Coastal villages like Port Albert, Loch Sport, Golden Beach, Seaspray and Woodside Beach offer the opportunity to stay for a day or a week and enjoy the scenery, sounds and experience that Gippsland's coast and lakes provide.
Port of Sale
From an inland Port to the Sea…..a journey of discovery…..The Port of Sale, located in the heart of town is the starting point of the Gippsland Lakes system, offering over 400 square kilometres of water based fun.
From the Port of Sale to Lakes Entrance is a trip of 69 nautical miles and takes the mariner on a "journey of discovery".
Leaving Sale, vessels travel down the Thompson River to Lake Wellington, passing under the historic "Swing bridge" 5 kilometre downstream from Sale. This historic bridge was constructed in 1886 and has a unique mechanical system that facilitates opening to allow paddle steamers of the era free access to the Sale Port.
Following the crossing of the Lake Wellington, McLennan Straits is reached. A unique umbilical cord between two lakes, the straits provide a protected 8 kilometre channel that is rich in fish and bird life.
The exit from the "straits" at the village of Hollands Landing, points the mariner directly to Loch Sport, where a marina attached to the hotel offers excellent facilities, including showers, water and moorings as well as cold beer ad great hospitality.
Dolphins are frequently seen in Lake Victoria frolicking in the waters around Loch Sport. Leaving Loch Sport and heading East, next stop is Pt Wilson locally known as Sperm Whale Head, where kangaroos are seen graving in the attractive picnic area located adjacent to the jetty.
The Rotamah Island Bird observatory can be also visited on route or skippers can continue across Lake Victoria and King to Paynesville, Metung and Lakes Entrance.
The Port of Sale is currently undergoing major redevelopment work with the first stage of major jetty and berthing construction to be completed in April 2004
Blue Rock Classic
Endurance Teams Sport Event
The Blue Rock Classic is held annually at the Blue Rock Lake at Willow Grove, just north of Trafalgar. It has been running for fifteen years, with an incredibly hard working and dedicated committee and gets more successful each year. In 2003 over 450 competitors took part in the five-discipline endurance challenge while many more spectators enjoyed the day’s events.
The event is unique in that it involves five different sporting disciplines, including running, bike riding, horse riding, swimming and paddling. Teams enter one member for each leg or for the serious enthusiast there is a special award for those who wish to tackle all legs themselves. And there are brave souls who achieve the feat every year!
The Blue Rock Classic is an event that brings people together for a time of fun, recreation and a celebration of community spirit. The venue is the Blue Rock Lake which is ideal for a family day out and has picnic and BBQ facilities. Make some time on March and spend it at this great event.
For more information see www.bluerockclassic.org or Latrobe Visitor Information Centre on 1800 621 40.
90 Mile Beach
Loch Sport, Golden Beach, Seaspray and Woodside are spread evenly along this pristine beach of continuous golden sand with Yarram and Port Albert neighbouring this coastal attraction.
There are a great variety of camping facilities, from basic tent sites in the dunes of 90 Mile Beach between Golden Beach and Seaspray to well equipped Caravan Parks with their comfortable cabins at Woodside Beach, Seaspray, Yarram, Port Albert and Loch Sport.
Renowned for its surf fishing, whales and dolphins regularly play close to shore. Bird life is prolific all along the coastal parks and includes Crimson and Eastern Rossellas, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, Swamp Harriers, Hawks, Blue Wrens, Silver Eyes, Red Browed Finch, Eastern Spine Bill and many other honeyeaters. The Rainbow Lorikeet would normally fly north for the winter but it remains along the beach coastal parks area all year – attracted by the temperate climate and the plentiful coastal banksias
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Power Boat Racing returns to Glenmaggie.
Following a succession of dry years, Power Boat Racing has returned to Lake Glenmaggie, near Heyfield.
Lake Glenmaggie is a popular boating reservoir, with deep fresh water arms and a surface area of some 15 square kilometres.
The lake is particularly popular for water skiers and is also home to the Lake Glenmaggie Boat Club, who host regular power boat racing meetings throughout the summer months.
Racing has resumed at Lake Glenmaggie with a series of meetings to be held over the summer season. Lake Glenmaggie Caravan Park provides camping on the shoreline.
Details regarding race dates and events can be obtained from 03 5174 4513.
Marlay Point Overnight Yacht Race
Continuing a tradition of over 35 years, the Marlay Point overnight yacht race provides a yearly challenge to hundreds of trailer sailer skippers and crews.
Held on the Labour Day long weekend in March, the event attracts trailer sailer crews from across Victoria and Interstate and in a spectacular sight for visitors to the region with colourful spinnakers and hundreds of yachts progressing across the Gippsland Lakes from Marley Pt near Sale, to the finish at Paynesville.
The start of the event is held at dusk on Saturday evening, with the yachts sailing in darkness to the finish line, normally reached early on Sunday morning. Many famous yachtsmen have sailed in the Marley Point Overnight race including John Bertrand who went on to win the Americas Cup.
For details regarding the annual overnight Yacht Rac, contact 5149 8257.
Lake Narracan is the place to go water skiing, jet skiing, boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming or bushwalking. Originally built as a storage dam to guarantee water for the Yallourn Power Stations and to control flooding of the Latrobe Rive, this Lake is being upgraded for recreational use. The local ski club uses Halls Bay on the eastern shore for excellent water skiing, there is also a shallow area for the children to splash around. Caravanning enthusiasts can stay at the caravan park, there are plenty of shady areas for your picnic or BBQ.
The Hazelwood Caravan Park and parkland area is located on the foreshore of the Hazelwood Power Station cooling pond known as Hazelwood Pondage. The parkland reserve provides direct water front access for a range of activities including swimming, water skiing, and sailing, power boating and canoeing. The range of facilities include the Latrobe Valley Yacht Club, a function hall, camping facilities, toilet and shower blocks, playgrounds, car parking and picnic facilities.