Itinerary Suggestion - 7 Days
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Sail, cruise and bushwalk. Take in a river, wildlife and an ocean beach.
- Seven lovely days stretch out before you. Start them slowly with a trip to Sperm Whale Head for lunch. Along the way you’ll see lots of black swans in the shallow water behind Carstairs Bank. Watch out for dolphins too.
- There are wood-fired barbecues here that you can use which add a special flavour to your chops and sausages. After lunch, try one of the bushwalking trails. The Barton’s Hill Walking Track is excellent, giving you good views of the Lakes from different angles.
- If you feel like moving for the evening, Duck Arm is about 30 minutes away and will give you a very gentle night’s sleep. You can moor your boat on one of the public swing moorings.
- An early morning swim in Duck Arm is enchanting. There’s often a mist rising from the surface of the water giving an eerie quality to your swim.
- For a relaxing start to the day, head for the bakery in Paynesville for Danish pastries and coffee. Then stock up on supplies if needed before casting off for an almost full day’s cruising to Plover Point at the end of McLennan’s Straits. Enjoy lunch on deck while you’re underway – it’s a great way to dine!
- Plover Point is your western cruising limit. This is an area surrounded by important wetlands with huge bird breeding habitats, so watch out for all the waterbird species here. And drop a line, theres often good fishing in the Straits. For dinner: pan-fried fish, of course!
- Plan your day to finish in the Bunga Arm. You could stop at Wattle Point or Loch Sport for lunch, or just enjoy an uninterrupted cruise down this glorious lake.
- Head for the Steamer Landing Jetty a lovely spot to moor with easy walking to the ocean beach. There’s a picnic shelter on shore so if you’ve got a barbecue you could set it up here.
- Take a walk along the Ninety Mile Beach watching for dolphins in the surf and gannets diving for a feed. This beach is often deserted and always magnificent.
- Back on the boat, pour a glass of champagne in time for the special light show – the Bunga Arm is famous for its sunsets.
- It’s easy to spend a full day here letting the day slip gently past is such luxury, especially when you’re in such a beautiful, natural environment.
- If you do feel like exploring further, though, how about a cruise along the Tambo River to Johnsonville or Swan Reach? Here you can swim and fish for the afternoon. Or if on a yacht, spend the day with some spirited sailing on Lake King and Lake Victoria – a lap of Raymond Island perhaps?
- Then go on to Paynesville for dinner at a restaurant, knowing it’s just a short walk back to your boat moored for the night at the Fisherman’s Wharf Jetty.
- Today you’re in for a treat: exploring Rotamah Island. For the really energetic, theres a long walk around the island. Or there’s a 4 km walk from the jetty to the ocean beach and return. The walks take you past birdhides, and past great flocks of parrots and other birds. Rotamah Island also has lots of kangaroos and emus.
- The wood-fired barbecues here are perfect for cooking dinner and the sunset often turns the land black and the water orange – a great sight.
- It’s time to head to the eastern end of the Lakes. Nungurner Jetty and Nyerimilang Heritage Park are both lovely spots to stop for lunch, before going on to the Barrier Landing for the night. Along the way you can stop at Riviera Nautic for a hot shower.
- At the Barrier, you can walk all the way to the entrance and watch the comings and goings of the Lakes Entrance fishing fleet. Barrier Landing has magnificent beaches – both on the lake side of the sand dunes and also on the ocean side.
- Enjoy a leisurely start to the day. Walk over the dunes to say farewell to the ocean, then cruise along the Reeve Channel to Box’s Creek for lunch, before returning to Riviera Nautic for your afternoon disembarking.
- Now, if you’re in no hurry to rush off home, we can make a dinner reservation for you in Metung, or even book you some land-based accommodation to extend your stay in this beautiful part of the world.
- Sperm Whale Head
- Duck Arm or Picnic Arm
- McLennan’s Strait
- Loch Sport or Wattle Point
- Steamer Landing or Ocean Grange
- Tambo River
- Rotamah Island
- Nungurner or Nyerimilang
- Barrier Landing
- Box’s Creek
- Return to Riviera Nautic