Once a town known for its timber industry, Swifts Creek and adjoining Cassilis are now well-known hideaways for many talented artists and home to the very successful Great Alpine Gallery which displays art, paintings and sculpture.
Located on the Great Alpine Road in the beautiful Tambo Valley, Europeans settled Swifts Creek during the gold rush of the mid 1800s and there are several places of heritage significance in the area. The town has all the rural essentials of a pub, corner store and bakery. Once you’ve taken in the tree-lined Tambo River and strolled around the towns main centre be sure to hit the gravel roads. Take a drive through Brookville and visit the Dogs Grave; A tribute to man’s best friend.
Historic Cassilis should not be missed. This once thriving mining community is now a 3600-hecrate Historical area. The old mines are now a popular tourist attraction with many relics of the gold mining era. You can explore the area via a series of different walks on offer which pass through old treatment plants and water races. The Charlotte Spur track shows off some beautiful rockwork.
The Tambo Valley area also incorporates Bindi and Tongio. The historic Bindi Station and homestead is one of Victoria’s oldest fascinating properties settled in 1876. (You can visit via appointment) Tongio is famous for the Nullamunjie Olive Oil and includes The Pressing Shed Cafe & Restaurant. (Open seasonally)