PAGE 78 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE T A M B O R I V E R T A M B O R I V E R B R U T H EN BU C H A N R D GREAT A LPINE RD GR E A T A L P I N E R D G R E A T A L P I N E R D SE E H U SEN A VE CH UR C H S T S T ATI O N RD BRUTHEN WELCOME TO 3885 FAIRY DELL BAIRNSDALE TO BUCHAN TO ENSAY, SWIFT’S CREEK & OMEO TO Scan here for full detailed map Distance fromMelbourne: 306km Population: 800 approx. Amenities: Historic post o ce, eateries, variety of accommodation options, specialty shop, fuel, and picturesque main street gardens. Police The perfect spot to pause Bruthen is a delightful country town, perched above the Tambo River as the mountains level out across the neigh- bouring Mossiface river flats below, and is central to mountains, rivers and sea. The town has a rich history, the area originally occupied by the Brabiraloong tribe of the indigenous Gunaikurnai people, who based their lives on the plains and hills north of Bairnsdale and surrounding area. In the 1840s, the first pastoral- ists used the Tambo Valley as a route from the Monaro to the Gippsland plains. By 1858, a hotel, a store and blacksmith had been established, catering to A wharf was built at Mossiface, several kilometres down- stream from Bruthen. In 1884 another wharf, known as Batten’s Landing, was built further downstream. A bridge was constructed over the Tambo at Bruthen in 1872. However, silting was a great problem and by the 1890s it was almost buried. The Bruthen Inn still operates today, enjoying stunning views across the river flats. Other historic buildings in town include the Mechanics Hall (1912) and Post Office (1890). With its friendly village atmosphere you will find Bruthen a great spot to stop and break a journey. drovers using the stock routes and packers and miners travel- ling north to the mining settle- ments around Omeo. In 1859 a township was laid out, two kilometres to the east, at the junction of the main routes. It was named Tambo as there was already a township named Bruthen between Sale and Port Albert. The lower Tambo River was navigable and in the 1860s steamers began to carry produce from Sale, Bairnsdale and Bruthen to Melbourne. The township of Bruthen overlooks the rich river flats of Mossiface.