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Sports & Recreation


Home to the iconic Gippsland Lakes, many rivers, mountains, coastal inlets and stunning national parks, East Gippsland is the perfect adventure playground whether you wish to explore by foot, by bicycle, by boat or by car.

Paddle around the canals of Paynesville, cruise the secluded coves of the Gippsland Lakes – at more than 400 square kilometres, the largest lakes system in Australia – or head to secret fishing spots on board a charter from Metung, Mallacoota or Lakes Entrance. East Gippsland offers excellent fishing for those with a rod and reel.

The region is also ideal for cyclists who can explore the area on the 97km East Gippsland Rail Trail, shred the three mountain bike trails or tackle the many roads and trails through the High Country and Snowy River area.

East Gippsland offers incredible diversity in more than 1.5 million hectares of national parks and reserves, from the ancient rainforests of Errinundra, the spectacular coastal wilderness of Croajingolong and the rugged majesty of the Alpine National Park. 


The region has an enormous network of hiking trails and 4WD tracks to explore.

Trail running and ‘off road’ triathlons are an emerging attraction in East Gippsland, offering challenging and spectacularly scenic courses, from the mountains to the beach.

East Gippsland has a high level of local participation in sports and outdoor activities thanks to its array of venues and reserves. Popular activities include football, tennis, cricket, yoga, pilates, netball, athletics, triathlons, soccer, hockey, badminton, rowing, sailing, boxing, bowls and swimming. East Gippsland has two surf lifesaving patrolled beaches at Lakes Entrance, and children are well catered for with Aquatic centres, athletic clubs, cycling clubs and other planned activity groups operating across the region.