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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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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...

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...

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...

Heritage buildings

Pickering's Hut and Camping Area

Pickering's Hut is situated on the banks of the Howqua River nestled amongst mountains such as Mount Timbertop, Red Hill, Little Buller and Mount...

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

Razorback Hut

Until recent times, local mountain country cattlemen used Razorback Hut during annual stock drives. Today, the site is a popular overnight stop for...

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

Avenel Cemetery

Steeped in history, visit the many graves scattered around the Avenel Cemetery. Of important note here is the grave of John 'Red' Kelly, the father...

History & heritage

The Heritage Walk - Violet Town

Take a stroll around Violet Town and discover some of the parts that make up the history of this small town. The Heritage Walk is made up of 18...

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