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.Bright BreweryBreweriesBright Brewery is a proudly independent craft brewery, bar, restaurant and bike hub located in the heart of beautiful Bright. With the backdrop of Victoria’s...The Great Alpine RoadRoad trips & itinerariesDrive one of Australia's great touring routes, The Great Alpine Road, and explore Victoria's north-east down to the jaw-dropping Gippsland Lakes.Reed & Co. DistilleryDistilleriesReed & Co Distillery is a family-owned and operated distillery and bar in the alpine town of Bright, northeast Victoria.Their philosophy is simple, they...Murray to Mountains Rail TrailGreat TrailsWhisk yourself away to Victoria's best developed rail trail and dive into the heart of the Victorian alpine region, with its farmgates and wineries.Ringer Reef WineryWineriesSit out on the landing with premium wine and a seasonal platter and take in the stunning views of the Buckland Valley and the imposing Mount Buffalo.Billy Button Cellar DoorWineriesThe flower-lovers among us will know that the Billy Button name belongs to the bouncy native yellow flowers that colour the mountain tops of the Alpine...
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.Beechworth Historic and Cultural PrecinctHistory & heritageThe Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct is a collection of nationally significant buildings telling the story of how Australia grew and prospered.Beechworth...Ned Kelly Walking TourWalking toursThe Ned Kelly Walking Tour highlights include the house where Magistrate William Henry Foster, who presided over Ned Kelly's committal hearing in the Beechworth...Provenance Restaurant and AccommodationRestaurantsThey say you can't eat awards, but every bite of the east-meets-west cuisine at the increasingly acclaimed Beechworth restaurant is a prize in itself.BeechworthDestinationsExperience Beechworth's burgeoning food and wine scene, and take the time to discover the town's rich gold rush history and Ned Kelly connections.Billson's BreweryBreweriesFounded in 1865, Billson's is one of Australia's oldest breweries, quietly tucked in one of Beechworth leafy side streets. The landmark red brick facade...Lake SambellParks & gardensLake Sambell is a short stroll from the centre of Beechworth, and is a picturesque recreation reserve and a popular venue for water and boating activities.It...Woolshed FallsLakes & waterwaysView the cascades from the observation deck or take a walk through historic gold workings on the banks of Spring Creek, just north of Beechworth.
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.Glenbosch Wine EstateWineriesGlenbosch Wine Estate boasts a winery, distillery, restaurant and eco-cottages in the renowned Beechworth Wine Region. Join the team for some wine or gin...Weathercraft WinesWineriesPick from individual bottles or colour-code your own lockdown survival pack.Milawa Cheese CompanyLocal produceA proud family business, Milawa Cheese was founded in 1988 by David and Annie Brown, and is now run by their daughter, Ceridwen. The family pursues a dream...Brown Brothers Milawa VineyardWineriesVisit one of Australia's oldest family wineries and pop by the cellar door, live it up at Patricia's Table, or enjoy a relaxing bite at Epi.Curious.King Valley's Prosecco RoadKing Valley wine regionTravel down King Valley's Prosecco Road at your own pace and discover the finest examples of Australian prosecco and home-style hospitality on offer.Dal Zotto Wines Cellar DoorWineriesExperience genuine Italian family hospitality at the Dal Zotto Wines Cellar Door and Trattoria seven days a week in the heart of the King Valley. The Dal...ChrismontWineriesTaste your way through the La ZONA portfolio of Italian varietals at this beautiful property. Extend your visit and stay at the Chrismont guesthouse.Pizzini Wines King ValleyWineriesExperience true Pizzini style in a warm family atmosphere while tasting top regional Italian varietals. Stay on at the Pizzini Vineyard guesthouse.