The Lakes National Park
The Lakes National Park in Gippsland is a birdwatcher’s paradise, a tranquil retreat edged by the blue waters of Victoria and Reeve lakes and the rolling sand dunes of the famed Ninety Mile Beach. It embraces the sandy, bush-clad terrain of Sperm Whale Head peninsula, and Rotamah and Little Rotamah islands. Shell middens along the beach are a reminder of the long occupation of the Kurnai nation. Although the land was cleared for grazing stock in the 1800s, natural bushland has gradually regenerated.
Banksia and peppermint are typical of the park’s open woodland vegetation with forests largely of manna gum, while on lower-lying areas stands of swamp paperbark provide a dense canopy. The predominant shrub is the rare ribbed thryptomene. In spring, wildﬂowers and native orchids ﬂower in abundance. There are more than 190 bird species, with bird hides at Lake Killarney and Rotamah Island. Colourful feeders include crimson and eastern rosellas and lorikeets, and along the shoreline you may see cormorants, pelicans, plovers and occasionally a white-bellied sea-eagle. Eastern yellow robins, grey fantails and thornbills nest in the dense foliage of the melaleucas. Mammals include swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, possums, echidnas, wombats and around 10 bat species.
Call in at the Loch Sport park ofﬁce for information about walking trails, ﬂora and fauna, and activities run by local operators. Family-friendly walking trails, such as the 30-minute Lake Reeve Nature Trail through various habitats, crisscross the park. Climb the Lookout Tower near the carpark ﬁrst, for views of the shimmering lake waters.
Camping available in one location only (bring water and firewood); fees apply; booking essential
Location and access
300 km east of Melbourne via Princes Hwy to Sale then Loch Sport; 63 km east of Sale; boat access possible from Paynesville or Loch Sport
- PV 13 1963
- PV Loch Sport (03) 5146 0278
Loch Sport/Sale 1800 677 520
- The Lakes National Park, Recreational Wildlife-watching, Recreational Wildlife-watching