Wangaratta - Lakes Entrance: Great Alpine Road
|Visit the towns along the Great Alpine Road and you’ll be treated to picturesque valleys, magnificent Alps, delicious gourmet food, beautiful National Parks and rolling vineyards.
Bop along to
the annual Jazz Festival and stay around to discover a bustling rural city
offering genuine country hospitality. Time your visit to coincide with one of
the city’s many memorable festivals and events, especially November's
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, held annually in town and at nearby
wineries. Catch comedy, theatre and opera at the gleaming performing arts
centre, and see the ever-changing art exhibitions at the Wangaratta Exhibitions
You won't go
hungry in Wangaratta, with its plethora of cafes and eateries. Indulge with a
meal at Rinaldo's Casa Cucina, which celebrates the produce of the nearby King
Wangaratta's broad main street, past historic buildings and through Riverside Parklands. Discover the city's heritage at the Wangaratta Historical Museum and
Vine Hotel Cellar Museum.
Wangaratta to Porepunkah - 70KM
A small town
located 6km from Bright, at the junction of the Ovens and Buckland Rivers,
offering idyllic picnic spots along the river banks. Porepunkah is a family
holiday destination. Porepunkah is right on the 'Murray to the Mountains' rail
trail, the perfect and safe way for families to enjoy a bike ride or walk. It
is the nearest town to Mount Buffalo National Park. For the more adventurous
the township airfield offers scenic flights in a microlight or canoeing and
rafting on the river or swimming in the refreshing water hole are also popular.
Porepunkah to Bright - 6KM
An hour from
Wangaratta, you can witness Bright's deciduous trees in their breathtaking
autumnal splendour, and return throughout the year to take advantage of the
village's proximity to Victoria's alps, national parks and home-grown food and
action is superb around Bright, whether you're a road cyclist or a mountain
biker. Cruise the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail through the Ovens River
Valley, or challenge yourself on the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent.
yourself in Bright for winter snow activities, and return in spring and summer
for hiking, cycling, kayaking, and even ballooning over the Alpine National
Park. Visit boutique wineries, stock up on stunning produce and taste local
ingredients in village cafes.
Bright's picturesque setting on the Ovens River from lookouts at Mount Buffalo.
See scenery like nothing else on the 230-kilometre Bogong Alpine Way (part of
the Great Alpine Road), which loops through Bright, Mount Beauty, Falls Creek
and over Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.
Bright to Bairnsdale - 230.5KM
way along Victoria's Great Alpine Road, from Wangaratta in the north-east to
Bairnsdale in the heart of Gippsland. Travel the 308-kilometre journey taking
in lofty mountains, plunging valleys, lush forests, and rolling vineyards along
the way. Dine on fresh local produce, sample regional varietals, or catch your
own lunch by throwing a line in a mountain stream. Drive, cycle, climb or ride
along Australia's highest year-round accessible sealed road and experience
Victoria's diverse landscapes up close.
is your ideal base for exploring the vast Gippsland Lakes, Mitchell River and
surrounding forests, it is a laid-back country town with fascinating cultural
trails and scenic drives. Its location at the junction of the Great Alpine Road
and the Princes Highway also provides easy access to explore the alpine region
of Omeo, Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham.
the local Twin Rivers Food and Wine Trail to discover the region's wineries,
restaurants, berry farms and fruit orchards. Visitors can also wander around
town on a self-guided heritage walk stopping in at St. Mary's Church, local art
galleries, museums, craft and antique shops.
Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance - 36.8KM
Boasting Australia's largest inland
network of waterways, Lakes Entrance has been a popular Gippsland holiday spot
for more than 100 years. The town is situated on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach
where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean.
Cross the footbridge to the popular Ninety
Mile Beach surf beach, patrolled by lifesavers during the summer months, or
take a hike to 'the entrance' of the Gippsland Lakes. Visitors can enjoy a boat
cruise on the Lakes or hire a paddleboat or catamaran in the summer months.
Nearby scenic Lake Tyers is bordered by the ocean, a state forest and a river
that meanders inland to NowaNowa.