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Explore Bairnsdale, Victoria

Bairnsdale is a charming town located in the heart of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Known for its rich cultural heritage, serene waterways, and flourishing wildlife, Bairnsdale is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Explore this quaint town and discover its hidden gems.


  • Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Center: A perfect spot to cool off on a hot summer day, this recreational center features multiple swimming pools, water slides, and a gym.
  • Tambo River: Take a stroll along the picturesque Tambo River to enjoy the serene environment, bird watching, and fishing.
  • Nicholson River Winery: The Nicholson River Winery offers wine tasting sessions, sample local produce, and enjoy the tranquil environment of this family-owned winery.
  • St Mary's Church: Visit the historic St. Mary's Church, built-in 1868 and known for its impressive architecture and stained glass windows.
  • Railway Station Museum: Explore the history of the railway and the town with the exhibits at the Railway Station Museum.


  • Kayaking and Rafting: Enjoy a kayaking or rafting trip along the Mitchell and Tambo Rivers to soak in the natural beauty of the area.
  • Bicycle Trails: Bairnsdale has numerous bicycle trails that cater to all skill levels, pass through scenic routes, and provide a great way to explore the town.
  • Golfing: Bairnsdale has a picturesque 18-hole golf course located amidst scenic views of the Tambo River that is worth a visit.
  • Bird watching and Wildlife: Bairnsdale is home to more than 300 species of birds and other wildlife like kangaroos, wombats, and echidnas. Go bird watching or wildlife spotting at nearby reserves and parks like the Bairnsdale Flora Reserve and Mitchell River National Park.


  • Bairnsdale Farmers Market: The local farmers' market is held on the first Saturday of each month, offering fresh produce, homemade goods, and live music.
  • East Gippsland Farmers and Craft Market: A bi-monthly market that showcases local produce, handmade crafts, and entertainment.
  • Bairnsdale Cup: Held annually in October, the Bairnsdale Cup is a major horse racing event featuring top horses and jockeys from across Victoria.
  • Bairnsdale Fun Run: An annual charity run that includes a 10km, 5km, and 2km event, held in October every year.

How to get there

Bairnsdale is located approximately 3.5 hours east of Melbourne. Daily train and bus services are available from Melbourne to Bairnsdale. If you prefer to drive, take the Monash Freeway and Princes Highway.

Where to stay

  • Comfort Inn Mitchell on Main: A budget-friendly hotel located on Main St, 5 mins walk from the railway station.
  • The Riversleigh: A luxurious boutique hotel housed in a restored Victorian mansion, located in the center of Bairnsdale.
  • Bairnsdale Motel: Located on the Princes Highway, this motel offers comfortable rooms at a reasonable price.
  • Dalfruin Bed & Breakfast: A charming Victorian-era bed and breakfast overlooking the Mitchell River.

Visit Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale is a hidden gem of Victoria that offers something for everyone. With its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking natural beauty, and fascinating wildlife, it is worth a visit. Plan your trip today to Bairnsdale and experience the charm of this picturesque town.

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