Your ideal base for exploring the vast Gippsland Lakes, Mitchell River and surrounding forests, Bairnsdale is a laid-back country town with fascinating cultural trails and scenic drives.
Stock up on outdoor, surfing, camping and fishing gear at Bairnsdale's wide range of shops and services – there's plenty of accommodation options too. Its location at the junction of the Great Alpine Road and the Princes Highway also provides easy access to explore the alpine region 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
Drive along the local Twin Rivers Food and Wine Trail to discover the region's wineries, restaurants, berry farms and fruit orchards. Visitors can also wander around town on a self-guided heritage walk stopping in at St. Mary's Church, local art galleries, museums, craft and antique shops.
Things to do
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.