street of Bruthen
Small town which is one of the gateways to
the Snowy Mountains
Located 310 km east of Melbourne, Bruthen is
situated in the valley of the Tambo River where
the mountains meet the plains. The town is a
gateway to the snowfields and the Snowy mountain
country to the north. 'Bruthen' is supposed to
have an Aboriginal derivation meaning 'bracken'
or 'place of an evil spirit'.
The town's main industries today are wool,
honey, timber and vegetables. Bruthen's major
attractions - the Fairy Dell Scenic Reserve and
the silt jetties - exist outside the township.
Things to see:
Historic Buildings in the Town
St Matthews Church and the Post Office, both
built in the 1890s, are of minor historical
interest. There are also a number of old shops
in the main street.
Fairy Dell Scenic Reserve
Fairy Dell Scenic Reserve can be reached by
taking the Omeo Highway out of Bairnsdale
towards Bruthen. Turn left along Eleven Mile
Road and follow the signs through the eucalyptus
forests. Picnic and barbecue facilities are
provided and you can take a half-hour walk along
a designated track through the lilly pilly
rainforest. If you continue along Deep Creek
Road there is an attractive lookout over the
Tambo River flats.
(1860) in the Main Street