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Paynesville, the boating capital of East Gippsland, is located 3.5 hours east of Melbourne and 5 hours south of Canberra by car, making it the perfect stop over on the Sydney to Melbourne touring route. The charming Village is surrounded by lakes, a canal system and inlets, with easy access to the Mitchell, Tambo and Nicholson rivers and 90 Mile Beach. Paynesville,  the perfect starting point for your Gippsland Lakes adventure!

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The Village

Paynesville is the perfect place to base yourself for your exploration of East Gippsland and the Gippsland Lakes.

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Boat & Fish

Known as the boating capital of Victoria, Paynesville is the perfect place to set your sail or drop a line.

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Wine & Dine

Our local cafes, restaurants and pubs do food and wine so well - we've put together some useful dining info for your stay.

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Explore

Paynesville is defined by the water around it; surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway.

Top things to do when you stay with us

The Gippsland Lakes are Australia’s largest and most beautiful inland waterway, and the beautiful village of Paynesville is located in its heart.

The Lakes, fed by the waters of five major rivers and fringed by Ninety Mile Beach, provide ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and sailing. As the sun sets on an action-packed day, settle in to one of the many restaurants, cafes and pubs that dot each town and enjoy the culinary delights of Gippsland.

Visit koalas on Raymond Island

Raymond Island

Raymond Island is a natural oasis teaming with Australian wildlife like koalas, kangaroos, echidnas living in their natural habitat. Exploring Raymond Island is a quick ferry ride from Paynesville. The Raymond Island ferry is just across from Mariners Cove. It crosses to Raymond Island every 20 minutes and is free for pedestrians and cyclists; it costs $13 return to cross your car. The best way to see the island is to walk it.
Experience Paynesville by boat

Cruise The Lakes

The most popular activity in the Gippsland Lakes is taking a boat out on the water. It doesn’t matter if you prefer cruises, speed boats, jet skis, sailboats or paddle boards; there are plenty of opportunities for getting right in the action and enjoying the hundreds of kilometers of waterways to explore (and if you’re lucky, spot dolphins!). Hire a boat or take a skippered charter.
Steamer Landing

Sun and Sand

The diversity of the Gippsland Lakes is truly unique. Rivers, lakes and the 90 Mile Beach. The 90 Mile Beach is accessible by travelling to Lakes Entrance or by boat from Paynesville via Ocean Grange. As the temperature is a few degrees warmer than Melbourne, you can swim in the lake or ocean from Spring through to Autumn. Swim in the lake off the jetties at Mariners Cove, along the Paynesville foreshore or at Newlands Arm (or as the locals call it “Birrells”).
Aerial view of Paynesville East Gippsland

Helicopter Views

Experience the Gippsland Lakes from the air! Book scenic flights, heli-experiences, charters and tailored helicopter services for events and special occasions and enjoy the stunning scenery of the silt jetties, Lakes Entrance and Ninety Mile Beach coastline. Ask about the tailored flights for our guests over Paynesville.
A seafood meal at Sardine Dining in Paynesville

Sardine Dining

A visit to Paynesville isn't complete without a trip to Sardine Dining. Their love of fresh, local produce and exquisite flavours will have you counting down the days until your next Paynesville trip! Opening in 2021, the Cantina wine bar is the ultimate way to enjoy wine, cheese, charcuterie and conservas from Victorian producers and across the globe.
Walk along the marina at Raymond Island

Explore On Foot

Create your own adventure and experience the amazing biking and walking trails dotted across East Gippsland. Chat to our Guests Services team about the many tracks ready for you to explore, including East Gippsland Rail Trail, Sunset Cove, Raymond Island and Mount Taylor. We offer bike hire from $30 - chat to Guest Services to find out more.
Aerial view of the Silt Jetties in East Gippsland

Mitchell River Silt Jetties

Formed by the Mitchell River, the Gippsland Silt jetties are a unique geological feature and are the largest extension of silt jetties in the world. You can drive along the edge of the jetties out to Lake King, though the best photo opportunities are at the lookout at Eagle Point Bluff.
Fishing on 90 Mile Beach is popular amongst visitors to Paynesville

Fish The Lakes

There is an enormous diversity of salt and fresh water in the lakes and beaches around Gippsland Lakes, making it an incredibly diverse place to fish. Lake, surf and river fishing to catch flathead, luderick, trevally, mullet and bream and prawns (in prawning season). Fish from the riverbanks, jetties or your boat.
Star Gazing Pool at Metung Hot Springs

Metung Hot Springs

Set on a natural undulating site overlooking the magnificent Gippsland Lakes, the Metung Hot Springs are East Gippsland’s newest attraction.
Photo by Jessica Shapiro

Den of Nargun

The Den of Nargun is a 45-min drive from Paynesville and a beautiful picturesque walk. Featuring the Bluff lookout with views of the Mitchell River, green rainforest pockets and Woolshed Creek, the Den of Nargun Loop is also part of the Bataluk Cultural Trail, which explores Gunaikurnai Aboriginal history and culture.
Inside the Buchan Caves in East Gippsland

Buchan Caves

Explore the Royal or Fairy Caves on a guided tour. The caves also offer great picnic spots, walking tracks and diverse flora and fauna. We also highly recommend a visit to the Buchan Pub! Buchan Caves is a 1-hour drive from Paynesville. Follow the link for information on tour times.
Golfers at Metung Country Club

Tee Off

There’s plenty of opportunities to dust off the clubs in East Gippsland. Did you know Bairnsdale Golf Course (only a few kms from Paynesville towards Bairnsdale), is renowned as one of the best course in Gippsland?

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Rest, Relax & Play

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. 

So, what are you waiting for, book your next Paynesville escape today!

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