Bairnsdale with a population of about 11,000 is located 285 kilometres east of Melbourne on the banks of Mitchell River in the Gippsland region of Victoria. Bairnsdale is commercial and administrative centre of the region with numerous historic buildings. The town is close to the Great Dividing Range and the Gippsland Lakes offering a wide range of holiday activities to visitors.
Victoria is Australia's second smallest State and covers only 3% of Australia's land area but has the second highest population of all States and Territories. Victoria's mainland and islands have a total length of 2,512 kilometres coastline which is about 4.2% of Australia's 59,736 kilometres of coastline. Australia is the driest inhabited continent and Victoria is no exception although the state capital Melbourne has the reputation to have 4 seasons in one day. Victoria is located in the southeast of mainland Australia and includes the most southern point on mainland Australia at Wilsons Promontory National Park.