East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.

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The gateway to the natural beauties of East Gippsland, Bairnsdale is set on the banks of the Mitchell River, 285 kilometres east of Melbourne. A thriving provincial centre,  and once home to steam boats and traders who arrived in the area in the 1850s, Bairnsdale is now the commercial and administrative hub of the East Gippsland Shire offering history, the arts, culture and retail.

The town’s rich heritage can be found throughout the town, including the rotunda in the centre of town, the spectacular murals and architecture of St Mary’s Church and Bairnsdale Court House, which are noted for their 19th century architecture. Close to lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, Bairnsdale is a destination for year-round enjoyment. Base yourself here to enjoy an excellent range of accommodation and dining and plan day trips, tours or longer stays.

Download a Bairnsdale Town Map that includes walking tracks, major attractions, streets and facilities.

 

Things to do

  • St Marys Church in the Main Street is adorned with impressive murals painted by Italian artist Francesco Floreani. It has been said and is to be believed, that the murals rival those of Italy and Spain

  • Aboriginal Cultural Museum is where you can discover the history, heritage and culture of our traditional owners the Gunai Kurnai

  • Enjoy the gardens and the Rotunda in the Main Street and take in the view of the whole townBairnsdaleSuspensionbridgeHowittPark

  • The Port of Bairnsdale is where you can view the Mitchell River and even throw in a line

  • For a bit of history, The Court House, located in Nicholson Street is a must to see

  • Visit the art gallery where you will find beautiful pieces of local artwork with an array of artists on display

  • Experience shopping, cafes or just relax in the hub of East Gippsland

 

For further information or brochures visit our local East Gippsland Visitor Information Centre at 240 Main Street, Bairnsdale, or call 1800 637 060. 

Travel time: Approximately 3hrs from Melbourne

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