Friday, 15 May 2015

On the road to ... Omeo


Sunday 3rd May 2015

We left the Lake Tyers caravan park for our next destination of Omeo in the Victorian High Country.  We had our first stop at the little town of Nowa Nowa

One of the sculptures at Nowa Nowa

 where we refuelled and then did a detour to see some sculptures and then continued on  the Great Alpine Road to Little River.  This little town is where The Little River Band got its name, so we had to stop and have a look around. 

We continued on through Swifts Creek, a really pretty area around the town,  and then onto Omeo where we stopped for a coffee and then  found the caravan park and booked in for a couple of nights

Swifts Creek

Another coffee stop - in Omeo before setting up in the caravan park. 
All set up for our campfire
Omeo caravan park

Another view of Omeo caravan park
We enjoyed the lovely Omeo caravan park and the managers were very helpful and friendly, the only downside was the Amenities block near where our sites were located which were very old and a bit rundown, but we were warned that they were old but we were surprised that they weren't cleaned every day.  If we had chosen sites in another part of the park we would have been able to use the new amenities so that would have been better. 

Monday 4th May 2015

We had an enjoyable night by our campfire, with a great bbq dinner to make it a really good night with our friends.  In the morning we went for a short walk around the park, although Jeannie did the marathon again, but she is the fittest.  After breakfast we drove into Omeo to have a look around and found the Museum open so spent a bit of time there and the information we received helped us plan our afternoon drive around the area.  I'm not always that interested in Museums but Ron likes to have a look at the old machinery etc. so I have got a bit more interested now and this one was very good.  After a great lunch at one of the cafe's in Omeo, we headed off to see some of the local attractions.

The Tractor shed

The Blacksmith Shed

Court House & Museum

Water Wheel

A major project for the society is the full restoration of the Zulu Creek
water wheel driving a 5 head stamper, (rock crusher) along with the
landscaping of Commisioners Gully
in which it stands within the
Historic Park

Museum at Omeo - log prison
We drove out on the Great Alpine Road and to McMillan's lookout where we got great views to Mt Kosciuzko.

View to Mt Kosciuzko from McMillans Lookout

View from McMillans Lookout

McMillans Lookout
From the lookout we continued on to Benambra and drove around the dry Lake Omeo.

Dry Lake Omeo
 We actually drove around a few times as we missed the turnoff to Hinnomunjie Bridge but we finally managed to find the road out and stopped near the bridge over the Mitta Mitta River for some photos and afternoon cuppa.  As you will see from the photos, it is a very picturesque area.

Time for a cuppa at the Mitta Mitta River
Mitta Mitta River

Mitta Mitta River


Finally found the road to Hinnomunjie

Benambra Hotel

View from Mt Blowhard
From the Mitta Mitta River we drove back towards Omeo to the Oriental Claims.

Suspension Bridge at the Oriental Claims

Suspension Bridge plaque

Suspension Bridge, Oriental Claims, Omeo

Walking Trail at Oriental Claims

Spotted this little bird at the Oriental Claims
After a very enjoyable day of driving and sightseeing we arrived back at our caravans and got the campfire going while we had a well earned drink and decided what we would have for tea.  Decisions, decisions.
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