Victoria’s High Country is located in the north east of Victoria, bordered by the Australian Alps, Murray River and river valleys to the south.
Towns and Villages within Victoria’s High Country: Beechworth, Bright, Falls Creek, Glenrowan, King Valley and Milawa, Mount Buller, Rutherglen
Things to Discover*:
*These are the towns and villages that I have visited during my travels
Beechworth is a delightful historical town located 284km north-east of Melbourne, not far from the border towns of Albury-Wodonga. Whilst originally settled for grazing, it saw major growth during the gold rush period and holds the historically significant Courthouse where Ned Kelly, his mother Ellen and brother Dan, all stood trial. In more recent times, Beechworth is popular destination due to its proximity to a great wine-growing region and for the delicious local produce.
Some of the local produce includes Beechworth Honey, which for four generations has made 100% Australian honey.
Photos (Left to Right): Part of the large range of honey at Beechworth Honey; Beechworth Honey Experience; the town of Beechworth
There is much to see in Beechworth with beautiful heritage buildings, antique stores, gift and homeware stores as well as the renowned Bridge Road Brewers with their huge range of seasonal beers.
For more about Beechworth, visit: www.beechworth.com.au
The village of Glenrowan is located 184 kilometres north-east of Melbourne and was the Kelly Gang’s last stand and where Ned Kelly’s was shot and captured in June 1880.
The town has many historic attractions and memorabilia associated with this significant event and is home to the “Big Ned Kelly” statue as well as the Ned Kelly Touring Route- a free self-guided walking tour of historic sites of the events of June 1880.
Photos (Left to Right): Town of Glenrowan; The “Big Ned Kelly”; Site of the Glenrowan Inn,Ned Kelly Touring Route
While we didn’t get the chance to visit them, there are also many wineries and fruit producers in the area to explore.
Sitting near the Murray River, Rutherglen is home to some of the oldest vines in Australia and is located 276 kilometres from Melbourne in the north-east corner of Victoria.
Photos (Left to Right): Jones Winery and Vineyard; wine barrels; some delicious dessert wines at Pfeiffer Wines
The area is known for rich and robust reds- with Durif being quite unique to the area. It is also celebrated for its fortified Muscat and Tokay.
Aside from wine, there is an abundance of great food that can be enjoyed in and around Rutheglen. From farmgate produce to local farmers markets to local dining experiences.
Visit www.rutherglenvic.com to find out more.