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Rest and reset
East Gippsland’s best places to stay are never too far from the water, or the region’s wilderness delights
The boardwalk along McMillans of Metung Coastal Resort which has been a mainstay of Gippsland since 1980. Picture SuppliedSource:NCA NewsWire
BY THE COAST
Set on three hectares of manicured grounds overlooking Bancroft Bay, McMillans of Metung Coastal Resort has been an award-winning mainstay of East Gippsland holiday accommodation since 1980.
The resort’s 20 cottages and spa villas offer easy comfort and peace to relax, and each contains a fully equipped kitchen, and an open-plan living area that leads out onto a private veranda, complete with barbecue and striking lake views.
And if you’re keen on getting out on the water, the resort also has its own jetty for guest access.
MORE INFORMATION: mcmillansofmetung.com
Enjoy fine wine and dinner on the deck at Rivendell East Gippsland within the grounds of old farm property. Picture: SuppliedSource:NCA NewsWire
UP ON THE FARM
Rivendell East Gippsland offers two stunning holiday escape options within the beautiful grounds of an old farmyard property up on a hill in Tambo Upper.
From its humble beginning as a cracked water tank, Bag End is now a couple’s cottage with a cedar hot tub, daybed terrace, private garden with stunning sunrise views over Tambo River, as well as a vinyl collection ready to be enjoyed.
Converted from the original farm dairy, Arkenstone Cottage is a three-bedroom vacation home ideal for families and friends with plenty of space for everyone.
MORE INFORMATION: rivendelleastgippsland.com.au
Jetty Road Retreat Nungurner where you can stay in a secluded cabin. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
For those after a secluded cabin within a bushland setting with lakeside views, Jetty Road Retreat has you covered.
The Nungurner accommodation offers four self-contained cabins located between Lakes Entrance and Metung.
The water is right on your doorstep and complimentary kayaks and life vests are available during your stay.
Each neatly appointed cabin is decked out in inviting mid-century style.
MORE INFORMATION: jettyroadretreat.com.au
Karbeethong Lodge, Mallacoota is a charming original guesthouse with waterfront rooms. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Limited
THE LAKE HOUSE
Located five kilometres from Mallacoota, Karbeethong Lodge is a charming country-style guesthouse.
Built in the 1920s, the lodge is one of a handful of original coastal guesthouses still operating as accommodation, with options ranging from twin waterfront rooms and a self-contained double room to family rooms for four.
MORE INFORMATION: karbeethonglodge.com.au
The Riversleigh in East Gippsland is boutique accommodation house with a touch of elegance. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Over in the heart of the town of Bairnsdale by the Mitchell River is where you’ll find boutique accommodation The Riversleigh.
The elegant rooms feature traditional decorative touches with options including queen, king twin, king with spa, executive suites with separate living and bedroom zones, as well as a self-contained one-bedroom apartment, ideal for a longer stay.
MORE INFORMATION: riversleigh.com.au
Captains Cove is a hamlet on the lake that you will instantly fall in love with. Picture SuppliedSource:Supplied
The hamlet of Paynesville offers direct access to the Gippsland Lakes and Captains Cove makes the very best of this prime location.
The accommodation facilities are sure to suit any holiday with 24 self-contained apartments available, each with a private jetty that you can fish from.
Visitors have access to the tennis courts, and kayaks and bikes are also available for hire if you’re keen on getting out and about.
MORE INFORMATION: captainscove.com.au
Waverley House Cottages, Lakes Entrance have a modern touch with spa rooms available. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
RELAX AND RECHARGE
Any of the one- or two-bedroom spa cottages of Waverley House Cottages are bound to put you instantly at ease.
Located in Lakes Entrance, the cottages are set in landscaped native gardens and feature shaded verandas, the perfect vantage point for ocean views and stunning sunsets.
Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes are also within a close distance.
MORE INFORMATION: waverleyhousecottages.com.au
The honeymoon suite at Bellevue on the Lakes at Gippsland. Picture: SuppliedSource:NCA NewsWire
SPOILED FOR CHOICE
No matter what kind of East Gippsland escape you’re planning, you’ll find the right accommodation option at Bellevue on the Lakes.
From a classic couple’s room to multiple family room choices to self-contained two-bedroom or three-bedroom apartments, this hotel offers it all, right in the very centre of Lakes Entrance.
Each room is beautifully appointed for a comfortable and relaxing stay, with some including a luxurious spa bath.
MORE INFORMATION: bellevuelakes.com.au
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