Swifts Creek Great Alpine Road
Swifts Creek is a small, saw-milling town on the Tambo River. It is one of a series of historic villages in the Victorian high country and is on the Great Alpine Road section of the Omeo Highway.
The town is ideal for tourists who want to stop a while and bask in the mountain scenery of alpine streams cutting through majestic gums and mountain ash, try their hand at a little fly fishing or explore the old goldfields. There are bush walking tracks and mountain bike tracks in the national park and the area is also popular for its 4WD tracks and camping.
Its close proximity to the fantastic skiing that Mount Hotham, falls Creek and Dinner plain have to offer is another asset of this town.
Around two kilometres north of town is the privately owned Tambo Valley Racecourse, where an annual Country racing Victoria sanctioned picnic horse racing carnival is held each March, including the Swifts Creek Cup.
The town’s public golf course, the Tambo Valley Golf Club, is located about thirteen kilometres north of town in the locality of Bindi.
Swifts Creek has close access to the Alpine National Park where visitors have a range of options of things to do. Parks Victoria manages this park and there are many registered tour operators that offer a range of activities throughout the park.
The local gallery shows a fantastic range of local art and has regular exhibitions
The Club Bookshop is Swifts Creek is a real treasure that stocks many thousands of books.
The region has plenty to offer in the way of food and wine.
The Albion Hotel in Swifts Creek has recently won a very prestigious award, being voted the best Pub/Bistro in the I Love Food Awards 2009.
Chefs Shannon and Tennille Mee were both trained in Melbourne and were head chefs at top Melbourne gastro-pubs before coming to Swifts Creek and injecting their passion and flair for food into the place. Their Signature dish is definitely Pork Belly, with their winter menu reading:-
“Twice Cooked Pork Belly on a Chardonnay Braised Cabbage”.
They have recently installed a latest technology glycol beer system that ensures the beer is always icy cold.
The historical Swifts Creek bakery offers fantastic fresh baked bread, pies, sausage rolls and pastries.
Creekers Cafe offers fantastic coffee.
The Mt Markey winery and the Ensay Winery are within close proximity to Swifts Creek and are open most weekends and school holidays and other times by appointment.
There are a range of accommodation options in and around the town with a Caravan park with both powered and non-powered sites; budget accommodation offering a 3 room unit and a one room unit; boutique cottages and a beautiful B&B that offers massage and natural therapy for all those that are after pampering or relaxation.