LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 77 PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT SWIFTS CREEK OMEO BUCHAN ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN Things to do in the High Country • Step back in time with a visit to the Omeo Historical Park and Justice Precinct with five heritage listed buildings. • Walk the Butlers Trail alongside the Tambo River near Swifts Creek. • Explore Omeo’s Livingstone Park and the Oriental Claims with interpretive signage providing a wonderful insight into the town at its peak. • Enjoy stunning vistas from nearby Kosciusko and McMillan’s lookouts that offer great views of townships, rolling hills, open plains and High Country backdrops. • Cycle from Swifts Creek to Ensay along the picturesque Swifts Creek East Rd and Ensay Doctors Flat Rd following the Tambo River. High Country riches First settled by pastoralists and then by goldminers, the town- ship of Omeo is now regarded as the gateway to the Alps. The region is steeped in history, with it once being one of the most lawless goldfield towns. Take a step back in time and visit the Historical Park and Justice Precinct that is lovingly maintained by the historical society and something not to be missed. Visit Omeo’s Oriental Claims and venture to a time when the area was once home to one of the largest gold sluicing operations in the world. The warmer months see the scenery become something new to explore with wild flowers and other Alpine treasures hidden over the winter months by snow. OMEO’S ICONIC AGE At the bottom end of town is one of the oldest and best-known buildings in Omeo, the Golden Age Hotel Motel. The iconic Golden Age is a top place for a meal and bed, close to the magic of Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain. Accommodation options include luxury spa and balcony units and pub style accommodation, with something for everyone. The well stocked bar, featuring local wines, and fully licensed restaurant are open seven days a week with lunch and dinner available every day in the warm and friendly atmosphere. Action in the saddle Victoria’s High Country is a region chock full of tradition, and Easter provides a couple of days of exactly that, horses being very much the centre of attention. RODEO ACTION Rodeo riders from all corners of the country will travel to Omeo for the Easter weekend to participate in the annual Omeo Rodeo on Saturday, April 20, which will be celebrating its 65th running with a fun-packed program of events and activities ranging from bull riding and roping to barrel races and steer riding. The first Omeo Rodeo was held on Easter Saturday 1955 and has continued as an annual event each Easter Saturday since, becoming a real High Country tradition. The day includes children’s activities and is fully catered with no BYO. POLO POETRY Another High Country horsing tradition held on the Easter long weekend takes place at Cobungra Station on Easter Sunday, April 21. It will be the 29th time the event has been held with a colourful display of horsemanship as the annual event sees the ‘High Country Cattlemen’ take on the ‘City Slickers’ team in a match named for the Banjo Patterson poem, The Geebung Polo Club , which is recited at the beginning of the day. It is a day jam-packed with family entertainment including live music, children’s running races, giant tug-o-war, frozen chook throwing, fashions on the field and the famous Easter egg drop. Omeo Rodeo will bring all the thrills of the rodeo arena for the 65th time this Easter. 189 Day Avenue, Omeo. Ph: 5159 1344 www.goldenageomeo.com.au Come and stay at the majestic Golden Age for an unforgettable time experiencing the high country in style! Excellent accommodation. 15 ensuite rooms including 1 luxury spa unit and 6 pub style rooms, the Golden Age provides for all tastes. The restaurant is fully licensed and contains a well stocked bar featuring local wines; as well as a full à la carte menu. Lunch: 12:00 noon to 2pm Dinner: 6:00pm to 8:30pm Coffee throughout the day.