PAGE 50 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE T A M B O R I V E R T A M B O R I V E R B R U T H EN BU C H A N R D GREAT A LPINE RD GR E A T A L P I N E R D G R E A T A L P I N E R D SE E H U SEN A VE CH UR C H S T S T ATI O N RD BRUTHEN WELCOME TO 3885 FAIRY DELL BAIRNSDALE TO BUCHAN TO ENSAY, SWIFT’S CREEK & OMEO TO Scan here for full detailed map Distance fromMelbourne: 306km Population: 800 approx. Amenities: Historic post o ce, eateries, variety of accommodation options, specialty shop, fuel, and picturesque main street gardens. Police BRUTHEN Take a break in Bruthen A delightful country town perched above the Tambo River as the mountains level out across the neighbouring Mossiface River flats below, Bruthen is central to mountain, river and sea adventures. The town has a rich history, the area originally occupied by the Brabiraloong tribe of the indigenous Gunaikurnai people. In the 1840s, the first pastoralists used the Tambo Valley as a route from the Monaro to the Gippsland plains. By 1858, a hotel, a store and blacksmith had been established, catering to drovers using the stock routes and packers and miners travelling north. The Bruthen Inn still operates today, enjoying stunning views across the river flats. Other historic buildings in town include the Mechanics Hall (1912) and Post Office (1890). As the southern gateway to the Victorian High Country Bruthen is now well known as a convenient spot to stop and take a break, not just because of its beautifully kept gardens. Local shops and eateries offer an alternative flavour and the local market, held on the third Saturday of every month, is a must. BLUES FEST Visit Bruthen on the third weekend of February and discover a family-friendly festival that reflects the inclusive spirit of Bruthen and East Gippsland - the Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival. This exciting festival has gained popularity over the past more than two decades, offering great blues and roots entertainers as well as a stack of family friendly activities, including a huge amount of free entertainment available during the Saturday and Sunday of the festival. A parade down to the Tambo River for the ever-popular duck race is always a good laugh. Visit Bruthen on the third weekend in February and be treated to a festival full of top music and a whole lot more at the Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival.