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Bairnsdale

Your ideal base for exploring the vast Gippsland Lakes, Mitchell River and the surrounding forests, Bairnsdale is a laid-back country town close to scenic drives.

Water's edge 

The gateway to the world famous Gippsland Lakes, Bairnsdale is the perfect spot to stock up on boating, surfing, camping and fishing gear for your outdoor adventure. Choose from the wide range of shops and services on offer, and there are plenty of accommodation options available for those who would like to settle in for a few days. 

Located at the junction of the Great Alpine Road and the Princes Highway, Bairnsdale also provides easy access to the alpine villages of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.

History and culture 

Tour the Bataluk Cultural Trail and discover elements of Koorie history and culture, or visit the Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place to view artefacts and history on the Gunai/Kurnai people of East Gippsland. 

Be sure to leave time for a visit to St Mary's, an impressive Romanesque church built at the beginning of the 19th century. Wander in and check out the murals by Italian artist Francesco Floreani, which attract some 80,000 visitors to the church every year. 

Delve into the creative heart of the region at the East Gippsland Art Gallery. See works by local and visiting artists across a range of mediums, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints and 3D works. 

Bairnsdale is also a commercial centre for the local wool, dairy and timber industries.

Local flavours

Discover the region's wineries, brewery, restaurants and markets with many experiences located within a short drive of the town. Visit during the summer months and pick your own fruit at orchards and berry farms.

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Bairnsdale

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Walking & hiking

Mitchell River Walking Track

Walk from river to gorge top on a semi-remote track through rainforest gullies to the Den of Nargun.

Arts & culture

Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place

Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place is a museum housing a vast collection of artifacts, art and information where visitors can learn about the history,...

Cycling

Gippsland Lakes Discovery Cycling Trail

There are a number of ways to ride this trail ranging from a 65 km route from Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance, to a family-friendly 15 km trip.

Nature & wildlife

Raymond Island

Jump on the ferry from Paynesville and hit the island's Koala Trail by bike or foot for top koala-spotting in the Gippsland Lakes.

Road trips & itineraries

The Great Alpine Road

Drive one of Australia's great touring routes, The Great Alpine Road, and explore Victoria's north-east down to the jaw-dropping Gippsland Lakes.

Cycling

Mitchell River Cycling Loop

An easy ride along the both sides of the Mitchell River in Bairnsdale, where there are several spots perfect for a family picnic.

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