Lakes Entrance and the region is the foremost and preferred holiday destination for most water related seekers; surfing, fishing (coastal and lakes) and all boat related activities are on offer. Lakes Entrance, for the most part will not have many weather related threats. The waters are such; sheltered parts of the lake will be available. Lakes Entrance, the town is modern and all services are on offer.
The township was originally named Cunninghame, the Post Office of that name opening on 5 February 1870. It was renamed Lakes Entrance on 1 January 1915.
Spectacular views of The Entrance and of the Lakes can be seen from various look-outs on Jemmy's Point. The Princes Highway leaves the north east side of the town through hilly countryside towards Nowa Nowa and Orbost.
Lakes Entrance is predominantly a fishing and tourism-driven town; the main beach front is a safe harbour for many major commercial fishing and recreational water sport operations. The surf beach is patrolled by the Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) between November and March every summer, with lifeguard patrols from late December to late January. The waterfront is populated by restaurants and shops.
Lakes Entrance has really taken off since the late fifties, is purely tourism so heritage has yet to be realized.