The Weekender: High Country, VIC
Victoria’s High Country is a collection of picturesque and activity-fuelled towns and iconic mountain ranges.
An approximate three hour drive from Melbourne, the High Country includes the towns of Beechworth, Bright, Milawa, King Valley, Rutherglen, Falls Creek and Mount Buffalo National Park. From the highest mountains in Victoria, to lush, wide-ranging valleys- the High Country is visually stunning and excessive in choices of places to go and things to see, making it a prime example of the beauty that Victoria has to offer.
Provenance, in Beechworth, North East Victoria, is located in the building that once was the Bank of Australasia. Built in 1856 at the height of the gold rush, the building is grand in design, and still reflects this today, even using the vault, which houses the wine cellar. Provenance has been an Age Good Food Guide two chef’s hat restaurant for the last nine years running and is No. 30 in the current Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Australian Restaurants. The restaurant produces food that is contemporary in design with a focus on quality regional produce. Michael Ryan’s style is heavily influenced by his many trips to Japan.
86 Ford St Beechworth, Victoria, 3747 – Provenance
Lake Moodemere Estate
Lake Moodemere Estate sits overlooking a beautiful lake, which is just one part of the picturesque winery and restaurant. The estate produces its own wine, which is harmonised with the menu, and its own lamb, which is heavily featured on the menu. The Chef, Jarrod Smith, has created a menu that features the flavours of the land utilising fresh local produce. As well as the lamb, the estate also produces honey, eggs and heritage citrus, keeping their motto as close to zero food miles as possible, and honouring the land they occupy.
12 Moodemere Rd, Rutherglen VIC 3685 – Lake Moodemere Estate
The Ox and the Hound Bistro
The Ox and Hound is ideally located in the main street of historic Beechworth and offers a relaxed neighbourhood vibe. Inside, the woven cane bistro chairs, a pressed metal ceiling, fine wine glasses and cloth napery welcome diners to cosy dining space seating, in which you can expect food fuelled by an obsession with rustic French and Italian food. The owners, Sean and Lauren, grow their own produce and fruit exclusively for the restaurant. For an intimate and local evening filled with quality food which is complimented by quality wines, The Ox and Hound will be perfect.
52 Ford Street, Beechworth VIC 3747- The Ox and Hound
Ginger Baker Wine Bar and Cafe
At Ginger Baker you get a cafe, wine bar and tapas joint all in one. The coffee is barista quality and made with the upmost care, while the cafe is open breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is positioned adjacent the Ovens River in Bright Victoria and offers its guests garden and nature views painted with a rich backdrop of natural waterfalls, towering oak and elm trees, alpine streams and rolling hills. The tapas are made from local fresh produce and the wine is chosen to directly compliment it, but also stand alone in its quality and flavour. Whether you’re looking for a glass of something, a simple coffee in the morning or for the works, Ginger Baker is a quaint and picturesque place to indulge.
127 Gavan Street, Bright, VIC 3741 – Ginger Baker
All Saints Estate
Fabulous wine meets stunning views: welcome to All Saints Estate. The cellar door experience for All Saints provides their guests with a complete experience of the estate and winery. The All Saints Estate experience includes the staff imparting their knowledge and guiding you through a tasting of their award-winning table and fortified wines, and introducing you to the rich history of the Estate. The landscaped grounds leading you to the Cellar Door and the historic castle backdrop offer the perfect start to exploring the manicured gardens and historical buildings.
315 All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah VIC 3687 – All Saints Estate
Reed and Co. Distillery
Reed & Co Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery which offers a neighbourhood bar vibe in Bright.
The makers of Remedy Gin, which was born out of curiosity and determination to create a truly local taste, Reed & Co. is a bar and restaurant that offers cocktails, craft spirits, wine, beer, house-made cordials and ferments. Reed and Co. was born out of the owners combined interest in the distillation process of gin and tasty food. Reed and Co. was born in 2017, and has become a local and national favourite, as their gin is enjoyed by a wide array of people around Australia.
15 Wills St, Bright VIC 2741 – Reed and Co. Distillery
What you do in Victoria’s High Country depends heavily on what time of year you choose to go. In winter, the region turns into a snow paradise, where skiing and snowboarding in Falls Creek or Mount Hotham is high on the agenda. In summer, the activities include exploring the Alpine National Park, horse riding trails galore, rock climbing, abseiling and caving. Of course, there is always taking in, riding around and strolling through the numerous picturesque towns, too. You want it, Victoria’s High Country has got it.
Victorian High Country –Outdoor Activities
Explore the History
Victoria’s High Country is an interesting and history-filled place, and there are quite a few opportunities to take it all in. The region’s rich history includes the gold rush era, boasts many famous bush rangers and housed high country cattlemen. You can visit the site of the Kelly Gang siege, learn about ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan and follow the brief but remarkable life of notorious bush ranger Ned Kelly at the site of his last stand, Glenrowan. The Man From Snowy River fans can also get a kick from visiting Craig’s Hut, which was originally constructed as the set of the 1982 film.
Victorian High Country – History
Onsen Retreat and Spa
The Onsen Retreat and Spa is situated in Dinner Plain, off the Great Alpine Road, and features both indoor and outdoor spas. This spa would be perfect in both summer and winter, as the outdoor spa is designed from the original Onsen Spas in Japan, which are situated outdoors, are 38 degrees and are made to be enjoyed in the falling snow. The spa also offers indoor pool, gym, yoga and fitness classes, a sauna and an indoor spa. What could be nicer after a hard day of outdoor activities than to relax at a spa? Or, just to relax, period.
Big Muster Dr, Dinner Plain VIC 3898 – Onsen Retreat and Spa
1860 Luxury Accommodation
This unique and gorgeous self-contained accommodation, 1860 is a done-up cabin that has all the charm of Beechworth in 1860, and the interior of a modern luxury hotel room. It is a private stay that overlooks the Lake Sambell Parklands and Spring Creek on half an acre of land, surrounded by trees. Designed for couples, the cabin is romantic and still central in Beechworth, meaning you get the remote feeling of being all alone, but in reality, society is closer than it seems. With comfort being the utmost importance, the cabin is made for relaxation, a chance to recharge and enjoy the serenity.
4 Surrey Lane, Beechworth VIC 3747 –1860
The modern classic home could be advertisement for ‘luxury meets country.’ The house is fully equipped with a kitchen, open fireplace, stunning decor and furniture and set amidst a real farm. The boutique hideaway has four bedrooms but can sleep up to ten people, two living areas and two bathrooms, so it would be perfect for a family or friends trip. Located within the Goulburn Valley region, the farm is optimally positioned for exploring and seeing the sights while at the same time is the perfect ‘home away from home’ for you to relax and enjoy the whole weekend long.
141 Ruffy Road, Ruffy VIC 3666 – Brooklands Farm
Staying at a winery? For us, that’s an immediate yes. Feathertop Winery is located in the Ovens Valley subregion near Bright because of its deep, red, well-drained soils, terraced soil profile and sub-alpine climate. Lucky for us, it’s extremely beautiful and to stay would be magical. There is the Mt Buffalo View Apartment and the Peggy Adelaide Suite. Both choices have optimal views, ultimate luxury and indulgence. The winery is perfect for those interested in staying on a working winery and experiencing the best that the Victorian High Country has to offer.
6619 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah Victoria 3740 – Feathertop Winery