Visiting Loch Sport – Victoria’s Riviera Region

Visiting Loch Sport – Victoria’s Riviera Region
Loch Sport, a unique coastal town positioned on the southern side of the Gippsland Lakes in Central Gippsland, surrounded by Lake Victoria, and Lake Reeve, and views to the splendid mountains on one side and the dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach to the south, with an easy drive – just 3 hours from Melbourne, east of the township of Sale. This beach tourist town accommodates a small coastal community, currently with a population of close to 814 (as of the 2016 census), though over the holiday periods can swell to around seven times as many. 





The Peninsula of Loch Sport is ideally situated surrounded by the Gippsland Coastal Park and Lakes National Park, between the natural beauty of Lake Victoria and the pristine golden sand splendor of the Ninety Mile Beach which attracts an abundance of fishing, boating, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, and many more water sport enthusiasts’ activities, as well as bushwalking, 4-wheel driving or bike riding – embracing the great outdoors. Loch Sport boasts boat-safe waters with a beautiful marina. You could even sight the dolphins playing in the Lake. 

Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

The National and Coastal Parks are a haven for wildlife and Loch Sport flaunts kangaroos, emus, wombats, koalas, echidnas, possums, lizards, deer, swans, pelicans, and more than 190 different species of birds, including an amazing variety of parrots; not to mention a profusion of wildflowers. So put those walking shoes on and go exploring along the nature trails, tracks and beaches and enjoy all that they have to offer.





There are a number of accommodation options that are suitable for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Whether you prefer charming beachside B&Bs, beautifully appointed caravan parks, cabins, units, and pet-friendly houses – Loch Sport has all of your holiday needs.

Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

HISTORY OF LOCH SPORT

Before European settlement, the area was used for hunting and fishing and the collection of water yams, and other vegetable food. Some of their descendants still live in regional townships. Aboriginal artifacts are still present.

In the 19th century, British settlers cleared the land and began farming. Sandy soils dominate the flat coastal heath scrubland, which is surrounded by brackish lakes on the north and the Bass Strait on the south. Later in the 19th century Melburnians discovered the recreational potential of the lakes – fishing, swimming, and boating – and by the beginning of the 20th century, Loch Sport was accessible via a dirt track, with plots of land surveyed for the emerging township. With the increasing use of motor vehicles, more people bought a property in the town, which in 1980 was one of the last Victorian towns to receive electricity.


It was such a gorgeous day, then we decided to flew our drone to check the view from above.




Explore The Lakes National Park

The Lakes National Park is a peaceful bushland retreat in Central Gippsland consisting of the peninsula of Sperm Whale Head, Rotamah, and Little Rotamah Islands. Fringed by the tranquil waters of Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve, the National Park provides a quintessential paradise for lovers of nature. Swim in the pristine lakes, walk through the remote bushland trails, and camp in comfort at the secluded, family-friendly Emu Bight Campground - where local kangaroos, echidnas, wombats, and koalas eagerly await meeting you.





On Sperm Whale Head you will find countless chances to immerse yourself in the Australian bush – from lakeside walking tracks to elevated viewing platforms which allow you to cast your eyes across the captivating and picturesque vista that is Lake Reeve. This very lake is part of a system of wetlands of international significance for migratory birds - so be sure to pack your binoculars and field guides! For those more botanically inclined, The Lakes National Park is also known to be home to a variety of rare orchids and coastal flora.

Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park

The call of the lakes is too powerful for many to ignore. Perhaps it’s the hundreds of kilometers of shoreline, the many small islands, or the charming waterfront towns. Perhaps it’s the ample marinas, jetties, and boat ramps. Perhaps it’s the abundance of bream, flathead, prawns (oh the prawns!), perch and mullet… The lusty Gippsland Lakes will be sure to swell your heart size.
The Gippsland Lakes are immense, thought to be Australia’s largest inland waterways, covering more than 400 square kilometers. They are comprised of three key lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake King, and Lake Wellington. Further east, Lake Tyers adds weight to the area’s reputation as a boating and fishing heavyweight.
The lakes are fed by significant mountain rivers coming from Victoria’s alps, and ultimately make their way to the Southern Ocean through the entrance at Lakes Entrance. 



SERVICES AVAILABLE

Loch Sport has a primary school, bowls and tennis club, skate park, Lion’s BBQ facilities, caravan parks, a marina, a pub, RSL club, Boat Club, golf club, service station, bakery, police station, and supermarket. 





Loch Sport, Victoria Australia

THINGS TO DO WHILE IN LOCH SPORT

Stroll along the deck of the Marina and watch the flurry of activity on the water.
Watch the sunset over the lake before experiencing a good old-fashioned pub meal at the Marina Hotel, alfresco style.
Grab a rod and reel and fish off the jetty or at the beach.
Take a sailing tour with a local boat club and keep an eye out for dolphins.
Hire a canoe or kayak and paddle yourself around the lake.
Visit Rotomah Island Bird Observatory.
Walk along the 90-mile beach.
Enjoy a round of golf with kangaroos and wallabies as your spectators.
Visit Lake Reeve Lookout in the Lakes National Park.
Visit Antique Marine Engine Museum.
Check out the artwork at the Post Office Community Gallery.
Stay at the Campground at Emu Bight close to the shore of Lake Victoria which has fireplaces, picnic tables, toilets; also Murphy Hill, Point Wilson, and Pelican Bay have picnic grounds.
Point Wilson was the site of an original settler’s homestead.



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Loch Sport, Victoria Australia




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36 comments :

  1. such a wonderful day to be out dear! love the place! I feel the serenity while looking at the pictures. I noticed though dun sa list of things to do, hindi pwede mag swim jan?

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    1. Yup pwedeng pwede mag-swim wala naman crocodile dito. However, the water is always freezing cold!

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  2. That beach is amazing! The place is so quiet and peaceful. Such a perfect place to relax and enjoy your time alone or with the whole family.

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    1. Usually if there is no restriction, Loch Sport beach is always crowded. Most of the houses here are just beach houses owned by people from the city. Properties are also expensive!

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  3. Loch Sport is so nice! The beach view is so cool and refreshing.
    It's nice that despite the pandemic you can still visit and have fun in there.

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  4. Such a great video of the place. Top view with that music you put on is so relaxing.

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  5. That is absolutely gorgeous. I love the beautiful beaches, and the surrounding geography is just perfect. I'd love to visit.

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  6. Wow what beautiful scenery - it looks so peaceful there. I would love to step right into that sandy beach now. What a nice day out that looks.

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  7. Oh my gosh, I can see why it's such a popular place, the beach is just gorgeous! Australia is on our list of places to visit once there aren't any travel restrictions.

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    1. Yes it is! Although I admit I can only enjoy the beach when the water get warm which is quite rare :)

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  8. Such a nice trip. And the weather looked perfect. Thank you for sharing. Such a nice day for an outside visit to the beach.

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    1. Thanks Jen! The only time where Loch Sport isn't packed from many vacationers from Melbourne!

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  9. The pictures are amazing, very aesthetic. And, the beach view looks super fun and calming at the same time. Thanks for sharing the pictures and your experience

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  10. Loch Sport has a very interesting history. It's great to touch a little bit of history of places we visit

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    1. Hope you will visit Loch Sport after the pandemic!

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  11. This place is so nice. I love how refreshing the beaches look. It would be fun to visit this region of Victoria

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  12. Loch Sport looks like such a beautiful place to see! It sounds like you had an amazing time visiting.

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  13. Super ganda ng beach! Actually, panalo din talaga ang beaches ng Australia. It makes me miss the beach more. Enjoy, Blair!

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    1. So many beautiful beach in Australia, kaso sobrang lamig ng tubig, I need to wear dry suit instead!

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  14. This looks so cool. The water with the clear sky is just amazing time to get out get fresh air.

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  15. I think sailing tour is a great idea! I'd also visit the museum when I go there!

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    1. Sailing tour is one of the best experience, then enjoying birds flying around. Fishing is great too!

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  16. Beautiful place and lovely captures! Beach towns are my favorite holiday spot!

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    1. Sana may colorful beach hut dito like those in Brighton Beach.

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  17. This is the first time I heard about Loch Sport – Victoria’s Riviera Region! Seems like a great place. I can't wait to visit it when I go back to Australia.

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    1. My husband used to lived in Loch Sport when he was in his primary years.

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  18. This is the first! I had never heard of Loch Sport. I would love to experience it. Seems a a great place to visit and enjoy the beach

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    1. Great place for fishing and a good beach camping!

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