Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 97 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM TILL CLOSE Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm Dinner 6pm - 8pm PH: 5155 9203 Marg & Greg Brick owners 49 Main Road, Buchan BUCHAN MOTEL Located in the middle of town close to all amenities 67 Main Road, Buchan, VIC 3885 | P: (03) 5155 9419 E: | W: Rooms include: Bathroom, TV, fridge, toaster, kettle,tea/co ee, air con/heating, Free continental breakfast, Wifi and onsite parking included We o er refurbished roomswith spectacularviews, abundant native Australianwildlife and easy access to the Buchan Caves Reserve BUCHAN Recovery is full steam ahead for Buchan As you drive from Bairnsdale to Nowa Nowa, take a short detour and turn off at the Buchan Caves intersection. First settled by Europeans around 1840, Buchan is one of the oldest towns in Victoria, rich in pioneering heritage. Surrounding this picturesque town is the vast wilderness of the Alpine and Snowy River national parks - a ruggedly beautiful region comprising tall mountain forests, open woodlands, rainforest, sheer gorges, waterfalls and limestone caves. The world class limestone caves were formed almost 400 million years ago. The formations of elaborate stalactites and stalagmites are a joy to behold. A stair climber and motorised all terrain wheelchair make explorations available to most people. After the recent fires, this series of stunning caves will once again be a draw card to travellers when new social distancing reg- ulations are implemented and tours can be back on the agenda. Enquiries can be made through the Parks Victoria office at the site. This reserve features well-maintained picnic and barbeque facilities that are available to day visitors and overnight campers. The facilities are excellent. Kangaroos are friendly residents and you may even see the elusive lyrebird or hear its glorious song. While some areas surrounding the park were effected by the fires, regrowth is beautiful and a sign of the forest and the town’s resilience and provides a strong sense of the recovery. Take an easy walk down to the beautiful creek bed from the main park area and you will discover a haven for wildlife in this mossy forest. Fires across millennia are part of the natural cycle and help develop the landscape in this unique corner of Victoria which today remain largely unchanged since European settlers first came to the area on their journey south from the Monaro high plains on the north of the Great Divide. BUCHAN MOTEL 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 wonderful limestone caves. You will find the motel at the end of the upper service road in the main street - just follow the gravel drive up to the top of the hill and you’re there. The motel boasts an extensive array of local birds and wildlife that visit from time to time. Sit back, relax and take it all in from the motel’s garden. Have a look at 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 which they would return. Some comments include: “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 offering king, twin and family rooms, all with balconies and suitable for almost anyone including couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, friends, families and groups of up to 21. Experience stunning rural views while staying at the Buchan Motel.