Explore the Rigby Island Conservation area via boat and foot – no vehicles or residents are on the island, making it a hub of wildlife.


  • View the fur seals, pelicans and occasionally, dolphins!
  • Short educational boat trip
  • One or two guided walks on Rigby island and Boole Poole Peninsula.


Rigby Island is a large island within the Gippsland Lakes. The island is a designated conservation area with no vehicle access, no jetty and no residents; only accessible via boat. The island has large populations of pelicans and other shore-birds included Hooded Plovers.

Our tour leaves from Lakes Entrance township for a calm 20-minute boat trip via the Fur seal colony at the Ocean Entrance. We circumnavigate the island (6km) and go ashore for a 20 minute guided walk. The island also has Grey kangaroos, Hog deer and wombats.



  • Leave Lakes Entrance Harbour, travelling on Commercial vessel ‘Lakes-Explorer’.
  • Cruise past commercial fishing fleet to Ocean Entrance.
  • View the colony of Fur seals.
  • Travel onto Rigby Island (dolphins occasionally seen).
  • Land on a remote sandy beach on Rigby Island for a guided walk in the sand dune area
  • Back on the boat tour around Rigby Island to view shore-birds
  • Return to Lakes Entrance harbour

What’s Included

  • Discuss the significance of the Gippsland Lakes for wildlife
  • Boat tour: 8km. Guided walk: 2km
  • Option to complete Shore-bird Citizen Science datasheet
  • Lots of photo opportunities

What do I need to bring?

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Warm clothes
  • Solid footwear
  • Food/drink



Location: Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland

Tour Provider: Venture Out

Duration: 2 hours (subject to suitable weather)

Price per person: $40

Group size: 2 persons (also 2 children if part of family)

Difficulty: Beginner