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Known as the boating capital of Victoria, Paynesville is the perfect place for a getaway by the water.

The charming seaside village is surrounded by lakes on three sides that provide the perfect place for whatever water sport you choose and canals and inlets offering plenty of sheltered moorings for boats.

Explore these – but ensure that you take the ferry across to Raymond Island, home to one the largest wild koala populations in Victoria. Walk or cycle the island’s Koala Trail and spot its furry residents.

Hit the local walking trails – Paynesville Sunset Cove Walking Track winds its …