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History & heritage

See the High Country's rich history etched into the landscapes and streetscapes, Alpine villages and mountain huts across the region. Visit museums and cultural sites, hear stories of days gone by, and gain a new appreciation of this spectacular part of Victoria. And for a glimpse into the lives of the state's early holidaymakers, take a drive up to the famous Mount Buffalo Chalet – one of the state's first ski resorts.

Through the centuries

For at least 20,000 years Aboriginal tribes have been living and travelling around the High Country, making the annual trek in summer to feast on Bogong Moths.

European explorers Hume and Hovell arrived in 1824 and then the discovery of gold brought thousands of prospectors, coming to seek their fortunes. The infamous bushrangers followed as well as the famous cattlemen, who brought their herds to the area to graze on the alpine grasses. Talk a walk across the high plains and discover the huts that they built for shelter, including Cope Hut and Wallaces Hut.

Legends of the highlands

The region's rugged landscapes and cultural heritage inspired some of Australia's most endearing legends including bush poet AB 'Banjo' Paterson's The Man From Snowy River and bushranger Ned Kelly. Be a part of the story at The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival and explore the Kelly myth at Glenrowan, the site of his last stand.

Golden hills

Gold was discovered in Beechworth in 1852 and before long the region was buzzing with people from all over the globe, from China and America to Ireland and Germany. Visit the Chinese Burning Towers in Beechworth and travel along The Indigo Trail to learn how the history of the High Country was shaped by the gold rush.

Ancient Dreaming

Get an understanding of Indigenous culture at the Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site, located at the foot of Mount Pilot in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park. The Duduora people, along with the Quat Quatta and Minjambutta clans, used the area as a spiritual and ceremonial site. Delve deeper into local traditions by browsing the collection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous artworks at the Benalla Art Gallery.

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History & heritage

Craig’s Hut

Share in Australian film history and experience celluloid-worthy views at the iconic hut built for The Man from Snowy River, high atop Mount Stirling.

History & heritage

Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct

The Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct is a collection of nationally significant buildings telling the story of how Australia grew and...

Gold rush history

Yackandandah Gold Panning

Yackandandah is rich in gold mining history and owes its creation to the discovery of gold in 1852. Alluvial gold was the main source of gold found...

Heritage buildings

Fry's Hut

Master Bushman, Fred Fry, built his home in the late 1930s. Using split timber and his own personal style of workmanship he erected many huts in the...

History & heritage

Dow's Pharmacy

Built in 1859 in Chiltern and bought by Hilda and Roy Dow in 1930, the unique Dow's Pharmacy displays a fascinating history of a country pharmacy...

Heritage buildings

Bonnie Doon Bridge

Ride, walk or drive the 385 metre long Bonnie Doon Rail Bridge, providing a great vantage spot to stop and take in the sights of the lake, before...

Heritage buildings

Woods Point Petrol Station

This renowned little fuel stop harks back to Woods Point’s hey-day. The tiny, original timber building was once a functioning petrol station and bore...

Heritage buildings

Old Beechworth Gaol

The Old Beechworth Gaol is one of Australia’s most significant post European cultural sites. Its role in the chain of events that led to the...

Gold rush history

Yackandandah Cemetery

With the discovery of gold in 1852 and the increase of population in the immediate vicinity of Yackandandah, a town cemetery would have soon been...

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