Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 93 ORBOST A place to discover history, creativity and entertainment The town of Orbost has many historical buildings, but perhaps the most eye-catching building of all is a historic slab hut in Forest Park, which has been converted into the Orbost Visitor Information Centre. Formerly located some three kilometres from its present position, the distinctive slab hut was originally built in around 1872 to house a local farming family. The hut was moved from its original site in 1970 and stored until 1984, when the local council approved its restoration and relocation as a visitor information centre. To find out more about this historic slab hut, and the Orbost region in general, it’s a great idea to make the hut your first port of call, because the friendly and knowledgeable staff there can fill you in, and ensure you have all the information and resources you need to enjoy the ‘best bits’ of East Gippsland. It’s free to visit, and open daily from 9am to 5pm. The lush, landscaped Forest Park, in which the hut is located, also features local sculptures, an information trail, covered picnic tables, convenient toilet facilities and ample parking space for vehicles with caravans. There’s also Rail Trail access, fishing on the tranquil river, and a relatively safe backwater beach for the children to enjoy (under close adult supervision, of course). The Orbost Club Nestled in the heart of Snowy River country, The Orbost Club provides a bistro and members’ lounge, where members and guests can comfortably relax and socialise. The Club offers quality meals open for lunch from noon to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday, with special $14 Seniors’ Lunches available from Wednesday to Friday. A full dinner menu is available from 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with special ‘Pot and Parma Night’ on Wednesday nights, ‘Kids Eat Free’ offered on Thursday nights (with any adult meal purchased), while Tuesday & Saturday night are Pizza Nights! Every Tuesday and Friday night, the Club holds fun raffles for members and guests, with the chance to win some great prizes. Club facilities include beer and cider on tap, free use of three pool tables and a full-size billiard table, free and disabled-friendly parking and facilities, ATM, and also free tea and coffee-making facilities. The Orbost Club has a stage and dance floor, making it a popular venue for all kinds of group events and functions. The Club also hosts regular live entertainment, with some great shows coming up, including Logie winner John Wood and Dave Allen on Saturday October 7, and Golden Guitar winner Graham Rodger on Friday October 20. The Orbost Club is located at 67 Gladstone St, Orbost. It is open Tuesday to Friday from noon until late, Saturdays from 2pm until late, and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm. To find out more about the Club, find it on Facebook or visit Quilting inspiration If you’re a lover of fine quilting and needlework, then your visit to this area must include a stop at Sonia Melville’s Craftbasket store in Nicholson Street, Orbost. Craftbasket is a cornucopia of quality patchwork and quilting supplies, fabrics and accessories, and it’s also the place from which Sonia teaches the techniques of patchwork, appliqué and quilting. Sonia, who believes that anyone can make a patchwork quilt, has developed small and easily achievable projects for newcomers, with her lessons focussing on the all-important basic skills. She says that once her students have gained confidence in the basics, they’ll be keen to take on larger and more adventurous projects. Sonia Melville’s Craftbasket offers a wide range of wallhanging and quilt patterns and kits, all with instructions, pattern sheets and a colour picture of the finished creation. So, be sure to pop into the store to browse the extensive range of sewing supplies, have a chat with Sonia, and get everything you need for your holiday craft projects. To find out more, visit The Orbost Club is the ideal place for a hearty ‘pot and parma’. This historic slab hut, once the home of a pioneering family, now houses the Orbost Visitor Information Centre. Sonia Melville Craftbasket Open Tues - Fri 9.30am - 3.00pm Saturday 9.30am - 12 noon Check out our fabulous Patchwork fabrics and Quilting supplies 110A Nicholson Street, Orbost Phone: (03) 5154 1151 PB8336 OPEN 6 DAYS (CLOSED MONDAYS) THURSDAY NIGHTS KIDS EAT FREE Visitors most welcome LUNCH: Tuesday-Friday 12noon-2pm DINNER: Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-8pm 51541390 | 67-69 GLADSTONE STREET ORBOST MANAGER@ORBOSTCLUB.COM.AU | WWW.ORBOSTCLUB.COM.AU PRESENT THIS COUPON With each adult meal purchased PB14968