Art Galleries within East Gippsland are renowned for it’s artisans, from painters to sculptors, potters to silversmiths. Choose to take an arts trail from Paynesville, and you will be rewarded with a selection of studios and galleries displaying Local, Australian and International works. Of course, you can visit on the galleries en route to or from your Gippsland Lakes Escapes Lake Break.
Exhibiting some of the finest artworks from both local and renowned artists. The Lake Gallery is also a renowned Bed & Breakfast. The contemporary gallery is set on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, showing works of high quality with local, regional and Australian content. A leading gallery with a fantastic location 2a Backwater Court, Paynesville
Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance Art Trail
East Gippsland Art Gallery
“Housed in an elegant building c1868, alongside the historic courthouse, is the East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG), focal point for the visual arts in the region. Showing an ever-changing and extremely diverse exhibitions calendar and offering a range of activities EGAG makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of East Gippsland. A well-stocked Gallery Shop showcases the creativity and quality of work produced by Gippsland artists.
Location: 2 Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale Phone: (03) 5153 1988
Gallery hours: Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm & Sat 10am – 2pm. Entry is free.”
Krowathunkoolong, the Aboriginal Keeping Place I
This is the museum of Koorie history, heritage, culture and artifacts in Bairnsdale The
collection of art and artifacts is a good one and they are well displayed and explained,
often with a personal guide. There is a small shop attached, & is highly recommended.
37-53 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale 9-5 weekdays (closed between noon &1pm)
weekends by appointment phone 51 52 1891
Turn off the Highway at Swan Reach and head down to Metung to continue the artists trail from Paynesville.
Studio 7-Owen and Lyn Piggott
The gallery displays the work of Owen who is a painter and printmaker of some note and his subject
matter is the Gippsland Lakes. Owens work is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and Overseas. Lyn, A silversmith has her handcrafted jewellery items also on display. Their studios are in the town of Metung and is signposted.
7 Stirling Rd., Metung phone 5156 2432
The studio and gallery that he sells from on Nungurner Rd. just a few km from Metung. Max takes his
inspiration from the lakes and produces oils, watercolours and drawings. Take the road from Metung back
to the highway and then turn right just outside the town proper. His gallery is signposted.
625 Nungurner Road Sat-Sun & public hols 11-4pm ph 51 56 2655 or by appointment
Is an old homestead close to Nungurner and well worth a visit. It was once
owned by the Syme family but is now open for visitors daily; usually 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. It has beautiful
views of the Lakes from the gardens.
Just check the signposts in the area. phone 51 56 3253
Just out of Lakes Entrance if you get this far is the beautiful township of Nowa Nowa
with a couple of galleries worth noting
Yelens Studio Gallery
Fine art by this international artist, in watercolors,oils,pastels and also sculpture.
The resident artist is Gary Yelen, and the gallery is situated 2km east of Nowa Nowa
Cofee and cake is also served.
Nelsons Rd, Nowa Nowa open daily 9-5 51 55 7277 (check times by phoning)
Flame Trees Gallery
Showing a range of artworks, with limited open hours
Boarding House Lane, Nowa Nowa open Saturday, Sunday only phone 5155 7477
Paynesville to Yarragon Art Trail
You can stop off and visit some of these places on your way up to the Lakes, just start
at Yarragon and move up the list. Otherwise you could take a day trip to explore and
drive back via some of the interesting back roads that wind around the outskirts of the
highways and visit great little country towns like Heyfield and Maffra
Australian Wildlife Art Galleries
On the Highway is the studio and gallery of Chris and Dawn Stubbs, two artists who portray
Australian wildlife naturalistically and with great skill. Sculptures, paintings, prints and reproductions
are sold. The gallery also provides tea and coffee. The gallery also has a retail outlet in Bairnsdale
called the Silver Wombat. Between Bairnsdale & Stratford
1193 Princes Hwy 51 45 8330 Open Thur to Mon, 9.00 am to 5.30 pm other times by arrangement.
The Gippsland Gallery
One of Victoria’s fine regional galleries, it is publicly funded and has a very good and
growing permanent collection as well as showing touring exhibitions of great merit. The
permanent collection has a core of fine works that have an environmental theme, or are
the work of local artists of great merit. It has a good gift shop too and the gallery is a
“must see” for any art lover visiting Gippsland. It is on the highway, well sign-posted at
the western end of town. Members of most Gallery Societies around Australia are entitled to free entry.
70 Foster St. Sale Open Daily ph 5142 3372
Cowwarr Art Space
This is a fine gallery between Traralgon and Sale to the north of the Highway, about 1 1/4 hours
from Paynesville. It will reward you if you wish to visit on your way to or from Melbourne. It is
housed in an old butter factory that provides a wonderful exhibition space, and shows mainstream
as well as “fringe” work. The director, Carolyn Crossley will be pleased to show you the gallery.
Main Road, Cowwarr ph 5148 9321
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell
A very good regional gallery that is publicly funded and has good touring exhibitions as well as a
138 Commercial Road, Morwell ph 51 34 1364
Asmall town on the Princes Highway about 1 1/4 hours from Melbourne (about 2 hours from Paynesville).
There are galleries, antique and gift shops and several cafes to visit.