Koonwarra Family Holiday Park is situated right across the road from the foreshore of the Cunninghame Arm end of the Gippsland Lakes and the eastern end of the pristine coastline of 90 Mile Beach, in the charming seaside village of Lakes Entrance in the beautiful Gippsland Lakes, Victoria.
In the aerial photo below, you will see the Koonwarra Family Holiday Park with its bright blue swimming pool in the middle, bottom of the shot, with the lake and the ocean so close and the Cunninghame Arm Footbridge, that takes you over the lake to the Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club and the ocean beach, just 700 metres away in the top right corner of the photo.
Lakes Entrance is one of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, with so much to do and see, from swimming in the pristine ocean of 90 Mile Beach, walking along the Gippsland Lakes foreshore, viewing the fleet of colourful fishing boats, many of which sell the day’s catch from the jetties, eating at the many waterfront cafes, shopping, boating, fishing, pawning, crabbing, golfing, bowling, horse riding and visiting local wineries, to simply relaxing back at the Koonwarra Family Holiday Park swimming pool and gardens.
Enjoy a guided cruise boat tour of the Gippsland Lakes, with the chance to view our very own breed of Burrunan dolphins, only found in the Gippsland Lakes and Port Philip Bay. Experience spectacular views of the only entrance to the Gippsland Lakes, the largest network of inland waterways in Australia, and take in Lakes Entrance’s coastal scenery from the Kalimna Lookout. Stroll across the Cunningham Arm Footbridge from the foreshore promenade to see the vast expanse of the 90 Mile Beach or pick up paper-wrapped fresh fish and chips from a local seafood shop. Or why not cast a line off the beach, or hire a paddleboat, cruiser or a catamaran, and catch your own!
Feeling a little more adventurous? Why not ride or walk the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail, from Lakes Entrance to the East Gippsland Rail Trail, a lovely bush trail that follows an old tramway following the Mississippi Creek. You’ll discover the remains of old cuttings, including rail and sleepers, and the remains of the old marble quarry along the way.
Nearby Must Sees
During your Lakes Entrance holiday stay, there are some nearby attractions you must see. Guided cruise boats tour the Gippsland Lakes, the largest network of inland waterways in Australia, and will take you on tours to see our rare Burrunan dolphins, seals and a myriad of water birds. They will also take you to places such as Metung - a tiny waterfront village and the best kept secret of the Gippsland Lakes, Paynesville - nicknamed the Victorian Riviera - the sailing, boating and fishing capital of the Gippsland Lakes, and Raymond Island - home to koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and other Australian wildlife and accessed by the famous Raymond Island Ferry, a chain ferry, linking the island to the mainland from Paynesville.
Did you know the Gippsland Lakes was also famous for homing the longest silt jetties in the world? The Mitchell River Silt Jetties have been created by silt deposits over thousands of years and are located along the end of the Mitchell River where it runs in to the Gippsland Lakes.
Nearby Buchan Caves is another wonder of East Gippsland. Only a 40 minute drive north of Lakes Entrance, you can discover an underground wonderland of spectacular limestone formations at East Gippsland's ancient Buchan Caves. Underground rivers cutting through limestone rock created the caves almost 400 million years ago. Professionally guided tours of either Royal Cave or Fairy Cave operate daily. Royal Cave has calcite-rimmed pools, and in Fairy Cave you will see elaborate stalactites and stalagmites.
And don't forget to explore the East Gippsland Rail Trail, a long rail trail passing through a variety of forest and farmland, with lots of huge old timber bridges, such as the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge near Nowa Nowa, the largest standing bridge of its kind in Victoria and listed on the Register of Historic Sites. You will also discover railway cuttings and embankments, with occasional views of the Gippsland Lakes, and the perfect diversion onto the Mississippi Tramway that leads down to Lakes Entrance.