Go slow on the way to the snow to feast on food and art in alpine villages. The roads to Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek are paved with perfect pit stops for snow wanderers. Find coffee merchants and cellar doors, restaurants and provedores, craft breweries and chocolate makers in Mansfield, Milawa and King Valley, Bright and Mount Beauty, and feed the soul with art inside and out in Benalla.
Explore our favourite stop offs en route to the snowfields.
Fuel up with freshly roasted blends at Mansfield Coffee Merchant, get your eggs and artisan breads at Mansfield Regional Produce Store, wander through the local shops and try a tipple at Social Bandit Brewing Co.
Mount Hotham and Falls Creek
Take the art-alt-route to Benalla. Home to the Wall-to-Wall street art festival, this is the place to up your street (sm)arts with a tour of murals by some of the country's most well-known names. Indoors, head to the Benalla Regional Art Gallery, internationally recognised for its outstanding historic and contemporary Australian art collection.
Milawa and King Valley
Fill your cellar, basket and belly with gourmet stop offs for wine and cheese in Milawa and the King Valley.
Take it cheesy at roadside whey-station the Milawa Cheese Factory Cafe and nearby King Valley Dairy. For condiments, Milawa Mustards is a must(ard)-see.
Tipplers, you're in for a royally good time exploring the Italian varietals of the King Valley wine region. Pull over at Sam Miranda and Brown Brothers, both directly en route, or venture further into the valley to visit Pizzini and Dal Zotto. Still more, the Hurdle Creek Still, just six kilometres from Milawa offers tastings and tours of its craft gin distillery. In like gin.
Bright-en up your road trip with handmade chocolate, handcrafted beer, and coffee and wine time in village cafes and bars.
Stock up on single-origin sugar-laden handcrafted ski-fuel at Bright Chocolate, and après-ski Esky fillers at boutique Bright Brewery.
Take in the village vibe over coffee (or wine) at Ginger Baker Wine Bar and Cafe, and at retro-inspired cafe Coral Lee. Staying awhile? Wrangle a reservation at Simone's, one of Victoria's most celebrated restaurants.
On the way to Falls Creek, take in sweeping views and craft brews at Sweetwater Brewing Company at the base of Mount Bogong.