8 great places to stop on a Melbourne to Lakes Entrance trip

Many people travel down the Princes Highway from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance for a weekend away or a week. Lakes Entrance is one of Victoria’s premier beachside holiday destinations for couples and families and is the gateway to the stunning Gippsland lakes. The distance to Lakes Entrance from Melbourne is 319 kilometres, or just shy of 4 hours travel time. On a journey of this length, you will need to break the trip up, and we have some great recommendations of places you go stop on your way to Lakes Entrance from Melbourne.

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Melbourne to Lakes Entrance via the Princes Highway

Melbourne to Lakes Entrance

For many making the trip from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance stopping is one thing you will have to do at some stage whether it is for a toilet strop or for a petrol stop. There are also some places where you can stop to have an added adventure on your Prices Highway trip. In this post we will cover a some of the stops on the Princes Highway from Melbourne to Lakes Entracne where there is great parking, toilets and an added experience in Victoria to add to your holiday.

Anyone looking into travelling to Lakes Entrance from Melbourne will need accommodation for their stay. We recommend using Hotels.com to find the best places to stay in Lakes Entrance. If you’re looking for an apartment in Lakes Entrance, Stayz will have something for everyone.

Gumbuya World

Gumbuya World or as many people could remember it as Gumbuya Park is a brilliant place to stop off between Melbourne and Lakes Entrance for families. It’s the perfect place to spend a few hours on a hot summer’s day before continuing your Melbourne to Lakes Entrance road trip. With water slides, wave pools and cabanas to shade you from the heat, you can easily spend an entire day at Gumbuya World. On-site you will also find a small amusement park, water park and wildlife sanctuary.

Address: 2705 Princes Hwy, Tynong North, VIC 3813 – BUY GUMBUYA WORLD TICKETS HERE!

Distance from Melbourne: 76.1 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 242.5 kilometers

Melbourne Lakes Entrance trip – stop at Yarragon Ale House

Maybe looking to stock on some beers for your trip to Lakes Entrance? Yarragon Alehouse is the perfect place for you! They stock a huge range of over 300 local and international beers just waiting for you to try. In the last 12 months YAR Brewing Co has taken up residence on site brewing a niche core range and limited-release beers.

The front of the yarragon Ale House
Yarragon Ale House is a good stop on your Melbourne to Lakes Entrance drive.

For beer lovers travelling down the Princes Highway to Lakes Entrance from Melbourne, the Yarragon Ale House is a must-stop to pick up some takeaways or stretch the legs and enjoy a cold one at the bar.

Address: 4 Rollo St, Yarragon VIC 3823

Distance from Melbourne: 118.1 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 200.6 kilometres

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Holden Museum Trafalgar

The Holden Museum in Trafalgar is one of the best things to see in Gippsland. The Volunteer museum in Trafalgar is home to all things Holden. Did you know that Holden made fridges and saddles? well yo can see exactly what they look like right here! The Museum is housed in a few different buildings on the site displaying an amazing range of cars and Holden products.

The holden museum is a good place to stop on any Melbourne to lakes entrance trip
The Holden Museum is one of the top places to visit on the way to Lakes Entrance

One building on the site resembles an American theatre and has displays of early Holden products such as saddles and horse-drawn buggies. Do not fear for the rev heads, there are cars ranging from FJ Holden’s to some of the last models to roll off the production line. This volunteer museum does a mighty job putting its best foot forward, preserving Holden’s motoring history in Australia. There is no better time to see the museum than when you’re going from Melbourne to Lakes Entrance.

Address: 74 Waterloo Rd, Trafalgar VIC 3824

Distance from Melbourne: 136 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 191 kilometers

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Melbourne to Lakes Entrance drive – Visit Old Gippstown Moe

Do you want to experience a small part of the history of Gippsland as travel from Melbourne to East Gippsland? Old Gippstown is a heritage park showcasing old buildings and equipment from Gippslands past. See what the old Maffra Police station was like, have a look at a Cobb & Co shop where the local horse-drawn passenger carts used to stop.

Heritage buildings at old gippstwon
Old Gippstown makes a memorable stop between Melbourne and Lakes Entrance

You will find old fire engines, farming equipment and some resident ducks wandering around Old Gippstown. There is a great café onsite selling drinks and cakes which makes this an ideal break from your drive to Lakes Entrancefrom Melbourne.

Address: 211 Lloyd St, Moe VIC 3825

Distance from Melbourne: 143 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 186 kilometers

Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park

The Haunted Hills Mountian Bile Park is located between Moe and Morwell and you will see a sign on Princes Highway pointing to the bike park. Pulling into the site you will find a sealed car park with plenty of parking spaces, toilets and an undercover BBQ area. At the Mountain Bike Park in the Haunted Hills, you will find a pump track and 12 kilometres of mountain bike trails for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders.

The Haunted Hills MTB track near Moe
Fun and adventure awaits you between Melbourne and Lakes Entrance

This venue is positioning itself as one of the best places in Victoria to ride mountain bikes with a further 15 kilometres of tracks planned in future developements.

Address: Haunted Hills Road Yallourn 3825

Distance from Melbourne: 142 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 178 kilometers

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Gippsland Aquatic Center

In Traralgon, you will find the Gippsland Aquatic Center, the biggest indoor and outdoor pool complex between Melbourne and Lakes Entrance. At the aquatic centre you will find 3 indoor pools including a lap pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and a shallow pool for families exploring Victoria with kids. There is an indoor water park with 2 full-sized water slides and play equipment with small kids slides. You will find a spa, steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and a gym if you are wanting to work out.

Address:  49 Breed St, Traralgon VIC 3844

Distance from Melbourne: 164 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 155 kilometers

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Road trip Melbourne to Lakes Entrance – Port of Sale

The Port of Sale is a multipurpose facility and area on the Princes Highway in Sale. In the Port of Sale building, you will find the Gippsland Art Gallery which has free entry, the tourist information center, the local library and a cafe with a great view of the Thompson River.

The Port of Sale building on the princes Highway
Maybe the best spot to break up and Melbourne to Lakes Entrance drive

Outside the building you will have a large green space to relax, a basketball court, a skate park and a boardwalk along the river for a stroll or a quick fish. There really is something for the whole family at the Port of Sale precinct.

Address: Port of Sale, 70 Foster St, Sale VIC 3850

Distance from Melbourne: 164 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 106 kilometers

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Lightfoot and Sons Bairnsdale

If you like a drop of wine, no trip to the Gippsland area is complete without trying some wine. Lightfoot and Sons is a family-owned winery that has been making wine in Gippsland near Bairnsdale since 1995. The cellar door has a stunning view of the Mitchel River with both indoor and outdoor seating for wine tastings, signature local food platters and just relaxing. Lightfoot makes a range of wines including Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and more.

Address: 717 Calulu Road, Bairnsdale, VIC, Australia 

Distance from Melbourne: 280 kilometers

Remaining distance to Lakes Entrance: 48.1 kilometres

By stopping at some of these places you can make a real day trip of your journey to Lakes Entrance from Melbourne, you can even see a few you missed when going from Lakes Entrance to Melbourne on the way back. Once in Lakes Entrance, you will find plenty to do with the beaches, shops, wineries and shops to visit. There are many good places to visit around Lakes Entrance and the Gippsland Lakes, such as Metung and Paynesville.

If you are looking for more amazing and best places to visit in Victoria or more travel in Victoria destinations, Explore Victoria has some more articles below for you to check out. If you have an idea, attraction or top spot, feel free to leave us a comment or email us at contact@explorevictoriaaustralia.com


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