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Omeo - Oriental Claims Historic Area



The Oriental Claims Historic Area reminds us of a time when this gold rich part of the high country showed sufficient promise to encourage pioneers to forge out an existence in remote mountainous areas. At its peak, the Oriental Claims was one of the largest gold sluicing operations in the world. For more than 50 years prospectors worked the Livingstone Creek area in search of gold. Using a system of water races and high pressure hoses, the mineral bearing soil was extracted from the looming surrounding cliffs.

Walking tracks and interpretive signage guide you through the history of the area and the stories of the Chinese and European miners and their families.

Location - The Oriental Claims Historic Area (approximately 40 ha) is 2 km south of Omeo. It is possible to walk to the Claims along the scenic Livingston Creek Walking Track.

Things To Do
Oriental Claims Picnic Area - Toilet, tables, BBQs and fireplaces are provided at the picnic area beside Dry Gully Creek. A display board details stories of the Claims and further information on the surrounding area.

Walks around the Oriental Claims
Ah Fongs Loop 45 minutes return
Crossing the Dry Gully Bridge, this leisurely walk takes you to the site originally worked by Ah Fong in 1875. It was one of the most extensive and richest sites within the Oriental Claims.

Pioneer Claim Loop 45 minutes return
The dominant feature of this walk is the rugged cliff faces, up to 30 metres in height, formed by hydraulic sluicing. Also along this walk you may see a variety of orchids (Pink Fingers and Wax Lip and the more common colonies of Spider, Sun and Donkey orchids) from late winter to early summer.

Oriental Claims to Omeo (or vice versa) 2 hours return
This pleasant walk follows the Livingston Creek to Omeo/ Oriental Claims. Watch out for Swamp Wallabies and the colourful range of native birds (Crimson Rosellas, White-eared Honeyeaters, Eastern Yellow Robins, Superb Fairy-wrens and White-browed Scrubwrens) that can be seen in this area.


Address | Contact


308 Great Alpine Road,  Omeo 3898, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X922 Ref: J11

Web Links


Link Oriental Claims Historic Area (Parks Victoria)

Link Oriental Claims Historic Area - Park Note (PDF)



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