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.
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.
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.