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Welcome to the Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce of Industry                  

Bairnsdale the gateway to East Gippsland

Bairnsdale, at the gateway to the Lakes and Wilderness region of East Gippsland, still retains the quiet country pace and fresh air that you don't get in a bigger city. Not quite city, not quite country. On the banks of Mitchell River, Bairnsdale manages to retain a unique atmosphere as the commercial and administrative hub of the region.

Close to lakes, rivers, mountains and forests, Bairnsdale is the perfect destination for all year round enjoyment. Blessed with pleasant, wide streets and award winning gardens, it's a relaxed place where visitors are shown old time country friendliness and courtesy. Boasting a full range of modern facilities, major city shopping (and prices) and great variety of accommodation and eating houses, Bairnsdale is an ideal base from which to enjoy the many natural attractions and curiosities of the stunning surrounding country.

Bairnsdale's cultural, historical and exciting attractions start in the centre of town. Here you can begin on the Arts Network Trail, visit nature reserves, or revisit local history. Recreational facilities abound. Enjoy some of the best fishing, golf, a game of bowls, visit our Aquatic and recreational Centre or canoe, walk or ride along the Mitchell. Bird - watching in the hides of Macleod Morass boardwalk; a rare deep freshwater marsh and sanctuary for over 130 species of water birds.

The Bairnsdale Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes you to Bairnsdale, gateway to our unique corner of the state. The Bairnsdale Visitors Center, next door to the famous St.Mary's Church, has an extensive range of information to help you enjoy your visit.


Bairnsdale is situated along the banks of the magnificent Mitchell River, 285 kms east of Melbourne of the Princes Highway. As the Gateway to Gippsland Lakes, beaches and rivers, mountains, snow fields and Far-East Gippsland, Bairnsdale is an ideal base from which to explore the diverse rang of attractions available in this area.

Bairnsdale is the commercial and retail hub of the region and is East Gippsland's largest town with a population of approx 12,000. A regional service centre with excellent education, quality recreational facilities and health services, Bairnsdale is surrounded by a wide range of farming enterprises. 


Bairnsdale's future is guaranteed with its strong emphasis on a vibrant commercial precinct with a wonderful mix of well known national businesses complementing the smaller family business.