Five Reasons to visit Victoria’s High Country
Victoria’s very own pot of gold.
We want to welcome you to High Country, Victoria. A place rich in history, flourishing in natural beauty, flowing with refreshing wineries and filled with decadent restaurants that have prestigious titles to their names.
Just under a two-and-a-half hour drive out of Melbourne’s CBD, High Country is by far one of Victoria’s most renowned regions where travellers flock in to explore the acclaimed precinct. Describing High Country and its surroundings as beautiful is most definitely an understatement to say the least. However, we can guarantee that a trip to Victoria’s High Country will be a perfect combination of adventurous, tasteful, relaxing and provide you with a true countryside feel.
1. Take a Hike
If you’re looking for breathtaking, magical, inspirational and bewitching views – you’ve come to the right place, because Victoria’s High Country will provide visitors with all of that and much more. Home to the Victorian Alps, a short drive, hike or even bike ride will no doubt provide seekers with some of the best views of the Great Dividing Range. Drawing closer to the colder months guests will be tantalised by the magical feel with white-capped mountain tips and rolling green farmlands turning frosty each morning. If you’re feeling adventurous, a notable option is Alpine National Park, the largest in the state and home to 10 of the highest mountains within Victoria.
2. Visit a Winery
With an extensive amount of wineries in Victoria’s wine country, Fowles Wines is most definitely a stand out. After recently renovating their cellar door, Fowles Wines in Avenel is the perfect pit-stop along your High Country winery journeys. With CEO and owner, Matt Fowles, being particularly passionate and knowledgeable with pairing meats to wine, if you’re a foodie and looking for the next best red or white for your meal, then this is the place to be. Owning and managing a staggering 360 acres of vines across two vineyards in the Strathbogie Ranges, this hidden gem is by far one of Victoria’s upcoming and underrated wineries within the region.
Fowles Wines – Hume Freeway and Lambing Gully Rd, Avenel
3. Feast in a Hatted Restaurant
Welcome to All Saints Estate. A place where excellence, wine, creativity and delectable food elegantly combines to create one of the regions most sought-after restaurants. Of course, their extensive list of impressive awards surely attracts a crowd which, after tasting their pristine range of mouthwatering meals available in their restaurant, Terrace, you will understand why. Expect everything from Smoked Buffalo river Murray cod with apple and horseradish, Herbed Potato Gnocchi with roast butternut pumpkin, 10-hour cooked All Saints Estate Lamb shoulder and Valrhona Hot Chocolate fondant with an enticing mandarin and Campari ice cream.
All Saints Estate – 315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah, Victoria
4. Relax at a local spa
After hiking, eating and drinking your way from winery to winery, a little relaxing and self-pampering will no doubt be very much needed. We present to you the Onsen Retreat and Spa – one of Victoria’s High Country’s most pristine, highly regarded and indulgent spas. Inspired by the alpine region and it’s spectacular views and fresh air, Onsen’s main priority is to create absolute tranquility – so the hardest decision will be choosing a treatment from their impressive package menu. Why not opt for their Onsen Snow Ritual? Over three hours you’ll be pampered with their aromatic herbal exfoliation followed by a signature massage, an organic facial, a complimentary bathing and finishing with a light tasting platter.
Onsen Retreat and Spa – Big Muster Dr, Dinner Plain
5. Unwind, country style
For Hunter and Bligh, Brooklands Farm is our favourite stay within the High Country region. It has a modern, ambient, country style that emanates throughout the whole of the tantalising estate. Comfortably sleeping up to 10 people, Brooklands Farms features two bathrooms, a comfortable dining, kitchen, family and rumpus room – all of which encapsulate the true beauty, originality, luxury and country feel of the High Country region. Each of the rooms are adorned with intimate furnishings including a fireplace to get cosy in front of. Then there’s the views. Regardless of what room of the house you’re in, the view is exceptional.
Brooklands Farm – 141 Ruffy Rd, Ruffy