Lakes Entrance Loop

Cycle Victoria, Road Ride, Lakes Entrance Loop

This ramble around Lakes Entrance gives you a chance to see some of its features and to orient yourself to its layout. Along the foreshore there are places to stop for a break and take it all in, which is just as well, given that the possibility of meeting other users on the shared paths doesn’t make this ride suitable for belting along. The hill climbing involved will raise a puff, but is not overly hard.

As its name suggests, Lakes Entrance is the gateway that allows vessels access to the Gippsland Lakes, the largest navigable inland waterway in Australia. Fed by five major rivers and linked by narrow channels, the great lakes of Gippsland cover 400 square kilometres and extend 90km down the coast. You only see a small part from the town itself.

The ride starts at the footbridge on the foreshore, which is probably the heart of the town. This bridge (which you can’t ride on) takes you over to the Ninety Mile Beach. You can have a swim on the patrolled section or walk part of the 90 miles up to the entrance to the lakes. This is man-made and constant dredging is needed to keep it open for the commercial fishing fleet, which is the largest supplier of fish to the Melbourne market and a major supplier to Sydney, and also for recreational boat users. Crossing the bar at the entrance is considered to be unsuitable for inexperienced boat users.

The first part of the ride around the shore line gives views of the sand dunes across the lake and chances are you’ll come across swans or pelicans, which may fly over in the expectation of a feed if you stop. You then ride through Lakes Entrance suburbia and past the golf club where you can hire golf clubs if you feel like ruining a good day.

Next you ride around part of the Lake Bunga Nature Trail through some of the remnant coastal scrub before riding up to the highway through a housing estate. The ride along the ridge on Thorpes Lane gives views of the town and across to the ocean. You plunge back downhill into the town and ride around a series of shared paths. If you are in the mood for a big meal you pass the bowling club, which has a bistro, before coming out again on a path around the shore line. You will see cruise boats and boat hire outlets. Follow this path back around to the footbridge. Take time on the way back to check out the fishing boats which, apart from tourism, provide the commercial heart for the town.

Access

Lakes Entrance is on the Princes Highway around 310km east of Melbourne at RACV VicRoads State Directory map reference 84 H8. Start on the path by the footbridge adjacent to the only traffic lights on the highway. Park in the nearby foreshore car parks.

Food and Drink

Plenty of choice with bistros, pubs, cafés and takeaways. The ubiquitous fish and chip shops are worth a try as Lakes Entrance is one of the few places you can actually get locally caught fish.

Side Trip

Check out the deals being offered for lake cruises at the jetties. Stop off at the Lakes Entrance Golf Club, hire some clubs and have a hit. See what’s showing at the cinema in Myer Street, which is the road with the traffic lights at the end. Head across the footbridge for a swim.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start on the path at the footbridge. Ride west around the shore with the water on your right.
  • 1.3 Bear left on the trail.
  • 1.4 Cross Short St and continue straight on across Jetty Rd, Middle St and Long St.
  • 1.8 Cross Eastern Beach Rd.
  • 2.2 Turn right on path alongside Golf Links Rd.
  • 2.4 Cross Merrangbaur St.
  • 2.8 Path ends. Continue straight on road.
  • 3.7 Start gravel road.
  • 3.9 Ride straight on to Lake Bunga Nature Trail. This is a shared walkway.
  •  4.7 Continue on path around to the left.
  • 4.9 End of path. Ride straight on gravel road.
  • 5.0 Turn left up short hill on sealed road and continue on this road.
  • 6.5 Straight on past Beveridges Rd.
  • 6.6 Turn left on highway and ride on sealed shoulder.
  • 6.8 Cross highway and turn right up Weekes Rd, signposted to Thorpes Ln.
  • 6.9 Keep left into Thorpes Ln.
  • 8.8 Turn left at the T-intersection, signposted Palmers Rd.
  • 9.8 Steep downhill. Watch for cars from side roads at bottom.
  • 10.3 Follow main road around to the right.
  • 10.5 Turn right into Coates Rd.
  • 11.0 Cross Whiter St and veer left on to path beside the road.
  • 11.3 Cross side road.
  • 11.5 Follow path around to the left and cross narrow bridge.
  • 11.7 Cross Jefferson Ave and continue down the service road.
  • 11.9 Turn right and ride down the shared pathway along Lambert St.
  • 12.1 Cross road and continue on path.
  • 12.2 Follow path around to the left.
  • 12.6 Turn right and follow the path along Rowe St.
  • 13.0 Continue on shared path around foreshore.
  • 13.2 Toilets.
  • 13.9 Cross car park entrance. Toilets on the right.
  • 14.2 Barbeque and playground in Apex Park on the right. Continue around the lower path to the right which takes you under the bridge.
  • 14.6 Ride past skate park, turn right then left on sealed paths.
  • 14.7 Cross the road at the roundabout on to the path beside the road signposted Town Centre. In 50m bear right and follow the shared path back to the footbridge. Be careful at car parks and wharf entrances.
  • 16.7 End of ride at footbridge.
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    16.483 km / 10.242 mi

    Total Distance

    166 m / 545 ft

    Total Ascent

    166 m / 545 ft

    Total Descent

    82 m / 269 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Sightseeing
    Commuter
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Estimated Distance: 16.6
    Elevation Gain: 185
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle

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