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A spring ski soiree in Omeo

Words by Della Vreeland
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The end of the winter ski season might be upon us, but that’s not to say the season itself has come to a close. In fact, for those who weren’t able to secure a winter getaway on the slopes, the spring season presents the perfect opportunity to explore the snow – without all the hustle and bustle.


With fewer crowds, softer snow, cheaper accommodation, and a much bluer skyline, spring is the underrated choice for a family (or solo) ski trip to the High Country. If you ask us, the charming hamlet of Omeo, nestled amidst the mountains of Gippsland’s Alpine region, is the idyllic place to set up camp and make a trip or two to Hotham during the warmer months.

Here’s how we suggest you spend your adventure-filled Omeo getaway.

Day-trips to Mount HothamHotham ski fields Omeo accommodation

The drive to Mount Hotham makes for a gradual, relaxing ascent, lasting only 50-minutes and overlooking the stunning snowy surrounds. With 320 hectares of Hotham to explore, you’ll have plenty to keep you and the tribe occupied, so we suggest a couple of day trips (or more). Learn to ski or board, ride the lift up and down the mountain, sneak in some retail therapy, enjoy the many on-site restaurants and cafes, and bask in the sun as it makes itself known through the clouds.

Omeo also has its own Ski Hire and Service Station, so you can have all your gear sorted before you make the trek up the mountain.



White water raftingWhite water rafting Gippsland Omeo

White water rafting is another radical springtime adventure, and Omeo is renowned for its adrenalin-pumping, world-class, white-water rafting experience. With 60 rapids classed from 2 (novice) to 4 (experienced), the 19-kilometre descent of the Mitta River features towering granite gorges and the exquisite wilderness of the Alpine National Park.

Plummet between intricate rock formations, tackle the foaming fury of the Mitta Gorge, and test your skills against Mother Nature’s temperamental moods.




Outdoor venturesNatural walks Omeo Gippsland

If you’re a bird lover, or simply a nature lover, the Oriental Claims walk, Ah Fongs Loop is just the place for you. In the springtime, when the sun comes out to play, it’s also the perfect time to pack yourself a picnic and savour the warmer weather as you soak up the beautiful natural surrounds.

Omeo also recently developed a killer new pump track walking distance from town. Suitable for beginners and experts alike, this is just another adrenalin-thumping experience to add to your Omeo itinerary.



Dine in stylecafe and restaurants Omeo Gippsland

In between your time on the slopes, tracks and rapids, you’ll be able to experience some of the finest fare that Omeo has to offer. There’s bike rides and good coffee at Velo Grammont, picturesque wine tastings at Ensay Winery, old-fashioned country hospitality and classic meals at the Hilltop Hotel, warming pastries at the Crazy Cow Cafe & Bakery, homemade bread and sweet treats at Pippa’s Pantry, or generous, hearty pub meals at the iconic Golden Age Hotel. A pretty wholesome selection for such a small town.



A cultural experienceHistoric buildings Omeo

A stroll through Omeo’s town centre, and you’ll easily see its connections to the goldfields. Visit the A.M. Pearson Historical Park to see the town’s original courthouse, post office, gaol built of logs, blacksmith shop, stables and waterwheel – all dating back to the mid to late 19th century.

Omeo’s rich arts and cultural scene also can’t be beat, with the likes of the Petersen’s Gallery (housed in the historic surgeon’s residence) as well as the new Omeo Makers Market both showcasing the breadth of creative talent inherent within the town. For something completely out of the ordinary, Omeo boasts its very own German Cuckoo Clock Shop, attracting visitors in droves seeking a quirky gift or two.

The township of Swifts Creek, 20 minutes’ drive south of town, is also home to the Great Alpine Gallery – a non-profit community art space operated by volunteers and celebrating the work of local artists. Founded in 1998, the Gallery features a main space of rotating displays as well as a number of special exhibitions through the year.  Visitors can also nab themselves a nice handmade gift or two from the gallery shop.



Rest your headaccommodation Omeo Gippsland

When you plan your spring ski escape, there’s no denying that choosing Omeo as your home base will be the affordable option. That being said, you won’t have to compromise on comfort or charm, with the village’s accommodation options boasting real country hospitality to ensure a relaxing and rejuvenating stay.

Omeo’s aforementioned Hill Top Hotel and Golden Age both double-up as accommodation and food options, so you’ll get an all-in-one experience, while other places such as the Colonial Motel and the Omeo Motel offer the same level of comfort and delight, and will feel just like home. You’ll even be able to treat yourself to a nice and warm cooked brekky.

Then there’s apartments such as Holston and Snug as a Bug that evoke a real laid-back country experience and are as quaint as they come.


WHAT: Spring skiing and other activities from the village of Omeo
WHERE: Omeo, East Gippsland
ACCOMODATION: Accommodation Packages


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