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Travel guide Wine & High Country

The heart of the country, just minutes from town
By Liesa Tighe

Barkly Cottage is the perfect country escape for couples and families. Our fully self-contained cottage is set on half an acre, over looking gum trees with sweeping views across the Pennyweight Goldfields. Enjoy a glass of wine on the front verandah in this secluded setting, watching the ducks swimming in the fully fenced dam, or stroll into town to enjoy Beechworth's antique stores, cafes and restaurants. Barkly Cottage is conveniently situated just a 10 minute walk into town through the park. If visitors wish to take the longer scenic route we are just 100 metres from the rugged landscape of the Beechworth Historic Park with the beautiful Cascades Waterfall right at the entrance. If guests enjoy cycling, the picturesque Rail Trail cycle path can be seen from the cottage. There is also ... Read more

A piece of paradise for animal-loving families
By Christel Jensen

For families with children, Liptelvin Hillside Retreat offers them an unforgettable holiday experience in the country. In addition to the hosts welcoming children of all ages, if they wish, guests can bring their pets to stay with them inside, as part of the family. The gorgeous property near Mansfield, Mt Buller and Lake Eildon which can sleep up to ten, has stunning views and a river. The thoughtfully resourced, spacious two bedroom apartment, nestled in the side of a hill, is on two levels. There is also a self-contained caravan and self-contained B&B room. A portable cot, high chair, baby bath, baby carry rocker and plastic plates and cups are available for the youngest guests. For their safety, there is a gate at the top and bottom of the staircase and a full guard around ... Read more

Historical and pet-friendly Wandiligong
By Carol Binder

The Wine and High Country region of Victoria is an absolute treat  - packed with stunning scenery, gorgeous places to stay and many, many ways to be pampered or indulged. The region is famous for its majestic alpine scenery, wineries, cheeses and winter sports not to mention markets and festivals that are on all year round. There is a plethora of massage centres, restaurants, shops and sights means that you will never run out of things to do. Mystic View Cottage is perfectly placed to take advantage of the array of pleasures on offer. The cottage offers all the mod cons inside. There are three bedrooms – one with a queen-size bed, the other has a double and third offers a bunk and single. All a beautifully decked out with quality linen, towelling, frangipani guest soaps... Read more

Pedal to Produce
By ATDW Database

Contact: tourism@wangaratta.vic.gov.au
Home to some of Australia's finest gourmet producers, most acclaimed restaurateurs and internationally recognised winemakers, Victoria's premier food and wine region is a land of awesome scale and diversity. Becoming intimate with the region is as easy as climbing aboard a bike, saddling up the basket and meandering wherever the path takes you. Let the scents leave an impression, the views inspire, the characters endear, and the challenge render you fulfilled as you scope out the quirky, the hand crafted, the slow cooked, the beautifully presented and the unimagined while cycling along your unexpected journey. Heighten the magic and romance of North East Victoria with map in hand and offers abundant. Call into any of the visitor information centres throughout North East Victoria to pic... Read more

Packers High Country Horse riding
By ATDW Database

Contact: 5159 7241 or hdpacker@bigpond.com
Based at Anglers Rest in a remote part of Victorias High Country, Packers High Country Horse riding offers horseriding treks from one hour to fully catered five day safaris. Breathtaking views across a sea of mountain ranges, rocky escarpments, forests of tall mountain ash and open woodlands and crystal clear rivers to ride alongside. It's a great backyard to explore. Horse riding safaris into the Alpine National Parks of up to 5 days take in the historic Glen Wills, remote Cobungra river valleys and the vast Bogong High Plains, a viewing platform for Victorias highest mountains. Treks follow along routes that were once used by Aborigines, early explorers, goldminers and cattlemen. You seldom see others except for the group you ride with. Enjoy a great picnic lunch out bush then at night ... Read more

High Country Horses
By ATDW Database

Contact: 5777 5590 or info@highcountryhorses.com.au
High Country Horses is nestled in the foothills of Merrijig. Owner/operator Chris Dunlop has been in the area for over 30 years and taking commercial trail rides up into the breathtaking Victorian High country for 15 years. With 60 horses, we have horses to suit all level of riders and the flexibility to adjust the ride according to your ability. Our rides range from 2 hours to multi days. On our shorter rides, our main area of operation is through the foothills of Merrijig. Ride through Dead Wood Forest as featured in 'The Man from Snowy River'. splashing through creeks and enjoying the serenity of the natural bush where the wild life abounds. Our extended camp out rides travel up the headwaters of the Delatite River over the Summit of Mt Stirling, to Craig's Hut taking in the bre... Read more

Bush Experiences
By ATDW Database

Contact: wessa@bushexperiences.com.au
Bush Experiences provides small group, personalised accommodation tour and activity packages of Victoria's High Country. Haunt of infamous bushrangers Ned Kelly and Harry Power, home of the Man from Snowy River and mountain cattlemen, deserted mining towns and milling settlements, panoramic views, crystal clear stream, rugged ranges, fern filled gullies and crisp mountain air. View close up Australia's unique wildlife, flora and fauna. Transported in comfort and safety by late model customised Toyota Landcruiser 4by4, fully equipped with two way radio and recovery gear to off the beaten track places that only a few are lucky enough to see. The case for your experience will be Homestation Lodge located high in the ranges overlooking the Delatite Valley in the foothills of Mount Buller.... Read more

All Terrain Cycles & Tours
By ATDW Database

Contact: 5775 2724 or atc@allterraincycles.com.au
All Terrain Cycles & Tours is your ticket to ride! At All Terrain Cycles & Tours we push ourselves to the limit. Let the passion of our expert guides get your blood pumping on either a half day or full day guided session. You'll discover hidden trails and learn new skills as you experience all that the High Country has to offer. Regardless of skill and fitness level, we can cater to your individual needs. You'll be riding the latest high-end quality XC hard tails, XC dual suspension and DH mountain bikes. All rentals come with helmet and gloves. Or be your own guide and make your way through the rugged mountain terrain. Conveniently located in Mansfield, the gateway to your next adventure! For current prices visit the ATC website or contact us via phone or email.. www.allterraincycl... Read more

A Bright Idea
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Never has a town been more aptly named than Bright. This spark of light rests in a sub-alpine valley in Victoria’s wine and high country. With a population of around 2500, it is a small but vibrant town, bursting with festivals, outdoor adventure, and beauty. This is a perfect romantic retreat, as well as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Things to do: Air adventures: With warm thermals and stunning scenery, this is an excellent area to try paragliding and hang gliding. Imagine yourself launching off Mystic Hill, and soaring about the town, gazing at the distant ski-hills. You can try a tandem glide, or take an introductory course for an adventure you’ll never forget. If you prefer a motor to keep you in the air, consider taking an introductory Microlight flight from Porepu... Read more

By Liz Seaton

Whatever the season, whatever the reason, a stay in Mansfield - in Victoria’s northeast - is the perfect way to relax and revive. The Mansfield area is renowned for its spectacular national parks, state forests, mountains, lakes and rivers, and historic links. Its sense of history and adventure is still evident in the homes and buildings that have graced the landscape for several generations. New industries with a stronger tourism focus have given visitors and residents alike many more reasons to the stay in the area. The rivers, lakes and mountains await lovers of the great outdoors; the shops, galleries, restaurants and wineries welcome lovers of the great indoors. Go driving, hiking, camping, biking, horse riding all year round, and snow skiing in winter. Wonder at the sweeping ... Read more

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