Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 19 MYRTLEFORD Tranqillity to bull riding action Beautifully positioned in the northern foothills of the Mt Buffalo Range and wetting its feet in the Ovens River and Happy Valley and Barwidgee creeks, Myrtleford played a major role in the gold rush days of northeast Victoria. European settlement began in the early 19th century. In 1837 it was simply a remote cattle run known as the Myrtle Creek Run. Forming the boundary of the run, Myrtle Creek was given its name by the first Europeans in the area. It was crossed by thou- sands of diggers heading to the goldfields when gold was discov- ered in the Buckland Valley. A small township developed around the fording place, with the name of Myrtleford consequently adopted in1871. For many years tobacco growing was the main agricultural industry around Myrtleford, contributing $28 million each year at the farm gate, however it was decided in 2006 that it was cheap- er to source leaf from overseas and this local moneymaker came to an end. Today Myrtleford serves as an excellent gateway to Mt Buffalo National Park, beautiful scenery, rivers and mountain views and the peace and tranquillity the area is known for. A boom in wine-grape production as well as other crops such as walnuts, chestnuts and cherries has seen wineries spring up and the availability of fresh produce has encouraged the opening of quality restaurants and bistros. Hop on a bike and ride the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, which passes right through Myrtleford, for sites you won’t see from the car. A CLUB FOR ALL Providing great food and entertainment to the people of Myrtleford and its surrounds for more than 50 years, Club Savoy is a local institution. Established in 1956, it is a valued hub of the Myrtleford com- munity offering a restaurant, bistro, entertainment and function facilities for up to 350 people with three bars and friendly staff. While the original vision for the club was to provide a place for the local Italian community to congregate, over its history the club has opened its doors to all sections of the Myrtleford com- munity, with members now coming from all backgrounds. GOLDEN SPURS Providing great family fun to generations of participants and spectators, Boxing Day 2018 will see the 65th running of the Myrtleford Lions Club’s Golden Spurs Rodeo. The second longest running Victorian rodeo and the first of the summer circuit, the Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo is a major event on the Myrtleford social calendar, with cowboys and cow- girls from across the country competing for Australian Professional Rodeo Association championship points and the coveted Golden Spurs. The program will include breakaway roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding and bull riding with big screen replays to see again all the thrills and spills in the arena. Gates open at 11am at the town’s showgrounds on the Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road for the lead up events with the main program running from 4pm to 11pm. Things to do in Myrtleford • Follow Myrtleford’s Discovery Trail, signposted with informative details of the town’s tabacco growing and goldmining past and the wonders of today. • Visit an award winning winery and taste premium High Country wines. • Visit the Big Tree, a huge ancient red gum in Smith Street followed by a view- ing of the famous Phoenix Tree, sculptured by Hans Knorr on the Great Alpine Road. • Picnic in the town centre at Jubilee Park, or at Rotary Park on the Barwidgee and Happy Valley Creeks where you’ll find a log kiln of yesteryear used for curing tobacco. Drying kilns in and around Myrtleford are unique reminders of the region’s once booming tobacco industry. Photo: Visit Victoria Club Savoy myrtleford • 1 st Tuesday each month Pasta Buffet • Thursday night Seafood Specials • Friday Burger night & Happy Hour • Saturday Parma night • Sunday night Smörgåsbord Buffet