Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 39 ANGLERS REST Peace of three rivers Anglers Rest, at the confluence of three alpine rivers, the Cobungra, Bundarra and Mitta Mitta, is where the historic Blue Duck Inn Hotel has proudly stood for more than 100 years, weathering fires and flood, and still powered by generator. The original 1900 building was a slab construction cut from local timber, originally operating as a butcher shop offering fresh meat to miners on the walking track from Omeo to the goldfields around Mt Wills. Successful miner Billy O’Connell bought the building and obtained a hotel licence in 1912, on the promise that the main road would pass the site, a promise that did not eventuate. The name Blue Duck (a mining term for white elephant) was written with irony in large let- ters on a panning dish and hung out front, a name that is still used today. Today the Blue Duck provides visitors with comfortable accom- modation, hearty meals and friend- ly High Country hospitality. Complement your meal with a local wine and relax in the sunshine on the verandah overlooking the Cobungra River. Trout fishing is famous to the area. Bird watching, horse riding, white water rafting, swimming, and cycling are other popular activities, and the famous Great Alpine Road is not to be missed by motorbike enthusiasts. Visit the Blue Duck Inn and enjoy these activities and more, or just relax with a good book by the river. Enjoy plenty of bush and water activity in Anglers Rest over the warmer months. PHOTO: Visit Victoria

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