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Raymond island is located 243 km east of Melbourne, on the Princes Highway. The island is enveloped by the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland waterway covering an area of approximately 400 square kilometres.
Four lakes, Lake Wellington, Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Reeve constitutes the Gippsland Lakes, and the lakes are collectively fed by the Tambo, Mitchell, Nicholson, Avon, Thomson, Macalister and Latrobe rivers.
The Gunaikurnai people are traditional owners of Gippsland. Within the clan, the Tatungalung people inhabited the coast near Lakes Entrance, including Raymond Island. With the occurrence of village settlement and the establishment of homestead associations in 1893, by early 1900s, islanders relied on having small holdings, fishing and fish smoking. The island was re-discovered after WWII as a holiday getaway for workers involved in the labour-intensive industries of Latrobe Valley. Currently, the island residents mostly consist of retirees and holiday makers living away from noises of the city environment.