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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 1952 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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Black Caviar Statue

On 24 October 2013, history was created when Nagambie became home to the life size bronze statue of the world famous mare Black Caviar. The champion...

History & heritage

Dow's Pharmacy

Built in 1859 and bought by Hilda and Roy Dow in 1929, the unique Dow's Pharmacy displays a fascinating history of a country pharmacy with its...

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...

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

Chinese Burning Towers

The 1850's gold rush saw many Chinese nationals converge on Beechworth seeking their fortune. As the population grew so too did the need for...

History & heritage

Murray 1 Power Station

Murray 1 Power Station is the second largest power station in the Snowy Mountains Scheme. There are 10 turbines at Murray 1, each capable of...

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...

History & heritage

Lake View House

Lake View House is the childhood home of Henry Handel Richardson, pseudonym of Ethel Florence Richardson, author of 'The Getting of Wisdom' 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...

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Glenrowan

Discover Ned Kelly country in Glenrowan and visit historic vineyards that are even older than the legend of notorious bushranger.

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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.

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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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Shopping

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