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History & heritage

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.

Explorers Hume and Hovell were the first Europeans to discover the region in 1824. Gold prospectors were next to arrive, seeking their fortunes. They were followed by the infamous bushrangers and their daring exploits. Cattlemen also settled in the region, driving their herds to the alpine grasses. Talk a walk across the high plains and discover the huts they built as shelter, including Cope Hut and Wallaces Hut.

See the High Country's rich history reflected in streetscapes, picturesque townships and mountain huts. And for a glimpse into the lives of Victoria's early holidaymakers, take a drive up to the famous Mount Buffalo Chalet – one of the state's first ski resorts.

The region's landscapes and cultural heritage also inspired some of Australia's most endearing legends including bush poet AB 'Banjo' Paterson's The Man From Snowy River and bushranger Ned Kelly.

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Bushranger history

Visit the site of the infamous Kelly Gang siege and learn about 'Mad Dog' Morgan and Harry Power.

Ned Kelly: A brief but remarkable life

Follow the brief but remarkable life of notorious bushranger and national identity, Ned Kelly.

Cattlemen history

Visit the historic huts built by the courageous and skilled cattlemen who roamed the high country.

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History & heritage

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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...

Gold rush history

The Indigo Gold Trail

The rich history of the gold rush that shaped the towns and countryside of Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah can be explored on a...

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...

History & heritage

Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk

Seven years in the making, the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk was opened in March 2013. The Wall includes both the names of all Australian...

History & heritage

Cheviot Tunnel

The historic Cheviot Tunnel is a key feature of the Tallarook to Mansfield Rail Line which operated between 1883 and 1970 and now the Great Victorian...

Museums

Jamieson Museum

The Jamieson Museum, housed in the old Jamieson Courthouse, is maintained by the Jamieson & District Historical Society and is open on weekends...

Architecture & design

Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Visit a rare surviving example of a post war migrant camp featuring remnant huts and buildings of Block 19, one of the original accommodation blocks.

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.

Heritage buildings

Historic Hughes Creek Bridge

Hughes Creek was named after the first settler in Avenel, for many years it was a popular overnight stop for drovers. The bridge was built in 1859 by...

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Things to do

Shopping

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

Things to do

Family activities

Head to the ideal holiday destination for families and enjoy adventure activities including mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing and skiing.

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Art and culture

Take the time to visit a few of the numerous local museums and art galleries and discover the history and artistic heritage of the region.

Destinations

Glenrowan

Look beyond the Ned Kelly tributes in Glenrowan to discover historic vineyards producing award-winning wines that precede the notorious bushranger.