Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 29 MILAWA/OXLEY A scenic region of fine food and wine 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 the gourmet region's logo. People come from far and wide to enjoy this epicentre of gourmet produce. The 'Prosecco picnic' To help you make the most of the gourmet trail, local provedores have initiated the 'Prosecco picnic'. Its aim is to help you create your own picnic basket of fine foods. Look for gourmet suppliers with the King Valley Prosecco Road promotion. Select from mustards, cheeses and condiments, olives and freshly-baked products. Once you've collected your gourmet goodies, drive along the King Valley to Pizzini Wines to enjoy a matched Prosecco at their 'picnic' spot. As you explore the region further, look for organic beef direct from the farm, honey, jams, preserves and olive oil to take home. Pedal to Produce 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 the extensive Murray to Mountains rail trail. Along the way you will see the Oxley Flour Mill, an iconic red-brick building built in the 1880s that is a favourite with photographers. Stay and explore The extensive range of accommodation makes a trip to his region absolutely memorable. Choose from provincial B&Bs to five-star luxury. Plant lovers will want to head straight to the local nursery to find something very special to nurture. Enjoy the BBQ and playground at Oxley Memorial Park, and experience a piece of history as you wander the area. In 1824, explorers Hume and Hovell passed through the region, and Hovell noted the beauty of the area, observing that '….the land is exceedingly good, with fine hills and grassland; it is as pretty a spot as I have seen since leaving home'. It's also worth taking 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. To find out more about what's on in the region this season, visit the Milawa Gourmet website at Treat yourself to some relaxing leisure time in a region renowned for fine gourmet food and wine. Photo: Visit Victoria There are plenty of delicious, gourmet goodies to enjoy in the Milawa Oxley region. Photo: Visit Victoria