About Us

A heritage of hospitality – with a dash of charm

The Grand Terminus Hotel has been a part of Bairnsdale since 1889.

Refurbished to blend modern-day beauty with the building’s original fixtures, the Grand Terminus offers turn of the century charm with modern comforts.

Our warm hospitality, Old World beauty and endearing character are sought by locals and out-of-town travellers alike.

If you’re after a hearty meal, relaxed drinks with friends, or restful nights – we’ve got you covered for any occasion.

Gateway to East Gippsland

Whether you’re travelling to enjoy beautiful Bairnsdale, or simply stopping through on a longer journey – our convenient location is unbeatable.

Taste the best of Bairnsdale

Want a taste of the local flavour? You’re at the right place. Our food and beverage menus have been crafted to showcase high-quality locally sourced ingredients.

A room for every roamer

Our beautifully refurbished rooms are perfect to relax in. From single rooms to family suites, we have something to suit every traveller.

Relax and socialise

Enjoy cocktails with your friends at our classy GT Bar. Or have a beer and watch a game at our lively Front Bar.

Your all-in-one haven

After a long road trip, you’ll find accommodation, dining and entertainment all in one place – without having to step out of our hotel.

Friendly and welcoming

Experience the warmest hospitality from the friendliest team in town. So you can enjoy your home away from home in comfort.

Experience the charm of Grand Terminus

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A stroll through hotel history

The story of Grand Terminus started with the hotel’s first licensee, Cornelius Neville.

Already an owner of a large hotel at Walhalla, Neville expected Bairnsdale to see a spike in travellers once the railway to the town opened. And so he bought a sizeable piece of land near the railway to build a large hotel.

Thanks to his belief in the town’s potential, the Grand Terminus Hotel came to life in 1889, one year after the railway arrived.

The Grand Terminus Hotel was designed by Harry French of French & Co. and built by Geddes & Napier.

According to the architect’s original design plans, the Grand Terminus Hotel was to have 32 rooms, all bigger than the size required by law. A brick building with a twenty-stall stable, the hotel was envisioned to be a sight to behold.

It was – and remains so today.

The final stone was laid on 1 August 1889. The reverse side of the final stone is engraved with the words ‘Grand Terminus Hotel’. But the location of the stone remains a mystery.

Completed in 1889, the hotel was one of the first three buildings in Bairnsdale to be lit by gas – along with the Wesleyan Church and Payne’s Theatre Royal.

During the final stages of construction, the Bairnsdale Advertiser described the Grand Terminus Hotel as a “building fit for any city in the world”, adding that “the quality features are beyond words.”

Experience the charm of Grand Terminus