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Published August 28th 2016
While driving around 400 kms a day on my own, I take the time to call in at Visitor Information Centres and other places of interest, particularly places of historical interest. It's easy to find them along the way!
Slab Hut at Orbost
I've seen slab huts before, but was thrilled to find one, at Orbost in Victoria, which is now used as the Visitor Information Centre – so has a two-fold purpose.
The Slab Hut previously was around 3 kms away, and was a family home built around 1872, and the family lived on the farming property. The folk at the Slab Hut will happily tell more of the history of the Hut.
The Hut was removed from its original site around 1970, and stored until 1984 when the Shire Council approved the current site. It was restored and brought to life as a Tourist Information Centre in 1987.
To learn more of the history of the Orbost region of East Gippsland, and the Slab Hut, call in to see it. It is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, and it is free to visit. The friendly staff are happy to tell you all about the region.
On the grounds, there are other interesting buildings and some geese which wander around the gardens.
So, if you are driving in that region of Victoria – make a point of stopping and seeing the hut, and learning how our early pioneers lived.