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Bairnsdale - Cities, Towns and Localities
Bairnsdale located on the Mitchell River is the commercial hub of the Gippsland region, with easy access to Jones Bay and Lake King and a leisurely 3 hour drive from Melbourne make it the perfect stopping point to pull over visit the information centre, get your bearings and start your exploration of the Gippsland region from this interesting town.

Originally inhabited by the Kurnai Aborigines it wasn't until 1840 that the area was first traversed by white men a Mr Angus McMillan who named the Mitchell River. A few years later settlers moved into the area setting up a small port for delivery of supplies to the gold fields further inland. Agricultural products were then shipped out of the port back to Melbourne thus establishing the port of Bairnsdale.
 

The railway arrived from Melbourne in 1888 which put a huge dent in the ports business with most goods now going by rail. Italian immigrants started arriving too establishing a fruit and vegetable industry in the area. The town has continued to grow and now along with being the commercial and retail hub of the region is the centre of local government.

Check out our listing of Bairnsdale accommodation, East Gippsland accommodation and Gippsland accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre
240 Main St
BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875
Ph: 03 5152 3444
Freecall: 1800 637 060 (within Australia)
Email
Open
7 days a week 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
MSN Map of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia
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Bairnsdale Attractions

Bairnsdale Country Music Festival
• Ph: 03 5152 2619
• The Bairnsdale Country Music Festival has something for everyone. The City comes alive with entertainment for all with a range of country music artists and bands performing in venues right across Bairnsdale.
East Gippsland Field Days
• Now in its 18th year, the East Gippsland Field Days is by far the premier marketing event in the region. It presents an outstanding opportunity for businesses both large and small including retailers, manufacturers and agents, as well as for all rural and government organisations. It is perfectly located near the regional centre of Bairnsdale and within easy reach by farmers, rural buyers and towns people from the Latrobe Valley right through to the NSW border.

Tooheys New Bairnsdale Cup


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Bairnsdale Tours

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Bataluk Cultural Trail
• 37-53 Dalmahoy St, BAIRNSDALE VIC 3875 • Ph: 03 5152 1891
• The Gunaikurnai people of East Gippsland invite you to visit the sites along the Bataluk Cultural Trail. These are landscapes where you will be introduced to aspects of Gunaikurnai history and culture including: Dreamtime Stories, Traditional lifestyles, European invasion and settlement, Present day life.

As you travel from Sale in the east to Cann River in the west, along the Princes Highway, you are following the routes that the Gunai (Kurnai) and Monaro people have been travelling along for many thousands of years. The Bataluk Cultural Trail provide visitors a new perspective on this landscape of the East Gippsland region. The trail identifies sites that introduce you to the life of the local indigenous people, their history and culture, including Dreamtime stories, traditional lifestyles, the European invasion, colonial settlement and present day existence.

The Bataluk Cultural Trail extends from from Sale in the east, through Stratford, Mitchell River National Park, Bairnsdale, Metung, Lake Tyers, Buchan and Orbost to Cape Conran in the west. It follows the trails and trading routes of pre-colonial days and focuses on elements of Koorie history and culture, including Dreamtime stories, traditional lifestyles, the Den of Nargun, Legend Rock, Aboriginal Keeping Places, archaeological sites such as canoe trees and shell middens (some dating back 10 000 years), cultural centres of the region, and aspects of European invasion, colonial settlement and present-day existence.
Borun Cultural Tours
• Mobile: 0404 717 247 • Email
• Borun Cultural Tours is a Bairnsdale based Tour Company, offering a unique perspective combining both Indigenous and European history.

Come and experience a cultural tour by a Gunaikurnai person in her traditional country. Be exposed to their lands and their sites. Listen to some dreamtime stories of the Gunaikurnai.

Please note: Borun Cultural Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour due to unforseen circumstances at any time, with a refund. Late cancellations by clients will incur a 50% fee of the tour price.
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Bairnsdale Distance

Distance to Bairnsdale
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Bairnsdale:
  Km
• Foster 204
• Lakes Entrance 37
• Leongatha 202
• Morwell 148
• Melbourne 294
  Km
• Omeo 121
• Paynesville 16
• Traralgon 130
• Sale 80
• Wilsons Promontory NP 246
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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