In 1882 Roadknight’s ‘Merrangbaur House’ at Lakes Entrance claimed to have the best sea view of any house on the lakes or on the Ninety-mile Beach. They assured visitors of a large, 23-year standing garden that would supply visitors with unlimited fruit and that ladies and children would be driven to the beach only 10 minutes away.
During the same era, further west at the Swan Hotel at the Latrobe Bridge, Sale every accommodation for ‘sportsmen, anglers and tourists’ was provided. Fishing tackle was provided for ‘strictly moderate charges and every attention paid to the comfort of visitors’. Customers could take daily steamers around the Lakes, or travel on the weekly Melbourne steamers.
Inland at Bruthen, W. M. Black, a coach proprietor and mail contractor, offered tourists coaches, buggies and saddle horses to convey them to any place in the vicinity ‘at the shortest notice’. These locations included Buchan and the celebrated Buchan Caves, the Lead Mines near Buchan, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers, Mossiface on the Tambo River and Rosherville.
Check out the Gippsland Lakes and catchment through the following tourism sites.
East Gippsland Latrobe Valley West Gippsland Wellington