High in the hills, historic Omeo comes as a bit of a surprise after the winding drive up from the coast or down from the mountains. This is the southern access route to Mt Hotham and Falls Creek and the main town on the eastern section of the Great Alpine Rd. The road is sometimes snowbound in winter; always check conditions before heading this way and carry chains. In the gold-rush days of the 1850s, Omeo was the wildest and most remote goldfields in the state. It attracted many Chinese diggers whose legacy you can see today on the Oriental Claims Walk. Stay a while to wander the steep main street and breathe in the crisp mountain air.