activities and are popular in the summer months.