SUMMER - A season to try your hand at fishing or just cooling off in the rivers and mountain streams. All types of water sports are available this time of year - enjoy the long days in the sunshine by the river or enjoy the cooler climate in the alps. During the twilight hours seek out sunsets over the Alps or bush walk early to watch the sunrise. If your interest is more aerial, why not consider a tandem paraglide flight over the picturesque Ovens Valley. Victoria's alpine areas are the height of adventure in summer, with activities ranging from downhill thrills on mountain bikes to mastering the art of fly fishing in alpine streams.
AUTUMN - A season that offers a kaleidoscope of colour and days crisp with clear mountain air, Victoria's High Country in Autumn is a great time of the year to explore the wilderness and valleys by bicycle or horse, on foot or by 4WD. A time of great food and wine activity. The region's wine harvest begins as early as February in the warmer climates of Rutherglen, while the cool climate varieties for which the Alpine Valleys are famous will not come off the vine until April. Autumn in Victoria's North East is also harvest season for the region's almond, walnut, chestnut and hazelnut producers. Rich produce is in full bloom and ready for you to taste.
WINTER - When snow falls on the Victorian Alps, where else would you want to be in winter? The High Country offers it all - downhill and cross country skiing, snow tubing, snow shoeing, snow boarding, tobogganing, snow balling, snow play, or ski school. From gentle runs for beginners to the double black diamond challenges for the experts. The close proximity of Mt Hotham, Falls Creek & Mt Buffalo to Bright and the surrounding valley townships makes them ideal bases for your fun filled cool adventure.
SPRING - Victoria's High Country welcomes the Spring-time visitor throughout the valleys and mountain sides, with rivers bursting with wild rapids, streams teaming with fish, wildflowers rich in colour and abundance and the vineyards ripe for the tastings. Visit the towns and villages of the North East offering the warmth of country hospitality and explore the hidden pleasures of cafes, general stores and farm-gate produce for sale. Dust off your bicycle from winter hibernation and travel a Rail Trail or saddle-up and take in the sights of High Country beauty.
SERENE TO EXTREME - Adventurers will find Victoria's High Country has everything they want and more. Not only will you get your fix of adrenalin, but you'll also get a massive dose of fresh mountain air and a look at some spectacular alpine vistas. Whether up in the sky, on the ground or in the water, the Alpine region boasts a huge range of adventure experiences.
IN THE SKY - It's pretty hard to beat our flying conditions for paragliding and hang gliding as our consistent sunshine warms the air and produces the dependable thermals that pilots need to stay aloft. Bright has become an international centre for paragliders, Mt Buffalo is a launching pad for hang gliders, while the microlighters take off from Porepunkah airfield. Flying schools will give you lessons in all three disciplines, with the hang gliding and paragliding season from September to the end of June, whilst microlighting is on offer all year round. Or if you would prefer to take it easy, treat yourself to a scenice flight in a fixed wing aircraft or helicopter to view our spectacular scenery in comfort.
ON THE GROUND - Mt Buffalo is one of Australia's most famous adventure destinations with mountain biking, abseiling and rock climbing. Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Bright, Porepunkah and Mt Beauty are surrounded by great tracks for 4WD's, trail bikes and mountain bikes. Horse rides can be taken from Mt Beauty and Bogong.
IN THE WATER - Anglers head for the rivers and streams around Mt Hotham and the waters at Falls Creek, Mt Beauty and Bogong Village. The Buffalo and Kiewa rivers are hot fishing spots for locals, while the Ovens and Buckland rivers near Bright attract anglers, canoiests and kayakers. Mt Buffalo becons with underground river caving and canoeing on Lake Catani.
PADDOCK TO PLATE Bring your appetite. Treat your palate. Our region is home to the finest gourmet producers, award winning restaurants, hand crafted beers and acclaimed winemakers. The Alpine High Country's rich soils, well established boutique vineyards and focus on innovative foods, creates a year round celebration of all things gourmet
Brighten your appetitie and take the time to taste the flavors of the Alpine High Country. The Alpine High Country's four distinct seasons brings year round different crops to ripeness with produce appearing on local menus as well as the most lauded restaurants, or from roadside stalls, regular farmer markets, and at the many pubs, bars, cafes scattered in the region.
A unique way to explore the delicious treats of the Alpine High Country is a journey along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Pedal to Produce is the perfect foodies holiday, cycling down country roads to taste award winning wines and onto farm gates to pick up some fresh produce and meet the farmer who grew it. Or if you dont want to be too physical take a guided food and wine tour from one of our local tour companies.
It's all here, waiting for you to absorb the special flavors of the Alpine High Country. Whether your taste runs from seasonal fruit, vegetables and nuts to cheeses and the great common denominator wine, The Alpine High Country is ripe for harvest year round.
Festivals & Events The Alpine High Country plays host to a myriad of colourful festivals and events throughout the year. With almost 100 festivals and events on the Alpine High Country calendar, barely a weekend passes without something new to do.
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