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Art & culture

Fine art and local tunes, bushrangers and cattlemen – the High Country is home to numerous museums, studios and art galleries where visitors can delve into the history and creative heritage of the region.

Art lovers

Visit the renowned Benalla Regional Art Gallery, home to Sidney Nolan's famous 'Glenrowan' tapestry and one of Victoria's up-and-coming art galleries. Pop in to see a range of notable visiting and resident exhibitions, browse the Australian and Indigenous art collections, or check out the kids program.

View the work of local artists at commercial galleries and cooperatives right across the High Country, where you can purchase an artwork to hang in your home.

A different time

Delve into the rich and varied history of Victoria's High Country. Hear stories about bushrangers, miners, pioneers and soldiers from the 1800s to the present day. Visit local museums displaying fascinating relics and exhibits and get an insight into the everyday life of the state's famous, infamous and ordinary citizens.

Head to Benalla to see the blood stained sash Ned kelly wore at the famous seige in Glenrowan and learn about the region's heroes who distinuished themselves during WW1 and WW2, including Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop and Captain Hector Waller. Find out what life was like for the first Chinese settlers who worked in the gold mines during the goldrush at the Beechworth Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Gardens.

Note perfect

Travel to Wangaratta in October when the town comes alive for the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. See the country's best jazz musicians hit the stage along with visiting international stars, playing everything from traditional standards and bebop to fusion, experimental, Dixieland and even blues.

In the new year, Opera in the Alps makes a splash in the lush grounds of the Beechworth Golf Course. A cultural highlight on the Victorian music calendar, the performance showcases some of Australia's best operatic voices and classical musicians.

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Art galleries & museums

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Mansfield Historical Society

Mansfield Historical Society is located at the Mansfield Railway Station at the start of Mansfield town. The Mansfield Historical Society preserves...

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Gallery 34 Yea

Gallery 34 is located in the old Commercial Bank Building in Yea, just over 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. It is dedicated to showcasing Australian...

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Rutherglen Art Gallery

The Rutherglen and District Artists Society welcomes you to the Rutherglen Art Gallery, a very highly regarded, well established Gallery operating in...

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Mansfield Art Gallery

Mansfield Art Gallery offers contemporary visual arts, with a focus on artists from around Mansfield and further afield in regional Victoria. The...

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Great Alpine Gallery

The Great Alpine Gallery opened in October 1998 by artists living in the Omeo and Swifts Creek area of East Gippsland. The Gallery is the home of...

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Benalla Aviation Museum

The Benalla Aviation Museum offers a fascinating look at Australia's military air training history, from the historic home of a World War II RAAF...

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Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum

The Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum was founded in 1967 and is now accredited through the Museum Accreditation Program (Victoria). It is managed...

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Man From Snowy River Museum Corryong

The Man From Snowy River Museum is a volunteer run community museum located in the beautiful Upper Murray region of North East Victoria. The...

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El Dorado Pottery

El Dorado Pottery is situated in the Eldorado and Woolshed Valley region of the Rural City of Wangaratta and is a part of the High Country Tourist...

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Beechworth Stoneage Gems

Beechworth Stoneage Gems is located eight kilometres from Beechworth on the Beechworth Chiltern Road, just look out for the sign. Come and see the...

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Burke Museum

Originally built as the Beechworth Athenaeum in 1857, The Robert O’Hara Burke Memorial Museum was named in honour of Robert O'Hara Burke, the famous...

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Yackandandah Museum

The Yackandandah Museum has a large and comprehensive collection of the many stories from the district. The Museum is set in the old Bank of Victoria...

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Wine regions

Come for King Valley icons and discover new favourite wines at family-run wineries in the High Country's eight wine regions.

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Shopping

Discover an eclectic mix of shops and galleries selling everything from antiques and collectibles to local handicrafts, jewellery and chocolates.

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History and heritage

Discover the rich history of Aboriginal migration, gold, bushrangers, and the romance of the cattlemen who worked and lived in the high country.

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Restaurants

High Country dining is whatever you want it to be, with top food found in friendly pubs, stylish cafes and elegant restaurants.