Bairnsdale & Gippsland Lakes Attractions - Bairnsdale, VIC

Bairnsdale & Gippsland Lakes Attractions

Gippsland Lakes and Ninety Mile Beach are the principal features of this region in eastern Victoria. The region runs southwards from Lakes Entrance along Ninety Mile Beach to the little town of Seaspray in the south. The western boundary is marked by Glenmaggie and in the north the Mitchell River National Park.

Maffra, Sale, Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance are the principal towns. Other towns include Heyfield, Rosedale, Stratford, Briagolong, Lochsport, Bruthen, Paynesville and Tabberabbera.

Features

Facilities
Briagolong – Briagolong marks the place of a small settlement established in the 1850s. Today Briagolong’s main attraction are the number of quarries that still produce the distinctive and handsome honey coloured sandstone along nearby Freestone Creek, once the scene of a brief gold rush.

Heyfield – This tiny town on the banks of the Thomson River is one of the oldest settlements in the region.

Rosedale – From Rosedale the traveler can gain access to Central and Southern Gippsland, the La Trobe Valley and the slopes of the Strzelecki Ranges. There are many fine historic buildings in Rosedale including St Marks Church and the Mechanics Institute (1863).

Sale – The steamers and barges that once ran regularly between Melbourne and Sale have now gone. Over the years a 25 kilometre canal has been built from Sale to the La Trobe River and from there to Lake Wellington connecting Sale to the Gippsland Lakes and sea.

Bairnsdale – At the southern end of this region is the major town of Bairnsdale on the Princess Highway from Sydney to Melbourne. This town marks the eastern end of the Great Alpine Road as it branches off the Princess Highway just north of Lake King. There is much to see and do in Bairnsdale, possibly the finest building in the town is St Mary’s Catholic Church with its spectacular intricate murals. Other attractions around Bairnsdale include ‘Den of Nargun’ at Mitchell River National Park and Lake King.
Attractions
Gippsland Lakes – The chain of lakes known as the Gippsland Lakes covers an area of more than 400 square kilometers to form the largest enclosed waterway system in Australia. There are three main lakes – Victoria, King and Wellington, linked to each other by narrow channels. With originally predominately fresh water, today the lakes are saltwater as a result of the permanent and artificial opening to the sea created at Lakes Entrance. The lakes are otherwise protected from the sea by a long stretch of dunes and beach that forms Ninety Mile Beach. This area is one of the least spoilt and most secluded places on the crowded east Australian coastline.

Mitchell River National Park – Approximately 45 minutes drive to the north-west of Bairnsdale on the upper reaches of the Mitchell River lies Mitchell River National Park. The park’s central feature is known as the Den of Nargun, a cabin formed by the erosion of soil from beneath an expanse of rock.

Location

Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875