Bairnsdale is a city located in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the Mitchell River, approximately 250km east of Melbourne. The city is the administrative centre for the East Gippsland Shire and the major service centre for the region. It has a population of approximately 14,000 people. The city is known for its natural beauty, with the Mitchell River, Gippsland Lakes, and the nearby Mitchell River National Park all providing a stunning backdrop. The city is also home to a number of historic buildings, including the Bairnsdale Town Hall, the Bairnsdale Railway Station, and the Bairnsdale Historical Museum. The city is also home to a number of festivals and events, including the Bairnsdale Show, the Bairnsdale Country Music Festival, and the Bairnsdale Art and Craft Fair.