Journey along Australia's longest river to replenish the soul, reconnect with nature and share the best of the outdoor life. This is the mighty Murray! Splash around on sandy river beaches with the kids, wander through towering red gum forests and savour the famous food, wine and local produce. Delve into the past at open-air museums and Indigenous cultural sites, hitch a ride on an historic paddle steamer, or captain your own houseboat and explore the winding waterways of Victoria's incredible Murray River region.

Discover the best of the Murray on this epic three-day getaway.

  • Wangaratta to Bright

    83 kilometres, about 1 hour

    Start in Wangaratta, home to beautiful gardens, stately River Red Gums and riverside cafes. Time your visit for the annual November jazz festival, when the city really kicks up its heels.

    Making mouth-watering memories

    This northern leg of the Great Alpine Road is characterised not only by spectacular scenery and crisp mountain air, but also by fine wine and local valley produce.

    At Milawa, call in at the famed Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre and Cellar Door, and sample your way through Milawa Cheese Factory.

    Detour to the village of Beechworth, built on 19th-century gold rush wealth. Explore the historic honey granite buildings, including the courthouse where the final trial of iconic bushranger Ned Kelly commenced. Get a taste of Beechworth's booming food and wine scene: try for a reservation at acclaimed Provenance or pop in for pizza and a beer at Bridge Road Brewers.

    Make a stop at picturesque Myrtleford via the stunning avenue of golden poplars lining the town entrance. Grab gourmet fare and top-notch coffee at the town’s range of cafes.

    Alternatively, break your journey with a pub meal at the Ovens Hotel – replenishing travellers since 1854.

    Alpine adventuring

    Take time to explore Mount Buffalo National Park and its unique rock formations. Stretch your legs along gentle walking tracks to waterfalls, massive granite formations and lookouts with views of the Australian Alps, or head out on horseback or two wheels. Look to local tour companies for guided adventures. Try caving or abseiling down the Cathedral Peak, followed by a cooling dip in Lake Catani. The summit of Mount Buffalo is also popular for tobogganing and cross-country or downhill skiing in winter.

    This leg ends at Bright, a beautiful town on the Ovens River, filled with grand deciduous trees that are simply stunning in autumn. Mark the first stage of your drive with a casual beer and bite at the Bright Brewery or Tomahawks, or settle in for a memorable meal and a gin flight at Reed & Co. craft distillery and bar-restaurant.

    Side trips

    Golden Heritage Drive
    From Wangaratta, take the B500 to Tarrawingee, the C315 to Beechworth and Wooragee, the C352 to Yackandandah, then the C527 to Myrtleford. On your way you'll take in Tarrawingee's historic buildings, including St Peter's church, the Plough Inn and Carinya House, and Beechworth's 30-plus beautifully preserved National Trust–classified buildings and places of significance to the legend of bushranger Ned Kelly. Walk the tree-lined streets of Yackandandah among stately Victorian architecture.

    Gourmet Food and Wine Drive
    From Wangaratta, take the C521 to Oxley and turn left to Milawa and Oxley at the heart of the famed Milawa Gourmet Region, where you can taste fine wines at cellar doors, including the renowned Mediterranean styles of the nearby King Valley. Sample outstanding local produce, experience the hospitality of award-winning country hotels and fine dining restaurants, and pull over at farm gates to fill your Esky with seasonal bounty. Drop into Oxley, a couple of k’s down the road to make a lunchtime stop at Sam Miranda cellar door and restaurant. Loop back to Wangaratta or on to Myrtleford and beyond.

    Mount Buffalo Drive
    At Porepunkah take the C535 to Mount Buffalo and the top of Mount Buffalo Gorge for fantastic views of the High Country and the Alps, and numerous walking tracks for majestic vistas. In winter, hire cross-country or downhill skis to get the adrenaline pumping, and in summer choose from the area's famous adventure activities such as micro lighting, paragliding and hang gliding.

  • Wangaratta to Bright

    83 kilometres, about 1 hour

    Start in Wangaratta, home to beautiful gardens, stately River Red Gums and riverside cafes. Time your visit for the annual November jazz festival, when the city really kicks up its heels.

    Making mouth-watering memories

    This northern leg of the Great Alpine Road is characterised not only by spectacular scenery and crisp mountain air, but also by fine wine and local valley produce.

    At Milawa, call in at the famed Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre and Cellar Door, and sample your way through Milawa Cheese Factory.

    Detour to the village of Beechworth, built on 19th-century gold rush wealth. Explore the historic honey granite buildings, including the courthouse where the final trial of iconic bushranger Ned Kelly commenced. Get a taste of Beechworth's booming food and wine scene: try for a reservation at acclaimed Provenance or pop in for pizza and a beer at Bridge Road Brewers.

    Make a stop at picturesque Myrtleford via the stunning avenue of golden poplars lining the town entrance. Grab gourmet fare and top-notch coffee at the town’s range of cafes.

    Alternatively, break your journey with a pub meal at the Ovens Hotel – replenishing travellers since 1854.

    Alpine adventuring

    Take time to explore Mount Buffalo National Park and its unique rock formations. Stretch your legs along gentle walking tracks to waterfalls, massive granite formations and lookouts with views of the Australian Alps, or head out on horseback or two wheels. Look to local tour companies for guided adventures. Try caving or abseiling down the Cathedral Peak, followed by a cooling dip in Lake Catani. The summit of Mount Buffalo is also popular for tobogganing and cross-country or downhill skiing in winter.

    This leg ends at Bright, a beautiful town on the Ovens River, filled with grand deciduous trees that are simply stunning in autumn. Mark the first stage of your drive with a casual beer and bite at the Bright Brewery or Tomahawks, or settle in for a memorable meal and a gin flight at Reed & Co. craft distillery and bar-restaurant.

    Side trips

    Golden Heritage Drive
    From Wangaratta, take the B500 to Tarrawingee, the C315 to Beechworth and Wooragee, the C352 to Yackandandah, then the C527 to Myrtleford. On your way you'll take in Tarrawingee's historic buildings, including St Peter's church, the Plough Inn and Carinya House, and Beechworth's 30-plus beautifully preserved National Trust–classified buildings and places of significance to the legend of bushranger Ned Kelly. Walk the tree-lined streets of Yackandandah among stately Victorian architecture.

    Gourmet Food and Wine Drive
    From Wangaratta, take the C521 to Oxley and turn left to Milawa and Oxley at the heart of the famed Milawa Gourmet Region, where you can taste fine wines at cellar doors, including the renowned Mediterranean styles of the nearby King Valley. Sample outstanding local produce, experience the hospitality of award-winning country hotels and fine dining restaurants, and pull over at farm gates to fill your Esky with seasonal bounty. Drop into Oxley, a couple of k’s down the road to make a lunchtime stop at Sam Miranda cellar door and restaurant. Loop back to Wangaratta or on to Myrtleford and beyond.

    Mount Buffalo Drive
    At Porepunkah take the C535 to Mount Buffalo and the top of Mount Buffalo Gorge for fantastic views of the High Country and the Alps, and numerous walking tracks for majestic vistas. In winter, hire cross-country or downhill skis to get the adrenaline pumping, and in summer choose from the area's famous adventure activities such as micro lighting, paragliding and hang gliding.

  • Wangaratta to Bright

    83 kilometres, about 1 hour

    Start in Wangaratta, home to beautiful gardens, stately River Red Gums and riverside cafes. Time your visit for the annual November jazz festival, when the city really kicks up its heels.

    Making mouth-watering memories

    This northern leg of the Great Alpine Road is characterised not only by spectacular scenery and crisp mountain air, but also by fine wine and local valley produce.

    At Milawa, call in at the famed Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre and Cellar Door, and sample your way through Milawa Cheese Factory.

    Detour to the village of Beechworth, built on 19th-century gold rush wealth. Explore the historic honey granite buildings, including the courthouse where the final trial of iconic bushranger Ned Kelly commenced. Get a taste of Beechworth's booming food and wine scene: try for a reservation at acclaimed Provenance or pop in for pizza and a beer at Bridge Road Brewers.

    Make a stop at picturesque Myrtleford via the stunning avenue of golden poplars lining the town entrance. Grab gourmet fare and top-notch coffee at the town’s range of cafes.

    Alternatively, break your journey with a pub meal at the Ovens Hotel – replenishing travellers since 1854.

    Alpine adventuring

    Take time to explore Mount Buffalo National Park and its unique rock formations. Stretch your legs along gentle walking tracks to waterfalls, massive granite formations and lookouts with views of the Australian Alps, or head out on horseback or two wheels. Look to local tour companies for guided adventures. Try caving or abseiling down the Cathedral Peak, followed by a cooling dip in Lake Catani. The summit of Mount Buffalo is also popular for tobogganing and cross-country or downhill skiing in winter.

    This leg ends at Bright, a beautiful town on the Ovens River, filled with grand deciduous trees that are simply stunning in autumn. Mark the first stage of your drive with a casual beer and bite at the Bright Brewery or Tomahawks, or settle in for a memorable meal and a gin flight at Reed & Co. craft distillery and bar-restaurant.

    Side trips

    Golden Heritage Drive
    From Wangaratta, take the B500 to Tarrawingee, the C315 to Beechworth and Wooragee, the C352 to Yackandandah, then the C527 to Myrtleford. On your way you'll take in Tarrawingee's historic buildings, including St Peter's church, the Plough Inn and Carinya House, and Beechworth's 30-plus beautifully preserved National Trust–classified buildings and places of significance to the legend of bushranger Ned Kelly. Walk the tree-lined streets of Yackandandah among stately Victorian architecture.

    Gourmet Food and Wine Drive
    From Wangaratta, take the C521 to Oxley and turn left to Milawa and Oxley at the heart of the famed Milawa Gourmet Region, where you can taste fine wines at cellar doors, including the renowned Mediterranean styles of the nearby King Valley. Sample outstanding local produce, experience the hospitality of award-winning country hotels and fine dining restaurants, and pull over at farm gates to fill your Esky with seasonal bounty. Drop into Oxley, a couple of k’s down the road to make a lunchtime stop at Sam Miranda cellar door and restaurant. Loop back to Wangaratta or on to Myrtleford and beyond.

    Mount Buffalo Drive
    At Porepunkah take the C535 to Mount Buffalo and the top of Mount Buffalo Gorge for fantastic views of the High Country and the Alps, and numerous walking tracks for majestic vistas. In winter, hire cross-country or downhill skis to get the adrenaline pumping, and in summer choose from the area's famous adventure activities such as micro lighting, paragliding and hang gliding.