Omeo Travel Guide

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Omeo Things to Do

  • Omeo Swimming Hole

    Swimming in fresh water is a totally exhilirating experience - just like the surf, but without the salt! The Omeo swimming hole is the equivalent of the local swimming pool and many of the townspeople flock there on hot days.The deeper part of the 'hole' (2.7 metres) has a platform above it, from which you can dive or bomb. There is also a...

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  • Post Office Building

    Omeo is at the altitude 643 metres and the town is located between the Omeo Highway and the Alpine Road, linking it to Mount Hotham and the Ovens Valley. This old Post Office of 1891 stands at the top of a hill in Day Avenue, an impressive solid brick building with steps, arches and handrails. In 1981 it was sold to the Omeo Shire and now continues...

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  • Omeo Bank Building

    These premises were used as a Bank Managers residencefor the past 110 years. It was originally built by the Commercial Bank of Australia in 1889 and the front chambers were operational as a full time bank untilJune 2000. The building has now been restored to its former state with the outside facade signage displaying the original rendering of...

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Omeo Restaurants

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    by Rosie-o Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    After the bushfires of early 2003 the town of Omeo was devastated both physically and economically. With much of the natural scenery reduced to tinder, local business found it difficult to draw tourists back to the district.

    However, with the opening of Mesley's restaurant in 2004 a new sense of vibrancy and energy has been injected into this tiny town. Renovating and reinvigourating the former 'High Country Tavern', owners Lyn and Steve offer an exciting menu which features a mix of Asian influenced dishes and classics such as steaks and fish.

    The homely atmosphere and friendly service is refreshing and, whilst the menu is sophisticated, it is in not intimidating like many of its city counterparts. Mesley's front bar adds a extra dimension to the dining experience, with patrons encouraged to enjoy a drink on the lounge before they order their meal.

    The food itself is second to none, the care and effort gone into their preparation is obvious, with one diner remarking that he could "feel the love" gone into his eye fillet steak!

    A fantastic dining experience.

    Favorite Dish: All that I tasted was wonderful, however highlights included the Thai mushroom and coconut soup, home made and very creamy! Also the chilli mussels (locally bought) and the baby barramundi cooked in bark and served with a tomato salsa.

    NB. vegetarian meals are offered, when I visited they were a pumpkin and ricotta filo and open ravioli. Both yummy.

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Omeo Local Customs

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    by Rosie-o Written Feb 16, 2004

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    The folk here are pretty laid back and friendly. Most will greet you with a "How's it goin' " as you walk past. However there are always exceptions to the rule! The woman in the milk bar / chip shop told one customer she would not make him a steak sandwich as it was "too hot to make one" !

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Omeo Warnings and Dangers

  • Omeo fires of 2003

    4 houses were lost in the Omeo area. The Police Station was even on fire. 2,800 sheep and 850 cattle died lost and many hectares were blackened by these raging fires in the bush

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  • Black Friday Fires

    By Black Friday, a number of fires had already joined up and were directly threatening the town. As the sky grew ever darker, a sheet of flame ripped through Omeo, destroying the Golden Age Hotel, the hospital, twenty houses and eleven shops as it went, before continuing its rampage towards Gippsland. At Swifts Creek, the local fire brigade spent...

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  • Black Friday Fires

    By Black Friday, a number of fires had already joined up and were directly threatening the town. As the sky grew ever darker, a sheet of flame ripped through Omeo, destroying the Golden Age Hotel, the hospital, twenty houses and eleven shops as it went, before continuing its rampage towards Gippsland. At Swifts Creek, the local fire brigade spent...

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Omeo Off The Beaten Path

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    by Rosie-o Written Feb 16, 2004

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    The Mitta River flows just nearby Omeo township and it is well worth a look. During Summer it is a great place for a swim or a picnic on the bank. There is a slight current, but the water is not deep so even inexperienced swimmers should be all right. One word of warning - after the bushfires the riverbed in quite silty and muddy, so be prepared for dirty feet!

    Lazing in the sun (42 C)
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