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Lakes Entrance
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Lakes Entrance is a tourist resort and fishing town in East Gippsland, 320 km east of Melbourne. It was originally known by Europeans as Cunninghame after a prominent squatting family in the area, with a post office of the same name opening on 5 Feb 1870. It was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 Jan 1915. As its name suggests, Lakes Entrance is the gateway that allows ocean-going vessels from Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea access to the Gippsland Lakes, the largest  navigable inland waterway (400 km2 in area) in Australia. Lake Entrance Lookout   The original access point...

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Cape Bridgewater
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I first heard of Cape Bridgewater from a Malaysian Chinese whom I met at Colac Botanic Garden last April. He was astonished by the beauty of the place, describing it as having a Martian landscape unlike any place on Earth. I was sold and decided that I must visit the place one day. Never did I expect this day to come so quickly. I was trying to book holiday accommodation for the Christmas to New Year period in Lakes Entrance, Mount Gambier, Warrnambool and Lake Hume, to no avail. Then I found a holiday house in Cape Bridgewater so...

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Beechworth
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Beechworth, located 271 km northeast of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway, is regarded as Victoria’s best preserved historic gold town with over 32 local buildings listed with the National Trust. Beechworth’s streetscape, with its frequent usage of honey-coloured local granite as a building material, is remarkably coherent and well-preserved.   In May 1852, Lieutenant-Governor GJ La Trobe named the area Mayday Hills which was originally used for grazing by the pastoralist David Reid. In January 1852, one of Reid’s former shepherd named Meldrun discovered gold near the present site of the Newtown Bridge while searching for a lost sheep...

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Lake Hume
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I was seeking to spend my long weekend away from Melbourne during the last Easter and was fortunate to book a holiday house at Bellbridge besides Lake Hume only a month prior to check-in. I found Lake Hume to be the most scenic but yet only briefly-mentioned tourist attraction in the Albury-Wondonga region. This low profile may be due to the decade of drought making Lake Hume visually unappealing during periods of low water level. Due to time constraint, I have visited only primarily the Victorian portion of the lake. If I am to return there in the future,...

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Blue Lake, Mt Gambier
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I had originally planned a visit to just Nelson. But when I realized from the Nelson Information Centre that I had just missed a 3-hour Glenelg River Cruise and could only do a 1-hour track around Livingstone Island, I decided to visit Mount Gambier, which is just 35 minutes drive from Nelson, specifically to see its famous Blue Lake. Jens Hotel in Mount Gambier   Mount Gambier is the largest South Australian regional city, 450 km south of Adelaide and just 17 km from the Victorian border. It is renowned for its volcanic features and the Blue Lake, which...

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