Bairnsdale Tourism & Travel
Located on the Mitchell River Flats of East Gippsland, Bairnsdale is some 280 km southeast of Melbourne with a population of 11,500 souls.
Bairnsdale - Aboriginal History
The traditional owners of the Bairnsdale country are the Kurnai Aboriginal people; the rich Koori history of Bairnsdale is brought to life through local landmarks, especially in Mitchell River National Park. The Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place, on Dalmahoy Street, details the cultural history of the region's Brabralong clan.
Bairnsdale - History
White settlement came to Bairnsdale area in 1842 when a cattle run was established. Gold was discovered in the 1850's bringing miners and followers and a demand for services; in 1860 Bairnsdale was surveyed and declared a township. The railway came to Bairnsdale in 1888 and creameries and a butter factory grew following the dairy industry. By the early 1900's a Courthouse, Mechanics Institute, Railway station, St. John's Anglican Church and the famous St. Mary's Catholic church was built; with the spectacular painted ceilings being completed during the depression years of the early 1930's.
Bairnsdale - Today
Today, Bairnsdale is an attractive and thriving rural centre situated on the Mitchell River Flats and considered to be the western gateway to the lakes and wilderness region of east Gippsland.
Bairnsdale - Attractions
The Bairnsdale Historical Museum, which was built in 1891, contains many interesting relics from Bairnsdale's past. Self-guide heritage walks around Bairnsdale take in St Mary's Catholic church.
Bairnsdale - Nearby Attractions
The Mitchell River National Park is set in the remnants of temperate rainforest; this park has its own piece of mythology. McLeod's Morass Wildlife Reserve is a boardwalk extending over the freshwater marshland. The Jolly Jumbuck Country Craft Centre is nearby and Bruthen hosts a Blues Bash each February. Historic Dargo Township in the Dargo river valley is an interesting hamlet and major producer of walnuts.