Set along the Mitchell River, East
Gippsland's only city, Bairnsdale is the western gateway to the wonders
of the region. The Great Alpine Road provides a pictorial drive to the
alpine regions of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. The road to Dargo
and the High Planes region Bruthen passes through the Mitchell River National
Park, famous for canoeing and kyacking. Bairnsdale's modern shopping and
commercial facilities are set amid many fine old buildings such as the
Court House and St Mary's Church. The wide main street of Bairnsdale provides
a garden atmosphere between the East and West bound lanes, popular for
relaxing during a busy day's shopping.
The temperate climate is ideal to enjoy everything Bairnsdale has to offer.
Such as year round water activities, bicycle and walking routes or explore
the Aboriginal and European culture of the area maybe fill your days with
visits to the aquatic centre, gymnasium, modern cinema and entertainment
complexes, ten pin bowling, golf courses and archery. Bairnsdale is located
just over three hours drive from Melbourne, its the perfect base to explore
the lakes, rivers, mountains, coasts and forests of the region.