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Gippsland Lakes, Gippsland Tourism, Gippsland Holidays, Gippsland Lakes Accommodation, Gippsland Lakes Holiday House, Boat Launching in the Gippsland lakes only 15 minutes away!

 


Gippsland covers a vast and diverse landscape occupying Victoria's eastern corner, from unspoilt beaches to enormous lakes and mountain ranges. The Gippsland Lakes is Australia’s largest inland waterway covering over 400sq km.

Self contained Accommodation (accessing both the Lakes and the beach) is available at 90 Mile Beach House & Villas in Golden Beach, Victoria, it's only 15 minutes drive from 90 Mile Beach House & Villas to the boat launching ramp on “McLennans Strait” - a magnificent 14km canal joining Lakes Wellington and Victoria which is protected by the international "Ramsar Convention on Wetlands" as a waterway of international significance. Ninety Mile Beach itself is a short stroll, (less than 200m) from our front door. Often people don't realise how close we are and don't think to bring their boat BUT we have ample parking for your large or small boat and the great launching ramp is literally 15 minutes drive from the property. 

The Gippsland Lakes are fed by the waters of five major rivers - Latrobe, Thompson, Avon, Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo. The Gippsland Lakes are fringed by Ninety Mile Beach.

90 Mile Beach House and Villas is located at the half way mark of Ninety Mile Beach. The beach and lakes provide ample opportunities for relaxation, walking, swimming, fishing, boating and sailing.

The Gippsland Lakes (in order of size) are as follows:

· Lake Wellington

· Lake Victoria

· Lake King

· Lake Reeve

· Lake Tyers

· Lake Coleman

History

The lakes were formed by two principal processes. The first is river delta alluvial deposition of sediment brought in by the rivers which flow into the lakes. Silt deposited by this process forms into long 'jettys' which can run many kilometres into a lake, as exemplified by the Mitchell River silt jetties that run into Lake King. The second process is the action of sea current in Bass Strait (which created the Ninety Mile Beach) and cut off the river deltas from the sea.

Once the lakes were closed off a new cycle started, whereby the water level of the lakes would gradually rise until the waters broke through the barrier beach and the level would drop down until it equalised with sea-level. Eventually the beach would close-off the lakes and the cycle would begin anew. Sometimes it would take many years before a new channel to the sea was formed and not necessarily in the same place as the last one.

In 1890 a wall was built to fix the position of a naturally occurring channel between the lakes and the ocean at Lakes Entrance, to stabilise the water level, create a harbour for fishing boats and open up the lakes to shipping. Many of our guests have previoously holidayed at Lakes Entrance but say that it's just too busy now. If they wanted to stay in the suburbs...they'd stay in their suburb. Golden Beach however is probably like Lakes Entrance, Inverloch, Venus Bay and other holiday destinations were 40 years ago! 

Environment

The lakes support numerous species of wildlife and there exist two protected areas within: The Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. The Gippsland Lakes wetlands are protected by the international Ramsar Convention on wetlands. There are also approximately 400 indigenous flora species and 300 native fauna species.

Burrunan dolphins

The lakes are home to about 50 of the recently described species of Bottlenose dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis).

Birds

The wetlands provide habitat for about 20,000 waterbirds – including birds from as far afield as Siberia and Alaska. The lakes have been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because they regularly support over 1% of the global populations of Black Swans, Chestnut Teals and Musk Ducks, as well as many Fairy Terns.