Bairnsdale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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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.

Outdoor adventure
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

East Gippsland Rail Trail, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Kayaking on Gippsland Lakes, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Gippsland Lakes

Experience the largest inland network of waterways in Australia, the Gippsland Lakes. Go on board a cruiser or enjoy a range of water-based activities.

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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,...

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High Country, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Nicholson River Winery

Nicholson River Winery

A small pioneering enterprise in East Gippsland producing wines characterised by fragrant aromas, intense flavours and complexity on the palate.

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Mitchell River National Park

Mitchell River National Park

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

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Den of Nargun, Mitchell River National Park, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

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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