Victoria's High Country is famous for its unbeatable valley and mountain scenery and clean, fresh air. You'll also find a world of seasonal produce, warm hospitality, cafes and bars offering sophisticated fare, award-winning wines and outstanding craft breweries and distilleries.

The High Country boasts some of the best on and off-road cycling experiences in Australia. And in winter, it’s where all the snowy action can be found at Victoria’s premier alpine resorts.

Shake off the city and hit the road for a long weekend’s indulgence in all the good things in life. Bring the bikes or skis, pack your appetite and get set to explore this beautiful pocket of Victoria.

  • Set off on a drive to remember as you immerse yourself in the scenery of the Great Alpine Road. Follow the beautiful Ovens Valley, taking in Myrtleford on the way to Bright, near the foot of Mount Hotham. Nestled in a valley studded with tobacco kilns, Myrtleford is known for its post-war Italian heritage, marked each autumn by the La Fiera Festival. Stop in nearby Ovens for a tasty pub lunch at the Happy Valley Hotel, or sample outstanding oils and fresh-roasted seeds at the Australian Pumpkin Seed Co.

    Famous for its stunning display of autumn colour, Bright is one of the region's most popular villages. There's a great range of accommodation to suit all pockets, so base yourself here for the night and waste no time fuelling up at one of the many excellent cafes, bars, or cellar doors. Settle in at Bright Brewery for a relaxing afternoon or pop down to Reed & Co. for a distinctly Australian gin. Grab a hot beverage from Sixpence, or drop in for a tasting at Billy Button cellar door. Satisfy lunchtime cravings with a burger from Tomahawks, or meal at social enterprise Dumu Balcony Cafe.

    The good news is that the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is right there to work off your weekend excesses. The High Country's iconic, sealed cycle trail hugs the valley all the way to Wangaratta, nearly 100 kilometres away. Don't panic if you didn't bring your own treadlie - you can hire a standard, a tandem or an e-bike at any one of three cycle shops in Bright. Porepunkah is a perfect distance (six kilometres) away for an easy, mostly flat ride that combines stunning views of Mount Buffalo with a great late afternoon tipple and cheese platter at Ringer Reef Winery.

  • Kick off your second day in the High Country by making your way from Bright to Beechworth, about 45 minutes away. This excellently preserved gold rush town punches above its weight when it comes to gourmet offerings. You'll find several excellent cafes, such as the standout Ox & Hound Bistro. Local restaurant Provenance is one of the best in regional Australia and consistently earns owner-chef Michael Ryan multiple "chefs hats" and best regional wine list gongs.

    Wander around the town to admire the stunning gold rush architecture and get to grips with the fascinating local history in the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct. Join a Ned Kelly Walking Tour to discover the infamous bushranger's close links to Beechworth locations, including the historic courthouse where he and members of his gang stood trial.

    As always in Beechworth, it comes back to the food and drink. Wind down at Bridge Road Brewers, Ben Kraus' brewery that serves up a fantastic range of craft ales made with locally grown hops and a menu starring some of the best pizza funghi you'll ever eat. Discover the cosy pleasure of a house-distilled whisky at Billson's Brewery Speakeasy on a chilly afternoon. Cool off in summer with a dip in Lake Sambell, or wallow in the rock pools at Wooldshed Falls.

  • By now you're probably keen to start hitting the region's acclaimed cellar doors and loading up on farm-fresh produce. Make your way from Beechworth to Milawa (about half an hour's drive), via the cellar doors of Glenbosch Wine Estate and Weathercraft.Wines. Fill your esky with the wares of Milawa Cheese Co, Milawa Kitchen and Bakery, Gamze Smokehouse, Milawa Olives and Walkabout Apiaries, and sample fine wines at the famous Brown Brothers cellar door. Brown Brothers is also home to award-winning Patricia's Table, perfect for a lunchtime stop.

    Milawa is the jumping off point for the divine King Valley, home to several Italian families whose wines, especially prosecco and sangiovese, have become synonymous with the region. Five of these family wineries teamed up some years ago to create the popular Prosecco Road food and wine trail.

    Spend a leisurely afternoon tasting the drops and meeting the winemakers at the cellar doors dotted along the valley. Indulge in a prosecco cocktail and game of bocce at Dal Zotto Wines Cellar Door, taste local varietals and experience the warm family atmosphere at Pizzini Wines, or tuck into a late lunch at the Chrismont restaurant, with its 180-degree vistas of the valley and surrounding ranges.