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Bairnsdale has a population of approximately 13,240 (Census SA2 2011, ABS) and is in the East Gippsland Shire area. 

Key industries and employers




Hospitality and tourism


Map of Victoria indicating the location of Bairnsdale
A crane loads logs into a truck at a timber mill

Finding a job in Bairnsdale



About Bairnsdale

A morning mist over a river near Bairnsdale

Average temperatures

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer 25.8°C 13.7°C
Winter 15.1°C 3.8°C

Average travel time to Melbourne (280km)

Transport Time
Car 3 hrs 15 mins
3 hrs 30 mins
3 hrs 45 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $245,000
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)

Source: Purchase prices: Rental prices: Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory

For information about local hotels, motels and caravan parks, visit the East Gippsland region's accommodation directory

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (3.0%) Italian (1.0%)
New Zealand (0.7%) German (0.3%)
Germany (0.6%) Vietnamese (0.2%)
Italy (0.6%) Mandarin (0.2%)
Scotland (0.5%)
Auslan (0.2%)
Source: Census SA2 2011, ABS


Schools Health care
4 primary schools
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
1 secondary school

2 university or TAFE campuses

Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria. Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel for more health care information and services.

Sport and recreation

For more information about sport and recreation in Bairnsdale, please visit the East Gippsland Shire website

Places of worship

For more information about where you can practice your faith, visit your religion's Australian website. Select 'pages from Australia' if searching for your religion in Google

Bairnsdale attractions

  • Fishing on the Mitchell River
  • Mitchell River National Park
  • Twin Rivers Food and Wine trail
  • Batalak Cultural Trail (indigenous history)
  • Local art galleries, museums, craft and antique shops
  • Bairnsdale Country Music Festival (March)
  • East Gippsland Agricultural Field Days (April)
  • Bairnsdale Cup (September)