THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 55 BUCHAN We offer refurbished rooms with spectacular views, abundant native Australian wildlife and easy access to the Buchan Caves Reserve. Located in the middle of town close to all amenities. Rooms include: Bathroom, TV, fridge, toaster, kettle,tea/coffee, air con. / heating. Free continental breakfast, Wifi and onsite parking included. BUCHAN MOTEL 67Main Road, Buchan, VIC 3885. P: (03) 5155 9419 E: email@example.com | W: www.buchanmotel.com.au Relax and explore the valley Perfectly positioned to take in the stunning views of the Buchan Valley, Buchan Motel is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning countryside. The motel is conveniently nearby all of the town’s amenities and, of course, the town’s famous limestone caves - just walk up the motel’s back paddock and you’re there. The area boasts an extensive array of wildlife including kangaroos, kookaburras, rosellas, wombats and lorikeets to name just a few. Many make themselves known by visiting the Buchan Motel. The motel’s beautiful gardens are a treat to wander through and the outlook is perfect to simply sit and look at and while away the day. Visit Buchan Motel on social media and you’ll find plenty of five-star ratings and positive comments from visitors who tick it as a place to return to – “I especially loved waking up to kangaroos outside our window; made my trip”; “Nice little gem in the middle of rolling hills.” And “Loved sitting out on the balcony, the view is amazing and listening to the wildlife”. The eight comfortable units are fresh and clean, with twin/double, triple and quad rooms, all with balconies, and suit just about everyone, including couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, friends, families and corporate groups of up to around 19 people. LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES The original Buchan Caves Hotel was built in the 1800s, starting trade as the Buchan Inn in December 1882. As with most Australian towns, the pub was always a central meeting point for the community and a place for people from the area to connect. It was the venue for many celebrations from birthdays and weddings to head wettings and funerals. It was also a place for visitors to the valley to meet the locals, getting a real understanding of the community spirit and kindness for which the town is renowned. So when, on April 8, 2014, the Buchan Caves Hotel was destroyed by fire, it rocked the community hard. Feeling the loss of their beloved pub, the community came together in a record-breaking crowd funding campaign, joined by supporters from not just across the country, but the world, to raise $605,146. With more community support the new pub was built and opened ready for Christmas 2016. Though the layout is very different, incorporating a large wrap around verandah and beer garden, internally the design remains rustic with modern fittings for functionality purposes. Now open seven days a week, the Buchan Caves Hotel is once again the place for a refreshing ale, a scrumptious meal, or just a chinwag with mates or meeting the locals. Buchan bull and bronc arena action Fun for the whole family, the Buchan Rodeo follows the Omeo Rodeo on Easter Saturday, the two Australian Professional Rodeo Association events partnering up to award the rider with the highest combined points from both events with the prestigious All Round Cowboy Buckle. Held every Easter Sunday, the 2019 event will be the 51st time the Buchan arena has hosted the action packed event where visitors can expect to see all the thrills and spills from the bull ride, bare back and saddle bronc, the bling of the barrel racers and the skill of the ropers. Junior competitors will be kept busy with the steer ride and junior barrel race. The rodeo is the community’s biggest fundraising event of the year, helping to raise much-needed funds for the Buchan and Gelantipy Bush Nursing Service and the local SES. The action-packed program kicks off in the ring at 10am on Easter Sunday, April 21. Buchan’s annual rodeo is the biggest fundraiser for the valley community.