Lakes Entrance

LAKES ENTRANCE, Victoria, Australia
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  • Lakes Entrance, Victoria

    Lakes Entrance is a seaside resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. It is situated approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi) east of Melbourne, near a managed, artificial channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait. At the 2016 census, Lakes Entrance had a population of 4,810.[2]

    The township was originally named Cunninghame, the Post Office of that name opening on 5 February 1870. It was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 January 1915.[3]

    Description

    Lakes Entrance, which lies almost at sea level, can be reached from Melbourne via Bairnsdale and the town of Kalimna to the north-west by a stretch of the Princes Highway, which snakes down and around a point protruding into the Gippsland Lakes known as "Jemmy's Point". Views of The Entrance and of the Lakes can be seen from various look-outs on Jemmy's Point. The Princes Highway leaves the north-east side of the town through hilly countryside towards Nowa Nowa and Orbost.

    Lakes Entrance is predominantly a fishing and tourism-driven town; the main beach front is a harbour for commercial fishing and recreational watersport operations. The surf beach is patrolled by the (SLSC)[4] between November and March every summer, with lifeguard patrols from late December to late January. The waterfront is populated by the fishing fleet and two floating restaurants—Ferrymans Seafood Cafe and The Floating Dragon Dockside Restaurant. The main street consists of shops, caravan parks, a Woolworths supermarket, a Target Country store that opened in 2007, a KFC and a McDonald's restaurant that opened in September 1997. The town's main residential areas lie farther inland.

    Lakes Entrance has a number of camping and caravan parks, and free camping spots in Colquhoun State Forest.[5]

    Nearby major towns include Bairnsdale and Orbost. Lakes Entrance falls within the Shire of East Gippsland.

    Other towns include Swan Reach, Johnsonville, , Nicholson, Metung and .

    Climate

    Climate data for Lakes Entrance
    MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
    Record high °C (°F)41.6
    (106.9)
    46.4
    (115.5)
    39.0
    (102.2)
    31.1
    (88.0)
    27.7
    (81.9)
    22.2
    (72.0)
    23.4
    (74.1)
    26.4
    (79.5)
    29.6
    (85.3)
    35.4
    (95.7)
    38.3
    (100.9)
    41.7
    (107.1)
    46.4
    (115.5)
    Average high °C (°F)24.6
    (76.3)
    23.9
    (75.0)
    22.9
    (73.2)
    20.3
    (68.5)
    18.1
    (64.6)
    15.1
    (59.2)
    15.2
    (59.4)
    16.1
    (61.0)
    18.1
    (64.6)
    19.7
    (67.5)
    21.2
    (70.2)
    22.8
    (73.0)
    19.8
    (67.6)
    Average low °C (°F)15.0
    (59.0)
    15.1
    (59.2)
    13.5
    (56.3)
    11.1
    (52.0)
    8.7
    (47.7)
    6.4
    (43.5)
    5.8
    (42.4)
    6.3
    (43.3)
    7.9
    (46.2)
    9.5
    (49.1)
    11.6
    (52.9)
    13.0
    (55.4)
    10.3
    (50.5)
    Record low °C (°F)6.5
    (43.7)
    8.0
    (46.4)
    7.7
    (45.9)
    4.5
    (40.1)
    1.4
    (34.5)
    0.0
    (32.0)
    −1.8
    (28.8)
    −0.6
    (30.9)
    0.4
    (32.7)
    2.5
    (36.5)
    3.8
    (38.8)
    5.9
    (42.6)
    −1.8
    (28.8)
    Average precipitation mm (inches)35.8
    (1.41)
    59.0
    (2.32)
    62.3
    (2.45)
    64.0
    (2.52)
    31.5
    (1.24)
    90.6
    (3.57)
    53.8
    (2.12)
    46.4
    (1.83)
    49.2
    (1.94)
    71.2
    (2.80)
    58.2
    (2.29)
    58.6
    (2.31)
    816.0
    (32.13)
    Average precipitation days8.78.69.810.69.211.912.911.410.510.810.710.4125.5
    Source: [6] (2006-)

    Sports

    The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the East Gippsland Football League.[7]

    The town is home to a hockey club in the East Gippsland Hockey Association, although the club still plays under the name of its original home town, Swan Reach.

    Golfers play at the course of the Lakes Entrance Golf Club on Golf Links Road, which has 18 holes, or Golfers have the choice of a 9-hole course at Lakes View Golf Course on Palmers Road.[8]

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    Notable people

    Lakes Entrance is the hometown of:

    See also

    References

    1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lakes Entrance (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
    2. ^ "Australian Bureau of Statistics - 2011 Census". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
    3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
    4. ^ Life Saving Victoria - Lakes Entrance Archived 2007-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
    5. ^ Lakes Entrance Vic
    6. ^ "Climate statistics for Lakes Entrance". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
    7. ^ Full Points Footy, Lakes Entrance, archived from the original on January 7, 2009, retrieved 2008-07-25
    8. ^ Lakes Entrance, Golf Select, retrieved 2009-05-11

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