Trains run several times per day to and from Melbourne's Southern Cross and Flinders St Station, via Sale and Tarragon. The trip takes approximately three and a half hours and costs around $26 each way.
V/Line and Premier coaches have connections directly to Sydney, Canberra and the New South Wales South Coast.
Bairnsdale is situated on the Princes Hwy (A1) approximately 3.5 hours east of Melbourne. If you are following the coastal route between Melbourne and Sydney you will pass through the town. If you are heading to Bairnsdale and Gippsland from Sydney, the route through Canberra, the Monaro through to Cann River will save you time over the coastal route. A scenic (but much slower) diversion is through Delegate.
Mitchell River and Botanic Gardens. This riverside park can be accessed just from the east of the Mitchell River bridge. There is a suspension footbridge, playground and a riverside walk.
Comfort Inn Mitchell on Main, 295 Main Street, Bairnsdale, VIC, ☎ 03 5152 5012, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Bairnsdale accommodation with executive suites and family rooms, includes free Internet. The hotel features a restaurant, a pool, free in-house movies. Close to shopping centres, Gippsland Lakes.