It’s not only boat lovers who are enticed to come to Paynesville. Whether you come for a short visit or have come to live here, the area has so much to offer for any wanderer or those in search of some exercise.
BoatingThe lakes offer excellent year round cruising and yachting conditions, with large areas of open water and secluded inlets and rivers to explore. Paynesville offers all things boating with excellent facilities, sheltered water ways, public jetties right in the centre of town, chandlery and marine services and the most diverse boating experiences that you could dream of. No waiting in queues at boat ramps and excellent parking for boats and trailers ... boating is made easy in Paynesville.
FishingThe Gippsland Lakes has been a fisherman’s mecca for a very long time. With access to such a vast area, the choice is yours – from secluded river banks to a relaxing day on a boat on either lake King, Lake Victoria or beyond. Try for bream, the most prolific fish or for the favourite of many fishermen – the flathead. Other fish to test your skills are whiting, luderick and trevally. Make a day of it out to the Grange with a short stroll over the dunes to try some surf fishing on 90 Mile Beach. Salmon, tailor and gummy shark are the most likely catch on the ocean side.
Children can find lots of things to do around Paynesville. Right on The Esplanade in front of the Community Centre is a fun area under the shade with a BBQ close by. A large playground is located behind the Community Centre, perfect for all ages plus a skate park.On Raymond Island you’ll find a wonderful new play area and BBQ.
Only a few kilometres out of Paynesville is a first class 18 hole golf course. Open every day except Easter Friday and Christmas Day, it is certainly worth bringing along your clubs if staying in Paynesville for a few days. You’ll enjoy views across to Lake King from the last few holes. New members are always welcome.
Paynesville Bowls Club
We are a friendly, social bowls club situated near the corner of Main Rd & Ashley St in Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes. Our club is owned and run by our members on a voluntary basis. We have 2 grass greens and one synthetic green that allows for playing bowls all year round.
Ride the Koalas
Just a short ferry ride from Paynesville, Raymond Island, on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes, is a paradise just waiting to be discovered. Koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, dolphins, all manner of birdlife and beautiful flora, including rare orchids, can be seen in abundance.
The best way of seeing all this natural beauty is by hiring a 2 or 4 seater surrey bike from 'Ride The Koalas'. You will find Ride the Koalas at the beginning of the Koala Trail in the Ferry Park on Raymond Island.
Open on school and public holidays, weekends October to April or call for a booking
Walking / Cycling
One of the feature tracks is the Paynesville-Eagle Point track. Look for the sign just before the service station on the main road in. There is a great variety of birdlife in the wetland along the track. And it’s a kangaroo haven.
Behind the Craft Centre you’ll find the road down to Sunset Cove – stroll or cycle along the sheltered waterway of Newlands Arm.
And so many more excellent tracks and sites are on offer on Raymond Island.
Kite boarding is a great spectator sport – come to the foreshore at Paynesville and you might even be tempted to try it. And if you haven’t tried wake boarding– the lakes here are ideal for this sport.
Jet skis can be enjoyed all year round with even the Spring and Autumn months having perfectly calm conditions.If you’d really like to appreciate the size of the Gippsland Lakes, the expansive landscape, the rivers and 90 miles of pristine beach then why not try an aerial excursion.