PAGE 108 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE Sonia Melville Craftbasket SAME DAY 6x4 Photo Prints Fuji Film Micro Lab at the Yeates Media hoto Lab, Snowy River Mail Location 122 Nicholson Street, Orbost (03) 5154 1919 yeatesmedia.com.au “In e heart of town” METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE NOWA NOWA BUCHAN ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN BEMM RIVER Gateway to national park discoveries The gateway to numerous national parks including the famous Errinundra and Snowy River national parks, Orbost is surrounded by rich river flats and blessed with a mild climate. An historic building that now functions as the town’s visitor information centre in Forest Park, the Slab Hut was built in 1872 as a family dwelling on a site about three kilometres upstream from the junction of the Buchan and Snowy rivers, about 40 kilometres from Orbost. It found a new home in 1987 when it was reconstructed at its present site. Gather information about the local area and its attractions at the Slab Hut including a map for the Orbost Town Walk, a circular route that takes in most of the town’s historic buildings, some dating back to the latter part of the 19th century. NETHERBYRE GALLERY For more than 35 years, Gordon and Nina Andrews have been owner/operators of the Netherbyre Gallery, which houses one of the country’s best private collections of natural gems. Most of the stones in the gallery’s gem collection have been found by Gordon and Nina themselves on their local farm, or from fossicking trips around Australia and throughout the Pacific. Gordon cuts his own stones for his jewellery pieces and is happy to show off his skills to school groups and other interested parties. As well as gems, the gallery also houses works by local artists and wood turners, including jewellery and woodwork pieces by Gordon and traditional artworks by Nina. There is also an interesting display of World War I memorabilia, much of which belonged to Gordon’s father and uncle. GET CRAFTY Since opening her craft store in Orbost in the mid-1990s, Sonia Melville has expanded both the store and her self-taught patch working skills with qualifications with Victorian Quilters. She designs easily achievable projects for newcomers to the craft with lessons that focus on teaching basic techniques of patchwork, applique and quilting skills. Delve into the treasure trove of Sonia Melville Craftbasket to find a wide range of wall hanging and quilt patterns and kits, all with instructions, pattern sheets and a colour picture of the finished project. Now operating as a visitor information centre, the 146-year-old Slab Hut in Orbost’s Forest Park is a good place to start your Snowy River explorations.