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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Melbourne to Mt Buller
230kms 3.25hrs
Melbourne to Falls Creek
375kms 4.5hrs
Melbourne to Wodonga
306kms 3hrs
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Winter activities: Alpine Skiing, Night Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Alpine touring, Snow shoeing
Summer activities: Bush walking, mountain biking, white water rafting, fishing, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, paragliding, horse riding
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About High Country

Located in north east Victoria stunning natural beauty abounds in Victoria's Alpine High Country year round with alpine peaks, bubbling mountain streams, picturesque gardens and pristine bushland. The region’s towns and villages offer fine wines and gourmet delights, lively festivals, and a fascinating heritage of bushrangers, cattlemen and gold.

Victoria's largest national park the Alpine National Park, covering 646 000 hectares is located in this region.

The High Country is famous for its historic towns, bushrangers and legends of mountain cattlemen made famous world wide in "The Man from Snowy River".

The mountain resorts of Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek become a snow sports playground during winter. Activities include:

  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • cross country skiing
  • snow shoe adventures

When the snow thaws discover Victoria’s alpine regions, snow gum woodlands, historic cattlemen’s huts, alpine wildflowers and the Bogong High Plains. The high country is popular for a wide range of outdoor activities including:

  • four-wheel driving,
  • mountain biking,
  • horse riding,
  • fishing,
  • golf,
  • tennis,
  • hang gliding & hot air ballooning,
  • rock climbing & abseiling,
  • canoeing, kayaking & white water rafting
  • boating & sailing
  • waterskiing & wakeboarding
  • hiking on the high plains.

The valleys of the high country are acclaimed for local wineries. Enjoy the delicious local produce on offer at the numerous historic towns and villages, many of which were built during the gold rush of the 1800s.

The Great Alpine Road, one of Australia’s great touring routes. It winds through the high country region revealing stunning alpine landscapes, historical towns, and local food and wine.

Food and Wine

Whilst touring the High Country, choose from a wide range of award-winning country bakeries, wineries, gourmet food producers, cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, fresh produce and fine food outlets.

Enjoy a cheese platter at the renowned Milawa Cheese Factory or a food and wine experience at the Epicurean Centre at Brown Brothers Vineyard.

The local produce which includes meats, game, cheese, fresh fruits, berries, nuts, local honey, jams, sauces and preserves. Enjoy freshwater fish and crustaceans that are bred in the King, Ovens and Murray rivers, including trout, chinook salmon, Murray cod, yellow perch and yabbies.

In the Milawa area in the King Valley, discover handmade cheeses and mustards. Road side stalls sell apples, chestnuts, mushrooms, asparagus and berries when in season.

The Alpine Valleys have been growing grapes since the late 1800's. The valleys are now becoming widely recognised for the quality of their wine.

This is a true cool climate region, so Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produce wines with great depth of flavour from a long growing season. You will also find impressive Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot.

Places to visit in the Victorian High Country

Barnawartha is a small, historic village, which is nestled in a scenic valley. Located just off the Hume Highway, the main highway between Chiltern and Wodonga in north-eastern Victoria, Barnawartha is the ideal stop over to break the long drive from Sydney to Melbourne. Read More

Bogong Village
Established in 1940, Bogong Village is located between Mt Beauty and Falls Creek. It is hidden in a quite valley surrounded by magnificent gardens. Located on the edge of Lake Guy, canoeing, fishing and swimming are favourite summer sports.

Bright is famous for its avenues of 70 year old deciduous trees including oaks, elms, poplars and Japanese maples. The town is also known for the Bright Autumn Festival, Springtime in Bright Festival, food and wine, fishing, canoeing, rafting, cycling, bushwalking, 4WD, hang gliding, paragliding. Read More

Dinner Plain
Created in the 1980s all 250 of its homes, apartments and lodges reflect the heritage of the early pioneer buildings in the Victorian High Country. Built of stone, timber and corrugated iron each is designed to blend in beautifully with the surrounding snow gums and the high plains landscape. Dinner Plain is a year round resort with skiing and snow boarding in winter and fishing, white water rafting and fishing in summer.

Falls Creek
The ski resort of Falls Creek was created largely by European workers on the Kiewa Hydro-electricity scheme, who quickly realised that the area was ideal for skiing. Falls Creek is a year-round destination, with downhill and cross country skiing and snowboarding in winter, and bushwalking,mountain biking, fishing, windsurfing and boating in summer. Read More

The last town before Mt Hotham, Harrietville is an old gold mining town settled in 1852. Harrietville is the ideal base for mountain activities including bike riding, bush walking, high country hiking, 4X4 driving, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding and fishing. Harrietville is also home to an excellent trout farm and lavender farm. Read More

Mansfield is also a major horse riding area. Its association with horse riding stems from the early cattlemen who use to drive their herds up to the high mountain pastures. Mansfield also services the local snowfields of Mount Buller and is a popular base for mountain biking, rock climbing, fly fishing and bushwalking. Read More

A small picturesque town located between Mansfield and Mount Buller ski resort. Merrijig's close proximity to Mount Buller makes it an ideal base for skiers and snowboards in winter and for fishing and water sports at Lake Eildon and the Delatite River in summer. Read More

Milawa is Australia's first gourmet food region located between the lower Ovens and King Rivers. It is home to numerous food producers plus several of Victoria's leading wineries. A Producers Market is held 4 times a year and features all the local gourmet products. Find Milawa accommodation.

Mt Beauty
Mt Beauty sits at the base of Victoria's highest mountain, Mt Bogong (1987m). This beautiful town was planned and created by the State Electricity Commission in the late 1940s, and was originally home to the workers who built the Kiewa Hydro-electricity Scheme. Mt Beauty is the perfect base for cycling, bushwalking and gliding, swimming, boating and fishing. Mt Beauty is the home of mountain biking in Victoria and hosts downhill and cross-country races.

Mt Buffalo
Proclaimed a national park in 1898, it is renowned for its magnificent granite tors, spectacular valley views and waterfalls. Mt Buffalo Gorge is breathtaking.

Mt Hotham
Mt Hotham is Australia's highest alpine resort. It is one of Australia’s most famous ski touring routes and takes you 18km along the Razorback route to Mt Feathertop. More than 20 cafes and restaurants are dotted around the village, serving everything from cakes and café latte to superb a la carte dinners. Mt Hotham offers year-round activities.

Myrtleford has a dramatic backdrop of Mt Buffalo and is situated on the beautiful Ovens River. Myrtleford is situated at the gateway to the alpine resorts and Alpine High Country.

Omeo was one of Australia’s most infamous towns during the gold rush of the mid 1800s. It is a base for white water rafting, fishing, 4WD tours, mountain biking, horse treks and skiing.

Ovens and Happy Valley
A popular stop-over for travellers for almost 150 years, Ovens still boasts its landmark hotel of 1854. A state forest creates a beautiful backdrop as you drive to Happy Valley. Explore a lavender farm, an olive grove, wineries and orchards. For garden lovers spring and autumn are an ideal time to visit this area.

Porepunkah is a small village located on the Great Alpine Road, right at the foot of Mt Buffalo. Porepunkah offers the perfect holiday base to enjoy the Mt Buffalo National Park, the peaceful Buckland Valley, and trout fishing in the Oven and Buckland rivers. With its close proximity to Bright, Porepunkah can offer easy access to the ski fields of Falls Creek and Hotham, and the beautiful gardens in the Bright area. Read More

Wodonga lies along the southern side the great Murray River on the Hume Highway, which connects Sydney to Melbourne. Wodonga is the ideal destination for water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle steamer trips of the Murray River. Read More


The High Country is home to 13 national and state parks including the largest National Park the Alpine National Park, and Victoria’s oldest park, Mount Buffalo National Park. The Alpine National Park boasts 10 of the state’s 11 highest mountains.

The local wildlife ranges from mobs of kangaroos to the rare mountain pygmy possum. Other wildlife includes lyrebirds, wallabies, wombats and possums, as well as Horn ravens, Bogong moths and peregrine falcons, brilliant crimson rosella.

The high country offers spectacular views across the lowlands, and transforms itself from pristine white in winter to a carpet of alpine wildflowers in summer. It is dotted with rustic cattlemen’s huts that are still used. Mountain streams wind their way from mountain tops to the wide valley rivers and the vast lakes.

The high country is home to more than 1100 native plant species, 12 of which (including the Bogong daisy bush and silky daisy) are found nowhere else in the world, alpine ash forests, snow gum woodlands, heathlands, alpine herb fields, grasslands and moss beds.

Other parks in the region contain original Box Ironbark forests and many historic sites that reveal the region's gold rush and early pioneering past.

Albury's Wonga Wetlands comprise seven lagoons covering about 80 hectares on the Murray River flood plain. There are plenty of bird hides and viewing points to see over 130 bird species living in and using the wetlands.


In Autumn the air turns crisp, the huge trees shading shimmer with gold and copper autumn leaves. Average valley temperature 20C (expect 5-10 degrees cooler for alpine areas)

In Winter, skiers and snowboarders head for the alps as the snow creates a magical winter playground. Average valley temperature 12C (expect 5-10 degrees cooler for alpine areas)

In Spring, melting snow swells the mountain rivers, creating the perfect environment for white water rafters, canoeists and kayakers. Average valley temperature 19C (expect 5-10 degrees cooler for alpine areas)

In summer enjoy a walk across a carpet of alpine wildflowers. Average valley temperature 28C (expect 5-10 degrees cooler for alpine areas)

Getting there

By Car
The High Country region is easily accessible from both Melbourne and Sydney via the Hume Highway, which passes through Benalla, Glenrowan, Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga.

From the Hume Highway at Wangaratta, the Great Alpine Road heads through the Ovens Valley, past Mount Buffalo and across the Great Dividing Range. Snow chains must be carried when going up the mountains during the snow season.

By Air
Albury Airport is located 10 minutes from the centre of Albury and 15 minutes from Wodonga. Daily flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and other regional centres operate here. Flights direct to Mount Hotham Airport from all capital cities and major regional centres are also available.

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