North East Victoria is home to the legendary High Country, but the North East has more to offer than just spectacular scenery and rugged wilderness. North East Victoria is a renowned wine region from vineyards along the Goulburn River in the south of this region to the cool climate wines around Mansfield and the Ovens Valley. Cycling around the region is a being supported by local government and communities to allow enthusiasts to appreciate the beauty of the region at a slower pace. The rail trails from Yea to Mansfield, Rutherglen to Beechworth and Bright offer the best sights and experiences the region has to offer. For the more adventurous, the region is rapidly growing MTB trails across the endless array of local hills. You might have to get to know some of the locals to find the best kept secrets.
If it is horses you are after, North East Victoria is renowned for breeding, riding, agistment and events. For those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, North East Victoria offers a wide range of accommodation and short stay options. From delightful Bed and Breakfast options, comfortable cabins, warm motels and pubs to unique camping and caravan parks.
Try panning for alluvial gold around Beechworth, a town built on the back of the Goldrush and known for the characters of the time such as the Kelly Gang, or enjoy with charm and mystique of the historic town. Located on the 'Snow Road', the hamlets of Oxley and Milawa are charming and provide some of the best local produce in the region. Located in the Ovens Valley, Myrtleford is well located to provide access to the Alpine Resorts of Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Baw Baw.
If it is goods and services you need, Wangaratta and Wodonga are regional hubs where you can find everything you need with the hint of country charm, from medical and veterinary to retail, accommodation and cuisine.
Mansfield is a small town in the foothills of the Victorian Alps in the Australian state of Victoria. It is approximately 180 kilometres north-east of Melbourne by road. The town centre has several historical buildings, dating back to its days as a stock route camp in the 1940s and a gold mining service centre beginning in the 1850s. High Street and Highett Street form tree-lined boulevards with gardens along their wide central strip as they meet in the town centre. At their junction is a marble monument which was erected in 1880 as a tribute to a group of constables killed by bushranger Ned Kelly.
Mansfield is very much a tourist town featuring a wide range of accommodation and vibrant commercial centre which caters for the many visitors who then travel to the ski resorts of Mount Buller or Mount Stirling via Merrijig. Around 25 kilometres north of Mansfield on the Midland Highway is Lake Nillahcootie which is a man made lake built in 1968 on the Broken River and used for irrigation. Visitors to the lake enjoy attractive picnic grounds, BBQs and a boat ramp, making the lake suitable for fishing, swimming and boating activities.
Lake Eildon and its surrounding national park lies close to Mansfield, with numerous access points. About 20 kilometres west of town is Brankeet Inlet near Bonnie Doon. Alternatively, there are several small communities sit
Euroa is only an hour and a half from Melbourne and offers all the charm of a small regional town that is a great base to explore the Strathbogie Region and its plethora of boutique wineries and waterways.
Whether you are a local from the region in need of goods or services or some just escaping the hustle and bustle of life, North East Victoria provides something for everyone all seasons of the year.