LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 101 Sonia Melville Craftbasket ORBOST Rest your driving muscles in Orbost If you are tempted to stay on the highway and head East we’d recommend you take time for a rest on the Snowy River. The town of Orbost has many historical buildings, and the Slab Hut Information Centre in Forest Park. This park and complex is worth a stop even if your time is limited. A lush landscaped park with local sculptures and information trail, covered picnic tables and convenient toilet facilities, as well as ample parking space for vehicles towing caravans. There’s rail trail access, fishing on the tranquil river and, if warm enough, a safe backwater beach for the children. A stroll around Orbost is a stroll around history. Take in the museum during the week and the Slab Hut and Orbost Exhibition Centre at the weekend. Look for the Snowy Rail Bridge display. Stay a day or overnight. QUILTING INSPIRATION Make a beeline to this treasure trove of fabrics which Sonia Melville has lovingly gathered for lovers of needlework. Craftbasket provides Orbost and its surrounding area with quality patchwork and quilting supplies and is where Sonia teaches the techniques of the craft. She designs easily achievable projects for newcomers to the craft and her lessons focus on teaching basic techniques of patchwork, appliqué and quilting skills. The iconic Slab Hut in Orbost. Sonia’s belief is that anyone can make a patchwork quilt; they just need to be realistic and begin with a small project, developing into more adventurous and larger projects as confidence grows. Sonia Melville Craftbasket offers a wide range of wall hanging and quilt patterns and kits, all with instructions, pattern sheets and a colour picture of the finished creation. Pop in and browse the extensive range of sewing supplies and pick up your next holiday craft project at Sonia Melville Craftbasket.