Life in Bairnsdale
Life in Bairnsdale
Welcome to Bairnsdale. We know you are going to love living in Bairnsdale and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Bairnsdale a good place to live?
Yes, Bairnsdale is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Bairnsdale will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Bairnsdale
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Bairnsdale, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Bairnsdale. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Bairnsdale and want to find a job in Bairnsdale we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Bairnsdale for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
Map of Bairnsdale
Weather in Bairnsdale
Bairnsdale (Ganai: Wy-yung) is a city in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia in a region traditionally owned by the Tatungalung clan of the Gunaikurnai people.
The estimated population of Bairnsdale urban area was 15,411 at June 2018. The city is a major regional centre of eastern Victoria along with Traralgon and Sale and the commercial centre for the East Gippsland region and the seat of local government for the Shire of East Gippsland. Bairnsdale was first proclaimed a shire on 16 July 1868 and it was proclaimed as a city on 14 July 1990.
The origin of the city’s name is uncertain. It was possibly Bernisdale, with “Bernis-dale” originating from “Bjorn’s dale, or glen”, which indicates the Viking origins of the Skye Village. Legend has it that Macleod was so impressed by the large number of children on the run, the children of his stockmen, that he called it Bairns-dale, or “valley of the children”. The Ganai name for the area, ‘Wy-yung’, refers to a kind of duck and the name for Bairnsdale backwater area is ‘Kauan’ meaning echidna.
In 1876 the Bairnsdale Shire, which went on to become one of the largest in Victoria in the 1880s, was led out of administrative chaos by former shire auditor and shipping agent Herman Bredt. He had also acted as a mine manager for the nearby Sons of Freedom mine. German born Bredt was the father of Bertha Bredt who married the famous Australia poet and writer Henry Lawson. Prior to this she had worked at the Bairnsdale Hospital. In this period the Main Street was fashioned but was unsealed thereby causing extensive problems of dust in the summer and mud in the winter. Asphalting didn’t take place until 1883. Nicholson Street was formed in 1877 and MacLeod Street followed in 1879.
The Gunaikurnai people are the traditional owners of Gippsland. There are approximately 3,000 Gunaikurnai people, and the territory includes the coastal and inland areas to the southern slopes of the Victorian Alps. Gunaikurnai people are made up of five major clans, of which the Tatungalung are owners of the region in which Bairnsdale is located.
Hotels and Accommodation in Bairnsdale
There are all types of accommodation available in Bairnsdale. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Bairnsdale is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
Accountants in Bairnsdale
Banks in Bairnsdale
Cafes in Bairnsdale
Carpet Cleaners in Bairnsdale
Dentists in Bairnsdale
Doctors and Medical clinics in Bairnsdale
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Bairnsdale Electricians below
Hospitals in Bairnsdale
Mechanics in Bairnsdale
Newspapers in Bairnsdale
Pest Control in Bairnsdale
Plumbers in Bairnsdale
Real Estate Agents in Bairnsdale
Restaurants in Bairnsdale
Schools in Bairnsdale
Solicitors in Bairnsdale
Supermarkets in Bairnsdale
Vets in Bairnsdale
For all information on living in towns and cities across Australia visit our Living in Australia index page where you will find 160 guides on areas right across the country.
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