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Cafe/restaurant/activity tips - Lakes entrance

Crace, Australia
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Hi we will be staying in Swan Reach for 3 days just after xmas. We are a group of 2 couple and our elderly mum who cant walk very long distances. We're travelling in 2 vehicles.

Would love to have some recommendations on good places to eat at and also activities we could do.

Someone told me the drive to Raymond island is worth it as u get to see koalas but ive read other comments that its not really worth your while. Any opinions on this?

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I enjoyed Raymond Island. The ferry trip is fun, and there are more koalas than you can poke a stick at. The other thing there that's really interesting is a drive down Rivermouth Rd on the Mitchell River Silt Jetties.

Have you considered hiring a little motorboat and going out on the lakes for the day? We had a picnic lunch on an isolated beach, and the boat is really so simple to drive that our 8yo was able to drive it for a while.

Buchan Caves is also worth a visit.

Crace, Australia
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Thanks so much Loki thats very helpful!

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Try Ferrymans Seafood Cafe. Literally on the water in Lakes Entrance. http://www.ferrymans.com.au

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Hi, as far as eating is concerned there are some good options. "Over the Hedge" cafe in Swan Reach (cnr Metung rd and Princes hwy) offer great meals at reasonable prices.

Metung (approx 10 minutes drive) is worth a visit, Bancroft Bites and the Metung Hotel (great location on the waterfront) are very nice. There is also a bakery and a few cafes to choose from.

Lakes Entrance has a number of eateries to choose from, Lakes Sports and Community club have a great chinese menu as well as the usual offerings, Six Sisters and Funky Monkey cafe's also serve up decent meals. Ferrymans as previously mentioned is also very good.

The Buchan caves reserve is a lovely area although a tour through the caves may be a bit difficult for your mum. The newly rebuilt Buchan hotel is the go to for dining in Buchan. There are numerous day trip destinations including Paynesville (Raymond Island is ok, but koalas in trees isn't overly exciting imo), Bruthen is a nice town and the Bullant Brewery is worth a visit, Lakes Entrance is a lovely town with various activities from fishing/hire boats, mini golf, beaches etc. There is a visitor information centre in Lakes Entrance which may be worth a look. Enjoy your holiday :)

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Thanks a lot David! This is very helpful :)

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I moved to Lakes Entrance a few months ago. It’s beautiful here. :)

By far best boat ride from Lakes Entrance is the Lonsdale Eco cruise which I’m sure you will all love. http://www.lonsdalecruises.com.au

Ramond Island for the koalas and kangaroos is quite good but just be aware there are no cafes or anywhere to buy food or drink there. Toilet facilities are limited too. You have to take your own food and drinks or buy in Paynesville before or after you have visited Raymond Island. We were given a map on arrival on the island and someone marked the best place to see koalas. Driving around we found other areas with kangaroos.

There are cafes and restaurants all along the esplanade in Lakes Entrance. Note that they close MUCH earlier than you expect, coming from Melbourne. At the moment (this could alter a bit for the school holiday) the only cafe open until 5 pm seems to be the “Bloody Good Coffee” shop which is small but they are very friendly. Most of the others close mid afternoon. Vibez is another favourite. .One cafe that is particularly nice for tourists to visit is the Charnwood Cafe which is in the same building as Miriam’s Restaurant. (Underneath it). The cafe has an antiques area one side and a lovely gift store the other. A new cafe has just opened (about two weeks ago) at the front of the Bellevue Hotel. It’s called Albert & Co and is very nice. They aren’t completely new to the area but they moved into Lakes from Kalimna (which is just before you go down the hill into Lakes Entrance.).

Restaurants also close much earlier in the evening than Melbourne so plan to eat earlier rather than later in the evening. Most are very reasonably priced. Our favourites include Nicks, the Sports Club, and the Central Hotel. The RSL club and the Bowls club also do good, very reasonably priced meals.

Lake Tyers is nice to drive to and there’s a nice restaurant there called the Waterwheel (the wheel has just been removed for repairs but you can’t miss finding it.) . There’s a little shop close to the back of the restaurant which mainly serves the campers and locals with food. You might be tempted to give it a miss but it’s worth going in to see the photography done by the owner.

Buchan Cafes will probably be too much for an elderly person who doesn’t walk far.

If you are in Lakes over New Year then there will be Fireworks on New Years Eve. The main Highway will be closed during that time but there’s another route through the town which I’m sure traffic will get diverted to.

The Carnival has just arrived and will be operating throughout the holidays.

If you fancy a camel ride then I gather they will be operating from Eastern Beach. :). (Maybe just watching might be enough?)

The visitors centre is the first building you see after going down the hill into Lakes Entrance.

Watch out for our dolphins... your best chance of seeing them are on the Eco cruise but they can be anywhere in the lakes system.

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Thanks so much for all the detail heather. This is very helpful!

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Hi Loki

Can you pls tell me more about the drive down the mitchell river silt jetties? I couldnt find much info online on this. What makes it so nice? How long does it take? How much time do you think we need to allocate to the Raymond island trip if we do the drive around the island to see the koalas and the drive down the jetties? Also do you know how long the ferry ride is and do we need to book in advance?

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