LAKES-EXPLORER: Wildlife Boat Tours & Water-Taxi service. Up to 4 passengers.

🦭 WILDLIFE BOAT TOURS & 🛟 WATER-TAXI Service to remote local jetties. 2, 3 or maybe 4 passengers. Based at Lakes Entrance.
Opening at 09:00 on Tuesday
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5 months ago
We spent 1 hour tour with my child and puppy, really enjoyed it, we got to see many different species of birds, seals on the rocks, National park along the beautiful lakes. Such a gem! Skipper was friendly and informative. He cares about animals here. He even wrote down an injured seal when he came across to report to the scientists, he also counts the amount of seals once a week for them. Last but not least, both my child and puppy have motion sickness, however they were totally fine on the boat! They had a lot of fun! It exceeded my expectations, a must do at Lakes Entrance.
- Catherine C
6 months ago
Our little family had a wonderful time doing a 1 hour tour with Skipper Pete today. We really enjoyed listening to him share his knowledge of the area and of the wildlife. Our busy 5 year old loved being on the boat and seeing the birds and the seals. Fantastic value for money for a family of 4 we felt.
- Leah G
2 years ago
What a wonderful day trip. Other boat trips in the area were a bit too long for our 3 year old so this was ideal. Skipper Pete was fantastic and was so informative and knowledgeable. Will definitely do again and have already told others about using this service.
- June A

DEPARTURE: only if weather is suitable.


Not available: Thursday 22 to Tuesday 27 Feb.

Fur-Seal colony trips (1 hour);  if weather and tides are suitable. 

Generally we only carry up to 3 adult passengers. If it is calm and sunny, we may take 4 passengers with a seat in  bow.

Please checkout our LATEST BROCHURE available at Lakes Entrance Visitor Centre and various accommodation businesses. 

WILDLIFE BOAT TOURS. Skipper Pete, a Certified Eco-Guide with Eco-Tourism Australia, former Coastal & Marine National Park Ranger and experienced Wildlife Citizen Scientist runs 1 hour or 2 hour educative boat tours. Focus on Wildlife management and research. Maximum 2 or 3 persons (4 if weather suitable).
1 hour: $20-$30pp ($60 per trip). Usually run early at 8.30am or 10am or later in the afternoon. Only 2 or 3 days week. 

WATER-TAXI service is a quick one-way trip to or from remote locations within 8km of Lakes Entrance including Ocean Entrance, Barrier Landing, Nyerimilang Jetty etc.  Suitable for access to remote houses, jetties and bush-walking tracks (pickup later). 
Maximum 4 persons; Minimum 2 persons.  $8-$25pp each way. We do not travel to Paynesville, Ocean Grange or Bunga Arm (contact Visitor Information Centre for more details).

Pickup possible for Overnight Rental Charter Boat passengers moored at Barrier Landing to Lakes Entrance Township (Shopping): $40 per trip each way. Up to 3 passengers. 

Also if weather is suitable…
Lakes Entrance to Nungurner Jetty or Metung.

8.30am-6pm close: Only available 4 or 5 days a week due to contract environmental/wildlife research work.

Subject to suitable weather and tides. 
Booking essential via text 04585 11438.


✅ Maximum 4 persons on short water-taxi trips.  Max. 3 persons on longer trips.
✅ Water-Taxi: $10pp-$25pp each way. Minimum fee: 2 persons. 
✅ Prefer cash payment. SQUARE Credit Card payment may be possible.
✅ No mirco-phone; thus informative two-way discussion encouraged.
✅ Skipper Pete is a Certified Eco-Guide (Eco-Tourism Australia) and former National Park Ranger: Coastal & Marine. Also assists with a range of wildlife Citizen Science projects.
✅ No enclosed cabin spaces. 
✅ Only one group or family per trip.  
✅ Google Rating: 4.8  TripAdvisor: 5
✅ Facebook > Lakes-Explorer: Wildlife Tours & Water-Taxi
✅ Licensed Tour Operator: PV #1859
✅ Services operating since 2007.

To organise a suitable WATER-TAXI departure time, or Educative Wildlife Tour; contact Skipper Pete on 04585 11438 (Prefer SMS) or 
Pay cash on board (preferred). Option to use SQUARE (Mobile Phone Credit Card Transfer) on board. Invoice by prior arrangement. Please book ahead via SMS 04585 11438

🏖 WATER-TAXI (One-way service).
From $10pp-$25pp each way.  8am-6pm.  Booking essential. Minimum 2: Maximum 4 persons.  Price On Application. A quick one-way trip to or from remote locations (Often no car access). 
Popular destinations: Fee each way. Minimum 2 persons. Maximum 4 persons. 
- Flagstaff Jetty (Ocean Entrance) $7-$10pp.
- West Entrance (Drews) $8-$15pp.
- Barrier Landing (Jetties) $10-$20pp.
- Myer Street Jetty (Footbridge): Pickup
- Post Office Jetty (Town): Pickup
- Nyerimilang Park Jetty (Walking Tracks) $10-$20pp.
- Rigby Island (beach): $8-$15pp.
and various North Arm Jetties including Wyanga Winery Jetty; $18-25pp each way.

OTHER LOCATIONS via trailer:
Options are possible to provide services at other towns/waterways (away from Lakes Entrance) however this does incur a “Transport Fee” to move commercial vessel to or from our base at Lakes Entrance Marina.
Starting point for Taxi or Tour….
Metung; $80. Lake Tyers; $80.
Nowa Nowa; $100. Johnsonville; $80
Nicholson; $90. Bairnsdale; $100
Paynesville; $150-$200. Marlo; $200

More info: Facebook: 
Lakes-Explorer: Wildlife Tours & Water-Taxi

🧙‍♂️ All tours and Water-Taxi service run by Skipper Pete:
Operating since 2007, Owner/Operator, Commercial Coxswain, Certified Eco-Guide (Eco-Tourism Australia), Licensed Tour Operator LTO - DEECA-Parks Victoria, former National Park Ranger (Coastal and Marine), qualified Tour Guide, WWC Card, Covid Vaxxed, AIATSIS Cert., qualified Cartographer, active member of Birdlife Australia, member of Wildlife Tourism Australia. Represented Nature-based Tourism on various Boards and Committees. Involved in many wildlife citizen science projects.

OPERATIONAL HOURS: 8am - 6pm (Close)
Pickup points include Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty and North Arm (Aldi Store) Boat-Ramp or as required....
Payment options: Cash on board, SQUARE (Mobile Phone Credit Card transfer) or invoice. 

Please check in advance via 0458511438 (or SMS) or to see when service is running.

OTHER OPTIONS: If weather is suitable.

Lakes Entrance to Nungurner:
From $60 per trip each way ($30pp). 
Lakes Entrance to Metung Jetty/Hotel. From $100 per trip each way ($35-50pp). 
$120 return includes 20 minute stopover on return trip option available ($40-60pp). 

Service closes at 6pm. 
Later may be possible: extra fee applies. 

Discount for multiple trips on same day. Subject to suitable weather and tides.

PRIVATE CHARTER: Research & Contractors:
For up to 3 passengers.
$80 per operating hour. $40 per hour Standby (waiting). Approx. $300-$400 per half day. $400-$500 for full day.
Available at Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, Bairnsdale, Boole Poole, Lake Tyers, Nowa Nowa, Marlo, Bemm River and major rivers.  Transport to departure destination via waterway or our road trailer ($80-$200). Price On Application (Departure point, time of day, total time etc...).   
Subject to suitable weather and availability. 

This website will be updated when things change... 
Also on Facebook: 
Lakes-Explorer: Wildlife Tours & Water-Taxi

East Gippsland region is now a Certified Eco-Destination by Eco-Tourism Australia. 

🦘 Wildlife:
The Gippsland Lakes attracts a wide range of wildlife including.... Burranun Dolphins, Australian & Long-nosed Fur Seals, Hog Deer, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Black Wallabies, Wombats, Pelicans, Royal Spoon-bills, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Great Egrets, White-faced Herons, Cormorants (5 species), Masked Lapwings, Terns (Caspian, Crested, Fairy & Little), Coots, Teals (Chestnut & Grey), Oystercatchers (Pied & Sooty), Gulls (Pacific & Silver), Shell-Ducks, Hoary-headed Grebe, Hooded Plovers, Red-capped Plovers and others..... 
We conform to all Government regulations for viewing of wildlife. We are a Licensed Tour Operator (Parks Victoria DEECA) and active members of Wildlife Tourism Australia and Birdlife Australia.
Also assist with Pelican banding project. 

Lakes-Explorer: UVI 446091 (AMSA)
2016 Polycraft 5 metre hull built to latest commercial standard NSCV. AMSA Survey 2E (NS). Max. 4 passengers and Coxswain/Skipper. Mercury 90 Sea-Pro (2022 model). Cruise in main lakes at 37kph (20knots). Maximum speed in harbour and on rivers is 10kph (5knots). Some weather protection. Adult & children life-jackets available. No toilet on-board however public toilets are often near jetties. Vessel trailable to various locations. 

AWARD WINNER: Lakes-Explorer has won an East Gippsland Business Award for best Marine based business.

For your safety:
Water-Taxi services and Boat Tours are often to remote locations that do not have vehicle access. Please bring suitable clothing, footwear, water and any medical requirements. First Aid kit on vessel. Regular COVID-19 cleaning as part of COVID Safe Plan. Most areas are covered by Telstra Mobile Phone Network. The Skipper has the right to change or cancel an activity at any time.

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  • 0458 511 438


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Berth 34: Western Harbour Marina
Lakes Entrance VIC 3909

Opening Hours

Tue:9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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