Living in East Gippsland


East Gippsland is the major geographic and economic region in eastern Victoria and has a growing population of 43,000 people who enjoy its stunning natural environment, mild climate and easy lifestyle. The region’s natural attributes include snowfields, lakes, beaches and wilderness and provide a great outdoor lifestyle and range of recreational pursuits in our own backyard. Our most significant attraction, drawing visitors all year round, is the Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest inland water system.

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The City of Bairnsdale has a current approximate population of 13,000 and is the ‘commercial hub’ of East Gippsland. Bairnsdale is considered the ‘gateway’ to the snowfields, lakes, sea and forests of East Gippsland with a variety of shops, dining establishments, sport, culture, historical and arts experiences on offer.

rivera_properties_photo_comp_ac_20130206_1336262059An array of smaller towns located in the outlying areas enable a range of residential choices offering affordable property prices and clean and healthy living. Towns such as Paynesville, Nicholson, Metung, Lindenow and Lakes Entrance are all popular locations with waterways on your backdoor step!

East Gippsland has a resilient and thriving local economy offering a stable workforce, low unemployment, a strong industry training sector and job opportunities across a range of sectors and professions.  The largest industries for employment are retail trade; health and community services; agriculture, fishing and forestry; education; manufacturing and hospitality and tourism.

Dewar_141110_7588A number of educational facilities exist in the region with a choice of state, catholic, private and specialist primary and secondary schools providing excellent education.  Post secondary education is offered via the TAFE sector, tertiary courses and a range of specialist education and training facilities linked to industry and trades training.


Whether you are looking for a greater work/life balance, planning a sea or tree change, or seeking a clean, healthy and safe environment in which to raise your family, East Gippsland has a town or village to suit you!

(Images courtesy of East Gippsland Marketing)

Find out more about our region below:

Community stories

Hear from people in our community, find out their story and why they like living in East Gippsland

Live in East Gippsland

Visit East Gippsland

East Gippsland Shire

Head East Brochure

Some picture perfect towns to make your home…


Metung – Youtube clip


Paynesville – Youtube clip

Click below to view current real estate opportunities in our local area…

And excellent educational facilities available…

Secondary Schools:

Gippsland Grammar – Garnsey Campus

Nagle College

Bairnsdale Secondary College

Lakes Entrance Secondary College

East Gippsland Specialist School

Primary Schools:

Gippsland Grammar – Bairnsdale

St Mary’s Primary School

Lucknow Primary School

Bairnsdale West Primary School

Bairnsdale Primary School 754

Bairnsdale Christian Community School

Wild Cherry Steiner School

East Gippsland Specialist School