The North East Victorian Region
North East Victoria offers visitors wonderful bike and road touring in every season.
Bask in the wonderful mild warmth the autumn days bring to the region. Traverse the roads through to the alpine village of Bright to delight at the rustic colours only the Bright Autumn Festivals changing of the leaves can bring.
In wondrous winter, huddle around wood fires, indulge in hearty meals and for the active and young at heart, a great time for bike riding or snow skiing on the nearby Alps.
Spring is a time to rejoice, feel the warmth of the days, tour the countryside soaking in the scenery, paddocks dotted with lambs and calves, leaves budding on the bare trees and the sweet scent of wild flowers in the air.
The heat of summer in the North East brings with it an excitement at many of the region’s pristine alpine waterways in the region. Water skiing, kayaking and white water rafting to name a few are popular water sports, as is just floating downstream from Bright on a hot day.
Day road tour – Beechworth – Bright – Yackandandah
Drive the scenic route from Beechworth to the alpine village of Bright via Myrtleford. Allow plenty of time in Bright to explore the village’s many cafes, specialty shops offering local gourmet produce or the Bright Brewery. Stroll through the park and picnic near the clear, fresh alpine waters of the Ovens River. Drive over the heady mountain peaks to Mount Beauty. Allow plenty of time sightseeing and soak in the breath taking views of the Alpine Ranges and snow capped peaks in winter. From Mount Beauty meander your way back through the village of Yackandandah, gathering local produce along the way, before heading home to Beechworth.
Once a bustling mining town during the gold rush era of the 1850’s, the village of Stanley, nestled in a valley between Beechworth and Myrtleford is now noted for its delicious array of local produce – apples, nuts and berries, all of which can be purchased from roadside stalls in and around Stanley. There are plenty of walks in and around Stanley to enjoy as well as art festivals and cultural events.
Visit website: www.stanleyvictoria.com.au
The town of Yackandandah was settled in 1837, when the district became known for its large pastoral runs. In the early 1850’s the gold rush took hold, shaping the town forever.
Activities include : driving through the Stanley forest, gold prospecting, underground gold mine tours, small group tours, strawberry winery and for those who enjoy walking there’s a gorge walk and a Lions town walk.
Delightful 20 minute walk down High Street will offer you an insight into the history of Yackandandah. Its wide main street is lined with a shady canopy of large English deciduous trees, a beautiful sight in autumn and spring.
Discover one of the many country pubs, tea houses or bakeries, antique and collectable shops or gracious churches in the historic town. Much of Yackandandah is listed by the Australian Heritage Commission, Heritage Victoria and with the National Trust.
Visit website: www.uniqueyackandandah.com.au
The historic town of Chiltern will take you back to yesteryear. The town's heritage is yours to explore with many buildings remaining as they were in an era gone by. The town has been used as a movie set for a number of major films, capturing the authentic atmosphere. 21 buildings in the town are National Trust registered or owned.
The Chiltern Box-Ironbark National Park surrounding the town entices bushwalkers all year round and showcases an excellent flora display during spring and early summer. Visit one of the many authentic historical buildings, many of them museums celebrating the rich history of Chiltern.
Visit website: www.chilternvic.com
Rutherglen is a place for the gourmet lover. One of the oldest wine growing areas in Australia, Rutherglen is renowned for its continuous and proud family tradition for the production of premium wines with a unique regional character, particularly the internationally recognised fortified Muscats and Tokays. These are now being closely followed by the recognition of table wines, reds and whites, all reflecting the full flavours for which the region is renowned.
Traditionally a farming region, Rutherglen offers vibrant food production and appreciation. Tour through Rutherglen to appreciate the fresh local produce on offer, including olives and olive oil, cherries, chutneys, preserves and pickles as well as lamb, farmed rainbow trout and Murray cod and boutique beer. The cafes, restaurants and winery restaurants to be found in Rutherglen and the welcoming villages of Wahgunyah, Barnawartha and Chiltern, make the most of this and other fresh produce.
Visit website: www.rutherglenvic.com
The Milawa Gourmet Region is centred around the townships of Oxley and Milawa and is home to some of Victoria's leading wineries and gourmet purveyors.
Sample and take home gourmet produce, handcrafted from fresh, local produce. Sample and enjoy cheese from the Milawa Cheese Factory and the wide range of mustards and preserves offered by the Milawa Mustard company. Drive or stroll to the Brown Brothers Cellar Door just out of the main street to sample and buy limited release wines direct from the winery. Drive a few km’s down the road to enjoy some of the finest olives and olive oil produced by EV Olives.
Head to the Milawa Gourmet Hotel or Cafe Maddison for lunch or enjoy a degustation at the Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre. Milawa is a gourmet lover’s delight. Make sure you put plenty of time aside to sample all the delights.
Visit website: www.milawagourmet.com