Omeo is one of the few towns in Victoria that is really very isolated. A 100 plus k from Bairnsdale to the South and 110 k from both Mount Beauty and Bright. The former being a very winding road that requires patience.
The first reported sighting by Europeans of the wide plain that the Aborigines called 'Omeo' was by the naturalist John Lhotsky from the Southern Alps in 1834.The area was first visited by stockmen who drove stock through the region as early as 1835. In 1845 gold was found around Omeo, and in the 1860s the gold rush reached its peak.
Attractions include the Oriental Claims, the Cuckoo Clock shop, and white water rafting on the Mitta Mitta River. The Cobungra River, Bundara River, Big River, and Mitta Mitta River around nearby Anglers Rest, as well as the Tambo River, all provide good trout fishing.
Owing to Omeo’s chequered history not a lot that is old has survived. That said heritage is clearly important.