|Originally a small fishing and boat building town, Paynesville is now a vibrant tourism destination and home for many people who work in Bairnsdale. The creation of a canal system about ten years ago contributed to the change, adding a dimension of sophistication mirrored in the style of architecture that has replaced the simple fishermen's cottages.|
The supermarkets, butchers, bakers, green grocer and fish monger all sell very good produce. You can easily make up the ingredients for an anti pasto, a gourmet barbecue, or a great paella.
There are a number of excellent cafes, including Pier 70 which is right on the jetty, The Fig Licensed Cafe, SARDINE Eatery & Bar, the hotel does good counter meals, and there is a selection of takeaways. The fish shop, in addition to fresh fish, cooks piping hot and very tasty fish and chips.
There are some specialty shops, and a chemist.
Heading north along McMillan's Straits you'll find water and sewage pumpout facilities. And just inland from the Paynesville township is the Bairnsdale Golf Course.