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Raymond Island is located across the McMillan Strait from Paynesville, on the Gippsland Lakes. The Lakes are Australia's largest inland waterway, covering 400 square kilometres, and comprising four lakes - Victoria, King, Wellington and Reeve. They are fed by the Tambo, Mitchell, Nicholson, Avon, Thomson, Macalister and Latrobe rivers and are sheltered from the ocean by the thin line of sand dunes of the Ninety Mile Beach. They are covered by the international RAMSAR convention for the protection of internationally significant wetlands.
In print
A select bibliography of books, articles and government reports written about the Island...
Who we are
Some people have retired here after spending time as holiday makers and others have decided to live here away from city-life:
History
The Tatungalung clan of the Gunaikurnai nation counted the island they called ‘Gragin’ as part of their home territory. In 1842 it was named Raymond Island as early pastoral leases were taken up.

The Island has a unique history as an early fishing station, small mixed farming holdings when horses and cattle used to swim the Strait, and as a post WWII weekend holiday retreat. Find out more...
Households
Households

In Raymond Island (State Suburbs), of all households, 65.8% were family households, 30.2% were single person households and 4.0% were group households. Total families in 2006 were 128. In 2011 the number of families had grown to 151 and 45 families had children living at home.

Raymond Islanders
Raymond Islanders

The median age stayed at 61 years. 48% male, 52% female. 72% born in Australia 87% working (FT or PT) 16% 0-24 years of age, 34% 65 years+.

Houses
Houses

In 2011: 479 Dwellings, 47% occupied and 256 holiday houses 81% owned outright or owned wiht a mortgage

McMillan Strait
McMillan Strait

The McMillan Strait is the second busiest waterway in Australia, after Sydney Harbour.

Cars
Cars

In 2011, 225 motor vehicles by occupied dwelling (ex motorbikes/scooters). 174 housholds had 1-2 cars, 33 households had 3 or more cars.

A growing community
A growing community

The Island is 6 km long and 2 km wide. In 2006, 479 people lived on Raymond Island. By 2011 the population had grown to 540. Over 500 people call the Island home, and holiday makers swell the population during summer.

Map
Find you way around the Island with our interactive map...
Visitor guide
Discover Raymond Island's amenities, where to stay and how to get around with our visitor guide...

Artist Joe Driscoll captured daily life on Raymond Island and its surrounding areas over many years in a detailed and figurative style of landscapes and people.

Joe Driscoll's paintings
Raymond Island is located across the McMillan
Strait from Paynesville, on the Gippsland Lakes.
The Lakes are Australia's largest inland
waterway, covering 400 square kilometres, and
comprising four lakes - Victoria, King,
Wellington and Reeve. They are fed by the
Tambo, Mitchell, Nicholson, Avon, Thomson,
Macalister and Latrobe rivers and are sheltered
from the ocean by the thin line of sand dunes of
the Ninety Mile Beach. They are covered by the
international RAMSAR convention for the
protection of internationally significant
wetlands.
History
The Tatungalung clan of the Gunaikurnai nation counted the island they called ‘Gragin’
as part of their home territory. In 1842 it was named Raymond Island as early pastoral
leases were taken up.

The Island has a unique history as an early fishing station, small mixed farming holdings
when horses and cattle used to swim the Strait, and as a post WWII weekend holiday
retreat. Find out more...
Who we are
Some people have retired here after spending time as holiday makers and others have decided to live here away from
city-life:
Title
Title

Artist Joe Driscoll captured daily life on Raymond Island and its surrounding areas over many years in a detailed and figurative style of landscapes and people.

More information
Raymond Island is located across the McMillan Strait from Paynesville, on the Gippsland
Lakes. The Lakes are Australia's largest inland waterway, covering 400 square
kilometres, and comprising four lakes - Victoria, King, Wellington and Reeve. They are
fed by the Tambo, Mitchell, Nicholson, Avon, Thomson, Macalister and Latrobe rivers
and are sheltered from the ocean by the thin line of sand dunes of the Ninety Mile
Beach. They are covered by the international RAMSAR convention for the protection of
internationally significant wetlands.
Who we are
Some people have retired here after spending time as holiday makers and others have
decided to live here away from city-life: