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.


Bruthen is a small rural village situated 24 kilometres north-east of Bairnsdale on the Great Alpine Road which continues on across the Great Diving Range to Mount Hotham, Bright and Wangaratta. Bruthen features an attractive commercial centre, consisting of a number of speciality shops, a general store circa 1860 and the historic post office circa 1890. Shady gardens with a rotunda and picnic areas are situated beside the town's main street.

Oozing country charm and historical character, this village which is perched above Tambo River Flats, is a perfect place from which to set off on the Food and Wine Trail. Once a rest stop for weary fortune hunters heading to East Gippsland’s gold diggings, the village of Bruthen is set at the fork in the road between the High Country, Gippsland Lakes and the Hinterland. Just 24 kilometres from Bairnsdale on the Great Alpine Road, Bruthen oozes country charm and historical character. Stock up on supplies and walk or cycle out of town – many of the region’s easy bushwalks start here. The East Gippsland Rail Trail which passes through town on its way between Bairnsdale and Orbost following the route of the old railway, is a popular trail with walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The Tambo River is located just to the south of town and it makes its journey into the Gippsland Lakes system via Swan Reach, entering Lake King north of the fishing village of Metung.The Fairy Dell Flora Reserve is located west of Bruthen, accessed via Eleven Mile Road. This thick forested park features picnic areas and walking tracks through the temperate rainforest. During February of each year, the Annual Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival brings an amazing line-up of serious Blues musicians, a family-friendly atmosphere, a colourful market and plenty of kids activities which is a signature event for the town of Bruthen.


Things to do

  • Experience the charm of the local hotel, where you will enjoy a cold beer and great meal

  • The brewery is where you can experience a great locally made beer along with locally sourced produce for an enjoyable meal

  • Want to experience blues and roots like never before? Come and enjoy the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, run February each year all around town

  • Fairy Dell Flora Reserve is a must for those wanting to spot a fairy or two... a wonderful rainforest walk that the kids will enjoy

  • Speciality shops, beautiful gardens in the main street and local cafes to sit and enjoy the sounds and sights of this wonderful town

  • The turn off for the drive up the mountain towards the High Country and the snowfields


For further information or brochures visit the Bruthen Art & Information Centre online or call in at 79 Main Street, Bruthen. 


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