Anyone who knows Victoria’s East Gippsland knows Metung for its breathtakingly beautiful lakeside waters and relaxed coastal vibe.
Home to about 2500 permanent residents, Metung is 3.5 hours South East of Melbourne and about 20 minutes from popular tourist destination Lakes Entrance.
The Metung community is tight knit and extremely focused on supporting environmental issues including native flora and fauna. You’ll find residents purchasing organic fruit and veg at the local farmers’ markets, with most also choosing to buy honey and eggs from the many home growers around the village.
With a focus on what’s natural and organic, Metung-ers enjoy quality products and produce and take pride in their homes. Previously a retiree’s paradise, Metung has now become a highly sought after destination for families, singles and couples of all ages.
If you’re in Metung or the surrounding areas, there are a number of things you can do to make the most of what East Gippsland has to offer.
1 // Go For a dip at 90 Mile Beach
The truth is in the name – this is one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand the world has to offer. Spanning from Port Albert (just east of Wilson’s Promontory) all the way to Lakes Entrance, 90 Mile Beach is an endless vista of sand without an imposing headland in sight.
With an astounding amount of sea life found in the waters of 90 Mile Beach, it’s the perfect destination for fishing, whale or dolphin watching, swimming or just taking a moment to stop, take a deep breath and soak it all in with a walk along the beach.
2 // Pack a picnic and head to Buchan Caves
Making up Victoria’s largest cave system, Buchan Caves is a honeycomb of limestone formations that were carved by the tracks of an underground river 400 million years ago. With the options of a guided tour of Fairy Cave, Royal Cave or both, you don’t want to miss the stalactites, stalagmites, pillars, rim pools and wide open caverns.
Situated on Krauatungalung Country, the Buchan Caves Reserve is highly significant to the Gunaikurnai people with a remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage.
This is a perfect day out (or overnighter!) for families, couples or soloers alike as you can also explore surrounding walking tracks, have a picnic and take in local wildlife.
3 // Wine and dine at Lightfoot Wines and the Long Paddock
While East Gippsland is home to some of Victoria’s most spectacular wildlife, it’s also a foodie’s paradise!
Start your day by enjoying a wine tasting at Lightfoot Wines, soaking in the panoramic views and tasting some of their beautiful
4 // Pick up some honey and eggs at the local Farmer’s Markets
You’ll find a farmer’s market running just about every weekend in Metung’s surrounding suburbs – be it Lakes Entrance, Metung, Nicholson, Paynesville or Bairnsdale!
Here you’ll find stalls overflowing with local East Gippsland produce, sweets, meat, honey, woodwork and crafts.
5 // Spot the koalas at Raymond Island
Just 200m off the coast of Paynesville, Raymond Island is accessible only by boat or ferry and home to massive koala population along with kangaroos, echidnas and native birds.
Take the 1.2km koala walk or hire a bike and ride the island.
6 // Relax and unwind at Metung Hot Springs
The long-awaited opening of Metung’s very own Hot Springs took place in late 2022. Now, it’s a wellness mecca, with its natural geothermal pools overlooking some of the most beautiful views Victoria has to offer.
Just up the road from the Metung golf club, it’s the perfect way to spend an evening after a round on the course. Immerse yourself in the springs or book in for a luxurious massage or facial.