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Boating & the Gippsland Lakes

The Gippsland Lakes are 400 square kilometres of beautiful lakes & rivers making it Australia’s largest inland waterway.

Separated from the ocean by the coastal dunes known as Ninety Mile Beach, the Gippsland Lakes is the jewel in the crown of East Gippsland. The 3 main lakes are Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington and they are all fed by rivers that originate from the High Country and include the Nicholson, Tambo & Mitchell. The Lakes include small islands and are surrounded by two National Parks – the Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, both offering terrific walking tracks, wildlife & fauna appreciation & boating destinations.

The lakes offer excellent year round cruising conditions, with large areas of open water and secluded inlets and rivers to explore. The Gippsland Lakes are home to abundant bird, marine & native animal life with dolphins, pelicans, koalas, echidnas & kangaroos inhabiting much of the Gippsland Lakes region.


Gippsland Lakes Classic Boat Club have excellent Gippsland Lakes boating itinerieis

Whether you paddle, sail, motorboat, ski, wakeboard, tube, jetski, prawn or fish when you stay at Captains Cove we will ensure you have all of the boating knowledge you need. Our in room information has recomended swimming spots, watersport locations & we can also provide you with a cruising map.


Known as the heart of the Gippsland Lakes & the hub of boating, Paynesville has everything a boatie could need:


 Gippsland Lakes map


Steamer Landing / Ocean Grange  A favourite location for boaters on the 90 mile beach. Excellent jetties, toilet facilities, good beach access over dunes, abundant flora & fauna. As it is only accessible by boat, you will find this location quiet in even the peak Summer season

Bunga Arm  also on the 90 mile beach, it is one of the most beautiful parts of the Gippsland Lakes. Only accessible by boat you will find a pristine stretch of dune that separates the lake & ocean. The location offers a waterski area, excellent beach access & peace & quiet. Beach moorings are spread along the shore line and public toilet facilities are located at the camp sites.

Duck Arm / Picnic Arm  Sheltered & picturesque location with beach or swing mooring options. Fish for flathead. The dolphins often visit this quiet location

Newlands Arm  Excellent protection in all weather. The area offers a playground, toilets, BBQs, designated swimming area & a popular Waterski zone

Sperm Whale Head / Rottamah Island  Set within National Park you will find abundant flora & fauna, great walking tacks & a 2km walk takes you to the 90 mile beach. If you enjoy peace & quiet, wild life & fauna this is a must visit location

Metung  A quaint village with restaurants, cafes & pub with waterside location. The Metung pub is a popular venue to visit during your stay at Captains Cove

Boxes Creek  A gorgeous inlet just off Metung that is protected in any weather & is a lovely spot to pull up on the beach & watch the world go by

Barrier Landing  Crystal clear blue water one side and 90 mile beach on the other side of the dunes. This is closest swimming / watersport area to the Entrance to Bass Strait. A popular and busy boating location during the summer months

Lakes Entrance is where the Bass Strait meets the Gippsland Lakes. A populat location for crabbing. Lakes Entrance offers mini golf & access to the 90 mile beach by footbridge.

Tambo / Nicholson / Mitchell Rivers  These 3 quiet & majestic rivers are popular for fishing or just cruising. The best bream fishing on the Gippsland Lakes is on any of these rivers.Beautiful rural outlooks & calm and protected waterways make the Rivers a must visit with your boat. You can visit the townships of Nicholson, Swan Reach & Bairnsdale by boat

Lochsport  With a marina, hotel & small township, Lochsport is a great place to visit on a calm day

If you bring your boat to Captains Cove we challenge you to leave the car in the carport for you stay. Go to dinner by boat, get the bread & milk by boat & explore the best parts of Gippsland in your boat. 

We recomend H2O Tours & Adventures & Bulls Cruisers Boat Hire for all of our hire boat needs. Just 200m from Captains Cove & you don't need a boat licence to hire


  • Address:
    19 Mitchell Street, Paynesville, Victoria
  • Phone:
    (03) 5156 7223
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