9 Ultimate things to do in Metung – Gippsland Lakes.

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Gorgeous Metung on the Gippsland Lakes is 311 km from Melbourne, Victoria. This sleepy seaside village comes to life during the warmer months making it the perfect small town getaway. Board walks along the bay, calm water activities and a pub right on the water, what’s not to love. See the Ultimate 9 Things to do in Metung.

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1. Stroll the Metung Boardwalk

The Metung boardwalk hugs the shoreline and stretches all the way from the main street to Chinaman’s Creek. The distance covers over 2 km and was only recently completed. With a cost of over 1 million, a visitors experience has well and truly been enhanced. The stroll around the bay is quiet and we spot a healthy amount of bird life along the way. You’ll love the tranquility.

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Daily strolls on the boardwalk along Bancroft Bay

2. Have drinks and seafood at the Metung Pub 

This local establishment is a popular place, and for good reason.

The Metung Pub has water frontage that includes an outdoor dining area is perfect on a warm sunny day. The meals are good, the views are great and the drinks go down like a treat. As you would expect there is plenty of seafood on the menu with much of it locally sourced. I can’t go past a serving of fish and chips while I watch the boats cruise the bay. It’s the most chilled I’ve felt in ages so I think I’ll hang out here all afternoon. Be sure to book, especially during the busier times.

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Prime position for afternoon drinks.

3. Shop for local produce at the Metung Farmers Market

The Metung Farmers Market has recently returned, and is on every second Saturday of the month rain, hail or shine. There is a nice range of produce on offer, direct from the local area.We came away with a 3 kg pot of local honey. 

The market is ideally located in the heart of town, right on the water.

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4. Check out the boats on the Metung Marina or sail away

Metung has an impressive array of boats and yachts docked on Bancroft Bay. The Metung marina’s and the many jetty’s  line the water’s edge all the way through town. There are hundreds of fishing vessels and luxury cruisers to check out during your visit. Maybe even rent one out for a day or overnight.

Grab some friends or take the family, and sail or cruise the Gippsland Lakes. No boat licence is required. You can rent a boat from $400 per night (based on 3 nights)  and the largest accommodates 9 people. You can check out more details through Riviera Nautic.

5. Browse the local shops

Metung has a small range of shops and cafes to explore. From gift wear to clothing, plus arts and souvenirs.

It was only a couple of years back that a fire ripped through the main street and took out the bakery and the neigbouring Nautica restaurant. It has all been rebuilt now and looks better than ever.

Be sure to call in to Metung Village Store for some decadent chocolate truffles and fudge, made by a local business,  Chocodence. 

For coffee lovers, there is a great range of places to sit and relax for coffee and a bite to eat. 

6.Go Fishing

Well, you’re certainly in the right place. 

Fishing is one of the main reasons that make Metung and the region so popular. So grab your rod and spend a few hours either fishing off the many jetties or out in the water. 

Another appealing thing about fishing in Metung is the variety of fish you can catch. From whiting, flathead, bream and salmon, there is plenty of variety.

fishing on the Metung jetty

6. Take a day trip to Lakes Entrance

The bustling town of Lakes Entrance is only a 20 minute drive down the road. You will find plenty of dining, shopping and activity options here.

While you have probably chosen the quieter scene of Metung for good reason, a day of Mini Golf for the kids and adults too, is a great rainy day or ‘just because” activity.

There are 3 to choose from, but I particularly love the Footbridge Mini Golf, Lolly Shop and Ice-cream Shack the best.

7. Get out on the water in a kayak

Metung’s calm bay is the perfect place to rent a kayak.

The double kayaks comfortably seat 2 adults and have the option of a third child in the middle. Alternatley , you can take one out by yourself. There are limits to where you can take it but the departure point is Chinaman’s Creek and you can go all the way across bancroft bay to Metung village.

Prices start from $30 per hour or $100 for a full day (8 hours). You can see more details here. 

8. Enjoy activities on 90 mile beach

The famous 90 mile beach is a long stretch of sandy shores, backing the Gippland Lakes. 

This long and vast pristine beach offers visitors the chance to go beach fishing, swimming or take long walks with minimum people. The easiest point to access it is at Lakes Entrance. You can simply cross the footbridge in the centre of town. 

9. Explore Buchan Caves

For a special day out,  head inland from Metung to the unique destination of Buchan Caves.

The elaborate limestone caves offer visitors the chance to take a guided tour, either through the Fairy or Royal Cave. Alternately, you can do both.

Tours must be booked 24 hours in advance and cannot be purchased on the day so be sure to plan ahead.

Where to stay in Metung

Metung has a range of accommodation.

For something a little more luxurious, The Moorings Metung has stylish apartments right on the water and central to town. You can read more on The Moorings Metung here. 

For a more budget friendly option, Metung Holiday Villas is the perfect choice and rates highly with customers. 

Private Rentals

You will find Metung has a lot of private homes and apartments  to rent from 1 night to several nights.

You can see the full range at here.

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The Moorings at Metung.

Head to Metung for your next getaway, whether as a couple, with friends or a family holiday. 

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