LAKES-EXPLORER Water-Taxi

Water-Taxi service available: only 2 passengers per trip (plus 2 children if same family). Access to remote locations or view wildlife.
Opening at 08:00 tomorrow
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Testimonials

5 months ago
Pete is a legend. Chilled out and really knowledgeable about everything lakes entrance. We went on the hour trip around the area with the kids and it was top stuff. Totally worth the money and a great way to see some wildlife. 👌🏽
- Erik H
3 months ago
Informative and friendly with great scenery and supurb scones🍮
- ann d
a year ago
Had a good experience with family, not too expensive too.
- Kiran S

DEPARTS from various locations

JUNE 2020: UPDATE.
Our commercial vessel is available for water-taxi or short boat trips around the Ocean Entrance (Fur Seal Colony).
Our vessel has been modified to minimise the spread of COVID-19:
* Only 1 or 2 (if known to each other) passengers per trip (some seats removed): plus up to 2 younger children (under 12) if part of the same family or household.
* Safety Management Plan modified.
* Regular cleaning and sanitising.
* Hand sanitising station.
* Designated personal space
* Maximum 1 hour travel time

There are no Sea-Safari tours.

This website will be updated when things change...

WATER-TAXI:
Operates around Lakes Entrance and Metung as required. From $20 per trip (Min. 2 persons). Fee structure listed below. Only 2 persons: plus 2 children if same family (COVID-19 guidelines). 

Water-Taxi service is a transfer between 2 locations.... similar to a car taxi or a short boat trip. Operating since 2007.
OPERATIONAL HOURS: 8am-6pm (Close)
Pickup points include Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty, North Arm Boat-Ramp and Skate-Ramp Boat-Ramp or as required....
Designed for access to remote beaches,  jetties and houses, also bushwalkers and photographers looking for unique locations or wildlife. Details and fee structure below. 
Payment options: Cash on board, SQUARE (Mobile Phone Credit Card transfer) or invoice. 
Please check in advance via 0458511438 (or SMS) or peter@lakes-explorer.com.au to see if service is running.

WATER-TAXI destinations and fees:
Fee per trip (not per person).
LAKES ENTRANCE to OCEAN ENTRANCE: EACH WAY. $20 for 2 persons ($10pp each way). Various pickup locations. 
 
LAKES ENTRANCE to:
• Kalimna Jetty, 
• North Arm Jetties, 
• Rigby Island, 
• Nyerimilang Homestead Jetty, 
• West Entrance
• Fraser Island (Guests only) Retreat 
• Barrier Landing. 
$30 for 2 persons ($15pp): per trip each way.
Lakes Entrance to Wyanga Winery Jetty. $40 for 2 persons each way.
Lakes Entrance to Nungurner Jetty.  From $60 per trip each way.
Lakes Entrance to Metung Jetty/Hotel. From $80 per trip each way. 
Night service: 
Service closes at 9pm (Summer); 6pm (Winter); 7pm (Autumn & Spring).

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

SHORT BOAT TOURS (1 hour).
$20pp OCEAN ENTRANCE
Lakes Entrance Harbour & Ocean Entrance boat tours when weather is suitable. Includes Fur Seal Colony, Pelicans and commercial fishing fleet. 
Booking essential. 2 persons ($40) 
Pickup either Post Office Jetty, Myers Street Jetty or as required.

PRIVATE CHARTER: Research & Contractors only: For up to 2 passengers.
$70 per operating hour, $30 per standby hour. Approx. $200-$250 per half day. $300-$400 for full day.
Available at Lakes Entrance, Metung, Paynesville, Bairnsdale, Boole Poole, Lake Tyers, Nowa Nowa and major rivers.  Transport to departure destination via waterway or our trailer.  Price On Application (Departure point, time of day, total time....).   Subject to suitable weather.

SEA-SAFARI wildlife eco-tours: 
NOT AVAILABLE 
Departs when wildlife viewing opportunities are suitable....
Guided Wildlife (Boat) Eco-Tours, known as Sea-Safaris are available on the Gippsland Lakes and Lake Tyers. 
Example: 1 Hour Ocean Entrance Sea-Safari: $20 per person.
Operating since 2007. These unique tours for up to 4 persons are designed for the interests of the group. Special focus on Shorebirds as part of a Citizen Science project. The departure time, points of interest and length of tour are to suit the group.....  
Binoculars and bird guide books on-board.
Minimum age for remote Sea-Safaris is 10 years old. 
$70 per hour:  group of up to 4 persons.
Subject to suitable weather and availability...

LAKE TYERS: NOT AVAILABLE
 2 hour Sea-Safaris (Wildlife Eco-Tours on the water). 2 hour = $35 per person. Book at least 3 days in advance. 

Booking & Fees:
To organise suitable departure time contact Skipper Pete on 04585 11438 (SMS) or peter@lakes-explorer.com.au 
Availability: www.visiteastgippsland.com.au 
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 0458511438. 

Wildlife:
The Gippsland Lakes attracts a wide range of wildlife including.... Burranun Dolphins, Australian (Long-nosed) Fur Seals, Hog Deer, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Pelicans, King-fishers, Spoon-bills, Sea-Eagles, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, Lapwings, Terns (Caspian, Crested, Fairy & Little), Coots, Ducks, Grebe, Hooded Plovers and others..... 
We conform to all Government regulations for viewing of wildlife. We are a Licensed Tour Operator (Parks Victoria DELWP) and active members of Wildlife Tourism Australia and Birdlife Australia.

Skipper Pete:
Owner/Operator, Commercial Coxswain, Certified Eco-Guide (Eco-Tourism Australia), Licensed Tour Operator - DELWP Parks Victoria, former National Park Ranger (land and marine), qualified Tour Guide, WWC Card, qualified Cartographer, member of Birdlife Australia, member of Wildlife Tourism Australia.

Lakes-Explorer: UVI 446091 (AMSA)
2016 Polycraft 5 metre built to commercial standard. AMSA Survey 2E (NS). Max. 4 passengers. Mercury 90 Sea-Pro (2018). Cruise in main lakes at 37kph (20knots). Maximum speed in harbour is 10kph (5knots). Some weather protection. Stormy-Sea/Marlin weatherproof PFDs supplied. No toilet on-board however public toilets are often near jetties. Vessel trailable to various locations. 

AWARD WINNER: Lakes-Explorer won the 2018 East Gippsland Business Award for best Marine based business.

For your safety:
Water-Taxi services and Sea-Safaris 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. 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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Post Office Jetty
Lakes Entrance VIC 3909
Australia

Opening Hours

Mon:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am – 6:00 pm
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