Who We Are

Gippsland Lakes Escapes is a holiday accomodation business run by locals Phil & Kate Brown, who manage their business with a heart for exceptional hospitality, local community spirit, and a love for social enterprise, striving to intentionally focus on social problems, improve communities, provide people with access to employment and skills development, as well as helping the environment.

With backgrounds in social and aid work throughout SouthEast Asia, hospitality and tourism experience through running a smaller accomodation business (Eagle Point Cottages) and various other entrepreneurial enterprises, Phil & Kate Brown are excited to bring their experience to this venture and hopefully learn along the way.

Gippsland Lakes Escapes is all about offering you the perfect escape to refresh, renew and relax from the busyness of life. With stunning waterfront properties on the canals and lakes equipped with private jetties, tranquil houses set in the stunning Australian bush or stunning, modern stays close to the heart of Paynesville, there’s something for everyone!



You will understand the property name when you arrive, and you will truly believe that this could be the source of every Rosella and all other birdlife. Tucked away on picturesque Banksia Peninsula and overlooking the beautiful water of Duck Arm, this property is a real treat. With a magnificent waterfront location and small quaint jetty, it is the spot to contemplate and unwind. Families and couples will love it, and also the family pet can enjoy a new environment… they are most welcome here. An exclusive spot without the price tag, and a stay that you will remember and tell friends about for time to come.


Ideal location is just what a small family or two couples will get. Situated on the canals, with wonderful views of passing boats, this is truly the spot. Large open plan living/dining area plus a very functional kitchen make it perfect for entertaining in a holiday mode. The deck area is ideal for a relaxed brunch or alfresco dinner, maybe a refreshing drink after a day out boating. Book with Mariners 1 & 3 it makes a great group or family option.


SITUATED ON THE INFORMUS KOALA TRAIL AND ONLY 1 MINUTE WALK TO THE WATER & THE ISLAND FERRY. THIS PROPERTY HAS A LOT TO OFFER couples as a romantic getaway, as well as being an ideal home for families, in summer or winter. There is ample undercover parking for cars and room for the boat or Jet Ski. Kalara is a well equipped, inviting home with 2 living areas, and large outdoor deck, complete with 4 burner BBQ, set amongst a beautiful bushy garden. From the main living area views of Newlands Arm can be admired thru out the day. The owners love this property and so will you. Jump on the ferry, RELAX, pour a glass of wine, feed the stunning array of birds/parrots , say hello to one of the resident Koala’s or take a stroll down the waterfront board walk. This is a perfect property for a night, a week, or month – ALL IT NEEDS IS YOU


This beautiful Cedar Cottage,tucked away in a natural bush setting on Raymond Island and only a couple of minutes walk to the shores of the magnificent Lake Victoria. Ideally suited for a couples romantic getaway,small families or friends to enjoy together. Warm up and relax in front of the wood fire on a winters night or have a few friends around for a BBQ in the great outdoor paved area also boasting a wood fire. Launch your boat at the nearby boat ramp and experience the wonders of the Gippsland Lakes Waterways.