Set on the shores of the hypnotising Gippsland Lakes on a system of canals, the town boasts unrivalled access to the spectacular water playground. Paynesville is flush with waterfront accommodation and eateries. The town is a favourite holiday destination for lovers of boating and fishing.


Get in touch with your energetic side, and spend days paddling around the lake’s edge, or enjoy a bushwalk. Take the Paynesville Sunset Cove Walking Track for a gentle walk, winding its way around the coast with show-stopping views across the water (3kms return).


Opposite the foreshore you can see Raymond Island, home to a large koala population, walks and cycling tracks. The five minute ferry to Raymond Island departs Paynesville regularly and is free for pedestrians or those arriving by bike.


The hit list of places to explore from Paynesville include Bunga Arm, Sperm Whale Head, Ocean Grange, Barrier Landing and Duck Arm, most of which are only accessible by boat.

Part of the: Coastal Discovery Drive route

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What Locals Love About the Paynesville

Victoria Briggs01
Paynesville, surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes is the perfect place to wind down and relax. Waking up to beautiful water views every day is what makes Paynesville so special to me.
Paddle boarding, boating or a private charter from H2O Tours & Adventure are all perfect for getting out and enjoying the lakes.

Mark and Victoria Briggs

Tamara Cook 02

The ultimate day to explore Paynesville is to start with an early morning walk along Sunset Cove walking track, and visit one of the waterside cafes for breakfast. Catch the ferry to Raymond Island to visit a natural wonderland of flora and fauna and see koalas in their natural habitat. Kayaking and water sports are popular because the waterways are so protected and not tidal. The beauty of Paynesville is that it has the seaside village charm all year round!

Tamara Cook

Lyn Wallace scaled

My husband and I decided to do a sea-change many years ago and Paynesville was the place to be. We love having so many activities on our back door: sailing and boating on the lakes, fishing and cruising to the the ocean, bushwalking and walking trails, art and culture and some great eateries close by.

Lyn Wallace