PAGE 94 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE We offer refurbished rooms with spectacular views, abundant native Australian wildlife and easy access to the Buchan Caves Reserve. Located in the middle of town close to all amenities. Rooms include: Bathroom, TV, fridge, toaster, kettle,tea/coffee, air con. / heating. Free continental breakfast, Wifi and onsite parking included. BUCHAN MOTEL 67Main Road, Buchan, VIC 3885. P: (03) 5155 9419 E: email@example.com | W: www.buchanmotel.com.au PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT SWIFTS CREEK OMEO BUCHAN ORBOST MARLO CAPE CONRAN Relax and explore the valley Perfectly positioned to take in the stunning views of the Buchan Valley, Buchan Motel is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning countryside. The motel is conveniently nearby all of the town’s amenities and, of course, the town’s famous limestone caves - just walk up the motel’s back paddock and you’re there. The area boasts an extensive array of wildlife including kangaroos, kookaburras, rosellas, wombats and lorikeets to name just a few. Many make themselves known by visiting the Buchan Motel. The motel’s beautiful gardens are a treat to wander through and the outlook is perfect to simply sit and look at and while away the day. Visit Buchan Motel on social media and you’ll find plenty of five-star ratings and positive comments from visitors who tick it as a place to return to – “I especially loved waking up to kangaroos outside our window; made my trip”; “Nice little gem in the middle of rolling hills.” And “Loved sitting out on the balcony, the view is amazing and listening to the wildlife”. The eight comfortable units are fresh and clean, with twin/double, triple and quad rooms, all with balconies, and suit just about everyone, including couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, friends, families and corporate groups of up to around 19 people. LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES The original Buchan Caves Hotel was built in the 1800s, starting trade as the Buchan Inn in December 1882. As with most Australian towns, the pub was always a central meeting point for the community and a place for people from the area to connect. It was the venue for many celebrations from birthdays and weddings to head wettings and funerals. It was also a place for visitors to the valley to meet the locals, getting a real understanding of the community spirit and kindness for which the town is renowned. So when, on April 8, 2014, the Buchan Caves Hotel was destroyed by fire, it rocked the community hard. Feeling the loss of their beloved pub, the community came together in a record-breaking crowd funding campaign, joined by supporters from not just across the country, but the world, to raise $605,146. With more community support the new pub was built and opened ready for Christmas 2016. Though the layout is very different, incorporating a large wrap around verandah and beer garden, internally the design remains rustic with modern fittings for functionality purposes. Now open seven days a week, the Buchan Caves Hotel is once again the place for a refreshing ale, a scrumptious meal, or just a chinwag with mates or meeting the locals. Surrounded by vast wilderness Nestled in an attractive valley, Buchan lies at the centre of a sheep, cattle and timber area on the Buchan River. One of the oldest towns in Victoria, Buchan is rich in pioneering heritage and was first settled by Europeans around 1840. Surrounding the valley town is a vast wilderness preserved and protected by the Alpine and Snowy River national parks - a ruggedly beautiful region comprising tall mountain forests, open woodlands, rainforest, sheer gorges, waterfalls and limestone caves. Landscapes in this unique corner of Victoria today remain largely unchanged since European pioneers first settled in the area on their journey from the Monaro tablelands. At only 100 metres above sea level, Buchan enjoys a reasonably mild climate for a multitude of activities to be enjoyed year round.