North East Victoria Holidays
Stretching from the high alpine country in the east to the Goulburn River in the west and north to the Murray River and New South Wales border. This is one of the most popular winter and summer holiday playgrounds in Victoria. It's the home of the Man From Snowy River, the renowned high country horsemen and bushrangers of Australian folklore as well as aboriginal dreamtime legends.
It's rugged countryside, with winter snows and white water streams in the spring, preserved heritage towns, reminders of the gold rush era and the Chinese workers. This is beautiful, scenic countryside with plenty of water activities in the summer.
Visitors will find ski resorts, trout fishing, bushwalking and cross-country treks, eco tours, riding trails, alpine wildflowers and white water activities. Add in hot air balloons, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, hang-gliding, skydiving, para-sailing and world renowned gliding sites.
Down from the high country, the waterways level out and head west into the popular Murray and Goulburn River and lake systems. Water activities command most attention here and the Murray - Goulburn region is one of the best known fruit growing regions in Australia. There are landmarks from the gold rush era in the towns and a fleet of paddlewheel steamers on the Murray.
This is a region of water skiing, houseboats, cruisers, canoeing, fishing, golfing, bowling greens, horse riding, eco tours, bushwalking, trout farms, annual festivals and home to many craftspeople, art galleries and antique dealers.
Places of Interest - North East Victoria
Omeo - a town set in the foothills of Mt Hotham on the southern tip of the Alpine National Park, with150 years of settlement history and a gold rush background and several historic buildings on display. It's a place for skiing, white water rafting, 4WD tours and fishing.
Dinner Plain - 11km from Mt Hotham in the Alpine National Park. There is hill and cross country skiing, a toboggan slope and a downhill run at Mt Hotham. Summer has bushwalking, mountain biking, trail rides and a trek using llamas to carry the packs.
The Snow Fields - Mt Hotham at 1750 metres offers good skiing and caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced. There is a cross country route over the Bogong Plains to Falls Creek at 1780 metres. Mt Hotham is considered to be the best ski resort in Victoria with skiing direct from lodge to lift and back from the slopes to lodge. The majority of runs are classed intermediate. There is 30 km of trails and good cross country skiing.
Enjoy the pristine high country and alpine atmosphere as you travel north to Bogong and Mt Beauty, both being popular skiing, tour and adventure centres for the region. Experienced skiers can try to master Mt Bogong, one of Victoria's highest peaks. Mt Buffalo at 1750 metres is further north. An excellent National Park with a small resort for the beginner and intermediate with some testing cross-country. The season is usually shorter here than the other fields.
Mt Buller at 1600 metres is within 3 hours of Melbourne and is a very popular resort with a good mix of slopes for all skill levels. The slopes here are more dependant on snow making equipment in low snow conditions. Mt Baw Baw at 1480 metres is the most southerly of the resorts and is popular with novices and family groups. Generally a relaxed resort without the crowds of the other more popular locations. Cross country trails are available.
Bright - set in the Ovens Valley close to Mt Buffalo and known for its colourful displays in autumn and spring and with a reputation for high country adventure activities.
Beechworth - has long been a popular tourist destination. There are several historical buildings classified by the National Trust dating from the gold rush era. The Burke Museum has replicas and relics of that time, and the town also features the Powder Magazine, the Chinese Burning Towers and the Chinese graves.
Yackandandah - the entire village has been classified by the National Trust for its historical value. Many fine old buildings attest to its wealth in the gold rush days.
Albury-Wodonga - Albury sits on the NSW side of the Murray River and Wodonga is on the Victorian side. A good base for linking to the high country skiing in winter, white-water rafting and canoeing. There are wineries and historic gold mining towns nearby. The works of major Australian artists hang in the Albury Regional Art Centre. Check out the colourful characters at the Ettamogah pub and take a ride on a paddlewheel steamer.
Wangaratta - the turn off point from the Hume Highway to the northern ski fields. This is the burial place of the bushranger "Mad Dog Morgan". Vintage aircraft are on display at the local airport. The town hosts an annual Jazz Festival in late October.
Glenrowan - a small village that is kept alive by the legend of Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, who was captured alive in a shoot-out with police here in 1880. Ned was later hanged in Melbourne gaol.
Mansfield - a popular town providing access to the Mt Buller snow fields in winter and the 500 km of shoreline waters of Lake Eildon in summer. All forms of water recreation take place on the lake. The Mansfield Mountain Country Festival takes place in October and there is hot air balloon festival in April. This is the Burial place of three policemen killed by Ned Kelly and his outlaws gang.
Shepparton - this is the major centre of the renowned fruit and vegetable farms of the area. Tours of the Shepparton Preserving Company are available. A variety of harvest festivals take place in February and March.