Swifts Creek was originally settled by Europeans in the gold rushes of the mid 1800s and has a history of grazing and timber milling. The bakery, cafe and hotel all serve great refreshments.
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.
Named after a small Scottish township, Cassilis is close by and was once a thriving mining centre and home to some 1000 people. If you look closely enough you will still find some of the mining relics.
The Tambo Valley includes Bindi and Tongio and is the home of the historic Bindi Station and the Nullamunjie Olive Grove.
The Swift's Creek Cup
Tambo Valley Races is a picnic race meeting held once a year.. It is a fantsastic day out for everyone with on course bookies and plenty of fun and entertainment! Also there on the day are:- Rooster Crow, Whip Cracking, Jumping Castle, Foot Races, Fashions on the field, Tiny Tot, Miss Teen, Lady of the Day, Donated Goods Auction, Six Race Program, Bar and Food, Situated on the cool banks of the Tambo River, Foster Crooke and his spectacular high jumping dogs. Come to the high country and soak up the atmosphere, in the most picturesque part of the world – Swifts Creek!
The Great Alpine Gallery
Opened in October 1998 by artists living in the Omeo and Swifts Creek area of East Gippsland, the Gallery is the home of masterpieces created by local people whom are inspired by the beauty of their surrounds. Paintings, woodwork, craft, photography, sculpture are all featured.
Their aim was to establish a permanent exhibiting venue where work could be displayed and sold locally. Also to encourage greater creativity, to promote the diverse range of artistic talent of the area, and to foster these unique skills inspired by our beautiful environment for the benefit of the whole community.
The Great Alpine Gallery is situated on the Great Alpine Road at Swifts Creek. From Bairnsdale you take the highway north alongside the picturesque Tambo River, or from Bright the highway winds up to Mt Hotham and down through the beautiful Omeo Region High Country including Swifts Creek.
The Gallery is registered as a not for profit organization and is staffed entirely by volunteers.
For more information on Swifts Creek, visit http://www.discovereastgippsland.com.au/