Paynesville Travel and Accomodation Guide

Boating Gippsland

An Idyllic Retreat


For those needing an Australian getaway, one place not to miss is beautiful Paynesville, in Victoria. It is easily accessible by a short, 3-½ ride from Melbourne. It's a picturesque little resort town that lies in the Gippsland region. It's quaint streets and lodgings can provide a much-needed getaway, while still presenting plenty of opportunities for fun and sun.


Things to Do


If fishing is on the agenda, then Paynesville is the place! Did you know that the natives of  originally named it Toonalook? It literally means "place of many fish!" It's a good bet that whether you're fishing from one of the numerous lakes, from the white sandy beaches, or from a crystal river, you're guaranteed a good catch. Naturally, for a more social adventure, there are plenty of charter boats for hire.


it is also a boater's paradise, in fact. The silt jetties along the Mitchell River are not to be missed. They are the second longest in the world and are said to have been formed over one million years ago.


For everyone wanting to be on the water (whether you're casting a line or not), there are exciting water sports to test your skills. Try some exhilarating waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, windsurfing, or diving. From the novice to the pro, there's sure to be an activity to meet your needs.


Nature lovers, be sure to set aside a day and head over on the free passenger and car ferry to Raymond Island. Just a short distance away, Raymond Island can provide a real feel for Australia's natural diversity. Marvel at the array of flora and fauna you'll encounter, while listening to the enchanting calls of the native birds. You may even spot a koala!


If being indoors is more your thing, then why not try some bowling? It can be a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Shoppers can easily get a fix, as well. From collectibles to the common, you're sure to find some treasure here.




Whether you're catching waves or catching rays, eventually you'll be ready for some refreshments. At that point, don't be shy about sampling some of Paynesville's numerous coffee shops. You're sure to find just the right place to grab yourself a cup of tea and a few biscuits, and maybe even chat up some of the locals.


Don't forget to save room for dinner. Paynesville may be small, but don't let size fool you. Here, you'll find some of the finest culinary delights available in Gippsland. From dining in to taking away, the food scene in Paynesville has something for everyone.




From the casual to the sophisticated and everything in-between, there's a place for you to call home while in Paynesville. For those wanting a truly unique experience, nothing beats the splendour of Captain's Cove. With its beautifully appointed rooms, stunning lakeside views, and numerous activities, this resort truly lies at the heart of Paynesville. Check out for more information.

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Captains Cove
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19 Mitchell Street, Paynesville, 3880

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