Bairnsdale

Pictures are of Cathedral, Main Street Gardens and Grand Terminus Hotel. Pictures used with permission of Travel Victoria. www.travelvictoria.com.au

Bairnsdale is located 300 kilometres to the east of Melbourne. Being the largest city in East Gippsland, the town and surrounding area offers a lot of recreation possibilities based around the Mitchell River, beaches and lakes in the area. The town has a long history and used to to have a river port on the Mitchell River and has numerous parks and reserves along the river to relax at. The river also has McLeods Morass State Game Reserve which is a large wetlands with abundant wildlife. Bairnsdale is located at the southern end of the Great Alpine Road which also opens up other mountain biking opportunities such as Wonnangatta and the Dargo High Plains on the fire and 4WD trails through the area.

Nearer to town, the mountain bike trails in the area are located in the area bounded by Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Bruthen to the north and are largely located in Colquhoun State Forest.

Trails
Forestech Trails (Bancoora) The Forestech trails are located behind the Forestech training centre and contain quite a large network of trails. Click on the link at left for further information from Bancoora.com.
Forestech Trails Gippsland MTB Club trail map for the Forestech Trails (under Colquhoun Forest in listing). This map is produced by the DEPI mapping unit and is good quality.
Forestech Trails DEPI park note for Colquhoun State Forest including details on Forestech trails and part of Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail.
Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail The Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail is a long distance trail that has a dirt surface. It extends for 65 kilometres from Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance via Bruthen following the old railway line alignment. The trail is oriented towards mountain bike use though some hybrids may be suitable as well. This DEPI park note covers the section from Bairnsdale through to Lakes Entrance. This section is also known as the East Gippsland Rail Trail and the rail trail continues further eastwards from Bruthen to Orbost.
Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail Rail Trails information on Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail (part of East Gippsland Rail Trail).
Mount Taylor Trails Mount Taylor is better known for its downhill track but also has limited XC oriented trails as well. Click on the link at left to go to the Gippsland MTB Club website for trail maps of the area. Click here for a map that will direct you to the Gippsland MTB Club map area. Note that this map takes you to the intersection of Lookout Road and Bullumwaal Road. Follow Lookout Road for about 200 metres from intersection to access XC area.
Mount Taylor Trails Park note from DEPI showing layout of area and XC, AM and DH circuits.
Mount Taylor Trails Facebook page for Mount Taylor
South Boundary Loop Trails At the time of writing, the link for these trails appears to have dropped off the Gippsland MTB Club map listing page. The map is still on the site however and can be accessed here. Click here for a map that will direct you to the trailhead as shown on the Gippsland MTB Club map.
Maps and Directions To Get There
Discovery Trail (Bairnsdale end) Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Forestech Trail Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Mount Taylor Click on link for map showing how to get there.
South Boundary Loop Click on link for map showing how to get there.
Tourist Information

Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance are both large country towns and are well served in respect to shops, eating options and accommodation. Local area information can be obtained at the Discover East Gippsland web page. This web page has good information on the area and details options for accommodation and other holiday oriented activities in the area.

Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre
240 Main Street, Bairnsdale
Phone: (03) 5152 3444     Free call: 1800 637 060
bairnsdalevic@egipps.vic.gov.au