Bound by the Victorian Alps and the Murray River, Victoria’s High Country is a region of spectacular landscapes, with views to and from the mountains changing with each season. Located in North East Victoria, three hours’ drive from Melbourne, the High Country offers a rich combination of food and wine, cycling, nature-based, and arts and culture experiences.
The Festival will be hosting a Regional World's Longest Lunch in the High Country on Friday March 4, 2016. Set under 140 year old gums, overlooking vineyards and the historic tobacco kilns, the lunch will be a true collaboration between local restaurateurs, producers, and winemakers.
Making use of disused rail tracks, the Victorian Rail trails system is the largest network of Rail trails in Australia with over 1000 kilometres of trail available. Visit CyclePath in Bright to hire bikes to ride the famous Murray to Mountains Rail Trail – perfect for a pedal to produce experience stopping at farm gates and wineries to pick up a gourmet picnic lunch.
Chocolate and Beer
In the town of Bright take time to visit Bright Chocolate, an Australian Craft Chocolate company making small batches of chocolate from bean to bar, and Bright Brewery, located right on the Ovens River, this spot is unbeatable for its range of ales and lagers as well as the family friendly food menu.
Dinner at Simone’s of Bright
Simone’s provides a simple, hearty, Italian menu using bountiful fresh produce from the region. This is real comfort food in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with service to match.
Stay the night
There are many options in Bright including river fronted B&Bs and motels surrounded by the mountains. Ovens Valley Motor Inn is surrounded by green fields and towering hills only one km from the town centre. The property offers 24 spacious refurbished guest rooms, a solar heated pool and spa, guest barbecue facilities and a full size tennis court.
Explore Prosecco Road
Australia’s oldest Italian winemaking region, wineries such as Brown Brothers, Dal Zotto and Pizzini are located in the stunning King Valley, just 30 minutes’ drive from Bright. Known as Prosecco Road for the many great examples of this popular Italian sparkling, visitors will be sure of a warm welcome and some exquisite tastings from the passionate winemaking families.
Soak up the history in Beechworth
The stunningly preserved heritage town of Beechworth was closely associated with the infamous Ned Kelly and his gang. You can visit the cell where he was held in his youth and see the gaol where he, his mother and sympathisers were imprisoned, and the courthouse where his final trial commenced.
Beechworth Honey Tour
Step inside Beechworth Honey Experience and discover the amazing story behind Beechworth Honey’s delicious 100% pure Australian honey. Enjoy the free self-guided educational honey tour to learn all about honey and Australia’s amazing beekeepers, and browse historical beekeeping artefacts passed on to fourth generation beekeepers Steven & Jodie Goldsworthy.
Dinner at Provenance
Awarded two hats in The Age Good Food Guide, Provenance is a destination in its own right. It's hard to go past the degustation menu, a memorable dining experience with expertly matched wines from the North East region and optional sake matches. Located in the old Bank of Australasia, built in 1856 at the height of the gold rush, today's dining rooms still display the grandness of that era.