This post was originally published on the 7th February 2014 on the website Mums on the Go. With Mums on the Go closing down in March 2016 I wanted to ensure this story was preserved.
A few Christmas’ ago we did road trip between Melbourne and Sydney we decided to break the trip up with two major “stop overs”. Our first stopover was in a lovely lakeside village, called Metung, in East Gippsland, approximately a four hour drive from Melbourne.
Why did we choose Metung?
I wrote about planning our road trip on the my Facebook page a few months earlier and a lovely Mum suggested some great family friendly accommodation there. I am a fan of making travel planning simple so I just went ahead and booked us in!
Metung turned out to be a perfect fit for our family. A quiet, low key, yet slightly upmarket village sitting on a peninsula in Lake King.
What to do in Metung?
Fish – personally I hate fishing but my husband and kids had a wonderful time fishing together. You can pick up a Victorian Fishing License at the Tourist Information Centre in town (only required for adults). The boardwalk is a popular place to throw in a line.
Waiting for a nibble …
Swim – there is a lovely safe lakeside beach to swim in just on the edge of the village.
Sisters braving the calm lake water together
Paddle – we had a kayak with us so my husband took our older girls out for a few trips from the beach.
Playground – there is a lovely playground in Metung. On a hot day you can press a button which turns on a water feature which children will love to play in to stay cool.
What to eat in Metung?
If you are self-catering there is no supermarket but the general store has enough to get by on. Of course you may have caught your own seafood feast to cook up on the BBQ!
There is a lovely selection of cafes in town should you want to eat out or grab a coffee. Fish and chips are popular and there is a “village green” directly outside the fish and chip shop which makes a lovely place to picnic.
The pub is right on the water with a pleasant beer garden. I was told they make nice food and are very family friendly but we did not have an opportunity to eat there.
Where to stay in Metung?
There seem to be plenty of apartment/townhouse style places to stay in the village, however we stayed at McMillans of Metung (which had been recommended to me). It was a lovely 15 minute walk from the village centre, along the lakeside boardwalk.
Set on eight acres of land, McMillans offers self-catered cottages and villas in a very family friendly environment – we could have quite happily just stayed on the grounds all day and still have a wonderful time. There is a tennis court, children’s playground, a swimming pool with toddler area and an enclosed games room. They also provide access to a private jetty, perfect for some after dinner fishing.
Our cottage was conveniently located between the pool and playground. It was very clean and comfortable and we especially enjoyed having a BBQ out on the deck area. I was really impressed by the quality and quantity of crockery and glassware as I hate staying places that barely have enough to use for one meal. Washing facilities great to have as well.
The only problem we encountered was our room layout. Our three bedroom cottage was on two levels. Upstairs was a master bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Downstairs was a double bedroom, a bunk bed room and small bathroom. The problem for us was there was no internal access to downstairs and with a one, three and five year old there was no way I was going to have them sleep downstairs alone – even with a monitor on.
This meant I slept upstairs and shared with our one year old, and my husband slept downstairs in the double room with our big girls in bunk room next door. It was workable but not ideal.
I do know that not all three bedroom cottages have this layout problem so if you were planning to stay it is worth picking up the phone to book, not just doing online as I did.
Disclosure: we paid for our accommodation and McMillans did not know I was a writer at time of stay. All comments above purely based on our experiences.
Metung is close to Lakes Entrance and Ninety Mile Beach (surf beach). Lakes Entrance is the major town in this area. We only drove through here on our way out.
I read about some amazing limestone caves, Buchanan Caves, which are about 45 minutes’ drive away. If we had been staying longer I would have loved to visit these.
We did spend half a day out at Nyerimilang Heritage Park. Unfortunately the historic 1920’s homestead was closed during our visit, it relies on volunteers to run it.
However we had a beautiful bushwalk on the property, the girls loved exploring the old farm building, and the homestead lawns were a lovely place to picnic at the end.
We essentially had three nights, two days, in Metung but wish it had been longer.
If you live in Melbourne and have not ever been to Metung I highly recommend it for a family holiday.