Steve’s Lakes Entrance Looong Weekend

Date
Fri 01 March 2024
Duration
4 days (01 March - 04 March)
Meet
Ampol Hume
Time
8.45 am for 9.00 am start
Organiser
Steve Wakeling, 0416 040 572, Stephen.Wakeling@aussie.com.au
Run Style
Waypoint Run
Run Grading
Long

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One of Victoria’s premier holiday destinations, Lakes Entrance is loved for its swimming beaches, waterfront cafes and fleet of colourful fishing boats, many of which sell the day’s catch from the jetties. Steve’s extra-long weekend will probably leave you wanting more. 

Details are still to be finalised but for the time being, Steve has planned out a four days of fun, starting with a great drive through some gorgeous country to our accommodation. Beaches, cafes, cruises, walks, drives, wineries, breweries, and heaps more for you to explore.

If you are interested, ‘register’ now with Steve, but with only accommodation for up to 14 couples, you will need to get in quickly with your expression of interest – the spots will go fast!

Limit of 14 cars due to limited accommodation.

RSVP to Steve Wakeling at Stephen.Wakeling@aussie.com.au.

Run Grade: This is a ‘long’ run, but should be suitable for most drivers. The Club’s Grading System is described at https://nsw.mx5.com.au/events/important-information/run-gradings.

Agenda:

Friday

    • Depart from Caltex Servo Hume at 9am.
    • Morning tea at Nimmitabel. 3 cafés to choose from
    • After leaving Nimmitabel turn right to Bombala and onto Cann River
    • Lunch at Cann River. 3 cafés to choose from
    • Arrive Lakes Entrance 3:30pm and book in Central Hotel 
    • Free time
    • Dinner in the Central Hotel 6:30pm

Drive time including meal stops is approx. 6.5 hrs.

Saturday 

    • Morning – free time
    • Lunch on floating restaurant 12 noon Saturday. Across the road from the Motel.
    • 2 hr lake cruise. Depart 2pm. 5 min walk from the restaurant. Turn right exiting the restaurant. Cost $50.
    • 4pm free time
    • 6:30pm take-away dinner on the lake shore, under the trees and across the road from the Hotel.

Sunday 

    • Depart Lakes Entrance 10am
    • Visit Paynesville. Drive time 45 mins.
    • Ferry to Raymond Island 5 mins. Approach ferry ramp at a sharp angle. Cost $20.
    • 1 hr easy flat slow walk through a forest to see Koala’s in the wild. Gravel road. (Option – Some Koala’s can be seen 10 min walk from the car park)
    • Return to Paynesville 12 noon ish
    • Drive to Metung 35 mins - Lunch at the pub overlooking the Marina 1pm. (Address Kurnai Ave).
    • After lunch option -Explore Metung boardwalk at 2:30 ish
    • Leave Metung - Return to Lakes Entrance. Drive time 25 mins
    • Free time
    • 6:30pm Take-away dinner on the lake shore, under the trees and across the road from the Hotel.

Monday – depart 9:30am ish.

    • Cann River toilet & coffee stop. Arrive 11am, depart 11:30am.
    • Lunch at Bombala 12:30 pm. Various Café’s. Suggest Cosmo Cafe 133 Maybe St.
    • Leave Bombala at 2pm and return to Canberra via Nimmitabel and Cooma at your own pace.

Optional activities in your “free time”: Drive times are one way.

    • Wet limestone cave system at Buchan Caves. Drive time 50 mins
    • Wyanga Park Winery - 248 Baades Rd, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909. Drive time 11 minutes
    • Red Bluff Brewers - 11 Old Bunga Rd Lake Bunga. Drive time 5 mins.
    • Loch Brewery & Distillery - 42/44 Victoria rd Loch. Drive time 2 hrs.
    • Sailor's Grave Brewing - 7 Forest Rd, Orbost VIC 3888. Drive time 45 mins
    • Lookout. Left off Pacific hwy at Hotel Road Kalimna. Drive time 7 mins
    • Walk across the footbridge to 90 mile beach. It is 800 mts North East along the Esplanade from the Central Hotel. Surf Lifesaving and toilets/showers.
    • Hire a tinny or larger boat and explore the lakes. Marine Parade. 3 operators to choose from.
    • Metung Hot Springs – Drive time 30 mins
    • East Gippsland Art Gallery - 2 Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale. Drive time 45 mins. 

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