The explorers Hume and Hovell discovered Victoria’s High Country in 1824. After gold was found in Beechworth in 1852, nearby towns like Yackandandah and Woods Point became popular spots to strike it lucky. This part of Victoria also has links with Australia’s most famous bushranger Ned Kelly, who was captured at Glenrowan and tried at the Beechworth Courthouse.
Delve into Gold Rush history with a visit to Beechworth, a town filled with striking colonial architecture. Drop into a local pub and explore the mining sites and abandoned shafts. Check out Yackandandah, a 30-minute drive away, where the entire town centre has been classified by the National Trust.
Scenic Driving and Wine
Stretching from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale, the Great Alpine Road is 308 kilometres of winding roads, mountains, valleys and forest. Be sure to stop in at a winery or several along the way. And if you really love wine, you’ll love Rutherglen. It has over 20 wineries, most of them family-owned, and some of them have been around for up to 150 years!
When it snows, Mount Hothamis the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard before retiring to a cosy pub or restaurant at sundown. In the warmer months, follow the trail of The Man from Snowy River and horse ride along the Bogong High Plains. Trek up some peaks in the Victorian Alps, abseil amazing Mount Buffalo or white water raft down the Mitta Mitta River.
Get lost in a real life maze with a trip to Australia’s largest hedge maze: Wandiligong Maze. Vanish among the rows of greenery, or just sit back at the cafe while everyone else does. If you find yourself coming down with maze fever (probably not a real condition, but you never know), High Country Maze in Goughs Bay is also worth a visit. Keep your eyes peeled for the gnomes!
Due to its size, a car is the best way to get around Victoria’s High Country. You can get there from both Melbourne and Sydney via the Hume Highway, or a train or coach from Melbourne. Book your High Country accommodation and flight to Melbourne with us and hit the (Great Alpine) Road!
Hotels in High Country start at AU$80 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.