The forests of the Victorian High Country are a photographer’s dream. Jurassic Park-like towering tree ferns can be found around every turn, and the speckled snow gums rising majestically from lush forest floors sprinkled with native wildflowers in bright yellows, purples and pinks give this region of Victoria a startling and distinct beauty.
The rivers and creeks burbling through verdant forests present endless options for picnic spots and swimming holes, and the pebbled river crossings are one of the many reasons that 4WD enthusiasts love this sprawling natural paradise.
Hit the slopes
If you are a skier or snowboarder, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hitting the slopes and relaxing in picture-perfect Alpine resorts in Falls Creek, Hotham and Mt Buller. Mt Buller is Victoria’s most popular snow resort, and has runs for beginner to advanced skiers. In winter, the place is a white wonderland blanketed in snow, but when the snow starts to melt the landscape springs to life with blossoms and wildlife. On bush walks you will see a breathtaking landscape characterised by mountain peaks, waterfalls and high plains.
The Victorian High Country is peppered with huts that were used by early explorers for shelter, one of the most famous being Craig’s Hut atop Mount Stirling, which was built for the movie The Man From Snowy River. The original burnt down in the 2006 bushfires, but locals banded together and a new one has been built, surrounded by picnic areas and with some of the best mountain views in the region. Take the Clear Hills Track to reach it.
Discover over 250kms of breathtaking bike trails: from sealed rail trails, mountain bike tracks, road rides and gravel rides. A ride in the High Country is all reward! There are many delicious cafes, restaurants, farm gates and food producers to stop at along the way. Try the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, a 6km one way family-friendly ride to a fabulous swimming hole or conquer the peaks at Falls Creek or Mt Beauty.
Where to eat
If you’re a foodie, you won’t know where to start when it comes to the acclaimed restaurants, charming country pubs, breweries, wineries and farm gates offering everything from freshly picked berries to handmade cheeses, locally produced honey, cured meats and so much more.
Check out The Fields in Mansfield, a buzzy bar and eatery with a Japanese-Moroccan influence, delicious plates for sharing and options for both meat and veg lovers.
Visit Jones Winery in Rutherglen, a family winery with traditions kept alive for six generations. One of the smallest and oldest wineries in Victoria, they specialise in Durif, Shiraz and Muscat and offer a complete gastronomic experience at their cellar door and restaurant.
Where to stay
No matter where you stay in the Victorian High Country, you’re sure to discover the region’s famed country hospitality.
187 Merrijig is a rural escape for couples, located 20 kilometres east of Mansfield on the way to Mt Buller. The luxury, boutique accommodation is the perfect getaway and features a wood fireplace and free-standing bath.
Indigo Vineyard Farm Stay is great for large groups of up to 10, with four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is located in the beautiful surrounds of the Indigo Vineyard, the perfect base for exploring the area or just to kick back and relax.
Fly into Albury or Melbourne with Rex airlines.