4 Reasons why you need to take a trip to the Victorian High Country
The Victorian High Country and surrounding regions are ideal for those who are looking for both adventure and nature on their next holiday. This picturesque part of the state offers activities for all ages and budgets year-round. Here are the top 4 reasons why you should consider a trip to this scenic pocket of Victoria, from winter
through to summer.
1. Proximity to the slopes
The annual ski season is one of the peak times to visit the Victorian High Country, and Mount Buller is undoubtedly one of the top spots to add to your itinerary. Whether you’re a snow bunny or not, there are many things to do, from soaking up scenic vistas overlooking the slopes to ski lessons, roaring fireplaces and steaming drinks to help you thaw out.
While the snow may have disappeared, the warmer months of the year are also just as inviting. Explore the mountain more freely as you venture along the many hiking and biking trails and take in the stunning views – minus the chill and with far fewer visitors.
Mount Buller in the off-peak season attracts adrenalin seekers and those who simply want to take a break from the city.
2. Scenic day trips
Aside from Mount Buller, there are a number of destinations perfect for daytrips. Here are two of our favourite places:
Mansfield: The nearest town to Mount Buller, this small, yet bustling town is an excellent central point for a day of exploration. Visit Mount Samaria State Park, stroll through the farmer’s market or get up close and personal with the animals at the Mansfield Zoo.
Beechworth: If you have the luxury of some extra time, a day in Beechworth is well worth the drive. Situated approximately 2 hours from your Sebel accommodation, Beechworth boasts historic landmarks such as the Old Beechworth Gaol, the Ned Kelly Vault and much more. Before you commence the journey back to your apartment or hotel at the end of the day, ensure you allow time for a visit to the famous Beechworth Bakery for one of their signature Ned Kelly Pies.
3. Biking for all levels
The hills of the High Country provide exciting and at times challenging rides for mountain, trail and road riders of varying levels. Bring your own wheels or hire a set for your stay.
Uncover the network of on and off-road trails with Ride High Country, take a tour to explore the area or sign up for a workshop. Workshops run by local biking companies such as All Terrain Cycles are great options, with sessions covering everything from beginner’s basics to learning how to safely and confidently ride on different terrains, to downhill workshops and mastering the art of jumps and bunny hops.
If you prefer a slower, more relaxed pace you might also enjoy one of the more scenic pathways in the region.
4. Horse riding through the hills
If you’re looking for a destination to enjoy horse riding, Victoria’s Howqua Hills won’t disappoint. The area, which was previously known for gold mining is now known for its wonderful trail riding options, with a number of tours operating in the area.
Tour groups such as Watsons Trail Rides operating out of Mansfield offer rides ranging from one hour to a full day or even a multi-day experience all year round. As you travel through the area, soak up the views, see scenes from the iconic ‘The Man from Snowy River’ film and become a more confident horseback rider as you’re guided by experienced hosts.
Rest your head and weary body after a day of high country exploration at The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort.