Lakes Entrance, Victoria
Lakes Entrance. The town is on the left and "The Entrance" is near the centre
|Population||4,094 (2006 census)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of East Gippsland|
|State electorate(s)||Gippsland East|
Lakes Entrance is a tourist resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia. It is situated approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi) east of Melbourne, near a managed, artificial channel connecting the Gippsland Lakes to the Bass Strait. At the 2006 census, Lakes Entrance had a population of 4,094.
The township was originally named Cunninghame, the Post Office of that name opening on 5 February 1870. It was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 January 1915.
Lakes Entrance, which lies almost at sea level, can be reached from Melbourne via Bairnsdale and the town of Kalimna to the north-west by a stretch of the Princes Highway, which snakes down and around a point protruding into the Gippsland Lakes known as "Jemmy's Point". Spectacular views of The Entrance and of the Lakes can be seen from various look-outs on Jemmy's Point. The Princes Highway leaves the north-east side of the town through hilly countryside towards Nowa Nowa and Orbost.
Lakes Entrance is predominantly a fishing and tourism-driven town; the main beach front is a safe harbour for many major commercial fishing and recreational watersport operations. The surf beach is patrolled by the Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) between November and March every summer, with lifeguard patrols from late December to late January. The waterfront is populated by restaurants, shops, caravan parks, a Safeway, a Target Country store that opened in 2007, a McDonalds restaurant that opened in September 1997, and a KFC. The town's main residential areas lie farther inland.
Lakes Entrance is a very popular spot for camping in caravan parks, and in free camping spots in Colquhoun State Forest 
Golfers play at the course of the Lakes Entrance Golf Club on Golf Links Road.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lakes Entrance (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- Life Saving Victoria - Lakes Entrance
- Lakes Entrance Vic
- Full Points Footy, Lakes Entrance, retrieved 2008-07-25[dead link]
- Golf Select, Lakes Entrance, retrieved 2009-05-11
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