Paynesville Business & Tourism Association is delighted to bring you a suggested itinerary for a relaxing, enjoyable three day stay in the seaside village of Paynesville. Enjoy three glorious days in Paynesville with your partner and absorb the fresh air and peaceful serenity while you lose yourself in nature, and indulge in award-winning accommodation and restaurants. Leave your stress at home and come and stay with us while you recharge and refresh your mind and body in the tranquillity of the heart of the Gippsland Lakes.
Enjoy an easy 4 hour drive from Melbourne, turning off the highway at Bairnsdale then a short 15 minute drive following the Mitchell River and signs to Paynesville. Park the car along the Esplanade and enjoy lunch at Pier 70 on the foreshore.
Lunch @ Pier 70
Address: 70 The Esplanade, Paynesville
Phone: 03 5156 1199
Pier 70 is a modern, stylish café situated on Fisherman’s Wharf, right on McMillan Strait with views of the water, boats and the occasional pod of dolphins swimming by! Enjoy lunch at this café with the best views in town. Relax and enjoy your meal with a glass of wine from the extensive wine list, or a refreshing cool drink.
Check into accommodation at Captains Cove
Address: 19 Mitchell Street, Paynesville
Phone: 03 5156 7223
Contact: Tamara Cook
Feel the serenity as soon as you walk in the door of your fully self-contained, waterfront, apartment with stunning views along the canals of Paynesville. Room facilities include fully appointed kitchen, laundry, private balcony and free wi-fi.
Relax on the balcony and soak up the atmosphere, or enjoy a hit of tennis on the on-site tennis courts and a refreshing swim in the indoor pool, before getting ready to go out to for drinks at the Wine Bar where you can enjoy live music and order food from Café Toonalook next door.
Paynesville Wine Bar
Address: 85A The Esplanade, Paynesville
Phone: 03 5156 1395
Bicycle Hire/Breakfast/Beauty Salon/Lunch/Raymond Island/Dinner
Hire a bicycle from Captains Cove and pedal an easy 5 minute ride to the Esplanade to ThreeDoubel8Zero for breakfast.
A great menu with plenty of choices, including gluten-free and vegetarian options.
After breakfast, enjoy a pleasant bicycle ride along Sunset Drive to Sunset Cove and back to the Esplanade to have a browse in the shops to purchase a few souvenirs, and then time to have your nails done or a relaxing facial at The Little Beauty Salon before lunch at the local Waterview Bakery sampling one of their award-winning pies or salad options. Make your way down the road to catch the ferry over to Raymond Island to see some koalas.
Take your bicycle on the ferry (free for pedestrians and cyclists) for a short trip over to Raymond Island where you can follow the Koala Trail along paved pathways and roads looking out for Koalas in their natural habitat in the eucalyptus trees along the Trail. Or hire a 2 seater Surrey bike on the Island and pedal around for a unique and fun experience.
Back on the ferry to Paynesville and make your way back to your accommodation, to swap the bicycles for the car. Take a short drive to nearby Eagle Point nature reserve and the Bluff Lookout where you can take photos of the beautiful views down the Mitchell River, and drive along the Silt Jetties, the longest Silt Jetties in the Southern Hemisphere.
Dinner tonight is at Sardine Eatery + Bar where Age Good Food Guide hatted Chef, Mark Briggs prepares your meal from fresh, local produce and pairs your choice with an extensive selection of local and international wines and beers. Located across from McMillan Strait, you can watch boats go by and the ferry make her regular trip to Raymond Island, while you enjoy a spectacular meal.
Address: The Esplanade, Paynesville
Phone: 03 5156 6747
The Little Beauty Salon
Address: 8 Fleischer Street, Paynesville
Phone: 0455 292 777
Ferry trip to Raymond Island Koala Trail
Address: Ferry Terminal, The Esplanade Paynesville
Ride the Koalas – Phone: 0418 586 472
Address: 69 The Esplanade, Paynesville
After breakfast, enjoy a Boat Cruise around the Paynesville canals and the beautiful Gippsland Lakes with H2O Tours & Adventures. Take a trip to The Grange, Steamer Landing or Duck Arm and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Lakes. Or hire a boat from Bull’s Cruises or Little Green Boats and explore the wonders of the Lakes system yourself (Hire boats do not require a licence).
Back into the car and head home to Melbourne, feeling alive, relaxed and refreshed!
H2O Tours & Adventures
Address: 25 The Esplanade, Paynesville
Phone: 0492 961 509
Address: 77 The Esplanade, Paynesville
Phone: 0439 525 096
Little Green Boats
1800 078 243
We welcome you to Paynesville in East Gippsland. This is a suggested itinerary, and dinner and accommodation reservations will need to be made direct with the business involved if you wish to make a booking.