Parks near East Gippsland

This eastern-most region of Victoria is truly spectacular. East Gippsland boasts nine national parks, and you’ll love exploring them all.

Discover rugged coastlines and towering forests. Visit Australia’s largest lake system or plan an alpine escape. Which adventure will you choose in East Gippsland?

Parks near Paynesville and Bairnsdale

Paynesville is a great place to base yourself to explore the Gippsland Lakes. Just a short ferry ride away is Raymond Island, where you’ll have a great chance at spotting a koala. From Paynesville, there is also boat access to the peaceful bushland retreat of The Lakes National Park. About 40-minutes from Bairnsdale is Mitchell River National Park, where you can wander through rainforest gullies.

A pelican on the water at the Lakes National Park in Gippsland.

The Lakes National Park

The Lakes National Park is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes, fringed by the waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve.

Raymond Island Gippsland Lakes Reserve

Gippsland Lakes Reserve, situated on Raymond Island on Tatungalung Country, is highly significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners due to its remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage. Just a short ferry ride from Paynesville, you can leave the car behind and explore the island by foot or bike, or bring your car with you for a small fee. Raymond Island is a haven for wildlife, especially well known for its large koala population.
The Mitchell River flows through the country side.

Mitchell River National Park

Mitchell River National Park protects impressive river scenery, serene rainforest gullies, rugged landscapes and some of Victoria's more unusual vegetation communities.

Parks near Lakes Entrance

Another great spot for water-lovers is Lakes Entrance. From here, you can access the Eastern part of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park by boat. Pay a visit to the Nyerimilang Homestead and enjoy a picnic or walk. Enjoy bush camping and walking tracks at Lake Tyers State Park.

The walking track down to Lake Tyers Beach.

Lake Tyers State Park

Lake Tyers State Park protects impressive coastal scenery, tall eucalypt forests and fringing wetlands and provides plenty of choices for outdoor activities.
The Homestead at Nyerimilang Heritage Park in the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park.

Nyerimilang Heritage Park

Magnificent views and a rich variety of plant and birdlife are some of this Gippsland park’s attractions. A highlight is Nyerimilang Homestead, in a delightful garden setting on a cliff top above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes.
A woman holding a paddle walks up the beach with her kayak on the beach behind her

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park (East)

Sitting between the lakeside villages of Lakes Entrance and Loch Sport, the east region of Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park is a much-loved destination for year-round aquatic action and relaxation.

Parks near Orbost

There’s plenty of nature to be found near the town of Orbost. Stretch your legs at Bemm River Scenic Reserve. Take a day trip to the popular Cape Conran Coastal Park and Marlo Coastal Reserve or set up camp for a night or two. If you’re a diver, Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary is a paradise waiting to be discovered.

Three women stand-up paddle boarders paddle up the Yeerung River.

Cape Conran Coastal Park

Cape Conran Coastal Park has heathlands, wild ocean beaches and banksia woodlands brimming with nectar-feeding birds
The estuary where the Snowy River meets the ocean at Marlo Coastal Reserve.

Marlo Coastal Reserve

Located along Marlo's coastline and the Snowy River Estuary, Marlo Coastal Reserve offers camping, fishing and boating in a natural setting just 90 minutes from Bairnsdale.

Bemm River Scenic Reserve

Bemm River Scenic Reserve protects a pocket of warm temperate rainforest, drier eucalypt forest and a range of plant communities in between. The Rainforest Walk is the perfect opportunity explore the park.

Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary

Beware Reef Marine Sanctuary protects partially exposed granite reef that is home to abundant marine life and is a haul-out site for Australian and New Zealand fur seals.

Parks near Buchan

Tour the largest cave system in Victoria at Buchan Caves Reserve. Camp a night under the stars in the reserve, or book yourself into Caves House. If you’re near Buchan, don’t miss the opportunity to see the spectacular scenery of Snowy River National Park. Think rivers, deep gorges and old growth forests.

Mother and young daughter look at the rock formations in the Fairy Cave at Buchan Caves Reserve.

Buchan Caves Reserve

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting through limestone rock
Mackillops Bridge across the Snowy River

Snowy River National Park

The Snowy River is renowned for canoeing and rafting, and this remote park is ideal for those who appreciate magnificent forests, rugged gorges and wild landscapes.

Parks near Cann River

From the village of Cann River, you’ll find national parks in every direction. Head west and take a scenic drive through Lind National Park. To the north, admire the gorges and peaks of Coopracambra National Park. To the east, explore the rainforest of Alfred National Park. All three parks are less than 30 minutes’ drive.

Cann River is also the access point for the Point Hicks section of Croajingolong National Park.

A father leads his family across the rocks in front of the Point Hicks Lighthouse and cottage.

Point Hicks and Tamboon Inlet

Journey through history, see unforgettable coastal landscapes, and experience some of Victoria's best fishing on the eastern limits of Croajingolong National Park.
Echidna in the grass

Coopracambra National Park

Coopracambra National Park is a remote section of Victoria that remains a largely undisturbed landscape. The red sandstone gorge of the Genoa River and the surrounding granite peaks form some spectacular scenery.

Lind National Park

One of Victoria’s oldest national parks, Lind National Park protects a range of forest. To best experience Lind National Park, take a journey on the Euchre Valley Nature Drive, which takes visitors through the park along a scenic corridor of the old highway.
Echidna in the grass

Alfred National Park

Alfred National Park contains some of the most southerly occurrences of warm temperate rainforest in Australia. The vegetation communities found within the park contain species of flora and fauna that are uncommon in the rest of Victoria.
Echidna in the grass

Point Hicks Marine National Park

Point Hicks Marine National Park is located alongside Croajingolong National Park. The best way to experience the fascinating underwater world of Point Hicks Marine National Park is diving and snorkelling.

Parks near Mallacoota

Make sure Mallacoota is on your Victorian bucket list! It’s got Victoria’s warmest winter temperatures and cool ocean breezes in summer. Get magnificent views from Genoa Peak in Croajingolong National Park.

Explore the fascinating underwater world of Cape Howe Marine National Park by snorkeling or diving. Discover the rich history of Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve.

A family walk together along the water's edge at Shipwreck Creek beach.

Croajingolong National Park

Croajingolong follows the far-eastern coastline of Victoria for 100 km and features eucalypt forest, rainforest and heathland.
Gabo Island photographed from the mainland.

Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve

Gabo Island offers a unique accommodation experience in the Assistant Light Keeper’s residence, featuring three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry and bathroom, with all linen provided. 

Cape Howe Marine National Park

The marine life of Cape Howe Marine National Park is fascinating and diverse because species of both warm and cool areas can reside here.
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