Backpacking Bairnsdale

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    ADMIRE THE PICTURESQUE SCENERY ALONG THE GREAT ALPINE DRIVE: Photo courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    EXPLORE AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST INLAND WATERWAYS - THE GIPPSLAND LAKES, WHICH ARE TEAMING WITH BIRDLIFE, MARINE LIFE AND WILDLIFE: Photo - Riviera Nautic, courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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    WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS AT NEARBY LAKES NATIONAL PARK: Photo - Holger Leue, courtesy of Tourism Victoria
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Bairnsdale Highlights

  • East Gippsland Art Gallery is the focal point for the visual arts in East Gippsland, showing an average of 22 exhibitions a year.

  • Western gateway to the vast Gippsland Lakes, Australia's largest inland waterways, which are teaming with bird life, marine life and wildlife.

  • Lakes National Park is nearby, which is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes.

  • Go canoeing, rafting or bushwalking in the Mitchell River National Park, which has some of Gippsland's best forest country.

  • Great Alpine Drive begins in Bairnsdale. This is a 308-kilometre route that takes you past a variety of landscapes and attractions such as alpine mountain ranges, hidden valleys, lush forests, rivers and rural lands.

About Bairnsdale

Population 11,000

Bairnsdale is the commercial centre for the surrounding region and offers a variety of services, shops and other facilities.

The East Gippsland Art Gallery is the focal point for the visual arts in East Gippsland, showing an average of 22 exhibitions a year.

The town is the western gateway to the vast Gippsland Lakes, which at over 600 square kilometres, are Australia's largest inland waterways. The lakes are teaming with bird life, marine life and wildlife. One of the main natural attractions is the silt jetties, which are only second in size to the mighty Mississippi River.

Bairnsdale is also in close vicinity to the The Lakes National Park, which is a peaceful bushland retreat in the Gippsland Lakes. South-west of the Lakes National Park is the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, a narrow coastal reserve along a portion of the Ninety Mile Beach.

The Mitchell River National Park is also about 45 km away and has some of Gippsland's best forest country. Canoeing or rafting provides the easiest access to much of the park and there are also long walking tracks available through the Mitchell River Gorge.

The Great Alpine Drive begins in Bairnsdale. This is a 308-kilometre route that extends to Wangaratta in the north-east. The road takes you past lofty mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, vineyards and farms and is Australia's highest altitude year-round accessible sealed road.

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Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre

240 Main St
Bairnsdale, Victoria
Phone (03) 5152 3444
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