Visitor Information Centre
Trains run several times per day to and from Melbourne's Southern Cross and Flinders St Station, via Sale and Traralgon. The trip takes approximately three and a half hours and costs around $26 each way.
Bairnsdale is situated on the Princes Hwy (A1) approximately 3.5 hours east of Melbourne. If you are following the coastal route between Melbourne and Sydney you will pass through the town. If you are heading to Bairnsdale and Gippsland from Sydney, the route through Canberra, the Monaro through to Cann River will save you time over the coastal route. A scenic (but much slower) diversion is through Delegate.
There are scheduled flights from Melbourne Tullamarine Airports to 1 Bairnsdale Airport (BSJ IATA). often Rex, but Qantas Link and Virgin also have flights to Bairnsdale. The airport is 10km away from the actual town itself, but there's no car hire at the airport. You'll need to walk, but C106 is a pretty simple and straightforward walk. Additionally, when you're at the C106/A1 junction, there's no sign telling you to go which way, but simply head east (right) towards Orbost and Bairnsdale.
Most of the town is small enough to be walked. However, on a freezing winter's day, you might want to stock up on a jacket or two, as it does get very windy.
- 1 East Gippsland Art Gallery, 2 Nicholson St, ☏ . Tu-F 10AM-4PM Sa 10AM-2PM.
- 2 East Gippsland Historical Society (East Gippsland's Local History Museum and Resource Centre), 40 MacArthur St, ☏ . M-W and 1st Su of ea. mo. 10AM-3PM. A community and museum that aims to display and preserve local artefacts pertinent to Bairnsdale and surrounding districts, and endeavours to provide a community resource for local history.
- Mitchell River and Botanic Gardens. This riverside park can be accessed just from the east of the Mitchell River bridge. There is a suspension footbridge, playground and a riverside walk.
- Bataluk Cultural Trail, 37-53 Dalmahoy St, ☏ .
- East Gippsland Railtrail starts from Bairnsdale and travels through Nicholson, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa to Orbost.
- Kayak Hire at Butter Factory Wharf on the Mitchell River.
- Bairnsdale Speedway
There aren't much to buy in Bairnsdale, although you could always find a shop just about there if you need anything urgent.
Bairnsdale has a good selection of restaurants and food places.
- 1 Bairnsdale Bowls Club, 54 Grant St, ☏ .
- Cafe Main - Vietnamese Pho Shop Princess Highway West Bairnsdale.
- David Lucke's Fresh food Market, locally owned and operated food store. Low price and high quality fresh fruit, meat, vegetables and seafood. Specialty, boutique brand food and gourmet products, located on the Paynesville rd on the banks of the Mitchell River.
- Georges Burgers, 229 Main Street. Bairnsdale, top quality burgers and Souvlaki, 51 52 2613.
- 2 Oz Mex Mexican Restaurant, 79 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale, ☏ . W-Su 5:30-10PM. A bit high priced, but decent food and fish bowls of margaritas.
- 3 Tiny Thai Takeaway, 86 Moroney St, ☏ .
|Routes through Bairnsdale|
|Eden ← Orbost ←||N S||→ Sale → Melbourne|