Bairnsdale

Bairnsdale is the largest city in the East Gippsland region, it is the ideal base for exploring the vast Gippsland Lakes, Mitchell River and the surrounding forests. The laid back country town provides easy access to the alpine villages of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.

Bairnsdale's large commercial centre is built around the Princes Highway which opens up into a wide boulevard featuring trees, gardens and a rotunda in the central strip. Landmarks in the commercial centre include the impressive St Mary's Catholic Church (built between 1913 and 1937), the courthouse in Nicholson Street (1894), the town's water tower, and a number of historic shops and hotels. Bairnsdale is also a commercial centre for the local wool, dairy and timber industries.

Several parks front the Mitchell River, including the park at the old river port behind the post office, offering BBQ and picnic facilities as well as a jetty. Fishing and boating jetties are also located on the west bank of the Mitchell River, just south of the Princes Highway on the road to Paynesville.