Omeo

Main street, Tourism Victoria

Population 270

Omeo is an Aboriginal word meaning mountains appropriate for this picturesque town in the Victorian Alps. Today Omeo is a peaceful farming community, but it wasn't always so. During the 1800s gold rush, Omeo was an unruly frontier town, which early Australian novelist Rolf Boldrewood described as the roughest goldfield in Australia. Despite taking damage in the 1939 Black Friday bushfires, several historic buildings still remain.

Visitor Information

152 Day Avenue (Great Alpine Road); (03) 5159 1679

www.omeoregion.com.au

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In Town

A. M. Pearson Historical Park The park preserves a piece of Omeo's rich history in a peaceful, bushland setting. Buildings on display include the old courthouse, which now houses a museum, a log gaol, stables and a blacksmith's. Day Ave (Great Alpine Rd).

Historic buildings: many distinctive structures from the 19th century can be seen in town, including the post office, primary school and shire offices; Day Ave.

Shops: several unique stores, including the German Cuckoo Clock Shop, Petersen's Gallery, High Country Paintings and Octagon Bookshop; Day Ave.

Nearby

Oriental Claims The Claims was a major goldmining area, and remains the highest alluvial goldfield in Australia. French–Canadians, Americans and Europeans all worked alongside Australians and Chinese during the gold boom. The word 'Oriental' in the mine's name may conjure an image of Chinese workers, but 'Oriental Claims' was actually the name of a European company. The Omeo Sluicing Company, however, was Chinese. There are a variety of walks around the site and visitors should look out for the flora, including wild orchids. High cliffs, left by the hydraulic sluicing process, offer impressive views across town, and signs throughout the Parks Victoria–managed site explain the history of the Claims. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 1.5 km W on Great Alpine Rd.

Mt Hotham This popular downhill ski resort is suited to both budding and experienced skiers. Skiing areas range from the beginners' Big D Playground through to the more advanced slopes around Mary's Slide and the black diamond chutes of Heavenly Valley. In summer, the mountain is a popular hiking and mountain-bike-riding destination. (03) 5759 3550; 56 km W.

Livingstone Park and Creek: walking tracks and swimming area adjacent to the Oriental Claims.

Mt Markey Winery: on the site of the old Cassilis Hotel, on the touring loop from Omeo to Swifts Creek; Cassilis Rd, Cassilis; 15 km S.

Lake Omeo: scenic natural landscape, dry for most parts of the year; Benambra; 21 km NE.

Benambra: gateway to the Alpine National Park; 24 km N.

Anglers Rest: historic Blue Duck Inn, a good base for horseriding, whitewater rafting and fly-fishing; 29 km NW.

Swifts Creek: this town situated at the junction of Swifts Creek and Tambo River has the Great Alpine Art Gallery; 40 km S.

Taylors Crossing suspension bridge: part of the scenic Australian Alps Walking Track and also a great base for camping and fishing the Mitta Mitta River; off Tablelands Rd; 44 km NE.

Dinner Plain: relaxed village surrounded by the Alpine National Park that offers many activities such as skiing, walking, horseriding and Australia's 1st indoor–outdoor alpine spa; 46 km W.

Ensay: small but picturesque town that is home to the well-known Ensay Winery; 70 km S.

Great Alpine Rd: covers over 300 km from the High Country to Gippsland Lakes and offers 6 individual self-guide touring routes with a diverse combination of scenery; details from visitor centre. Note that some drives cross state forests or alpine areas, so be alert for timber trucks and check conditions in winter. Omeo is located on this road.

Mitta Mitta and Cobungra rivers: great trout fishing, waterskiing and whitewater rafting (only available in spring); details from visitor centre.

High Country tours: explore the high plains around Omeo – on horseback, by 4WD or, for keen hikers, on challenging bushwalks; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Omeo Valley 14 km

The Upper Mitta Mitta River at Angler’s Rest appears to go the ‘wrong’ way, as it travels south to reach Dartmouth reservoir, far to the north. It flows out of the Bogong High Plains and down the Omeo... Find out more


Falls Creek 37 km

Rocky Valley reservoir at Falls Creek has been used as a venue for state and national fly-fishing championships. Trout to 3 kg have been caught from the shore. Bait fishing using ultra-light rods and rigs is deadly... Find out more


Lake Guy 46 km

Bogong Village is little more than a collection of workers’ bunkhouses converted for outdoor adventure students, a few houses and some corrugated iron garages. The hamlet is set on a steep slope, and as you follow... Find out more


Lake Dartmouth 58 km

Lake Dartmouth holds self-sustaining populations of both brown and rainbow trout. The lake was formed in 1979 when an embankment was built on the Mitta Mitta River. Trout and the threatened Macquarie perch thrived in the... Find out more


Kiewa River 75 km

High Country waterways are popular with fly-fishers looking for gin-clear water with good numbers of trout. In this regard, the Kiewa River near Mount Beauty rates as one of the State’s best waters, although it... Find out more


Indi River 76 km

Take the Alpine Way out of Khancoban and head about 50 km towards Thredbo, and you’ll come to Tom Groggin station. Locals say the river flowing alongside the station is the Indi River, but it’s marked on some... Find out more


Lower Mitta Mitta 77 km

Wodonga-based fly-fishing guide Scott McPherson accompanied me on one trip on the lower Mitta Mitta. We were wading a stretch of river near Eskdale early in the morning. I recommend not only waders for this activity, but... Find out more


Nicholson River 83 km

The Nicholson is the shortest of the three waterways in the Bairnsdale area and is more affected by thawing snow than rainfall. The stretch near the railway bridge can be productive. A scenic waterway, it has limited... Find out more


Nariel Creek 83 km

A favourite dry fly among fly-fishers casting to rising trout in the Snowy Mountains and north-east Victoria is the Geehi beetle. This marvellous pattern is named after a non- existent beetle. It’s a fly that trout... Find out more


Tambo River 85 km

The Tambo River is renowned for the quality of its bream fishing. From the mouth of the river at Lake King upstream past Johnsonville and Swan Reach, anglers can access long stretches of sheltered water above and below... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Bushwalking Alpine National Park 6 km

Covering a vast 6460 square kilometres, this is Victoria’s largest national park and cradles the state’s highest mountains and dramatic alpine scenery, as well as the major downhill skiing resorts. The park... Find out more


Rafting - Mitta Mitta and Murray Rivers 15 km

Adventure Rafting Victoria only takes a few months off, from April to June, and runs exciting day trips down the foaming Murray Gates, and two-night paddles down the Mitta Mitta, staying overnight in the legendary Blue... Find out more


Cross-country skiing - Victoria's High Country 38 km

The home of our national cross-country team, Falls Creek is probably the best place to crosscountry ski. It has 65 kilometres of groomed tracks, catering to beginners and intermediate skiers, as well as marked trails on... Find out more


Mitchell River National Park 66 km

Although only 11 900 hectares in size, this rugged national park contains some of the best forest country in Gippsland. Great for experienced rafters, kayakers and canoeists, it also has some superb bushwalks. With a... Find out more


Kayaking around Bright 70 km

The operator 5 Star Adventure Tours offers a huge range of eco-accredited tours and activities in the High Country, particularly targeting those who like a few little luxuries on the way. One of the most popular trips is... Find out more


Bushwalking in the Snowy Mountains 92 km

There is almost no end to the hiking that can be done in the Snowy Mountains. There are hundreds of kilometres of hiking tracks, and infinite ways to wander through the hills. The most popular walks are to the top of... Find out more


Cruises - around Lakes Entrance 94 km

More than just a cruise, a one- or two-hour Sea- Safari out of Lakes Entrance is an opportunity to add to research about the area. You will help document seabirds, marine life – including seahorses with an... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Golden Age Hotel Motel

This contemporary restaurant is within the 1940s Art Deco walls of a comfortable two-storey country hotel, overlooking the main street of Omeo and the surrounding hills. Just 50 minutes from Mount Hotham, it is a good... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Bright Brewery 70 km

The original Bright Brewery shut down in 1916 and this modern incarnation was started by a quartet of ‘ale changers’ – couples David and Julie Cocks, and Scott Brandon and Fiona Reddaway – some 90... Find out more


Campsites around town

Anglers Rest camping area 15 km

Anglers Rest is a highwayside stopover in the middle of an arm of Alpine National Park. It’s almost 30 km north of Omeo off the Omeo Hwy, along a snaking section of road near the confluence of the Bundarra,... Find out more


Victoria Falls Historic Area camping area (bush camping) 15 km

This basic camping area is surrounded by snow gum and mountain gum woodlands, and has two rivers for company – the Victoria and the Cobungra – that provide plenty of decent fishing nearby. Camping close to a... Find out more


Hinnomunjie Bridge camping area 17 km

There’s bush camping beside the Mitta Mitta River at Hinnomunjie Bridge, north up the Omeo Valley Rd from Omeo township. Fishing for trout and canoeing are both highly popular activities in this neck of the... Find out more


Joker camping area 20 km

Joker is just off the Omeo Hwy almost 40 km north of Omeo, not far south of the junction with Bogong High Plains Rd. Flowing nearby is Big River, which is very popular with trout anglers. The waterway is also... Find out more


Ferny Flat camping area (bush camping) 23 km

To reach this peaceful spot in the Omeo Valley, head north from Omeo on the Omeo Hwy and, before the road winds into Alpine National Park, veer north-east on Omeo Valley Rd. Ferny Flat is a bush-camping site, so... Find out more


Dogs Grave camping area 24 km

The Dogs Grave monument site could be called the Tomb of the Unknown Dog – does it mark the grave of Boney the cattle dog, or Angus the Smithfield heeler? Regardless of which local story is true, this remains a... Find out more


Big River Bridge camping area 25 km

The Glen Valley area is squeezed between 2 chunks of Alpine National Park forest. The Omeo Hwy negotiates this valley and you can camp just off the road here near Big River Bridge, 42 km north of Omeo. It’s common... Find out more


Victoria River Track camping area 26 km

A true bush-camping option, the Victoria River Track is accessed off the Great Alpine Rd some 20 km west of Omeo, just past Cobungra. You won’t find any facilities here, only the Victoria River and plenty of... Find out more


Buckety Plain camping area (Bogong area) 30 km

The camping area at Buckety Plain is situated near Faithfuls Hut, which is for emergency accommodation only. Buckety Plain is 18 km south of Falls Creek, and a couple of kilometres beyond the Raspberry Hill camping area.... Find out more


Raspberry Hill camping area (Bogong area) 30 km

About 3 km south of Langford West lies Raspberry Hill, off the Bogong High Plains Rd. Use this as a base while you decide which of the area’s fine walking tracks to tackle next. For a view out over Falls Creek and... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Bairnsdale Holiday Park 80 km

There are many caravan parks in Bairnsdale but this is one of the few with a large number of tourist sites. Located on the Princes Highway, it is well suited to a family holiday or just a couple of nights. Bookings are... Find out more


Mitchell Gardens Holiday Park 81 km

This park is at the river end of the main street (Princes Highway), just 500 metres from the centre of town. With beautifully maintained surrounds, the park is located on the banks of the Mitchell River. Bookings are... Find out more


Lake King Waterfront Caravan Park 89 km

With absolute lake frontage, this neat park has its own jetties and boat ramp and there are waterfront van sites available. This is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies to... Find out more


Lakes Entrance Tourist Park 93 km

This owner-operated park is on the eastern edge of town and very convenient for a stopover. It has good facilities and caters for most needs. We stay here. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more


Waters Edge Holiday Park 94 km

This good quality park is suitable for a few days in Lakes Entrance. It is on the Princes Highway, across the road from the water, and not too far from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Eastern Beach Tourist Park 94 km

Just off the Princes Highway and easily accessible, this is a large spacious park where you can walk to town along the waters edge, Great for a family holiday. We like it. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Koonwarra Beach Resort 94 km

Easily accessible on the Princes Highway, at the eastern end of Lakes Entrance, this park is just a short distance from the town centre. It is ideal for a short stay or a family holiday in this popular destination.... Find out more


Lake Tyers Camp and Caravan Park 95 km

This beachfront park is owned and operated by the Uniting Church. It is a great family park, ideal for a beachside holiday. The park operates in conjunction with a school camp and the consumption of alcohol is permitted... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Odd Frog, Bright 69 km

This place comprises five funky new luxury studios on a 4-hectare Land for Wildlife property. The studios have been architecturally designed to have minimal impact on the environment, with thought even given to their... Find out more


The Buckland, Bright 74 km

With the same architect as The Odd Frog, The Buckland’s four luxury studio retreats have similar eco-design principles, and thousands of trees have been planted on the site. They are also powered by green energy.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Oriental Claims park area 2 km

107km SE of Bright (L) or 2km NW of Omeo (R)

At a historical site beside a creek 500m off the highway.


Lookout rest area 6 km

102km SE of Bright (L) or 7km NW of Omeo (R)

Just off the road at the lookout.


Victoria Falls camping area 15 km

89km SE of Bright (L) or 20km NW of Omeo (R)

Secluded area 600m off the road.


Doctors Flat rest area 27 km

33km S of Omeo (L) or 88km N of Bairnsdale (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Tambo River rest area 40 km

49km S of Omeo (L) or 72km N of Bairnsdale (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Dannys Lookout Park Area 45 km

51 km SE of Bright (L) or 58 km NW of Omeo (R)

Small area adjacent to the road.


Information Board park area 51 km

35km SE of Bright (L) or 74km NW of Omeo (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway.


Harrietville park area 52 km

At Harrietville

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Freeburgh park area 62 km

At Freeburgh

Adjacent to the highway. On the north side of town.


Nicholson park area 81 km

At Nicholson

Overlooking the river on the east side of town.


Eurobin rest area 83 km

17km SE of Myrtleford (L) or 15km NW of Bright (R)

Just off the highway at the old railway station site.


Log Crossing rest area 87 km

T/O 26km E of Bairnsdale (L) or 9km W of Lakes Entrance (R)

Secluded in the forest 2.5km (unsealed) north of the highway. 


Burnt Bridge rest area 89 km

10km NE of Lakes Entrance (R) or 49km SW of Orbost (L)

Secluded in the forest just off the highway.


Lakes Entrance park area 93 km

At Lakes Entrance

Overlooking the river near the information centre.


Providence Ponds rest area 96 km

17km E of Stratford (R) or 35km W of Bairnsdale (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Myrtleford park area 99 km

At Myrtleford

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.


What's on around town

Local produce market: Day Ave; last Sat each month (Sept–May).

Breakfast in the Park: Australia Day event at Courthouse Gardens; Jan.

Alpine Discovery Festival: Mar.

Rodeo: April.

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