Bairnsdale Riverside

East Gippsland, Victoria

Things to do

Fishing

With excellent fishing opportunities for experienced anglers and beginners alike the expansive lakes, estuaries, rivers and beaches the Gippsland region has to offer provide the perfect spot to cast a line. You can even fish directly from the park into the waters of the Mitchell River, which are teaming with bream year-round, but especially over the winter months. If you are looking to head out on the water, why not try your luck in the Gippsland Lakes. Charter your own boat or join a tour, with so many options it’s easy to get your line wet.

High Country

Offering beautiful scenery, a rich history and heritage, endless adventure activities and natural attractions the High Country is a must explore spot while in Gippsland. Take your time meandering through the historic towns many rich in history from the gold mining era such as Oriental Claims and Omeo, enjoying the seasonal local produce from the endless cafes and restaurants or stroll the walking trails which take you past magnificent lakes and through towering forests. If you prefer to up the pace make sure you check out white water rafting on the Mitta Mitta or mountain biking at Mr Taylor Mountain Bike Park.

Raymond Island

Located on the Gippsland Lakes, only a short ferry ride away is Raymond Island. The island is a nature lover’s paradise with some of the best koala-spotting in the region. The Koala Trail provides a clearly marked path allowing you to stroll through the gum trees and spot the furry creatures in the trees above. The 20-minute walk will take you to a scenic picnic location so make sure to pack a blanket and some nibbles to make the most of it. Kangaroos, echidnas and a variety of birdlife also call the island home.

Buchan – Orbost

Located in Buchan is the natural wonder the Buchan Caves. The honeycomb of caves are filled with spectacular limestone formations which can be explored solo or on a guided tour. Make sure to discover the Royal Cave and the Fairy Cave while in the area, the stalactites and stalagmites will have you in ore. The timber town of Orbost is also a must. Positioned on the banks of the Snowy River, the township is a quaint spot surrounded by mountain forests which produce the hardwood timber the area is well known for.

Raymond Creek Falls and the Snowy River National Park

Hidden in the Snowy River National Park lies the Raymond Creek Falls. Accessed by a forest drive and an easy 1km return walk, the 20 metre falls plunge into a pristine and deep pool. The falls also offer a great place to stop and have a picnic with tables, open fire barbecues and amenities available. The Snowy River also runs through the national park and is renowned for its canoeing and rafting. McKillops Bridge provides easy vehicle access to the river, with rockpools great for swimming located a little further upstream. Learn More.

Gippsland Lakes

Explore the largest inland waterway system in the Southern Hemisphere, the Gippsland lakes and rivers. Known for its fantastic water sports opportunities and abundance of marine life, the Gippsland Lakes offer a great chance to get outdoors and take in the beauty of the region. The iconic 90-mile beach is also located nearby. With its golden sands and pristine water, you will spend hours wondering along the world’s longest stretch of beach. Make sure to also stop into the lakeside village of Metung, the perfect day trip, this waterfront spot offers great seafood dining and sunsets.