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Bairnsdale

Head to Bairnsdale at any time of year to discover a busy regional centre from which to explore the vast Gippsland Lakes and spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, or the alpine highlights of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.

You'll find plenty of accommodation options and a wide range of shops and services in Bairnsdale, the commercial centre for the local wool, dairy, agricultural and timber industries. Wander around town on a self-guided heritage walk and explore local art galleries, museums, and craft and antique shops. Visit the National Trust classified St Mary's Catholic Church in Main Street with its unique murals and painted ceilings.

Stock up on outdoor, surfing, camping and fishing equipment in Bairnsdale, then hit the Mitchell River and nearby waterways for excellent fishing.

Take a walk through the Mitchell River National Park and visit the Den of Nargun. According to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, the Nargun was a half-stone, half-human female creature with the power to repel and turn back spears and stones. You can also tour the Bataluk Cultural Trail to discover elements of Koorie history and culture, or visit the Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place to view artefacts depicting the history of the Gunai/Kurnai people of East Gippsland.

Pick up a brochure from the local visitor information centre and drive along the Twin Rivers Food and Wine Trail, or cycle along the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Nowa Nowa. Bairnsdale is also a good starting point for the Great Alpine Road.

Get along to one of the action-packed race meets at the Bairnsdale Racing Club.

Bairnsdale is three hours east of Melbourne along the Princes Highway.

Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale: Where To Go / Sightseeing

East Gippsland Art Gallery


Established in 1993, East Gippsland Art Gallery is the centre for visual arts in East Gippsland celebrating the unique artistic spirit of the Gippsland region through a vibrant and dynamic program of art and cultural experiences for the whole family.

Discover paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints and 3D works that inspire, excite and challenge. The Gallery Shop stocks books, magazines and a variety of fine arts and crafts produced by local artists.




2 Nicholson Street
Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875

Located 0.3K from Bairnsdale

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, heritage and culture of Aboriginal East Gippsland. The displays feature shields with traditional markings, boomerangs, bark canoes, grass baskets, videos and an exhibition of contemporary aboriginal art.

Importantly the Keeping Place provides testament to the incredible wealth of culture, heritage and tradition that abounds across the lands of the Gunnai/Kurnai people of Gippsland. It highlights the significant, yet often ignored history of this country,dating back for many thousands of generations.

It provides the opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the true history, and the true value of Australia's Indigenous cultures. The Keeping Place also provide personalised tours for school groups and organisations and is a highlight of any East Gippsland visit.




37 - 53 Dalmahoy Street
Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875

Located 0.5K from Bairnsdale

Nyerimilang Heritage Park


Nyerimilang Homestead is set among semi-formal gardens on a cliff top above the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Perfect picnic spots are surrounded by garden and scenic walks meander along bush and farm tracks, past Kurrajong trees, wetland areas and through the East Gippsland Indigenous Plant Garden.

Walking tracks:
- Whistling Kite Track (0.75 km - 10 mins one way): after a grassland walk, the track passes through various forest types. The Whistling Kite, a large brown hawk, nests in the tall Blue Gums that surround this short walk.
- Homestead Track (1.1 km - 25 mins one way): the original entrance to Nyerimilang Homestead was via this track from Maringa Creek crossing. Leaving the homestead, the track gently descends through moist gully vegetation to swamp, then salt marsh.
- Cliff Top Walk (1.7 km - 30 mins one way): the meandering, mostly level track affords the visitor panoramic views of the nearby lake system and Bass Strait beyond.
- Kurrajong Track (0.75 km - 10 mins one way): this track is a link between Cliff Top and Homestead tracks. The Kurrajong, an evergreen native tree, is most obvious on the northern end of this track.
- Salt Marsh Track (1.2 km - 25 mins one way): the track is from the Kalimna West road to Reeve Channel. The salt marsh environment surrounding the tidal Maringa Creek gives way to the sandy shoreline of the lake system.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Nungurner Road
Nungurner, VIC, 3909

Located 24.2K from Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale: Events

Joyful and Triumphant, Christmas in July


Joyful and Triumphant is an exhibition of works initiated and inspired by works of art and decorative items from the Johnston Collection and originally held at Fairhall Exhibition House East Melbourne in late 2015, early 2016.

Fairhall is a Georgian style house-museum, furnished with Regency, Georgian and Louis XV period furniture and art bequeathed to the people of Victoria by Mr William Johnston.

12 Gippsland groups with 171 contributors and 8 individual artists worked until November 2015 to complete the fine collection of items, which demonstrates their excellent skills and devotion to their individual genres.

East Gippsland is well represented by incredibly talented and creative contributors from Fusion Fibre Arts Network, Paper Arts Gippsland East, Riviera Quilters and independent artists, Jenny Romano, Jackie McNamara, Marion Dawson and Heather Costigan.




2 Nicholson Street
Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875

Located 0.3K from Bairnsdale

Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival


The Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival is an annual event that brings to life the East Gippsland town of Bruthen, showcasing a weekend line-up of talented musicians, a colourful market, village buskers and a variety of food stalls, all with a family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of activities for the kids.

The Bruthen Blues and Arts festival is held in the main street of town and apart from the main events and some workshops, it is free to enter.

The weekend has something for everyone, kicking off with the Friday night Jam Competition. Bring the family and wander the main street markets, the local brewery, bakery, cafes, music shop and second-hand stores. With free music on the street stage, followed by the laid back, family friendly Blues Cafe at the Hall and the Big Blues Bash event at the Bruthen Inn Hotel on the Saturday night, the festival provides entertainment right across the weekend.

The free street stage music and market continues on Sunday, along with the popular parade and the Duck Race on the Tambo River. The Festival winds up Sunday afternoon with the Blues Recovery Session at the Bruthen Inn Hotel.


Event Dates
2017
      17th Feb
      18th Feb
      19th Feb


Main Street
Bruthen, VIC, 3885

Located 22.0K from Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale: Travel Tips

Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre


Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre, in East Gippsland, is ideally situated at the start of the Great Alpine Road and a focal point on the Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Route serving both the Gippsland Lakes to the east and the High Country to the north.

The region is an ever popular holiday and touring location all the year round being well known for not only its mild temperate climate especially in the winter months, but for its natural attractions.

'East Gippsland is naturally magic', this sums up its appeal for all ages and all interests.

Bairnsdale Visitor Centre provides not only information but offers a free booking service for accommodation and for the many tours around the Gippsland Lakes Region by land sea and air. A comprehensive range of souvenirs and locally made products are also available as is internet access. In addition fishing licences, television or video display and Laminating service (to A3) are available.

Activities in the region include swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, rowing, cycling, walks, drives and wine tasting.




240 Main Street
Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875

Located 0.2K from Bairnsdale

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