Golden Beach is an undiscovered seaside town 36 kilometres from Sale (245km from the Melbourne GPO) exactly half way along Ninety Mile Beach in Gippsland Victoria, Australia.
The town centre of Golden Beach is accessed via the Longford - Golden Beach Road which crosses the usually dry expanse of Lake Reeve. After crossing the lake, the road is known as Surf Edge Drive and opens up into a wide boulevard with a central strip of grass and beautiful Norfolk Island pine trees.
Near the junction of Surf Edge Drive and the coastal route of Shoreline Drive is Golden Beach's commercial centre which includes the Foodarama General Store and Cafe, Bluewater fish & chips, tackle and grocery shop, Golden Beach Building Supplies, 90 Mile Beach House and Villas, the community hall (with an information centre, lounge area and Internet Kiosk), a children’s playground, church and old tennis courts now converted to a small and inexpensive RV park, two real estate agencies, public BBQs and new public toilets. Only a few minutes down the road on foot or by car is a reserve where there is a Bowls Club, 9 Hole Golf Course (each of which serve meals and drinks on different nights of the week), a large oval and some BMX jumps.
The 90 Mile Beach extends in both directions along the coast as far as the eye can see. It features pristine golden sands bordered by dunes and coastal vegetation. The main access point to the beach is from the park located on Shoreline Drive, just south of Surf Edge Drive. This park has a large grassed area with more BBQs and picnic shelters. A pathway leads from the park to a viewing platform which provides panoramic views along the coast. Steps from the viewing platform lead directly down to the beach below.
One of the special features of Golden Beach is the numerous foreshore camping areas which are located along Shoreline Drive, and are free for people to use. Direct access to the beach via pathways across the sand dunes is provided from these camping areas. In the central township (in front of the Building Supply company) are coin operated hot showers.
On the beach, around 6½ kilometres south-west of the Golden Beach town centre, is the Trinculo shipwreck. In 1879, a gale caused this cargo sailing ship to strike a sandbar just off the coast, forcing it ashore. The remains of this vessel can still be seen on the beach today. To visit the wreck, drive to the signposted car park on Shoreline Drive and then follow the shady track through the coastal vegetation and across the sand dunes to the beach where the wreck is.
Great ocean fishing can be enjoyed in and around Golden Beach and there is an annual Surf Fishing Competition with thousands of dollars in prizes.
There is prolific bird and wildlife along the coast and throughout the neighbouring bush and reserves surrounding Golden Beach including kangaroos, emus, echidnas, wombats and beautiful wildflowers with birdlife including crimson and eastern rosellas, yellow tailed black cockatoos, blue wrens, eastern spine bill and many other honeyeaters.
Water access for boats to the vast Gippsland Lakes system is available at McLennans Strait which is a channel of water linking Lake Wellington to Lake Victoria. It is a 15 minute drive from Golden Beach. To get there, follow the road towards Loch Sport, taking the signposted road to McLennan Strait. The Gippsland Lakes support numerous species of wildlife and there exist two protected areas within - The Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. The Gippsland Lakes wetlands are protected by the international Ramsar Convention on wetlands. There are also approximately 400 indigenous flora species and 300 native fauna species. The lakes are home to about 50 of the recently discovered species of Bottlenose dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin. The wetlands provide habitat for about 20,000 waterbirds – including birds from as far afield as Siberia and Alaska. The Gippsland Lakes have been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because they regularly support over 1% of the global populations of Black Swans, Chestnut Teals and Musk Ducks, as well as many Fairy Terns.
Golden Beach is ideally positioned to take advantage of these two amazing assets, the Ninety Mile Beach and The Gippsland Lakes.
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