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Lakes Entrance has been named as one of 10 ‘Aussie Town of the Year Award’ winners.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said Lakes Entrance, was revealed as one of Wotif’s winning destinations of its 2021 Aussie Town of the Year Awards.

“Lakes Entrance is a central part of the iconic Gippsland Lakes ‘the Great Barrier Reef of the south’ and is the jewel in our tourism crown,” Mr Chester said.

“This award will help to showcase our region not just as a summer destination but a place to enjoy throughout the year.

“The awards encourage people to hit the road and see more of their own backyard.

“Following 3 years of drought and then the devastating bushfires, and now the coronavirus pandemic the award aims to increase visitation back to Lakes Entrance.

“I have worked with all levels of government and the community to transform the Lakes Entrance esplanade over the past 5 years and there’s more work set to start.”

The winning destinations were awarded based on their accommodation quality, affordability and traveller satisfaction.

This year’s awards focussed on destinations that met the changing needs of travellers over the last 12 months.

Lakes Entrance was listed at number five with the description – The water is where you want to be when visiting Lakes Entrance – where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.  Spend your day kayaking, fishing or swimming, and your evenings, dining at one of the many great restaurants in and around town.

Other award winners included Apollo Bay VIC, Cairns QLD, Pokolbin NSW, Mudgee NSW, McLaren Vale SA, Hervey Bay QLD, Exmouth WA, Port Macquarie NSW, The Entrance NSW.

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