Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or a casual weekend bushwalker, the High Country delivers on all fronts. Leave the city behind and discover an outdoor playground readymade for nature lovers, complete with pristine Alpine wilderness, lush valleys and winding waterways.
Get the heart racing with skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing through the winter months or test your mettle on mountain bike trails, road cycling routes and horse-riding tours during the warm season. But you don't need flashy equipment to get active. Set aside an afternoon and explore a national park on foot. Cycle between wineries to sample new vintages and cruise along rail trails, taking in the changing landscape as you ride. Warming up? Pause to cool off in local lakes and rivers in the summertime.
Set up camp with the kids and bring your binoculars to spot local wildlife and birdlife. Cast a line from your houseboat on Lake Eildon or hit the mountain streams for more challenging fishing opportunities. Take it up a notch with rock climbing, abseiling or even hang gliding at Mt Buffalo, one of the state's most popular action sports destinations.