6. Cool waterways
Discover rivers dotted with campsites and swimming holes and lakes perfect for skis, boats, canoes, lilos and fishing.
Dip your toes or a line in the Murray, Ovens, King and Kiewa rivers, or make a splash in valley lakes, Lake William Hovell, Lake Eildon and Lake Sambell, where water sports reign supreme.
On higher ground, chill out at local favourites Late Catani at Mount Buffalo, and Rocky Valley Lake at Falls Creek – a cool 1600 metres above sea level and home to the annual Falls Creek Dragon Boat Regatta.
Seek out the perfect brew with a view on Victoria's High Country Brewery Trail. Weaving a scenic path to the region's best beers, the trail takes in newcomers Rutherglen Brewery, Social Bandit and Blizzard Brewery, as well as established favourites Sweetwater Brewing Company, Bright Brewery, Bridge Road Brewers and Black Dog Brewery.
Beyond beer, try the Beechworth Cider at Amulet Wines, the artisan gins at Hurdle Creek Still or, the bees knees, honey mead at Beechworth Honey.
Wherever you go, you're never far from a lovingly crafted tipple.
8. Cooking classes
Take your culinary skills to the next level with a cooking class at High Country restaurants and wineries. Do nonna proud at A Tavola at Pizzini Wines and Simones in Bright, or pick up a trick or two at monthly cooking classes at the Pickled Sisters Cafe. As you would expect in these parts, classes are followed with gourmet feasts and top tipples. Buon appetito.
9. Local produce
The High Country is the whey to go for cheese lovers. Shoot the bries with legendairy producers King Valley Dairy, Milawa Cheese and Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods.
Branch out with olives, mustard and other munchies at the Brown Brothers Winery Epicurean Centre and treat your sweet teeth at Beechworth Honey and Bright Chocolate.
Grape expectations are met with artisan wines, fortifieds, full-bodied reds and Italian varietals in the High Country's wine regions.
Grab your two best wine buddies for some Muscateering around Rutherglen, stopping at All Saints Estate, Chambers Rosewood Winery, Scion Vineyard and Winery, and Stanton and Killeen Wines. On the King Valley's Prosecco Road, get a right royal fix of fizz along with a little bocce at Pizzini, Sam Miranda, Chrismont, Dal Zotto and Brown Brothers.