Situated in the Gippsland Lakes, Raymond Island is 243 km east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway, and 18 km south-east of Bairnsdale,following the Bairnsdale – Paynesville Road. It is a 4 hour drive from Melbourne.The Island is accessible by foot or bicycle (for free) or by car (for a small fee) on the regular ferry service from Paynesville. The closest shops are located at Paynesville.
One of the best Island features is its wildlife, which includes koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, kookaburras and many other birds.. It is possible to see dolphins playing in the McMillan Strait, and a seal or two.
The Ferry Park has toilets, BBQs, picnic tables, children’s playground, a dry creek bed garden and visitor information, or you can wander along the lakeside boardwalk and Koala Trail, and enjoy swimming at the safe swimming beaches around the Island.
You can cycle or walk along the Island’s roads and tracks, or hire a Surrey Bike from Ride the Koalas to explore the Koala Trail. There are many houses available for holiday rentals or for longer term stays.
Header photograph courtesy of Andrew Bould