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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.

Outdoor adventure

Stock up on boating, surfing, camping and fishing gear at Bairnsdale's wide range of shops and services – there are plenty of accommodation options too. The town is the gateway to the world famous Gippsland Lakes. 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. Bairnsdale is also a commercial centre for the local wool, dairy and timber industries.

Food and wine

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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Things to do


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East Gippsland Rail Trail

Experience the diversity of East Gippsland as this trail weaves through farmland, forests, creeks, rivers and flood plains towards the Snowy River.

Art galleries

East Gippsland Art Gallery

Established in 1993, East Gippsland Art Gallery is the centre for visual arts in East Gippsland celebrating the unique artistic spirit of the...

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.

National parks & reserves

Mitchell River National Park

Mitchell River National Park has impressive river scenery, serene rainforest gullies, rugged landscapes and some of Victoria's more unusual...

Arts & culture

Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place

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

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.


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