Swifts Creek sits on the banks of the Tambo River and Swifts Creek and is home to an historic wood fire oven built in 1886 in the local bakery. 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. 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.
Must See & Do
- Visit the Great Alpine Gallery and take home works by local artists who are inspired by the beautiful surrounds of the Swifts Creek area.
- At the Club bookshop, local historian and author Peter Gardener stocks over 40,000 books which include some he has penned on the region's history and indigenous culture.
- Cycle from Swifts Creek to Ensay along the picturesque Swifts Creek East Rd and Ensay Doctors Flat Rd following the Tambo River, taking in beautiful rural settings and passing good fishing and swimming spots.
- Visit the Cassilis Historic Area which includes the heritage listed King Cassilis and Cassilis mine treatment plants. Walk the terminating section of the Jirnkee Water Race and admire the historic rockwork along the Charlotte Spur Tack.
- Indulge in local mead, delicious cider and ales brewed at micro brewery and local winery, Mt Markey Winery.
- Hit the gravel roads, drive through Brookville and visit the Dogs Grave on the Dargo Road; a tribute to man's best friend, buried in 1863.
- Improve your handicap whilst you drench your senses at the well maintained and picturesque 9 hole Tambo Valley Golf Course.
- Visit one of Victoria's oldest fascinating properties, historic Bindi Station and homestead, settled in 1876 (by appointment only- (content to be confirmed/authorised???)
- Taste the good oil at Nullamunjie Olive Oil, open for brunches, long lunches and dinner by appointment.
- Experience fine dining at Creekers Café, High Plains Bakery or Albion Hotel.
- Take a dip in the Swifts Creek Swimming Pool, open seasonally.
- Walk the Butlers Trail alongside the Tambo River.
- Indulge in a relaxing healing treatment at Bella Vita with massage, mud wraps and other therapies, alongside the banks of the tranquil Tambo River.
Bits of Interest
- The Aboriginal name for Swifts Creek is Bun Jirrah Gingee Munjie, "big kangaroos go to that place". As the name suggests large Eastern Grey Kangaroos feel the town is their own, often quietly wandering into town to feed along the roadside.
- More recently The Creek was named after an otherwise unknown gold prospector named Swift who worked the creek panning for alluvial gold in the 1850's.
- The Cassilis Hotel closed in the 1950's but lives on; not only are its bricks a part of the shops of Swifts Creek today but the Mt Markey Winery now stands where it once did.
- Swifts Creek and surrounding towns are affectionately known as 'below the gap'. As you climb the Great Alpine Road from Swifts Creek to Omeo you will reach the towns of Omeo, Benambra and surrounding areas which are 'above the gap'. The road rises 300 metres and offers many scenic views over the Tambo Valley to the mountains of the Great Dividing Range.
- The Great Dividing Range has one of its lowest crossing points at the intersection of the Cassilis Rd and Mt Delusion Rd which is known as the Cassilis Gap.
- A 1613 religious piece is the oldest book owned by Peter Gardner.
- Keep in contact and check your emails at the Swifts Creek Community Centre.