ENTRY FORMS INSIDE 2 GREAT HOLIDAYS WIN VISITOR GUIDE YOUR GUIDE TO TRAVELLING THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD FREE www.greatalpineroadguide.com.au SUMMER/AUTUMN 2021/22
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 3 A region abundant with sights and activities One of the best drives in Australia and equal to anything you may see overseas. Linking Victoria’s North East to Gippsland in the South, the Great Alpine Road winds through mountains, valleys and forests; past rivers, vineyards and farms, with so much to see and experience along this 300 kilometre route. The Great Alpine Road peaks at Mount Hotham rising to an altitude of 1840 metres with stunning vistas perfect for holiday photos. Explore the towns along this magnificent road and surrounds where you’ll be treated to picturesque valleys, rugged alpine countryand features quite unique to this area. Stay a while so you can take interesting side tours, attend vibrant festivals, and try the gourmet foods wines beers and ciders; a wide range of activities suitable for the whole family. The region provides excellent opportunities for fishing, cycling, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and walking; all popular activities in the warmer months when the hills and valleys are alive with colour. Keep an eye out for events celebrating the culture, food, wine and sports of the region. The cafés, restaurants and bakeries are proudly displaying or using the splendid array of local produce available on their doorstep. The wineries and breweries optimise the area’s cool climate and clean fresh waters and soils to get the best from their produce. The heritage reflected in the region’s streetscapes, mountain huts and picturesque townships has inspired some of Australia’s well known legends including the bushranger Ned Kelly, and the bush poet AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River. With a range of accommodation available on both sides of the Great Diving Range (and on top), there are options for every style and budget from camping and caravanning to hotels and lodges. Pack your gear, fuel up the car and take time out to see another aspect to life by staying for a while. There are unique and adventurous experiences to be had by those who come exploring. This guide will reveal so many reasons to drive the Great Alpine Road and visit the surrounding national parks and river systems.
PAGE 4 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE REGIONS AND TOWNS Albury/Wodonga 5-6 Glenrowan 8-10 Wangaratta 11-13 (Northern Gateway) El Dorado 14-15 Beechworth 16-19 Yackandandah 20-21 Milawa/Oxley 24-28 (Gourmet Region) Myrtleford 30-33 Ovens 34 Mt Buffalo 35 Porepunkah 36 Bright 37-41 Mt Beauty 42 Harrietville / Smoko 43 Mount Hotham 44 Dinner Plain 45 Omeo / Anglers Rest 48-52 Swifts Creek 53-54 Ensay 55 Bruthen 56-58 Twin Rivers 60-61 Buchan 62-63 Lakes Entrance 64-67 Metung 72-75 Paynesville/Wattle Point 77-80 Eagle Point 81 Bairnsdale 82-85 (Southern Gateway) FEATURES Motorcycling 7 Tastes of the Great Alpine Road 22-23 Children’s page 29 Competitions 37, 77 Central map 46-47 Rail Trail 59 Tastes of the Coast 68-69 Fishing 70 Cruises on Gippsland Lakes 76 Markets 86 Information 88 Accommodation Directory 89 Eateries Directory 90 Beechworth’s historic main street Mount Buffalo lookout Dinner Plain sculpture by Benjamin Gilbert
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 5 ALBURY/WODONGA For a destination that offers everything you enjoy on holidays you cant go past Albury/Wodonga. Food of all varieties, cultural events, markets, museums, restful parks, sports activities and services for travellers. One of the main attractions of the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga is undoubtedly the mighty Murray River. The Murray was a busy trade route in the days of paddle steamers and is now very much a part of Albury/Wodonga’s relaxed lifestyle providing excellent freshwater fishing and an abundance of water sports. This river has played a major role in the lives of those who have called the area home either transiently or permanently for thousands of years. For the original inhabitants of the area, the Wiradjuri people, the location was an important river crossing and tribal meeting place. Take a wander along Albury’s Wagirra Trailbeginning at the Kremur Street boat ramp, which provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy a walk, run or cycle along the banks of the Murray River. This includes a section known as the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk where sculptures are accompanied by interpretative panels and videos accessible on your smart phone. They tell the story of Aboriginal history and the cultural significance of the Murray River. This trail leads to the Wonga Wetlands where you’ll find a working campsite set out according to tradition. It is also a sanctuary for birdwatchers, field naturalists, photographers and bushwalking groups. Bring your camera, your imagination, and a big hat and explore this special place. Then there's Lake Hume; six times bigger than Sydney Harbour! Situated just below the junction of the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers. It was completed in 1936 with a shoreline of 365km. A walk along the top of the Hume Dam wall is a must while in AlburyWodonga (when it is open to the public). It is safe for children and you can ride bikes along to take in outstanding views of Lake Hume. The lake is popular for numerous water sports including sailing, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, and fishing. Mount Granya and Mount Lawson state parks, Kurrajong Gap Lookout, and Ross’s Lookout in Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Parkall offer a stunning perspective of the lake. A viewing platform on the northern (NSW) side of the dam wall provides spectacular views of the lake and surrounding countryside. River activities are a major drawcard The vast Lake Hume and river systems attract many varieties of birdlife.
PAGE 6 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE MURRAY RIVER MURRAY RIVER MURRAY RIVER MURRAY RIVER MURRAY VALLEY HWY THOMAS MITCHELL DRIVE MURRAY VALLEY HWY HIGH ST LINCOLN CAUSEWAY HUME HWY HUME HWY HUME HWY HUME HWY HUME HWY HUME HWY HUME HWY RIVERINA HWY RIVERINA HWY WAGGA RD MATE ST BANDIANA LINK RD RIVERINA HWY RIVERINA HWY URANA RD RIVERINA HWY BEECHWORTH RD MOLONEY DRIVE EAST ST ALBURY WELCOME TO 2640 WODONGA WELCOME TO 3690 TO WANGARATTA TO BEECHWORTH TO WALLA WALLA TO WAGGA WAGGA TO TALLANGATTA LAKE HUME NAIL CAN HILL RESERVE DIAMOND PARK MUNGABAREENA RESERVE Police Police Scan here for full detailed map ALBURY/WODONGA Twin Cities - One Great Location… The twin cities of Albury and Wodonga offer a charming mix of heritage buildings, great cafés and restaurants, vibrant shopping precincts, many accommodation options, beautiful parklands and engaging cultural events. This is a perfect setting on the iconic Murray River; the ever flowing link between these two cities and the two states of Victoria and New South Wales. During your summer and autumn holidays you can enjoy the Albury Swim Centre with its 50m, 25m and toddlers’ pools and a super fun water slide; or you can go to Wodonga’s ‘Waves’ aquatic facility and try the ‘Tipping Bucket’ for a watery thrill. Even more fun for the active children can be found at Oddies Creek Playspace in the south of Albury; this is a safe enclosed park with excellent new activity equipment including a flying fox. There’s a multitude of cycling paths in and around the city parks and these paths link the townships over the river and back. Wodonga is a great place from which to start the High Country Rail Trail, an easy scenic 35 km that follows much of Lake Hume’s shoreline. Albury Wodonga has a strong food and arts culture and a wonderful connection to the area’s history and its indigenous people. Call in to the Information Centres to get your guide to some of the significant sites. This is an ideal way for you to appreciate two wonderful cities with grand old buildings, the richly established gardens and the broad tree-lined streets. With so much on offer it is worthwhile setting aside a few days for some detailed exploration of this magnificent area. Fun in the sun at both Albury and Wodonga. Photo: Visit Albury/Wodonga.
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 7 Breathtaking The famous Great Alpine Road is not to be missed by motorcycle enthusiasts. In Summer and Autumn many sections including Wangaratta to Bright, or from Omeo to Bairnsdale are just spectacular. The higher roads are mostly closed during the snow season, especially the Falls Creek to Anglers Rest route known as the Bogong Alpine Way Ride; but now these roads are open for your enjoyment. You can take in the full 300 km track and discover the exhilaration of riding the world class Great Alpine Road with its sixdetailed and unique discovery routes. (Gourmet Food and Wine, Golden Heritage, Bogong Alpine Way, Mt Buffalo, and Gippsland Lakes) You will discover amazing valleys, mountains, forests, rivers and coast. Peaking at 1825 metres it is one of the finest and most diverse combinations of scenery imaginable. For example, the ride to the Mt Buffalo Chalet area in Summer or in the milder months of Autumn provides spectacular valley views, ancient granite tors and a chance to stop to visit some lovely waterfalls and rivers. If you are a history buff you can take the time to stretch your legs at Beechworth and Yackandandah with their many National Trust buildings. Omeo is a classic country town with many timber facade stores, an historic hotel, rest areas and also a very useful information centre. An iconic route, but also a long route which needs concentration on so many tight corners so take it easy and enjoy the ride and have a rest to stretch your legs. Stop along the way to take in some breathtaking scenery. Take extra care as this road is regularly used by many 4WDs and heavy transport. With a few stops at the local towns for a meal and a coffee you’ll be seeing and tasting the best of this alpine world. Enjoy the travels with friends and, whether at your evening accommodation or at a local pub you can restup in readiness for the next day’s wonderful motorcycle adventure. Check www.greatalpineroad.info before you go exploring.
PAGE 8 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE GLENROWAN The Glenrowan Tourist Centre has a long history in the small township of Glenrowan in North East Victoria. Established by Don Tibet in 1974, it housed a range of displays depicting the story of Ned Kelly and his gang. Over the years many pieces relating to the Kelly story have been added to the collection, these include many Victorian police artefacts from 1853-1880s, Sargent Kennedys hitching post, Ned Kelly’s death mask, original wanted posters and many other rare photographs ect. In 1982 the tourist centre was purchased by Bob Hempel, and he established the animated re-enactment of the Kelly Gangs shootout with the Victorian police. At this time the original Big Ned and Sargent Steele were erected out the front and are now housed within the theatre. Bob’s grandson Jesse has now taken on the tourist attraction, and is enthusiastically adding to the establishment whose “imagination never stops”. The original show consisted of three basic sets dressed in the style of the 1880s. Over many years it has been expanded to include the burning of the Glenrowan Inn, the old Melbourne gaol, a magnificent painting gallery and an updated museum. Through the brilliance of live special effects and animatronics you will be taken back in time to witness the Glenrowan Siege. Spectators begin in the abandoned waiting rooms of the Old Melbourne Railway Station where the hooded narrator invites you to take a journey in time back to 1880. You will come up on the train with police, then be held captive in the Glenrowan Inn by the Kelly Gang, where the animatronics steal the show. You’ll be in the thick of events when the Kelly's take on the Victorian Police in Australia's most famous gunfight. Heavily armed police squads surround a model of the Hotel exterior meters away, with the Kelly gang dressed in their crudely, homemade, bullet proof armour. A spectacular scene, with no expense spared in its detail. You’ll experience the burning of the hotel and then travel to the Old Melbourne Gaol to witness Ned’s final moments. After a few frights and surprises the final scene is witnessing Ned’s final moments in the Old Melbourne Gaol “Ah well, such is life”. Jesse has dreams like his grandfather Bob, to expand and add to the show and has already made big updates. Jesse has a great passion for Glenrowan’s history and the Kelly story. He has had much help from local historian Gary Dean, whose Kelly collection is now on display in the museum section of the centre. A fabulously unique tourist attraction. Take the family to the Ned Kelly Museum. Ned Kelly and gang come to life Be immersed in an historic time and the dramas of life in the Kelly Gang.
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 9 NED KELLY’S LAST STAND at the GLENROWANTOURIST CENTRE Through the brilliance of animatronics and live special effects you will be taken back to 1880 to be part of the fateful moments leading up to the Glenrowan Siege. Venture with the police to Glenrowan, be held captive by the Kelly’s in the hotel, out to the gunfight through the burning Inn and witness Ned’s final moments in the Old Melbourne Gaol. Included in the Centre is the original Glenrowan Museum with many Kelly and Victorian Police artefacts on display. Souvenirs also available. Show runs 40 minuets every half hour (separate rooms) between 10am to 4pmThursdays to Mondays. (Open everyday over Victorian school holidays.) THIS ATTRACTION IS NOT A MOVIE THEATRE SEATS UP TO 45 PEOPLE Contact: 41 Gladstone St. Glenrowan 3675 Phone: (03) 5766 2367 Web: www.glenrowantouristcentre.com.au Email: email@example.com M516092
PAGE 10 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE GLENROWAN SHOW CREEK SHOW CREEK FIFTEEN MILE CREEK GLENROWAN BOWEYA RD OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY OLD HUME HWY GLEWROWAN RD GLEWROWAN RD GLENROWAN MOYHU RD RIFLE RANGE RD PARK RD RIFLE RANGE RD CHURCH ST SIEGE ST BEACONSFIELD PARADE WOOLSHED RD HILL ST HILL ST KATE ST NED ST DANIEL LN GLADSTONE ST GLENROWAN WINTON RD GLENROWAN WINTON RD EGAN RD EGAN RD EGAN RD PANMURE ST UPPER TAMINICK RD EDWARD ST KELLY ST GLENROWAN WELCOME TO 3675 WINTON & BENALLA TO WANGARATTA TO LAKE MOKOAN QUARRY RESERVE BUSHLAND RESERVE WARBY OVENS NATIONAL PARK Distance fromMelbourne: 236 kilometres Population: 350 approx Attractions: Blacksmith Shop & Museum, Siege Site Walk, Tourist Centre Amenities: wide accommodation (hotel, B&B, cottages, tourist park) choices and dining options, wineries Police Scan here for full detailed map Glenrowan - famous, not just for Ned Kelly Being only 14 kilometres from Wangaratta this town is a draw card for many travellers who come to wander this historic town and the nearby Warby Ranges and Mount Glenrowan. So much to explore. The local tourist centre is a must visit. Besides the Ned Kelly Interpretive Centre and amazing show, you will find all the help you need to explore the region and places of interest. Plus any assistance to find accommodation to suit your needs. FOOD & WINE Venture further to enjoy historic vineyards, award-winning wines and a growing foodie scene. The Glenrowan wine region was formally defined in 2003, with the first grape vines planted in 1866. Even before the area was thrust into the annals of folklore by its association with Australia's most famous bushranger, grapes had been planted in Glenrowan. Visit the farm gates of local orchards for fresh cherries, peaches, apricots and more. Celebrate gastronomy at various themed events throughout the year. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE You can also wander the trails and discover the diverse bird life in the nearby wetlands and national park. With the Winton Wetlands and the Warby Ovens National Park nearby, there's plenty of opportunities for twitchers and bushwalkers alike. Fosters Lake is perfect for some fresh water fishing as you enter Glenrowan from Wangaratta. The kids can practice casting a line while adults can sit back relax. For the hikers, there is Chick Hill track which has its rewards with spectacular views of the Alps, including Mt Buffalo. There is a lot more to see in Glenrowan than you would have imagined. A heritage of grape growing from 1866.
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 11 VIEW US ONLINE FOR FUTURE EDITIONS www.yeatesmedia.com.au WANGARATTA Explore ‘Wang’ Wangaratta is an important regional centre and home to many industries, retail and food outlets and a great range of cultural activities. The town’s cultural precinct is located along Ford and Ovens streets with numerous historic buildings telling the story of the town’s early years. Of particular interest is the Wangaratta Art Gallery located in a striking heritage building and a must is the Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre. Wangaratta’s thriving river precinct on Faithfull Street boasts lovely restaurants and bars that make the most of the beautiful river outlook. Here you have easy access to walking and cycling tracks alongside the waterway. This scenic riverfront boardwalk provides a perfect place to walk, sit and relax. Originally inhabited by the Pangerang people the story boards and creative landmarks along the riverbank and in local parklands tell you more of the town’s history. Wangaratta and surrounds offer an abundance of green spaces, gardens and tranquil natural bushland with plenty of opportunities to lay out a picnic blanket and enjoy some of the enormous ancient trees. Wangaratta has a broad range of services to make your time in this lovely town comfortable and memorable. Contact or call in to the Visitor Information Centre to get your ‘briefing’ on what’s happening in ‘Wang’.
PAGE 12 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE CEMETERY KING RIVER KING RIVER KING RIVER OVENS RIVER OVENS RIVER OVENS RIVER OVENS RIVER ONE MILE CREEK ONE MILE CREEK THREE MILE CREEK KING RIVER ONE MILE CREEK GREAT ALPINE RD PARFITT RD WANGARATTA RD FAITHFULL ST WILSON RD OXLEY FLATS RD ROWAN ST ROWAN ST WARBY ST MURDOCH RD MURDOCH RD VINCENT RD VINCENT RD CRIBBES RD MASON ST WANGARATTA KILFERA RD GRETA RD WANGARATTA RD WANGARATTA RD TONE RD MURPHY ST EDWARDS ST GREEN ST SANDFORD RD OSBOLDSTONE RD SISELY AVE PHILLIPSON ST APIN ST APIN ST OVENS ST SWAN ST RACECOURSE RD EVANS ST FORD ST REID ST RYLEY ST DIXON ST DIXON ST NORTON ST DOCKER ST MILAWA TO KALUNA PARK SCOUT PARK APEX PARK PAINTERS ISLAND APPIN PARK TROTTING TRACK COMMON WANGARATTA WELCOME TO 3677 FRANK GARTH RESERVE WARBY RANGE STATE PARK WAREENA PARK KING GEORGE GARDENS BEECHWORTH TO YARRAWONGA TO HUME HWY TO BENALLA TO GLENROWAN & HP BARR RESERVE MERRIWA PARK ELDORADO TO Distance fromMelbourne: 252km (via Hume Hwy) Population: 17,000 approx Attractions: Cultural precinct along Ford and Ovens Street includes landmarks including Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral (built between 1908 and 1909), St Patrick’s Church (construction started 1865), Wangaratta Art Gallery, and the Performing Arts Centre. The city has number of attractive parks and gardens within the town centre; walks along the Ovens River and through Apex Park; central English-style King George V Gardens; tranquil sunken gardens of Merriwa Park surrounded by waterways and feature a display of sculptured gurines, a lagoon, fernery and bush walking paths. Amenities: Large retail/commercial centre along attractive Murphy Street thoroughfare and extending into adjacent Reid Street, including banks, supermarkets, fast foods, accommodation, fuel etc. Scan here for full detailed map Police WANGARATTA SPORTS & AQUATIC CENTRE SHOW GROUNDS G d 8 ( r n 1 , b l y H i e O c o A , P ( 2 D T A S NIP A t ( T T AR E ERV SE P BARR RE H A D R A TA T AT R A G N A WA D RD TTT TO HUME H O ME TO ADO RA DOR LD EL YWY HHW E H u ac i an u al / A a h f d s r tr h g D TS NIPA N T T L N T O T G T T X R T N S L O S NOS PI L LIHP S N EN E R G TS N WAW T WA S O N R S N ST N O TO R O N S N O XO I DIX D T S N OXO I DIX IX D Y RY T T Y H T N V T Y ST Y HY RPH PH RP UR MU T ST ST S NS EN EN VE OV Y T ST Y EY EY LE LE V R ER VE V IV RI SNS EN VE OV T A FIT IT FI RF A R P A GARTH RESERVE FRANK FR E E EE RE CR E LE IL I R E E R HR T D N R D R O FO D NASA D D A G N A T D RD E NE T ON T DST DS LD B OL B O D SB O S RD T A R A TA T T TT RAT RA GAR GA N G AWA N WA D D D D A D RD E NE TON T R ATATA E R G N KIN KI I R G R R ER ER V IV R GR NG KIN KI RD N R A A TA T A RA A GA ANAWA AN & LLLL WA OW R ENA RO ENR LE GL TO AL LA L LL RO BE RD N T R R RD A RA RA ERER LFE K L KIL KI ATA A TA TT RARA A N AR GA ANG AN W A WA
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 13 170 Bowser Road, North Wangaratta Phone: (03) 5721 5230 www.northcedars.com.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org BIG4WANGARATTA NORTHCEDARSHOLIDAYPARK Rest in comfort while touring our fine region. Deluxe and ensuite cabins, ensuite and standard sites, camp kitchen, games room, pool and playground. All cabins have kitchen facilities and linen supplied. DVD hire and wireless internet available. Pets welcome at manager’s discretion, in your own van. M513031AQ WANGARATTA Wangaratta offers a perfect base for exploring and you can make yourself comfortable at the Big4 Wangaratta, North Cedars Holiday Park. Right in the heart of great scenery and a region well known for fine wine and gourmet foods. One of the main features of this well equipped site are shady trees and extensive grassy areas. Big4 Wangaratta, North Cedars Holiday Park has accommodation options to suit everyone, from tranquil pet-friendly powered sites to deluxe or standard cabins, each with its own en suite, kitchen and living areas. Naturally all bedding and linen are provided in cabins. Powered en suite sites are available at extremely competitive rates. The solar-heated swimming pool is very popular with all who stay, as is the large children’s playground featuring slides, monkey bars, swings and a large trampoline. The large umbrella covered picnic tables are perfect for a family gathering on a sunny day. Bring your bicycle to make full use of the rail trail that is right on the door step of the park. There’s heaps to see. With the warmer months likely to be a busy time for travelling call now to book your site or cabin. GRAB A MAP AND EXPLORE The hallmark of the nearby King Valley is the unique grape varieties used by the local winemakers in this cool climate. Make it a day out from Wangaratta and visit the King Valley which is home to a passionate group of first, second and third generation Italian migrant families, producing Mediterranean inspired varietals. The old tobacco growing region has now transformed into one of the country’s great wine areas with its unique soil types and micro climates. A truly unique terroir. With the helpful advice from the Information Centre or with some online research about Victoria’s Wine and High Country region you’ll find farm gate outlets, gourmet produce in local stores and of course the cellar doors. Many cellar doors are open seven days and some wineries have their own restaurants. There is a distinct Italian flavour evident in this region. In addition to the King Valley, the Milawa Gourmet Region has an abundance of passionate producers and the area is a must for people who love great food and wine. Wherever you travel you'll find everything from meats, game, fruit, berries, nuts, cheeses, sauces and preserves. So get yourself maps and brochures (and some local knowledge) from the Information Centre to help you meet the growers and fill your esky with tasty treats to enjoy during your stay; or take home as a wonderful memory. A Big4 base to explore the Nor th East After a day exploring Wangaratta and beyond a relaxing spot by the pool awaits.
PAGE 14 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE EL DORADO WANGARATTA-ELDORADO RD WANGARATTAELDORADO RD MAIN ST MAIN ST MAIN ST WOOLSHED RD WOOLSHED RD CEMETERY RD ELDORADO-TARRAWINGEE RD MACKAY ST MACKAY ST MCEVOY DR COLIN ANGUS DR TRESIZE ST MULL RD SLAUGHTERYARD LN MCCOY ST PERCY ST FALCONER LN ELDORADO-BYAWATHA RD MCGREGOR ST MCINTOSH ST MINJAMBUTTA LN BREWER LN EL DORADO WELCOME TO 3746 EL DORADO HISTORIC AREA TOBEECHWORTH TOWANGARATTA CENTENNIAL PARK Scan here for full detailed map Distance fromMelbourne: 274km Population: 287 approx. Amenities: El Dorado area o ers a variety of accommodation styles ranging from creek side or bush camping on Reedy Creek camping spots, or at Centennial Park and local B&Bs. The general store has amenities such as petrol, a post o ce, and bank, and the local tavern provides meals and refreshments. Showers and toilets, as well as a barbecue, are available at the local Gunhouse park. Eldorado is known as a tiny town that is full of hidden gems, both literally and metaphorically. Some come to Eldorado for the gold and gemstone hunting, great camp spots and bush walks and others come for the amazing food and events on offer. When you arrive in Eldorado the first place you are likely to find is the McEvoy Tavern, a favourite to locals and tourist alike. This may be the smallest pub in Victoria, but it is mighty in character, charm, and fun. With a rustic Australiana decor, friendly staff and all your pub favourites including local brews and wines, live music, pool table, jukebox, arcade table, outdoor beer garden and dining, and the recently renovated historic shed which can be booked for indoor dining and large groups. This is all topped off with an incredible pub menu featuring the best and biggest burgers, Get back to country style and tastes quintessential homestead experience. Can you imagine anything better than a picnic on the lawn with a house-made grazing plate, sipping local brews, watching baby goats in the distance and the sweet sound of local musicians playing in the corner. The team at Tolpuddle have put their heart and hands into creating this incredible place that will make your visit to the country so memorable. For quick visits just pop-in for some ‘farm gate’ style shopping and buy from their range of specialty goat cheeses made using only the milk from their small herd of Saanen dairy goats and other local delicacies on offer from Spring to end of Autumn. Or for longer visits check their Facebook page for open days, opportunities to cuddle the baby goats, workshops, farm tours or even book a stay at the farm stay in the historic Rusholme homestead onsite. parma specials, meaty man-meals and seriously great vego and vegan options. And if you arrive into town in the morning be sure to stop in for a coffee that will rival a Melbourne latte. Check them out on Facebook for specials and upcoming live music nights. Next stop on your food journey is the not to be missed Tolpuddle Farm - Goats, Cheese & Farmstay. Just a few clicks away in the neighbouring township of Tarrawingee you will delight in this
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 15 M515014AB EL DORADO If that’s not enough can you believe this tiny town of only 300 residents hosts one of Australia’s largest sustainability events – the Off-Grid Living Festival. For one weekend in Autumn each year the local parklands (Centennial Park, McGregor St) are transformed into a hub of self-sufficiency delights. With over 200 exhibitors and 5000 visitors per day this is an event that you must add to your calendar. Covering topics from past to present and a glimpse into the future, you will find everything from the latest in off-grid energy and transport, to traditional crafts, alternative farming, natural building and home-health. By combining education and entertainment the creators of this event have really made the big issues of sustainability fun and accessible. It is enjoyed by people from all walks of life - the curious, people just starting to think about sustainable living, those who are ready to take one step off the grid and off-grid enthusiasts alike. Featuring workshops, exhibits, talks, family fun, food and entertainment this is a full weekend of activities that will leave you feeling inspired to transform your life. From luxury off-grid housing, technology and vehicles through to back-to-basics, survival skills, bush-crafts and alternative living, you’ll see it all at the next Off-Grid Living Festival - 9th & 10th April 2022. Tickets for sale online from November. Check for more details on Facebook. Off the Grid in these modern times Off the Grid lifestyle ideas on show.
PAGE 16 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE CEMETERY LAKE SAMBELL HOLMES CREEK SPRING CREEK SPRING CREEK SPRING CREEK SPRING CREEK HODGE ST STANLEY RD STANLEY RD KERFERD RD BUCKLAND RD ALBERT RD CAMP ST CAMP ST HIGH ST HIGH ST ALMA RD ALMA RD BALACLAVA RD FORD ST FORD ST BRIDGE ST BRIDGE ST BEECHWORTH WANGARATTA RD SYDNEY RD BEECHWORTH WODONGA RD GEORGE RD GEORGE RD GEORGE RD GEORGE RD GEORGE RD LAST ST FINCH ST FINCH ST PRIORY LANE LOCH ST CHURCH ST WOOD ST WOOD ST BERNARD ST BERNARD ST WILLIAMS ST KARS ST CEMETERY RD DINGLE RD GILCHRIST AVE LOWER STANLEY RD JARVIS RD PEACH DRIVE Mc CONVILLE AVE MELLISH ST HAVELOCK RD KIBBLES RD JUNCTION RD GREEN WATTLE TREE RD Scan here for full detailed map BEECHWORTH HISTORIC PARK BAARMUTHA PARK CENTENNIAL PARK ROTARY PARK QUEEN VICTORIA PARK NEWTOWN PARK TOWN HALL GARDENS MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK WALLACE PARK YACKANDANDAH TO WANGARATTA TO MYRTLEFORD TO STANLEY TO BEECHWORTH WELCOME TO 3747 ELDORADO TO Distance fromMelbourne: 285km (via Hume Hwy) Population: 3500 approx Attractions: More than 30 buildings listed by National Trust; courthouse where Ned Kelly stood trial; ‘best preserved gold mining town’; tumbling waterfalls, quiet streams, deep rocky gorges and placid valleys. Yackandandah also o ers unique selection of shops, storyboard trail, parks and walking tracks, shing and swimming, sports grounds, gold mine tours, museums. Amenities: Noted bakery, good retail, accommodation options, swimming pool. A selection of shops, hotels, good accommodation, holiday park, memorial hall and sports parks are found in Yackandandah. Police d t e s N A P ( 2 D D DRD EGE R O EO GE R TO H DAH N DAN NAN KCK AC YA DRD CE Y BIKE PARK MOUNTAIN M MOUNT KE PARK E D E R S ES BLE BL BL BB KIB KIB s an y p tion, ommoda acc A tion ommoda acc t A m g t o E REE RE M CR S ES ME LM OL HO i k n q K EK EK EE R N T S T T S R R E GE RG EOR EO GE W N T L S D RD AR N A NA R W RN ER B E T DST D RD AR NA E RN RN E R ER B W BE D W OD O O WO T DST D W OD OO WO T H ST H S H S F CH NC IN FI TST TST AS LA R T T H R T S G T T ST D RD OR OR FO FO T HST H HGH GH GH IG IG HI T S T ST ST DRD KC E CK OLO EL VAV H 7 747 3 E OM CLC EW OWO H ECH EBE OTTO H TRT OR H f T EK EK EE RE H CR G NG I N RI PR SP T T T S E T ST D R O H ST H S H GH HIG HIG T Y S H S CH OC LO ENE AN LA Y RY RY O ROR RIO RIO P H PR STST H S CNCH NC I FIN FI E T S D E ST E A AV V VE AV E LE N L IL VI NV CO M ON CO M A E D H C AC E P A PE RD YEY LE NAN T ST RER WOW LO D RD R S I V R AR JA 7 747 3 H W W H T RT O W HW C E E B TO ATA TT AT AR GA AN WA TO ADO R DOR LD EL E GE DG RID RID BR T ST E G ADO T S O T D E S D A S E S E F R DN A LK CU B E FE RF ER KE PARK ARK ARK WALLACE LA RK AL P W LL L D T D E D RD D RD RD ERER RFE RF EST E DGE D HOD H EVE A TS R SIS RI HR CH L GIL GI TO RD OR FO EF RTLE YR MY A S
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 17 M516083 BEECHWORTH Tour a town with taste Beechworth offers fresh country air and is a fascinating town centre with plentiful culinary delights. You’ll find an abundance of opportunities to walk the historic streets and indulge in some good old fashioned sweet treats. The town’s prime position on the upper tablelands makes it the perfect spot to sample the local produce and meet the producers. Grab a copy of the gourmet trail map, an esky to fill or a family sized basket. There are many sites for you to learn about the town’s gold rush and history. Gold was first discovered near the present site of the Newtown Bridge in 1852. By 1853 a township began to form and the name Beechworth was created. There’s serious cycling, there’s gourmet cycling and family friendly cycling so BYO bicycle or find the several outlets in town which have bikes for hire. And for those wanting a wine based exploratory there are numerous wineries in surrounding areas. TOURING AT EASE North Explorer Tours caters for people who want to come and enjoy the many options in the region and enjoy peace of mind knowing they will get value from their holiday dollar. Many Australians are not going overseas in the foreseeable future and Wade wants to make sure people can still experience the wonders of great food, wine and the outdoors - here in Australia. You can tailor your own exploration package and the tour company will take care of all the details. All you need to do is turn up, relax and enjoy. Bring your own car and stay locally. Then you can decide whether you want to drive yourself to the various locations, or you can travel in a high-quality minivan (maximum 10 people) and enjoy the wonderful wines and food without worrying about driving. They can arrange a high-quality lunch paired with local wines for around $100 per person. Plus a visit to a couple of vineyards is arranged as part of the tour. SWEET TREATS Established in 1992, The Beechworth Sweet Co is regarded by many as Australia’s finest sweet shop, renowned for sourcing the finest quality chocolates and sweets from around the world. Visitors remark that entering the store reminds them of a cross between Alice In Wonderland, Aladdin’s Cave, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is a feast on the eyes. Three rooms are full of the classics such as gob stoppers, sherbets, boiled lollies and gummies and other quirky treats to surprise you. The Beechworth Sweet Co team works to maintain the ‘wow’ factor by developing new products with specialities in every corner of the store that change regularly. There is a fairy table, ceiling decorations, gorgeous packaging for gifts and, of course, knowledgeable and helpful staff. The Beechworth Sweet Co promises a memorable experience and offers a sweet journey to new discoveries with endless possibilities. Come and enjoy the experience but please check with the business directly for any changes to opening times and services. The historic main street of Beechworth.
PAGE 18 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE M516081 BEECHWORTH Now this is really something special! From the historic township of Beechworth, as you drive into this lovely lakeside caravan park, you will be impressed not only with the beauty of the location but also the warm reception from Roger and Sue Humphris. Lake Sambell Caravan Park is one of the best in the area and provides easy access to this wonderful RV friendly town and surrounds. Nearby are playgrounds, mini golf, and great walking tracks with access to bicycle paths with easy access to town. A real bonus is canoe or kayak and mountain bike hire – just call in to reception. The site is also pet friendly. So all sizedcampervans, pop-up vans and caravans can find themselves a site. Even for large family tents and awnings there’ll be a great spot for you. Large grassed spaces feature throughout the park. A range of well equipped cabins and villas can accommodate from 2 up to 6 guests in 1 or 2 bedroom cabins (some pet friendly cabins are available). For caravaners and campers there are 50+ powered and 70 unpowered sites set amongst shady trees and along the banks of Spring Creek. Added extras are three on site vans and van storage, a guest laundry and dump point. For group events, the camp kitchen seats up to 30 people. And of course, there’s free WIFI. LPG gas refills can be done to save you having to go to town. Come and check out this holiday park for your wanderings in Beechworth. Your oasis in the hills - Lake Sambell Wake up to the sounds of native birds drifting across this calm lake.
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 19 M515016AB BEECHWORTH Historic halls of the Asylum Hidden away from prying eyes atop a lonely hillside on the outskirts of Beechworth, Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum sits overlooking the town, waiting for those who wish to explore its history. In its 128 years of operation, more than 9000 deaths were recorded, and likely many more unrecorded. Now, thanks to Asylum Ghost Tours, you can wander through its many twisted hallways and small, stifling rooms. You can choose from ghost tours, history tours, paranormal investigations, or a photographic journey in the historic Lion of Beechworth, as the asylum was known. Experienced guides will tell you all the secrets of the place. It’s a chance to explore beyond doors that have been locked for decades, and see what few have experienced before. Family-oriented and child-friendly tours and daytime history tours are available on weekends. If you’ve been before, come back to see some recently opened areas. When night falls there is a sense of excitement as you embark on tours of the haunted buildings in the darkness. The ghost tour encompasses facility history, memories, local tales, urban myths, and stories of the supernatural while twilight tours are available for families and younger adventurers. Check the website for Ghost Tour times but bookings are essential. They also offer private group bookings outside normal tour hours. For the more adventurous, paranormal investigations take place when all is quiet and another world may open its door to you. AND THERE’S MORE Beechworth is a ‘gold mine’ of buildings to see and enjoy; 30 are in fact listed by the National Trust. Take a stroll along lengthy Ford Street which is festooned with 19th-century goldrush era verandah-covered footpaths. The town has an important connection to the story of Victoria’s famous bushranger, Ned Kelly’s life and death. Behind the main town is Beechworth's Gorge which is accessed via Camp Street and Skidmore Road. You’ll find some spectacular views of the area's striking granite landscape, legacies of the gold-mining days, and the gorgeous surrounding countryside beyond Woolshed Valley. Nearby Yackandandah is also an absolute historical treasure. This wonderfully well preserved small town has so much to explore. Quaint shops, a gallery of striking artwork and streets lined with huge shady trees make it well worth the wander.
PAGE 20 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE YACKANDANDAH An absolute gem, time well spent The beautiful façade of the Athenaeum in Yackandandah. This small gem of a town is a wonderful place to just relax…for a day or a few. The name Yackandandah is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal name. One source suggests that it is a local Waveroo word meaning 'country of hills' while other sources say it is a combination of two words meaning 'water hole' and 'rocks'. This theory is based on a large rock on top of a smaller rock in the water course now known as Yackandandah Creek. Yackandandah is a former gold mining town located in the north-east of Victoria, between Beechworth and Wodonga. The entire commercial centre has been classified by the National Trust and features many well-preserved buildings which date back to the mid and late 1800s during the height of the town's gold mining days. Highlights include the The Athenaeum which is located at 29 High Street which was built in 1878 to house 3000 books for the local book club, the Athenaeum was the social and intellectual centre of Yackandandah. There were two reading rooms, a few stuffed birds, and a boomerang or two. A full sized slate billiard table was installed in 1899. The Athenaeum is notable for its lovely facade. The court house built in 1863 is now used as a community hall, the Bank of Victoria building built in1860 now houses a museum, and the old post office first built as a timber structure in 1856 is well worth a look. It now houses the Tourist Information Centre. ‘Yack’ as it is fondly known is home to many artists, including potters, painters, sculptors and stitchers. At any time of year look out for open days to galleries or artists’ studios. You can wander the streets of ‘Yack’ and discover cafes, art, crafts and antiques in the eclectic mix of galleries and shops. Commissioners Creek runs through the town and features a mineral spring accessed via Mineral Lane. Accommodation includes a camping caravan site close to town, motel and hotel rooms plus many other comfortable options. Take a drive along Bells Flat Road and at Crossing Place you’ll find a walking track that leads to "The Gorge" (a man-made diversion of Yackandandah Creek and this allowed miners to search for gold along the original creek bed). Bells Flat Road passes through old gold mining areas featuring shafts and diggings. A short drive north-east of the town is the small community of Allans Flat located in a rich agricultural area. This is home to several wineries and a strawberry farm. Allans Flat Reserve has a large lake which was originally created by gold dredging and is now an ideal spot for boating.
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 21 M516082 YACKANDANDAH Yackandandah Motor Inn Rejuvenation Yackandandah is in an ideal location to visit the many attractions in this part of Victoria, especially the numerous wineries of Rutherglen, Milawa, the King Valley and around Beechworth. The new owners of the Yackandandah Motor Inn, have commenced a refurbishment and the aim is to provide a central hub for your exploration in this exceptional region. The goal; to make you comfortable and provide you with a personal level of attention so that you can focus on your holiday. This motel occupies a prime position in Yackandandah’s High Street, giving easy access to the town’s hotel, eateries and shops located right outside the front door. Having travelled extensively, your hosts understand what it is like when you first arrive in a new place. The clean and wellappointed rooms are designed with vibrant splashes of colour and incorporate the best ideas from their own travel experiences. Features include generous size bathrooms, latest air conditioners (to meet the changing seasons), large smart TVs and of course great beds. The owners understand that a stay is more than ‘just a stay’ and realises that people are seeking knowledge, comfort and a sense that they are important. People want to know what is going on around the place and how to make the most of their time. They can really help you enjoy the area by organising a total package taking you to some very special places for great food, wine and environment. In addition to food and wine, other activities include bush walking, cycling (rail trail or mountain bike), golf, bowls, fishing, canoeing, swimming or maybe a gold mine tour. Please call or check Facebook and the website for more information. Extra care and comfort at this centrally located motel.
PAGE 22 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE ADVERTISEYOUR RESTAURANT, OR CAFÉ HERE Phone 5150 2345 to be a part of the next Tastes of the GAR food guide Your food guide to BEECHWORTH, MYRTLEFORD, BRIGHT, OMEO, SWIFTS CREEK & ENSAY PLEASE NOTE: These hospitality business trading days, times and availability of published services may vary due to current circumstances. TUVietnamese Street Food 109 Myrtle Street, Myrtleford Ph: 0415 995 041 Extensive menu for inside and outside dining and takeaway. Online ordering: tuvietnamese.com. Open Wed-Sat, 11am - 9pm. @tumyrtleford MicheliniWines 213 Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford Ph: 5751 1990 Explore Michelini’s Tuscan Villa inspired Cellar Door and sample our award winning Italian wines Open 7 days 10am - 5pm. www.micheliniwines.com.au Blackbird Café 95 Great Alpine Road, Bright Ph: 5750 1838 All-day breakfast showcases local produce. Open Thurs-Mon from 8am. Watch the world go by on our outside terrace in a central location. www.blackbirdfood.com.au Alpine Hotel Bright 7-9 Anderson Street, Bright Ph: 5755 1366 Restaurant, Bar & Bistro, Local Wine & Beer, Fresh House-made Pizza, Alpine Heritage Brew, Seasonal Menu, Takeaway & Accommodation. www.alpinehotelbright.com.au Granny’s Pantry 56 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville Ph: 0400 992 699 Come and see our large range of homemade gourmet foods in jars. Gift shop and secret garden (in progress). Great gift ideas. Open every day 10am - 5pm Eaglerange Estate 228 Happy Valley Road, Ovens. 5752 2518 Our wines have been awarded by Wine State Magazine for many years. Call in and taste our new Montepulciano variety. Open Wed - Sun 10am - 5pm The Beechworth Sweet Co. 7 Camp Street, Beechworth Ph: 5728 2060 Come explore our nostalgic confectionery shop. Specialising in chocolates and candy, old fashioned favourites. Open 7 days 9.30am - 5pm www.beechworthsweetco.com.au ReclaimWinebar & Cafe 55a Standish Street, Myrtleford Ph: 5751 5609 Great Alpine Valley Wine. Local Craft Beers. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Gundowering ice-cream and a range of gifts. #meetmehere Open Fri & Sat 9am til late. Sun - Tues 9am - 4/5pm
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 23 Your food guide to BEECHWORTH, MYRTLEFORD, BRIGHT, OMEO, SWIFTS CREEK & ENSAY PLEASE NOTE: These hospitality business trading days, times and availability of published services may vary due to current circumstances. EnsayWinery 300 metres north of Ensay township on the Great Alpine Road Ph: 5157 3203 Quality Wines • Cellar Door Sales • Events. Open 10am - 5pm most weekends (call ahead). Daily during school +public holidays. Find us on facebook +Instagram@EnsayWinery Swifts Creek Bakery 9 McMillans Street, Swifts Creek Ph: 5159 4208 Delicious home made pies & sausage rolls. Huge selection of cakes, meat & gravy rolls, egg & bacon rolls, croissants, salad sandwhiches, rolls and focaccias. Open Mon - Fri 7am til 2pm Sat 9am - 2pm GapstedWines 3897 Great Alpine Road, Gapsted Ph: 5751 9101 Delicious a la carte menu featuring fresh seasonal local produce. Visit website for current opening times. www.gapstedwines.com.au Bright Sweet Shop 13 Ireland Street, Bright Ph: 5750 1771 Awesome sweets, quality chocolates, delicious icecream. Great giftware selection. Cups, mugs, puzzles and more. Ext. hrs over Chirstmas holidays. Open 7 days 9.30am - 4.30pm Golden Age Hotel Motel 189 Day Avenue, Omeo Ph: 5159 1344 Experience the High Country in style! Fully licenced restaurant, a la carte menu, local wines. Lunch and dinner. Excellent accommodation. www.goldenageomeo.com.au Myrtleford Savoy Sporting Club Inc. 252-254 Myrtle Street, Myrtleford Ph: 5751 1296 Community Club, private function rooms, dance floor, restaurant, local wines, Italian cuisine. Kitchen open for lunch and dinner Wednesday - Sunday www.clubsavoy.com.au
PAGE 24 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE TARRAWINGEE MILAWA RD REIDS LANE MARKWOOD TARRAWINGEE RD ALANS LANE KERRS RD KERRS RD KERRS RD FACTORY LANE OXLEY FLATS RD OXLEY FLATS RD OXLEY FLATS CHURCH LANE SNOW RD (GLENROWAN MYRTLEFORD RD) SNOW RD (GLENROWAN MYRTLEFORD RD) COLEMANS LANE CHURCH LANE LAURISTON AVE CHARDONNAY DRIVE GOODWINS LANE OVENS RIVER MILAWA WELCOME TO 3678 OXLEY TO MYRTLEFORD TO WANGARATTA TO Distance fromMelbourne: 256km Distance from Sydney: 638km Population: 592 Attractions: Milawa gourmet region, cheese factory & wineries Amenities: cafes & restaurants, various accommodation options Scan here for full detailed map R ENA L S N A LA Y R D Y A NA
THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 25 MILAWA/OXLEY A region for leisurely exploration Centred around the townships of Oxley, Milawa, Tarrawingee and Whorouly, the Milawa Gourmet Region has become a famous destination for food and wine lovers. The first of its kind in Australia, the Milawa Gourmet Region was conceived in 1994 with each of its members providing a unique service to visitors, and proudly displaying this gourmet region’s logo. People come from far and wide to enjoy this epicentre of gourmet produce. To let you become part of the gourmet trail, the local providors have initiated the ‘Prosecco Picnic’. Its aim is to help you create your own picnic basket of fine foods. Select from mustards, cheeses and condiments, olives and freshly baked products. Then with your collection drive along the King Valley to Pizzini Wines to enjoy your matched Prosecco at their ‘Picnic’ spot. Look for gourmet suppliers with the King Valley Prosecco Road promotion. As you explore further this region look for organic beef direct from the farm, honey, jams and preserves and olive oil to take home. You can also follow the ‘Pedal to Produce’ map on your bicycle. The Milawa-Oxley leg of the ride is less than 10 kilometres along a flat and easily accessible section of an extensive Murray to Mountains rail trail. Along the way you will see the Oxley Flour Mill, and iconic red-brick building built in the 1880s which is a favourite with photographers. The extensive range of accommodation makes a trip to this region absolutely memorable. Choose from provincial B&Bs to five star luxury. For plant lovers you will want to head straight to the local nursery. You may find something very special to nuture. Enjoy the BBQ and playground at Oxley Memorial Park. and enjoy a piece of history as you wander the area; there was indeed an early recognition of the beauty of this area. In 1824 explorers Hume and Hovell passed through the region and Hovell observed that ‘….the land is exceedingly good with fine hills and grassland; it is as pretty a spot as I have seen since leaving home.’ Take some time to see the old site of the Milawa Butter Factory; a dairy company that was established here in 1891 and by 1896 was one of the biggest dairy companies in Australia. Visit the Milawa Gourmet website to find out what’s on this season. Sample the delights at Milawa/Oxley outdoors, in cosy cafés or at cellar door. Photo: Visit Victoria
PAGE 26 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE CELLAR DOORS 80 GEHRIGS LANE, OXLEY 3678 PHONE (03) 5727 3395 1326 GOORAMADDA ROAD RUTHERGLEN 3685 PHONE (02) 6026 8228 e: email@example.com www.johngehrigwines.com.au Tradition, experience and constant innovation are all combined into Ross’ new releases. Ross and Meghan invite you to experience these and other unusual varieties at their cellar door: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. M515839 MILAWA/OXLEY The sun’s warmth on the vineyard If you love a winery with history and classic character then John Gehrig Wines is for you. These wines are highly regarded and a visit to the cellar door is a memorable feature of the Milawa Gourmet Region. After another busy harvest season, John Gehrig Wines welcome the chance to share the fruits of their labour and a depth of knowledge for the style of grapes that flourish here. John Gehrig, a fourth generation winemaker, established the family vineyard and winery on the banks of the King River in Oxley in 1976. His son Ross and wife Meghan have since taken on the challenge of guiding the next winemaking generation of Gehrigs to craft fine wines. The ongoing passion is to produce the best grapes which then create the wines of distinction paying homage to this iconic north east Victorian terroir . In 2011 the allure of returning to John’s birthplace - Rutherglen - was so strong that Ross and Meghan have now expanded the business with a new vineyard, and a cellar door in Gooramadda East Rutherglen. This is the one of the busiest times of year so if you are planning a trip to either the Oxley or Gooramadda cellar door you may see a flurry of activity as preparation begins for harvest. It will be a chance to sip and stock up on their Riesling which is a perfect wine for the summer months. If you enjoy a range of diverse quality wines, head to John Gehrig Wines when you are out enjoying north east Victoria, either at Rutherglen or Oxley. Make contact directly or visit their website for further details regarding opening times for this lovely cellar door experience. Try some heartwarming fortified wines and full flavoured red wines at John Gehrig Wines.