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Lonsdale Eco Cruises

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Lakes Entrance, Australia
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About Lonsdale Eco Cruises
A leisurely 3hr cruise from Lakes Entrance through to Metung , staying onboard but visiting many places of interest including The Entrance to see the beautiful 90mile beach & Bass Strait , Keep a look out for seals & our resident Dolphins , numerous bird life & wildlife & of course Mels famous scones cooked onboard as you cruise , tea/herbaltea/coffee,biscuits & nice cold water provided in your ticket price but are most welcome to BYO drinks or a picnic lunch ! Bathroom facilities onboard !
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RowanM wrote a review Feb. 2021
Benalla, Australia12 contributions1 helpful vote
We thoroughly enjoyed our dog-friendly cruise this afternoon. Captain Tony was a font of information about the history, flora, fauna and features of the lakes and Mel’s scones were delicious half way through the cruise. We were extra fortunate to encounter dolphins and seals at the entrance and dolphins again near Metung! I recommend everyone visiting Lakes Entrance do themselves a favour and get aboard!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Vicky F wrote a review Feb. 2021
9 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I went on the eco cruise today and it was fabulous. We had an info packed commentry on the history of the lakes, its wildlife and conservation. The boat was well maintained and gently handled to get us close to interesting points with no danger to local wildlife. I would recommend this to young and old, visitors and locals. Just a wonderful way to spend an afternoon on the water.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Boxing_Kangaroo wrote a review Feb. 2021
Melbourne, Australia174 contributions158 helpful votes
When I originally tried to book with Lonsdale's main competitor around the New Year's period (see separate review) I was met with a very rude response. Phoning Lonsdale soon afterwards a helpful and professional lady helped me find a suitable date for me to take my elderly mother on their three hour Metung cruise, and assured me that her walker would be no impediment to her participating. On arrival, the staff both at the ticket office and on the boat were friendly and helpful. The cruise itself was fine - pleasant and relaxing - and we were fortunate to briefly see both Burrunan dolphins and seals around The Entrance. It also afforded interesting views of many places you wouldn't normally see, such as little settlements only reachable by boat, both onshore and on islands, which I didn't previously know about. The rest of the trip was interesting, although ultimately there's not a lot of variety in the scenery for the most part, so much of the trip is not exactly action packed. You can sit fully outside on the top of the boat, have standing room access to the prow, can sit semi-protected on the lower deck, or sit fully inside, all of course subject to space restrictions. Simple instant tea and coffee were available free, along with soft drinks to purchase, and the complementary scone. Some suggested improvements. Most of the seating consisted of those cheap plastic outdoor chairs which get decidedly uncomfortable after three hours. Perhaps consider upgrading those. The commentary was fine, but petered out after a while, but then again I guess there's only so much to talk about, per my point above. One thing I thought was lacking was reference to the Indigenous uses of the Gippsland Lakes and areas we were passing through. A significant part of the commentary was focused on post-European settlement and development of islands, land use, etc, but little if any mention was made of the original Gunai-Kurnai people. I would have expected a bit more focus on that and the negative impacts of European settlement for an 'eco cruise'. Overall, based on my experiences this is the choice of cruises if this is the type of thing you're looking for in Lakes Entrance. I would recommend this to a friend.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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meirav66 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Haifa, Israel59 contributions8 helpful votes
Tony the captain and his wife Melinda are so interesting, and the cruise was just fabulous. Best spent 3 and some hours - we were lucky enough to see dolphins, seals and many amazing spots around this beautiful area.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Natalia Pieczonka wrote a review Feb. 2021
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This is the best scenic cruise in Lakes Entrance, I would highly recommend to anybody to choose Eco cruises over Peels cruises. Melinda and Tony are fabulous hosts and have outstanding knowledge of the surrounding areas. They truly care about their customers and business, as well as having respect for the local wildlife that we saw on our trip. If you’re visiting lakes entrance Eco cruises are a must. With some amazing freshly baked scones on board made by the lovely Mel. They truly look after you here and you will most definitely enjoy your time on this cruise.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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