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Five reasons to visit Victoria's High Country

Sep 01, 2023

Victoria's High Country is a stunning and diverse region that offers a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a foodie, there's something for everyone in this beautiful part of Australia. From exploring picturesque towns to hiking through scenic trails, here are some top activities to do in Victoria's High Country.

Birds eye view of Victoria's High Country

1. Explore the towns: Victoria's High Country is home to several charming towns, each with its unique character and attractions. Yackandandah is obviously our top pick! This heritage town boasts a fantastic High Street where you can leisurely browse through stores, museums, galleries and antique shops. To top it off, there is a pub located at each end of the street, and of course, our distillery is located just up the hill from the High Street. Beechworth is also a must-visit, with its well-preserved historic buildings and gold rush-era history. Bright is another popular destination, known for its stunning autumn foliage, scenic trails, and charming cafes.

View of Yackandandah High Street showing the Star Hotel

2. Hiking: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you'll love the hiking trails in Victoria's High Country. Mount Buffalo National Park offers some of the most scenic hiking trails, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Alpine National Park is also a great destination for hiking, with its vast wilderness and diverse landscapes. And for more leisurely walks, there are some great tracks in and around Yackandandah.

Mt Buffalo walking trail

3. Spirits, Wine and Beer: Victoria's High Country is a hub of some of the finest beverage producers in Australia. The region has been widely recognized for its award-winning wineries and craft breweries, and now it boasts an impressive array of distilleries. Two of the most exceptional distilleries in the region are Backwoods Distilling Co and Yack Creek Distillery, both located in Yackandandah. Wine lovers can indulge in a wine-tasting tour at one of the many wineries and enjoy some of the region's finest wines, including Shiraz, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Additionally, there is a craft brewery in almost every town, and our top picks are Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth and Bright Brewery in Bright.

Picture of Bridge Road Brewers entry

4. Cycling: Victoria's High Country is a cyclist's paradise, with its scenic roads and mountainous terrain. Get on your bike and explore the region's stunning countryside, including the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. The newly established EPIC Trail from Beechworth to Yackandandah is already attracting many keen mountain bikers. The only EPIC rated all-season trail in Australia!

Two people on bikes riding the Epic trail through the forest

5. Skiing: During winter, Victoria's High Country transforms into a winter wonderland, with several ski resorts offering world-class skiing and snowboarding. Mount Hotham and Falls Creek are two of the most popular ski destinations, with excellent facilities and stunning views. Both of these mountains are also great to visit in the warmer months, with the hiking trails and mountain bike trails becoming more and more popular.

Victoria's High Country is a fantastic destination for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. With its stunning natural beauty, delicious food and beverages, and endless activities, it's no wonder why this region is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

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