Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 41 OMEO Historic beauty First settled by pastoralists and then by goldminers, the township of Omeo is now regarded as the gateway to the Alps. Set high in the Great Dividing Range, it is one of Gippsland’s best keep secrets. The town originated as a settlement, springing up when a rich supply of alluvial gold was discovered in 1851. The region is steeped in history, with it once being one of the most lawless goldfield towns. Visitors can meander along the main street and follow the signs that provide an insight into the historic buildings and the history of the town. Take a step back in time and visit the Historical Park and Justice Precinct lovingly maintained by the historical society and something not to be missed. Visit Omeo’s Oriental Claims and venture to a time when the area was once home to one of the largest gold sluicing operations in the world. While the name suggests there were thousands of Chinese miners once scouring the land for gold, it actually refers to a 19th century European mining company with an unusual name, the Oriental Company. The warmer months see the scenery become something new to explore with wild flowers and other Alpine treasures hidden over the winter months by snow. OMEO’S ICONIC AGE At the bottom end of town is one of the oldest and best-known buildings in Omeo, the Golden Age Hotel Motel. The iconic Golden Age is a top place for a meal and bed, close to the magic of Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain. Accommodation options include luxury spa and balcony units and pub style accommodation, with something for everyone. The well stocked bar, featuring local wines, and fully licensed restaurant are open seven days a week with lunch and dinner available every day in the warm and friendly atmosphere. Just like clockwork High up in the mountains, in the High Country town of Omeo, you’ll find genuine German cuckoo clocks. Not something that naturally pops into the mind when think- ing of Victoria’s High Country, but the Omeo Cuckoo Clock Shop has brought the tradition of these magical pieces and the Omeo township together successfully for over 20 years, becoming a must see attraction when visiting the region. Step back in time and to a different country with these exquisite works of art. The shop also has for sale genuine Venetian masks, beautiful linens with embroidery, ribbon flowers and beading as well as a wide range of giftware and tourist information for visitors to the region. Discover the history of the High Country in places like the Historical Park and Justice Precinct. 189 Day Avenue, Omeo. Ph: 5159 1344 OMEO GOLDEN AGE HOTEL MOTEL Come and stay at the majestic Golden Age for an unforgettable time experiencing the high country in style! Excellent accommodation. 15 ensuite rooms including 1 luxury spa unit and 6 pub style rooms, the Golden Age provides for all tastes. The restaurant is fully licensed and contains a well stocked bar featuring local wines; as well as a full à la carte menu. Lunch: 12:00 noon to 2pm Dinner: 6:00pm to 8:30pm Coffee throughout the day. HIGH COUNTRY HOSPITALITY