From snow-encrusted alpine peaks to the stunning hues of autumn, High Country makes the ultimate getaway destination all year round. Situated north-east of Victoria, and easily accessible from Melbourne and Sydney, the region is dotted with internationally recognised wineries, inimitable restaurants and copious amounts of home-grown produce. Indulgent spa treatments, an abundance of local history and galleries, and unique shopping experiences will top off your relaxing breakaway.
Here we’ve put together our top 5 things to do in High Country, Victoria:
1. The area is home to several luxury spas providing a wide range of treatments, all with one aim in mind: total pampering. The Spa Beechworth offers unique seasonal therapies, so why not banish the winter blues and cosy up for a romantic private spa for two? Complete the experience by indulging in an ancient Ayurvedic Shirodhara treatment.
2. The High Country offers a broad mix of eating establishments, ranging from homely cafés to lavish innovative fine dining, all with an emphasis on quality and using fresh, local produce. Wine has been produced in the highly fertile lands of the High Country since the early 19th century, and with eight separate regions, offers a diversity to excite even the most discerning of palates. Visit Feathertop Winery for an award-winning cellar door, and a delicious al fresco meal over-looking Mount Buffalo.
3. The region is packed with a diverse range of shopping opportunities, and there’s many a hidden gem to discover nestled away in the historic townships of the region. Browse quaint shops stocked with antiques, collectables and hand-crafted items, or for an indulgent moment, purchase luxury hand-churned butter (and a multitude of ingenious by-products) at the award-winning Butter Factory in Myrtleford.
4. The High Country features some of Australia’s most stunning alpine scenery, with The Mount Buffalo National Park encapsulating all the region has to offer. Wind your way through tracks amid gnarled snow gums and towering Alpine Ash, with a backdrop of thundering waterfalls; alternatively, why not brave the walk to the summit of the Horn (don’t forget your picnic basket) where you’ll be rewarded with unmissable panoramic views.
5. The gold rush era and ancient aboriginal heritage permeate the region’s culture, with untold museums and places of historical interest that bear testimony. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the wide range of fine art and crafts found in both commercial and regional galleries, with the Benalla Art Gallery offering an enticing mix of international and local artwork, most notably the Glenrowan tapestry.
The emphasis on a getaway to High Country is relaxation and the best things in life, so ensure that continues by finding the perfect place to lay your head: check out our fabulous range of luxury holiday accommodation in High Country.
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