Sailing on the Gippsland Lakes!

How lucky are we? We have been fortunate enough to share a beautiful weekend on board the yacht of some dear friends. And what a great weekend we had!

Their yacht is moored at Paynesville, which is the gateway to the Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria. A series of channels, inlets and small protected harbours separated from the ocean by dunes and hills create a boating mecca and a wonderful environment for birds to take up residence and breed.  The bird life is sensational! Pelicans, parrots, gulls of all species, swallows, terns and black swans. It is reputed that habitat for up to 20,000 water birds is within the Gippsland Lakes.

The weather was sensational as was the company and the whole experience. Here are a few happy snaps from the weekend.

MooringOur overnight mooring. Snug as bugs securely tied up. Went for a walk to check out the ninety mile beach. Beautiful!

90 Mile beach

Back to ‘camp’ for some R&R, prepare dinner and await the sunset. We did also imbibe in some (much) wine to help pass the time.

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Dinner was curried chicken, salad, spinach and ricotta croquettes, some baked tarts and oven roasted vegies.

Sated, we settled in to watch the skyline.

IMG_9959Weren’t disappointed with that, stunning indeed! The turning point, when you know you are definitely being transported from day to night.

IMG_9935 Sunset Gippsland LakesThere is something magical about being on the water, no mechanical noises, birds tittering, lapping of the waves and mother nature puts on a performance of beauty and wonderment. There was much discussion about moon phases and astrological patterns though out the evening. Everyone is an expert at these times of course! Unfortunately we didn’t have the equipment to shoot good photos of the moon waxing or is it waning? Is it a ‘d’ or an ‘o’? Long story that’s no where as interesting without a few bottles of wine to help.

Gippsland Lakes Junk

Many different water craft on the lakes. Thought I was back in Asia for a bit.

There were lots of jellyfish wherever we stopped. I find these stunningly beautiful and very elegant. I love watching them dancing through the water. Was it the Nutcracker or Fantasia that started my fascination with these creatures?

JellyfidhBirds everywhere.

IMG_0068IMG_0034Back to the mooring feeling extremely relaxed and happy to have been able to share such a wonderful time with our wonderful friends. I just love being on and around water, even more so with those we love! What makes you happy?



About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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2 Responses to Sailing on the Gippsland Lakes!

  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I love it down there. We used to have our boat at the marina in Paynesville and we’d go across to the sand opposite the beach and nose in and spend the day. Our dog hated the black swans and would woof every time one dared to come close. Happy memories.


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