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GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 3 The hills are alive Considered one of the most spectacular scenic drives in Australia, a journey along the magnificent Great Alpine Road rewards travellers with colourful, historic towns – big and small – picturesque valleys, rivers and forests, vast mountain ranges, vineyards, farms and beautiful national parks. Linking Victoria’s northeast High Country region to Gippsland in the south, there is so much to see and experience along this winding 300-kilometre motorway and the areas that surround it. The road peaks at Mount Hotham – at an altitude of 1840 metres – where you’ll discover breathtaking mountain vistas. In summer and autumn, when the region’s hills and valleys are alive with warmth and colour, popular activities include sightseeing, photography, fishing, cycling, swimming, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, birdwatching and walking. Cafés, restaurants, bakeries and farm gates in the region provide a vast array of locally-made products and fresh, seasonal produce, while the many local wineries and breweries optimise the area’s terroir (cool climate, clean fresh air, waters and soils) to create some of Australia’s most revered drops. In this edition of the Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide, we’ll provide you with stacks of information and ideas for getting the most from your travels in the region. We hope you enjoy your time in this alpine wonderland. Summer hiking in Victoria’s High Country. Photo: Visit Victoria
PAGE 4 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE CONTENTS Regions & towns Albury/Wodonga 5-6 Rutherglen 7-9 Glenrowan 10-12 Wangaratta 13-15 El Dorado 16-17 Beechworth 18-23 Yackandandah 25 Milawa/Oxley 28-31 King Valley 32-35 Myrtleford 36-38 Ovens 39 Eurobin 40-41 Mt Buffalo 42 Porepunkah 43 Bright 44-48 Mt Beauty 49 Harrietville 52-53 Mount Hotham 54 Dinner Plain 55 Omeo 56-59 Swifts Creek 60 Ensay 61 Bruthen 62-64 Twin Rivers 65-66 Buchan 67-68 Swan Reach 69 Lakes Entrance 70-73 Metung 76-79 Paynesville/Wattle Point 80-86 Bairnsdale 87-93 Features Children’s page 24 Tastes of the Great Alpine Road 26-27 Competitions 47, 85 Central map 50-51 Tastes of the Coast 74-75 Markets 94 Information 95-96 Accommodation Directory 97 Eateries Directory 98 Acknowledgement of Country We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work, and pay our respects to indigenous elders past, present and emerging. Cover: Enjoying the gourmet delights of the Great Alpine Road and surrounds. Photo: iStock Photo this page: Ovens River at Bright. Photo: Visit Victoria
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 5 ALBURY/WODONGA Two towns. One feature-packed region. Popular NSW border town, Albury, took out the top spot in Wotif's 2023 Aussie Town of the Year Awards. Basing its selection on a data index that looks at "accommodation affordability, quality, and traveller satisfaction", the holiday-booking website said Albury was a "no-brainer" to land in first place, writing: "Perfectly situated at the foot of the Aussie Alps and on the banks of the Mighty Murray River, Albury is a top pick for foodies, nature lovers and adventure fans. With incredible outdoor experiences, awesome wineries and bars, excellent restaurants, and some of the best galleries, museums, theatres and festivals around, it's a must-visit." Twin cities Separated by the Murray River, Albury – and its Victorian neighbour Wodonga – both offer a charming mix of heritage buildings, vibrant shopping precincts, stacks of sporting options and engaging cultural events. With so much on offer, it is certainly worth setting aside a few days to explore the area. Known collectively as the 'twin cities', both towns feature beautiful parklands, with the jewel in the crown being the Albury Botanic Gardens, first established in the centre of Albury back in 1877. The gentle flowing river tempts you to take time out to sit on its broad banks, under a beautiful old tree. This is a region where you'll also find regular community events, markets and weekend gatherings. Water-based fun Together with the Lake Hume Dam (the largest dam in the southern hemisphere), the local river systems and waterways of the Albury Wodonga region are popular for all sorts of water sports and activities, including sailing, jet-skiing, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and of course, fishing. In fact, the area is renowned for excellent freshwater fishing, and there are many beautiful, secluded tree-lined fishing spots all along the Murray River, as well as popular angling spots at Mungabareena and Heywoods Bridge, where the catch often includes yellowbelly (golden perch), trout, freshwater crayfish, and Murray cod. Many of the foreshore reserves feature BBQ and picnic facilities. Art, culture and history Albury Wodonga has a strong food and arts culture, and a wonderful connection to the area's history and indigenous heritage. Be sure to drop into the local information centres for advice and printed guides to some of the significant sites. The twin cities are large enough to provide a variety of holiday attractions and entertainment, yet small enough to provide enjoyable exploration by foot or bike. There are numerous paths in and around the townships, including over the river and back. Walking or cycling around is an ideal way to appreciate the distinctive character of the towns' grand old buildings, richly established gardens and broad, tree-lined streets. For those who cherish their daily caffeine hit there is café after café to discover. Dean Street in Albury is a great place to start a café hop. Watch for the welcoming coffee shops that are often hidden up little lanes and alleys. The twin cities are also known for great pubs, clubs and restaurants that often feature fresh regional produce. Albury's Dean Street – and High Street in Wodonga – are serious shopping precincts, and you'll find no less than five large shopping centres with dozens of retail outlets. Albury Wodonga residents are also very serious about their performance arts culture. It is the birthplace of Australia's world-famous Flying Fruit Fly Circus, and it's also home to the highly regarded Hothouse Theatre. Many national and international performers receive an enthusiastic welcome at the Albury Entertainment Centre. The visual arts have impressive homes at the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Arts Space Wodonga and other local galleries. Wagirra Trail and Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk Hire a bike or lace up your walking shoes to explore the Murray River pathway, a 15-kilometre (return) trail that links the Wonga Wetlands with the South Albury Trail through blissful riverside parks among soaring red gums. There are plenty of places to stop for a picnic or enjoy the view. Above all, make a beeline for the five-kilometre Yindyamurra Sculpture Walk, between Kremur Street and the Wonga Wetlands. Here, 15 sculptures crafted by Aboriginal artists tell age-old First Nations stories through contemporary art. Each sculpture comes with an interpretative sign revealing its significance. You can also unlock additional videos on the sculptures via your smartphone. Be sure to pause at Michael Quinn's 'Family Gathering', a sculpture symbolising the importance of family unity and indigenous connection to the land, and Ruth Davys' 'Bogong Moth Migration', an installation revealing how Aboriginal communities would feast on these winged delicacies. There's also Tamara Murray's larger-thanlife stainless-steel 'Reconciliation Shield', Kianna Edwards' steel and concrete 'Goanna', and the 'Maya Fish Trap' sculpture, created by Uncle Ken (Tunny) Murray, Darren Wighton and Andom Rendell. For more information on the many attractions of Albury Wodonga, go to visitalburywodonga.com The ‘Maya Fish Trap’ sculpture is one of 15 sculptures on the Yindyamurra Sculpture Walk in West Albury – all crafted by First Nations artists. Photo: Destination NSW Albury Wodonga has a number of excellent galleries, including the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) – pictured here. Photo: Destination NSW
PAGE 6 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE ALBURY/WODONGA A region of captivating contrasts Once, the magnificent Murray River was as busy as a present-day highway, with whistle-blowing paddle steamers travelling back and forth as they transported goods between rapidly growing towns and cities. Today, it's the kind of peaceful, lazy waterway that tempts you to take time out, sit on its broad banks under a shady tree, relax and just let the hours slip by. Albury Wodonga is a region of contrasts, cleverly blending city style and country pace, art and adventure. The contrasts and contradictions of time and place, history and progress, river and mountain, culture and cultivation, have melded themselves into an unlikely harmony of differences not experienced anywhere else in the country. There are contrasts in nature too, with fine formal gardens such as the 1887 Albury Botanic Gardens, Wodonga's relaxed Sumsion Gardens with its large lagoon and walking tracks, and Albury's Noreuil Park on the banks of the Murray River – a perfect spot for a picnic under the plane trees. Pictured clockwise from top left: Couple enjoying a riverside picnic at Noreuil Park, Albury. The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). Albury Post Office imparts hints of Europe. Walking in the Albury Botanic Gardens. All photos: Destination NSW 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 TO WANGARATTA TO BEECHWORTH TO WALLA WALLA TO WAGGA WAGGA TO TALLANGATTA LAKE HUME NAIL CAN HILL RESERVE DIAMOND PARK MUNGABAREENA RESERVE Police Police ALBURY 2640 Welcome to WODONGA3690 Welcome to Scan here for full detailed map
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 7 RUTHERGLEN If you're heading to Rutherglen, and you love a winery with history, then John Gehrig Wines is for you. The Gehrig family Wine history started around 1860 in Barnawartha, Rutherglen. Fourth-generation winemaker, John Gehrig, who was born in Rutherglen, established a vineyard and winery on the banks of the King River, Oxley in Northeast Victoria in 1976 – only minutes from what is now the famed Milawa Gourmet Region. He used the cooler region to produce premium Riesling, Chenin Blanc and lighter reds like Gamay and Pinot Noir. In 2011, the allure of returning to John's original birthplace of Rutherglen was too strong for John's son Ross. So, he and his wife Meghan, expanded John Gehrig Wines with the acquisition of a vineyard and cellar door on an 80-hectare site in Gooramadda, east of Rutherglen. Ross has well and truly taken on the challenge of ensuring that Gehrig Wines' continues to craft wines of superb quality and complexity. Ross has an obsession with producing the best grapes, to create wines of distinction, that pay homage to his father's iconic Northeast Victorian winery. He is continuing the family legacy, by not only producing the styles and wines his father once did, but also by creating his own range of high-end, big and flavourful wines under the 'RG' label – produced only when the fruit is perfect. If you enjoy tasting a wide range of diverse, high-quality wines – ranging from aromatic whites, fruity light reds and the Rutherglen favourites of Cabernet, Durif, Shiraz and fortified wines – it is certainly worth dropping into John Gehrig Wines' Rutherglen winery. To out more about John Gehrig Wines, visit johngehrigwines.com.au A local wine heritage Ross Gehrig imparting his fifth-generation winemaking knowledge at John Gehrig Wines in Rutherglen. Photo: Georgie James Wherever you are, you can always find us at greatalpineroadguide.com.au ALWAYS ONLINE VISITOR GUIDE FREE 2023-24 Summer/Autumn Travelling the Great Alpine Road & surrounds. www.greatalpineroadguide.com.au PB5580
PAGE 8 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE RUTHERGLEN A town built on gold, grazing and grapevines Located between Yarrawonga and Wodonga, just 10 kilometres from the Murray River, Rutherglen has a rich history of gold, grazing and grapevines. Early beginnings An important grazing area in the early to mid 1800s, the region's journey to wine stardom first began in the 1850s, when Lindsay Brown planted a four-acre vineyard. Discovery of gold in the area in 1860 led to the birth and rapid growth of the Rutherglen township. By 1863, the town already had a number of churches, a post office and school. Renowned wine region Following the gold rush, Rutherglen forged its prosperity through agriculture and viticulture, eventually becoming one of Victoria's most renowned wineproducing regions. It is home to internationally renowned fortified wines, robust reds and crisp whites. Today, there are 18 award-winning wineries within a short drive of the Rutherglen township, where you can visit cellar doors and meet fourth- and fifth-generation winemakers drawing on family tradition and modern techniques to create wines of exceptional flavour and quality. You'll also discover an array of fabulous restaurants, cafés, and local-produce farms. Discover more To find out more about the wonderful Rutherglen region, drop into the Rutherglen Visitor Information Centre at 57 Main St, Rutherglen, or go to explorerutherglen.com.au There are 18 award-winning wineries within a short drive of the Rutherglen township. Photo: Visit Victoria MAIN STREET MOODEMERE STREET MAIN STREET HOWLONG ROAD FORTUNE STREET TOBEECHWORTH TOWODONGA TOWANGARATTA Police rutherglen3685 Welcome to Scan here for full detailed map
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 9 RUTHERGLEN A town of surprising history and highlights Named after the Scottish town of Rutherglen which lies just outside Glasgow, Victoria’s Rutherglen has become famous in recent times as one of Australia’s premium wine regions. Rutherglen also has arts and gift shops, awesome lolly and gelato shops, famous Parker pies, bakeries and a whole lot more. The Big Wine Bottle Australia is known for its love of big monuments, from the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, to the Big Prawn in Ballina. But Rutherglen also has one to add to the list, the Big Wine Bottle! Standing 36 metres tall, and located only a 15-minute walk from Main Street, the Big Wine Bottle is a fitting monument to the success of the local wine industry, and a fun place to get a photo. Discover history Rutherglen has a rich history. Originally settled by squatters in 1836, the discovery of gold in nearby Chiltern some 20 years later caused great excitement, and by 1861 the population had swelled to 20,000. One way to find out more about the town’s history is to take an informative 90-minute guided tour, run by members of the local historical society. If you’d rather go at your own pace, just pick up a self-guided historical walking tour brochure from the Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre at 57 Main Street. The Centre is itself an historical architectural highlight. Built in 1862 as a drapery, it is a great place to start your exploration of Rutherglen. Here local volunteer staff can advise on what to see and do in the area, and you will also find an array of local produce, wine and souvenirs. The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen Established in 1860, The Star Hotel is both a local historical icon and a wonderful place to stay and dine. Now known as The Star HotelMotel Rutherglen, it is located on top of a hill in the centre of town, close to a supermarket, and an array of shops and services. With six affordable and comfortable motel units, The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen is an ideal ‘home base’ for exploring the region, which also includes fascinating towns like Beechworth and King Valley. Delicious Chinese restaurant The Star Hotel-Motel has a locally-famous Chinese restaurant called Eastern Palace. Chefs Ang and Oi – affectionately known to the locals as Billy and Lisa – have operated the restaurant for over 26 years and are much loved by the locals and returning visitors. The restaurant offers a full Chinese menu, banquet-style meals, and a la carte, as well as traditional ‘pub grub’ favourites and a very affordable children’s menu. Everything at Eastern Palace is cooked to order, so gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary requirements can easily be accommodated. Take-away meals are also available. Classic country pub The hotel has everything you’d expect from a modern-day country pub, including two separate bars, large screens to cater for sports enthusiasts or those looking to “have a punt on the horses”, a popular undercover beer garden, a pool table, juke box, amusement machines, and indoor air-conditioning to keep everyone cool during the warmer months. It also has two event function rooms, free parking and a well-stocked drive-through bottle shop. The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen is located at 105 Main Street. Rutherglen. To find out more, call (02) 6032 9625 or visit starmotelrutherglen.com.au Pictured clockwise from top: The delightful 1860 facade of The Star Hotel-Motel Rutherglen. The Rutherglen Wine Experience and Visitor Information Centre. The Big Wine Bottle. THE STAR HOTEL-MOTEL RUTHERGLEN • 6 affordable, comfortable rooms • Chinese Restaurant & traditional pub food • Hire rooms for functions - Large & small groups Open 7 days from 11am 105 Main St Rutherglen VIC 3685 Pub: (02) 6032 9625 Restaurant: (02) 6032 9522 Eat, drink & explore at
PAGE 10 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE GLENROWAN In the heart of the small township of Glenrowan in North East Victoria, you'll discover a very unique tourist attraction called Kellyland Glenrowan. Housed inside you'll find an array of historic artefacts of famous bushranger Ned Kelly, as well as an exciting, lifelike 3D animated show depicting the story of Ned Kelly and his gang. Many pieces relating to the Kelly story are displayed together, including many Victorian police artefacts from 1853 through to the 1880s, Sergeant Kennedy's hitching post, Ned Kelly's death mask, original wanted posters and many other rare photographs, original artworks and more. A thrilling journey The thrilling Kellyland Glenrowan show uses amazing, life-size animatronics and dramatic special effects to take you on a journey through five elaborate 'sets', each dressed in the style of the 1880s, and each depicting a different stage in the fascinating and actionpacked Kelly saga. The entire show is based on actual events... Police on the way As a show visitor, you'll begin in the dimly-lit abandoned waiting rooms of the Old Melbourne Railway Station, where a hooded narrator invites you to take a journey in time back to 1880. As he speaks, rain drizzles down the window pane, lightning strikes and thunder roars. As a fire ignites in the grate, our attention turns to the local police. You are now on a simulated train, sent from Melbourne to apprehend the Kelly gang, wanted for robbery and murder. Frightened people As the train whistles north towards Benalla, the hooded narrator reappears and sends you through swinging doors into an imaginative re-creation of the Glenrowan Inn, where the Kelly Gang has detained 62 frightened people, after removing a section of train track in an effort to derail the approaching police train. Pistol fired! This is where the show's animatronics really steal the show with a laughing lad perched in the rafters...a bush band playing the Wild Colonial Boy...a rat darting across the bar, while publican Ann Jones pours a beer...a pistol is fired! Ned addresses the audience about the injustices that, he says, forced him into lawlessness – including the jailing of his mother and young brother. "What man with any guts could stand aside?" Ned states, before warning of the approaching terror. The final battle Now it's daylight, and you're standing on the platform of the Glenrowan Station, where the police train has arrived (after being flagged down before reaching the broken track). Heavily-armed police squads have taken-up positions surrounding a re-created facade of the Glenrowan Inn. A spectacular scene follows, with no expense spared to detail. Police set fire to the hotel, from which the members of the Kelly gang – dressed in their (now iconic) crudely homemade, steel armour – are forced to emerge for their final battle. 'Such is life' On the next step of the journey, you'll find yourself within the burnt remains of the Inn, where – after a few frights and surprises – you are transported to Old Melbourne Gaol to witness Ned's last moments and his final words: "...ah well, such is life". After completing the show, you will have the opportunity to view Kellyland Glenrowan's fabulous new Kelly museum, and also have the opportunity to view and acquire books, souvenirs and gifts as a lasting memento of your visit to this very unique and wonderfully entertaining attraction. At Kellyland Glenrowan you can step into a historic, animatronic re-creation of the Glenrowan Inn, which in 1880 became the scene of the Kelly Gang’s last stand. All the action of Ned Kelly’s last stand Amazing lifelike animatronics and dramatic special effects make the Kellyland Glenrowan show a ‘must-see’.
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 11 ??? A unique, immersive multimedia experience inspired by the incredible true events that took place in Glenrowan in 1880 featuring animatronics & special effects. Tickets include admission into our museum with many original Kelly and Victorian Police aretefacts, antiques and artworks on display. Our souvenir shop is also well stocked with many handmade Ned Kelly items, books gifts and much more. Shows run every half hour between 10am & 4pm Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun. Open seven days over Victorian school holidays. 41 Gladstone St, Glenrowan Vic 3675 | (03) 5766 2367 www.kellylandglenrowan.com.au | Admin@kellylandglenrowan.com Facebook @kellylandglenrowan Presented exclusively by KELLYLAND GLENROWAN
PAGE 12 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE GLENROWAN Wine, walks and wild colonial boys Being only 14 kilometres from Wangaratta, the historic town of Glenrowan is a drawcard for many travellers. Kellyland Glenrowan in Gladstone Street incorporates a visitor information centre, where you can get free advice on the region's many attractions, as well as tips for local accommodation. And while Glenrowan is best known as the site of Ned Kelly's last stand, it's also part of a region that's famous for wonderful food and wine, serene bushwalks and spectacular scenery. You don't have to drive far from Glenrowan to enjoy historic vineyards, award-winning wines and a growing foodie scene. Considered one of Victoria's most historic wine regions, the first grape vines were planted by Varley Bailey on the rich red granite soil beneath the nearby Warby Ranges way back in 1866. His fortified wines were so successful that he quickly expanded his vineyard, and in the next two decades, created a thriving local and export wine business. Declared as an official wine region in 2003, the area around Glenrowan is now home to more than a dozen growers and seven cellar doors. Shiraz is now the main wine produced in the region, along with renowned fortified wines, including robust muscats and tokays that are considered among Australia's best. The food and beverage experiences in Glenrowan include quaint cafés, a bakery, hotel and providores. When in season, there are a variety of nearby farm gates, and 'pick your own' orchards including kiwi fruit, cherries, peaches, apricots and other stone-fruit varieties. Walk on the wild side The nearby Warby Ovens National Park offers a number of bushwalks, offering a chance to see a wide variety of birds and wildlife, and take-in impressive bushland and mountain views. For the adventurous, a morning hike to the top of Mount Glenrowan will reward early starters with wonderful sunrise views. On the Wangaratta side of Glenrowan, you'll find Fosters Lake, which is ideal for some fun, shore-based, freshwater family fishing (try saying that three times quickly!). The history of grapes in this region dates back to 1866. Photo: Visit Victoria 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 WINTON & BENALLA TO WANGARATTA TO LAKE MOKOAN QUARRY RESERVE BUSHLAND RESERVE WARBY OVENS NATIONAL PARK glenrowan3675 Welcome to Police Distance from Melbourne: 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 Scan here for full detailed map
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 13 WANGARATTA Wangaratta is an important regional centre and home to many industries, retail and food outlets, and a wide 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. Another 'must visit' is the Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre with its excellent café. 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. A 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. Cycling is a popular and easy mode of transport around town and is a great way to discover all the area has to offer. The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail weaves more than 100 kilometres through historic townships, with secrets and views in hidden valleys, unspoilt bushland and open farmland. Whether you're looking to stay in town, or you're just out exploring the region, Wangaratta has a broad range of accommodation and services to make your time in this lovely town comfortable and memorable. To find out more about Wangaratta and surrounds, drop by the Visitor Information Centre at 33-37 Ford Street or go to visitwangaratta.com.au THINGS TO DO • Wangaratta Art Gallery • Theatre and performing arts centre • Riverfront boardwalk precinct • Walk or ride along the Ovens river • Walk the town’s historic centre streets A place to enjoy culture, history and nature Wangaratta is a lovely place to enjoy a riverside picnic. The footbridge over the Ovens River at Wangaratta provides access to the town’s vibrant café precinct. Photo: Visit Victoria
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GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 15 WANGARATTA An ideal base for exploring the High Country Facilities at North Cedars include a solar-heated swimming pool with seating and umbrellas. When you stay at North Cedars, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail will be right on your doorstep. All the units at North Cedars include a fully-equipped kitchen. Perfectly located in the food and wine region of north eastern Victoria, BIG4 Wangaratta North Cedars Holiday Park is surrounded by spectacular mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes, and just a short drive from Glenrowan. An ideal base from which to explore the gourmet regions of Rutherglen and Milawa, when you stay here, you'll also have the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail right on your doorstep – a relatively flat and easy bike trail that runs all the way from Wangaratta to Bright. The Park is just a two-hour drive from the snowfields, and close to an array of other local attractions, including Lake William Hovell, Merriwa Park, and Warby-Ovens National Park. It's also a popular resting place for those visiting the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, which this year kicks-off in early November. The Park has large shaded, grassy sites, ideal for tents and vans, as well as a variety of comfortable, self-contained cabins to suit different budgets. It features a solar-heated swimming pool with seating and umbrellas, a large children's playground with swings and a slippery dip, a large ball park area for outdoor games and picnics, a camp kitchen and barbecue area, and a games/TV room with a pool table and video games. Accommodation options include a variety of cabins, as well as powered and unpowered campsites. The Park's air-conditioned Two-Bedroom Deluxe Units feature an ensuite bathroom with separate toilet, and separate bedrooms from the living room. All bed linen, bedding and towels are provided, and the self-contained kitchen includes cooking and eating equipment, as well as a full-size fridge, stovette with hotplates, and a microwave. These units also include a TV and DVD player, ironing board and iron. You can also choose from a number of One-Bedroom Deluxe Units and Ensuite Cabins, which also feature fully-equipped kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, and all linen, bedding and towels are provided. Other options available at BIG4 Wangaratta North Cedars Holiday Park include pet-friendly ensuite sites and powered sites. To book or find out more, call 03 5721 5230, or go to big4.com.au and search for 'Wangaratta North Cedars'. 170 Bowser Road, North Wangaratta Phone: (03) 5721 5230 www.northcedars.com.au E: email@example.com 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. PB6124 D
PAGE 16 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE EL DORADO Celebrate the food, art and businesses of El Dorado For a ‘sleepy country town’ of little more than 250 permanent residents, there always seems to be something interesting going on in El Dorado, and this summer and autumn are no exception! It’s cherry time! The start of summer, December, brings the opportunity to drop into El Dorado Cherries on the Wangaratta-Eldorado Road, just outside the town area. The cherries are delicious and highly sought after by visitors and locals. El Dorado Cherries offers the opportunity to pick-your-own, on some weekends, and if you’re happy to pay with cash, you can buy cherries at the farm-gate fridge. Cherries are generally available right through until around the end of December. Gold Flag Trail Day The first Saturday of December is El Dorado’s annual Gold Flag Trail Day, where participating local farm-gate producers, artist studios and other businesses display gold feather flags, welcoming visitors to taste, explore and enjoy. It is a fantastic reason to go for a trip to El Dorado, and a chance to enjoy the various wonderful local delights available on the day. While it is ‘offcially’ set to run from 10am until 4pm, some individual businesses and attractions will have their own open hours either side of these times. A map will be available from the El Dorado General Store and regional tourism centres, to help you navigate your way around on the day. To find out more, check out @gold_flag_trail on Instagram and Facebook - El Dorado Northeast Victoria and surrounds. Country-style accommodation The village of El Dorado is a fabulous place to enjoy a peaceful break, and if you’re looking for some country-style accommodation, your best bet is El Dorado Cottage on Main. This relaxing retreat is situated on the owner’s property, but is far enough from the main residence for you to enjoy total privacy. It has its own entrance and garden, where you can relax in peace. There is a fully-self-contained kitchen, split-system heating and cooling, TV/DVD, a queen bedroom and another bedroom with two single beds. Tea, coffee and a continental breakfast are provided, along with linen, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner and a hairdryer. A porta-cot and highchair are also available, along with a washing machine and iron. El Dorado Cottage on Main is located at 1501 Wangaratta-Eldorado Road, El Dorado. To book or find out more, email eldoradocottageonmain@ gmail.com, call 0429 354 783 or visit eldoradocottageonmain.com.au. You can also find El Dorado Cottage on Main on Facebook. El Dorado’s farm-gate producers, artist studios and other businesses welcome visitors to taste, explore and enjoy. 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 TOBEECHWORTH TOWANGARATTA CENTENNIAL PARK eldorado 3746 Welcome to Scan here for full detailed map Distance from Melbourne: 274km Population: 287 approx. Amenities: Eldorado 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 HISTORIC AREA
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 17 EL DORADO A perfect place for pottering...and pottery! A former gold-rush hub, that in its heyday was home to more than 7,000 people, El Dorado has a fascinating history, and one of the best places to learn about it is at El Dorado Museum. Housed in and around the town's old school building, the volunteer-managed museum was started by the local community in 1967 and has run continuously ever since. It is open each Sunday from 2pm to 4.30pm, and on most public holidays from 10am to 4pm. Packed with relics and stories of a former age, here you can find out about El Dorado's mining era, as well as access local family history, school and lodge records (useful for family-tree makers). Groups are welcome, and private bookings can be made for outside general open times. The museum also offers various activities for children. Entry is $5 an adult, $3 for a school-age child, and $15 for a family. It is also worthwhile taking a trip to the Cock's El Dorado Gold and Tin Mining Dredge, which is situated on the Wangaratta side of Eldorado about two kilometres from the museum. Here you can marvel at its immense size, read information panels, and take a walk around the dredge hole area. El Dorado Museum is located at 136 Main Street, El Dorado. You can call the museum on (03) 5725 1542, visit online at eldoradomuseum.com or find it on Instagram: @eldoradomuseum El Dorado Pottery Studio Housed in a handmade mudbrick building, El Dorado Pottery Studio has a variety of beautiful ceramics on display, all hand-crafted by resident studio potter Howard Phillips. A potter for more than 50 years, Howard creates both ornamental and practical items in a wide range of colours. Howard's pottery links began in Bendigo, where his grandfather worked at Bendigo Pottery, and later at Phillips Brickworks. Generally open from 10am to 5pm, studio opening hours can vary, so it's a good idea to call ahead. Some of Howard's pottery items are now also available at the Eldorado General Store. El Dorado Pottery Studio is located at 2 Brewer Lane, Eldorado. You can call the studio on (03) 5725 1542 or find it on Instagram: @eldoradopots El Dorado Pottery Studio is housed in a handmade mudbrick building. El Dorado Museum was created in and around the town’s old school building. PB10940
PAGE 18 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE ??? CEMETERY LAKE SAMBELL HOLMES 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 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 ELDORADO TO BEECHWORTH3747 Welcome to Distance from Melbourne: 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. Scan here for full detailed map Police
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 19 BEECHWORTH A quintessential Australian bakery Located in rural Victoria, Beechworth Bakery has been a popular destination for almost 40 years. The bakery is known for its delicious treats and warm hospitality, making it a favourite among both locals and travellers alike. Ned Kelly pie One of the most famous items on the menu is the Ned Kelly pie – a savory pie that has become synonymous with the bakery. It features a meaty base, topped with egg, cheese, and bacon, offering a quintessential Australian experience that leaves a lasting impression on your taste buds. Beesting Another beloved Beechworth Bakery treat is the Beesting – a bun filled with apricot jam, creamy custard, and crunchy toffee almonds. This delicious, signature dessert has been a customer favourite for years, and is considered a timeless Aussie classic. Eight locations Beechworth Bakery now has eight locations across Victoria and New South Wales, each offering a wide selection of delectable treats. From traditional pies and rolls, to savory sandwiches and sweet treats like vanilla slices, chocolate eclairs, lamingtons, and custard tarts, the bakery caters to every palate. Welcoming In addition to its delicious food, Beechworth Bakery provides a warm, inviting atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy your meal. Whether you choose to dine-in or take-away for a picnic by a nearby river, lake or forest, the bakery is a welcoming space to refuel and relish the moment. With bakeries in Bright, Yackandandah, Albury and of course, Beechworth (to name a few), it's certainly worth including Beechworth Bakery in your itinerary when travelling along – and beyond – the Great Alpine Road. For all the Beechworth Bakery locations, opening times, contact details and more, go to beechworthbakery.com.au Beechworth Bakery is known for its delicious treats and warm hospitality. PB16978
PAGE 20 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE BEECHWORTH The historic town of Beechworth offers an array of cafés, eateries and provedores. Photo: Visit Victoria The historic town of Beechworth offers an array of quaint shops and cafés, and it is the perfect base from which to explore the region’s renowned wineries and gourmet food producers. Beechworth offers fresh country air and is a fascinating town centre with plentiful culinary delights. Here you’ll find an abundance of opportunities to walk the historic streets and indulge in fabulous food and 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. For information and advice on Beechworth and surrounds, including local trail maps, be sure to stop by the Beechworth Visitor Information Centre at 103 Ford Street, Beechworth or visit explorebeechworth.com.au It’s worth grabbing a copy of the gourmet trail map from the information centre before setting out to explore the region. And if you enjoy cycling, be sure to bring your bike (or you can hire one from several outlets in Beechworth), because it’s an excellent way to explore the town and local surrounds. A sweet place to stop Established in 1992, The Beechworth Sweet Co is regarded by many as Australia’s best 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 for the eyes. Three rooms are full of the classics, such as gob stoppers, sherbets, boiled lollies, gummies and other quirky treats to surprise you. The Beechworth Sweet Co team works to maintain the ‘wow’ factor by developing new products, with a regularly-changing range of specialities to be discovered in every corner of the store. The shop features a fairy table, ceiling decorations, gorgeous packaging for gifts and, of course, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff. The Beechworth Sweet Co promises a memorable experience for people of all ages and offers a sweet journey to new discoveries with endless possibilities. Come and enjoy the experience, but be sure to check with the business directly for any changes to opening times or services. Take your tastebuds for a tour too Be sure to grab a slice or two of the Beechworth Sweet Co’s famous fudge. You’ll find lots of sweet and colourful surprises at the Beechworth Sweet Co.
GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 21 BEECHWORTH Set aside a day for Billson’s Two of the ‘must-do’ activities while you’re in the beautiful town of Beechworth, are to visit Billson’s historic brewery in Last Street, and the iconic brand’s nostalgic Soda Bar in Camp Street. In fact, exploring Billson’s variety of Beechworth experiences can easily keep you entertained for an entire day. Historic Brewery Tour Quietly tucked away in one of Beechworth’s leafy side streets, the landmark red brick facade of Billson’s Brewery evokes thoughts of times gone by. Visitors of all ages are invited to take a tour through the past, present and future of Billson’s on its Historic Brewery Tour, which is held at 11am from Friday to Monday (and every day during school holidays). On this guided one-hour, behind-the-scenes, small-group tour, you’ll discover how Billson’s delicious beverages have been made since 1865. You’ll learn about the unique architecture of Australia’s oldest ‘tower brewery’, as well as the restoration undertaken to bring it back to life. Your guide will also impart fascinating stories about the founding Billson’s family, the inspiration behind the company’s revival, and the development of Billson’s range of flavours over the past 150 years. Tour participants also get a unique insight into Billson’s modern brewing and distilling operations, and can enjoy tastings of cordial, gin and beer. Bookings are essential. To book or find out more, visit billsons.com.au/tour Visit and enjoy One of Australia’s oldest breweries, Billson’s Brewery is open every day from noon until 5pm, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy tasting the Billson’s range. At Billson’s family-friendly Taproom, you can also dine from a lunch menu that includes burgers, salads and grazing boards, featuring fresh and delicious local produce. The brewery also has a pet-friendly beer garden, as well as a sophisticated bar called Billson’s Speakeasy, where you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of local wine. There’s also a shop and a factory viewing deck, where you can watch the Billson’s production team at work. If you’re planning to stay for lunch, reservations are recommended. To book a lunch reservation, go to billsons.com.au/brewery Billson’s Soda Bar At Billson’s Soda Bar you can take a fun, colourful and nostalgic trip back to yesteryear. Located at 37 Camp Street, Beechworth, the Soda Bar features a smiling bartender serving-up frothy ice cream spiders, cool sodas and flavourful hot chocolate, coffee and tea. Visitors are invited to pop in for a drink, or pick-up a takeaway. Billson’s Soda Bar is open Thursday to Monday, from noon to 10pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). To find out more, visit billsons.com.au/soda-bar Sampling some Billson’s brews in the beer garden. Take a journey into the past with an Historic Brewery Tour. DV O AA’S Oldest BR TASTING ROOM & CELLAR DOOR SPEAKEASY BAR TAP ROOM & BEER GARDEN T. 03 5728 1304 • billsons.com.au BILLSON’S BREWERY, 29 LAST STREET, BEECHWORTH, VIC 3747 OPEN 7 DAYS 12PM – 5PM billsons1865 billsons PB11733
PAGE 22 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE BEECHWORTH A town of ghosts, gorges and goldrush history Beechworth is a rich ‘gold mine’ of history to see and enjoy. The town’s Ford Street is festooned with 19th-Century store verandas that make you feel like you’re stepping back into the goldrush era, and some 30 local buildings are listed by the National Trust. At nearby Beechworth Gorge, which can be accessed via Camp Street and Skidmore Road, you can drive, cycle or walk along the sealed Gorge Scenic Drive for spectacular views of the striking granite landscape and countryside, while gaining insights into the town’s fascinating gold-mining history. Historic asylum tours One historic highlight, hidden away from prying eyes, atop a lonely hillside on the outskirts of Beechworth’s historic town centre, is the Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum. 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 take a guided tour through its many twisted hallways and small, stifling rooms. You can choose from ghost tours, history tours, paranormal investigations, or a photographic journey through the historic ‘Lion of Beechworth’, as the asylum was known. Let the experienced guides tell you all the secrets of the place, relax in a comfortable lounge chair to watch a horror double-feature, explore the property’s 11 hectares of heritage gardens, or join one of the sleepover events and stay the night. If you’ve previously visited, it’s worth returning to explore some recently-opened areas you may have never seen. Explore beyond doors that have been locked for decades, and see what few have experienced before. While the sun shines, join the weekend, familyoriented and child-friendly daytime history tours to hear about the 128-year history of the buildings of the former asylum. You’ll hear stories of the opening of the facility, the many patients that are still known about, and the final years of the asylum. After darkness falls, the tours of the dark, haunted buildings of the facility begin. Your host will guide you through the many abandoned hallways, cells, common rooms, surgeries, and isolation areas of the old asylum. The ghost tour encompasses facility history, memories, local tales, urban myths, and stories of the supernatural. For the more adventurous, paranormal investigations take place when all is quiet and the dead open their eyes. Groups can experience two- or threehour investigations, in an attempt to find out who or what still haunts the foreboding asylum. From experienced ghost-hunters, to those who merely wonder at the whispered tales of hauntings, the promise of an entertaining exploration of the asylum’s most haunted areas is a temptation that, for many, is too exciting to forego. Asylum Ghost Tours also hosts an annual horror pop-culture, book and film convention. Traditionally held over the last weekend of October, Asylumfest comprises three activity-filled days, including a short horror film festival, ghost story competition, sales of various books and popculture treasures within the hall, workshops for authors and readers, and live panels and interviews with surprising and entertaining guests from around the globe. Check the website for Ghost Tour times. Bookings are essential. Asylum Ghost Tours also offers private group bookings outside normal tour hours. To book a tour or find out more, visit asylumghosttours.com Night-time ghost tours of Beechworth’s historic asylum are also available...if you dare! Photo: Visit Victoria Beechworth’s historic Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum sits overlooking the town, awaiting exploration. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL www.asylumghosttours.com 0473 376 848 DAYTIME HISTORY EVENING GHOSTS PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS BEECHWORTH, VIC ij ASYLUM GHost tours ij PB10943