The legendary High Country with its sensational views across the Australian Alps. Visit the historic gold mining towns, trace the exploits of Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous outlaw, sample the fine wines and gourmet foods, enjoy the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, ski the slopes in winter or drive the Great Alpine Road from the mountains to the sea!
The north-east of Victoria is a special place with scenic alpine landscapes, historic towns and legends of cattlemen and bushrangers to be entertained by. Geographically varied, it features towering winter-snowed mountains, tree-covered ranges, magical lakes, wild rivers, and tranquil rural farmlands. During winter the region is home to Victoria’s best and most accessible snowfields, such as Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek. And when the snow disappears the high country is popular for a host of outdoor activities, from four-wheel driving, mountain biking and horse riding to hiking on the high plains.
After a day of altitude, head to the valleys to one of the highly acclaimed local wine regions, such as King Valley, Beechworth, Alpine Valleys or Rutherglen. Sample the delicious local produce on offer in and around historic towns and villages, many of which were built on the legacy of the gold rush of the 1800s. Historic towns and villages such as Beechworth, Yackandandah, Bright and Chiltern have come alive once again. Where the cries of miners once filled their streets, today, it is the many visitors to the region who find their own reward in exploring this fascinating region.
Some of Australia’s most endearing and notorious legends have come from this region. Australian bush poet A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson wrote his famous work ‘The Man From Snowy River’ here, and bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang roamed the high country foothills. The Kelly legend lives on in historic townships like Beechworth and Glenrowan.