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.

An area painted in culture

Be swept up in the richness and vibrancy of arts, culture and heritage of East Gippsland and it’s renowned artisans passionate about their crafts.  

Learn about our indigenous art and heritage at the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale then explore the many smaller galleries and workshops dotted throughout the region, meeting artisans, musicians and people who have made East Gippsland home. 

For an art experience with a difference, Under the Surface is a curated public arts trail on the East Gippsland Rail Trail comprising of locally- and internationally-renowned artists' work on Gunaikurnai Country.

Surrounded by a variety of forest and farmland landscapes with snapshot views of the picturesque Gippsland Lakes, Under the Surface features local indigenous artists Alice Pepper and Patricia Pitman, and visiting artists David “MEGGS” Hooke, Ling and Minna Leunig.

You can see Under the Surface artworks along the East Gippsland Rail Trail at:

  • Nicholson River Bridge, Nicholson. Patricia Pittman
  • Partelli's Crossing, Tostaree. Minna Leunig
  • Orbost Butter Factory, Orbost. Ling
  • Nowa Nowa underpass/tunnel. Collaboration between Alice Pepper and David “MEGGS” Hooke