Bairnsdale Overview

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Bairnsdale is 170 miles to the east of Melbourne on the Princes Highway so it makes an ideal place to stay if you are on your way to or from Sydney. Alternatively the town is also perfectly situated to explore the unique Gippsland Lakes system which stretches up the coast from Seaspray to Lakes Entrance.


Mitchell River National Park

To the north is The Mitchell River National Park which is popular for, of course, walking and for white water canoeist trying to tame the Mitchell River as it flows to Bairnsdale and then discharges into the Lakes system. The fact that the town is linked via river systems ultimately to Melbourne was exploited by Paddle Boats in their heyday.

Tourism and Leisure

The Port of Bairnsdale has now been developed for tourism and leisure with walking tracks, picnic spots and fishing. Naturally the area is rich in animal and birdlife. As with many towns in Victoria, Bairnsdale has much to see of historical interest whether it is museums, heritage listed houses or on guided walking trails.

Bairnsdale accommodation

See our general Bairnsdale accommodation for hotels and resorts in the area.


Bairnsdale is located in eastern Victoria and has a Latitude of 37.8°S and a Longitude of 147.6° E.

Driving To Bairnsdale

Some approximate driving times to Bairnsdale:.

8Hrs From Sydney (750Km)

19Hrs From Brisbane (1700Km)

3Hrs From Melbourne (300Km) )

11Hrs From Adelaide (1000Km) )

See Route and Distance Calculator for more accurate driving times and routes from additional locations.

Victoria School & Public Holidays

2008 Public Holidays

New Years Day Tue 1st Jan.

Australia Day Mon 28th Jan.

Labour Day Mon 10th March

Good Friday 21st March.

Easter Monday 24th March.

Anzac Day Fri 25th April.

Queens Birthday Holiday Mon 9th June.

Melbourne Cup (Melbourne Metro only) Tue 4th November.

Christmas Day Thu 25th Dec.

Boxing Day Holiday Fri 26th Dec.

2008 School Holidays

(End and start school on preceding and next week day (Mon - Fri) respectively)

School Starts Tue 29th January

Easter Holiday 21st March To4th April.

Winter Holiday 30th June To 11th July.

Spring Holiday 22nd Sept To 3rd Oct.

Summer Holiday 22nd Dec To Jan 27th

Daylight Saving

Starts Sunday 5th October

Ends 5th April 2009

Note: Dates for guidance only. Always check with your individual School as variations may occur for individual education authorities or establishments and dates may be subject to change. Always check with relevant State or Territory education department to confirm holiday periods at the commencement of each school year. Not all Public Holidays for individual regions within each state and territory are shown and public holidays falling on weekends are not listed. Not all Public Holidays may be applicable to all employers, organisations etc so always check with your employer, education authority etc which public holidays are applicable.

Bairnsdale Climate

These figures are for guidance only:

Historical Average Bairnsdale Climate

Approximate Max Average Temperature

Deg C/ Deg F

Winter(June-Aug):15 / 59

Spring(Sep-Nov):19/ 67

Summer(Dec-Feb):24 / 76

Autumn(Mar-May):20/ 69

Historical Average Bairnsdale Rainfall

Approximate Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Winter(June-Aug): 55

Spring(Sep-Nov): 66

Summer(Dec-Feb): 55

Autumn(Mar-May): 52

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