Feel a million miles away from the city in the village of Mansfield, a nature lover's paradise complete with walking trails, wildflowers and sweeping views of Lake Eildon, the Howqua Valley, Mount Buller and the Alpine National Park.
Vibrant in the summer and spring, Mansfield is also a hugely popular winter destination, with nearby Mount Buller boasting an impressive lift network and a variety of ski runs from beginner to advanced. Mount Stirling provides excellent cross-country skiing, with many well-marked trails.
Adrenaline-pumping summer adventure activities include mountain biking, abseiling or rock climbing on Mount Buller, and canoeing, kayaking or white water rafting on the Howqua and Delatite Rivers. Take to the waters of Lake Eildon or Lake Nillahcootie for waterskiing, sailing or fishing.
Explore the High Country on a four-wheel drive tour and keep the pace up while reliving moments from The Man from Snowy River on a horse riding adventure over the mountain pastures.
Mansfield's altitude has a dizzying effect on regional vineyards, which produce rich, weighty chardonnay, crisp Riesling and superb sparkling wines. Sample the local varietals at cafes, restaurants and cellar doors, and visit the nearby King Valley for unforgettable Italian-Australian food and wine experiences. For a healthy twist, enjoy a casual pedal between villages and fill your basket at local farmgates and provedores as you go.
Raise your glass at the Upper Goulburn Vintage Celebrations in April and celebrate with the whole region at the High Country Harvest Festival in May.
Mansfield is 185 kilometres north-east of Melbourne or about two hours from Melbourne, via the scenic Melba, Goulburn Valley and Maroondah highways.