Lakes Entrance, and the Gippsland Lakes, are home to the rare and endangered Burranun Dolphins.
Originally, the dolphins in the Gippsland Lakes were thought to be a more common variety, until several years ago a researcher discovered the gene pool was distinctly different than other dolphins around Australia.
Eventually, it was discovered that the Burranun Dolphins are only found in the Gippsland Lakes, Port Phillip Bay and on the East Coast of Tasmania.
If you want to see them up close, good vantage points are Bullock Island, and often times along the shores of Cunningham Arm. Or, take a cruise on one of the several Charter Cruise boats in Lakes Entrance and see them in their natural habitat.
Every year, on New Years Eve, Lakes Entrance hosts the largest Fireworks festival this side of Melbourne.
Starting at 6pm in the afternoon, Lakes Entrance comes alive, with activities, buskers and markets on the Foreshore. This is followed with entertainment, music and stage performers.
At 9:30pm the first Family Fireworks begin. A fantastic display of fireworks over Cunningham Arm Lake. Setup a picnic on the Foreshore, bring the kids and settle in for a great afternoon and evening of entertainment.
Musical performances continue on into the evening, when at Midnight, a stunning Fireworks display is let loose over the Lake. It’s an experience not to be missed.
Lakes Entrance is home to the annual Chants Carnival, opening in Lakes Entrance on December 23, and running through to the end of January.
Chant’s Carnival is open from 6pm every night and closes around 10pm. Situated on the Foreshore, near the Footbridge, you can enjoy fish and chips on the grass for tea, then wander over to the Carnival.
Rides range from small kids rides, slides and sideshows, dodgem cars, ferris wheel and all the older kids rides that scare the pants off you.
December 23 is a special day where you can purchase an armband at a discount, and all proceeds will be donated by Chants Amusements to the New Years Eve Fireworks Festival.