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Wander through the village's well-preserved nineteenth century streetscape and imagine you're on the set of an Australian period film.

Village secrets

Venture off the beaten track and stumble upon tiny villages like Chiltern, which came of age following the discovery of gold in the 1850s. These days over 20 buildings in the village are registered or owned by the National Trust.

Take a self-guided walk through the streets, past the historic post office, courthouse and masonic hall, as well as the original police cells. Visit the Federal Standard newspaper office and Dow's Pharmacy and discover how much things have changed since the nineteenth century.

Visit Lakeview House, the elegant former home of distinguished author Henry Handel Richardson, who penned the Australian classic The Getting of Wisdom.

Back to nature

Uncover goldfield relics and native bird life on quiet forest trails through the Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park, and enjoy 360-degree views over the countryside from the Mount Pilot Lookout.

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The Federal Standard Printing Works

Established in 1859, the Federal Standard Printing Works is one of the few substantially intact provincial newspaper printeries remaining from the...


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Nature and wildlife

From river valleys to majestic snow dusted mountain peaks, the natural beauty of the stunning High Country region knows no bounds.

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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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History and heritage

Discover the rich history of Aboriginal migration, gold, bushrangers, and the romance of the cattlemen who worked and lived in the high country.

Outdoor activities

Cycle the High Country

Take up the challenge to cycle up the High Country's highest peaks or simply enjoy meandering rides between regional wineries and gourmet producers.