It’s well-known that Paynesville is the boating capital of Victoria. And there’s other activities available in the area to help you unwind, relax and reboot in nature. In this post we uncover some hidden gems.

Stimulate your happy hormones with Pixie Violet at Laughter Club. 10am each Friday at Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre, 55 The Esplanade. Or join in the Boomerang Bag making fun, and help preserve the Paynesville environment. The Paynesville Boomerang Bag Group is a part of the Gaia Guardians Environment Trust and gather at 5.30pm Tuesdays or 10am Thursdays at the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre Hall, 55 The Esplanade.

Visit the monthly Farmers’ Market along the Esplanade on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Or browse the wide range of stalls at the Variety Market at Gilsenan Reserve on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Go for a walk along one of the many tracks in the area. Join The Happiness Hunter Paynesville walk along Sunset Cove at 9am each Saturday. Explore further afield from Sunset Cove track up to Jones Road – an extension made possible by the dedicated volunteers at Paynesville Landcare Coastcare Group.

Grab a fishing rod and cast a line off The Wharf or Progress Jetty. Hook a bream or flathead, then release like all responsible fishers do.

Get wet! Swim, kayak or SUP. If you need to hire equipment, Venture Out can help.

Take the ferry across to #koalaisland (Raymond Island) and Ride the Koalas. While you’re exploring the Island, keep an eye out for the Tawny Frog Mouth Owls along First Parade (near The Abbey).

Enjoy a moment of solitude at Point Montague (Raymond Island) as the waves lap at your feet. Keep an eye out for the Burrunan Dolphins, who are unique to the Gippsland Lakes – discovered by Dr Kate Charlton-Robb, Founding Director Marine Mammal Foundation.

Enjoy a yoga session with Tony and Kirsten from Swan Cove Yoga (Shop 2, 3 Erikson Lane Paynesville). Or reconnect with inner stillness through a Reiki healing with Ros from Higher Perspective. Have a massage or kinesiology treatment with Mary of Bee Balance. Or align get better aligned in body, mind and soul with Jessica from Paynesville Osteopathy.

Ride the Paynesville to Eagle Point shared path. Keep an eye out for the kangaroos frolicking at Point Fullarton Wetlands. Continue along Bay Road and collect free lemons from the neighbours’  basket. Take the kids to the playground at Eagle Point Caravan Park then explore the Eagle Point Flora & Fauna Reserve. If you’re up for it, continue to the Silt Jetties and return to Paynesville for a rest!

Enjoy a bite to eat at Sardine Eatery + Bar.

Or you can check the Visit East Gippsland website for other ideas

How to Get there

Paynesville is three hours east of Melbourne along the Princes Highway, through Bairnsdale and down Paynesville Road!

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