AROUND PAYNESVILLE

A visit to Paynesville will be sure to make you understand why this little coastal town continues to be one of Victoria’s best attractions.

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The small coastal town of Paynesville is the perfect place to get away from it all. Originally named Toonalook, the Aboriginal name for “place of many fish”, Paynesville has been a popular fishing spot for residents and outsiders since it was established in 1879. Known as the boating capital of Victoria, Paynesville is located in the Gippsland region and with a small population of less than 3,000, you can be assured that your stay with be quaint, intimate and a journey back to a time when the pace of life moved a little slower.

Paynesville is defined by the water around it. Surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway, visitors to the town are never far from a source of water.

This thriving town has something for everyone and is full of shops, cafes and a community center for you to explore.

The large network of canals that criss-cross the region add to the appeal, and tourists can visit two artificial islands within the township and take some time to complete their shopping in pristine scenery.

Just two minutes away is Raymond Island, a natural oasis teaming with Australian wildlife like koalas and kangaroos that are perfectly pleasant when observed while exploring. Some of the best fishing in all of Victoria takes place on Raymond Island, meaning you’ll be sure to come home with the catch of your dreams. For those seeking a different diversion, the island has plenty of opportunities for going boating or relaxing on secluded beaches. Getting to the island is easy and involves a short ride on the Raymond Island Ferry, which acts as the only link between the island and Paynesville. The ferry has been running between the two destinations since 1889, and while some people wish the ferry would be replaced for a bridge, the majority of Paynesville citizens prefer the level of isolation that the ferry produces for the island.

Whether you come for the afternoon or spend a week in Paynesville, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from waterside dining at trendy restaurants to wine tasting and spa treatments along the coast. A visit to Paynesville will be sure to make you understand why this little coastal town continues to be one of Victoria’s best attractions.