1. Indulge in Local Produce
There is an abundance of local produce available in the many towns dotted throughout the high country. You can indulge in local cheeses from the Milawa Cheese Company, olives from Mt Buffalo Olives, honey from Beechworth Honey, and nuts, breads and pastries from the local farmers’ markets.
You can even have foodie experiences on two wheels too. Pedal to Produce is a local tour company where you can hire a bike and get taken on a trip to experience farm-fresh produce as well as local wines. You can start your tour from Rutherglen, Milawa or Wandiligong. Tour and Taste is another local business that offers bike tours around the region.
2. Play in the snow
You don’t have to ski to enjoy the snow in the High Country. Why not hike around the plains in snow-shoes or ride the toboggan slopes with the kids? There are special snow play activities available at Falls Creek, tobogganing at Dinner Plain and snow-shoe trails at Hotham Heights.
3. Take a bike ride
This area offers so many opportunities for avid riders to get out into the hills and cycle some of the most epic roads and tracks this country has to offer. Whether you’re a mountain biker, road cyclist or recreational rider getting out on two wheels is a must in this area. Follow one of the easy, picturesque rail trails or take things up a notch with the 7 Peaks Challenge.
Head to Beechworth Cyclery to hire bikes and get local area advice. The team are experienced cyclists and love to have a yarn!
4. Check Out The Wineries
There are 8 wine regions in Victoria’s High Country, so a day or two sampling some of the best should definitely be on your agenda. You can take advantage of the many wine tours available or just grab a map and head off on your own. Just make sure you have a designated driver though!
Sample the Drunk Honey at Scion Wine, head down King Valley’s Prosecco Road or check out the secret cellar door at Tallis Wine.
5. Check out the Breweries
If wine’s not your thing, the High Country has a huge range of breweries too! In fact, the Victoria’s High Country Brewery Trail will take you on a tour of 9 craft beer breweries including Social Bandit (great pizza) and King River Brewery (spectacular beer garden views). Plan ahead though, many of these breweries require bookings and are closed for a few days a week.
6. Go back in time
If you love history, you’re going to enjoy a visit to Beechworth. It’s one of the most preserved gold-mining towns in Victoria. A walk down Camp and Ford streets will delight you with many historic buildings and shop fronts dating back to 1857. You can even pay a visit to a dark cell which housed Ned Kelly at one time.
7. Horse riding in the land of The Man From Snowy River
There are plenty of horse riding tours you can take no matter your riding experience. You can visit historic cattlemen’s huts on the Bogong High Plains or take a leisurely ride over Mt Stirling to Craig’s Hut where The Man From Snowy River was filmed.
8. Free Camping
This region is full of free camp spots along the many rivers that run through the mountains. This is ideal if you have a 4WD as many areas are not accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicles. Some areas are also best explored while there’s no snow on the ground.
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