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High Country: Pedal & Pinot

Background

What do you love most about getting away for a long weekend? Is it recharging your batteries, getting out into nature, or maybe just taking in the crisp fresh air?

The High Country in Victoria’s east is some of the states most pristine wilderness. Painted with snow in winter, and stunning grass filled vistas in the warmer months, it conjures images of wild horses and mountain huts. The landscape is ancient and gifted with a rich indigenous and colonial history.

This stunning alpine setting gifts us with incredible walks boasting Victoria's highest peaks in Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop. We’ll draw on the local communities and their wonderful produce to keep us sustained over these 4 days. 

This getaway will provide the perfect balance of the great outdoors, cycling walking, and dining… simply getting back to nature.

So, could you handle a glass of wine at the end of a lovely day?

“Very much so after a day hiking” – Connie (wine advocate and No Roads fan) 

Who is this trip for (we like to think everyone, but if you want to get picky…)?

If you love short walks that aren't too strenuous.

If you love great food and wine.

If you appreciate comfortable accommodation.

If you’re keen to support local, country producers.

Who is this trip not for?

If you are looking to push yourself physically in an extreme way (we have plenty of other adventures to suit you)

If you have a very low level of fitness.

If you do not enjoy being outside in the great Australian outdoors.

Other Australian Trips We Offer

Grampians Peak Trail: Three Day Camping Adventure

Grampians Sip and Scramble: Four Day Hiking and Dining Experience

Yarra Valley Traipsing and Tasting: Four Day Hiking, Wining and Dining Experience

Epic Victorian Traverse: Seven Day Trekking Adventure (not for the faint-hearted!)

Highlights

  • Walk (fully guided) across the Razorback to Mount Feathertop, Victoria’s second highest peak!
  • Sample wares from local gin, wine and ale producers
  • A cellar door cycle (from vineyard to vineyard) along the Murray to Mountains rail trail
  • Experiencing local food and wine

Overview

This weekend in the Victorian High Country is the opportunity to breathe the fresh, mountain air with friends old and new. We have tailored this trip to give people the best the High Country has to offer. Its stunning landscapes, fresh local produce, and comfortable accommodation.

We’ll base ourselves at Bright, situated at the Southern end of the Ovens Valley, and at the foot of the nearby mountains. From this home away from home, we’ll breakfast on fresh local fare to give you the best possible foundation for the day's activities.

Both full days will be filled with lovely walking across the stunning High Country terrain. We’ll embrace the areas colonial mining history and salivate at the sumptuous views. Lunches will be a picnic affair, with the produce again provided by local sources within the valley.

One of the highlights of this adventurous weekend will be the opportunity to sample local wines and ales in their natural setting, then complement it with some delightful, seasonal, regional fare.

The High Country will provide you with stunning walks, beautiful accommodation, and delicious food and drinks. What more could you possibly want?

This is a great weekend adventure for couples and friends alike!

Itinerary

Day 1 Thursday: Arrive at Bright. Welcome drinks and a grazing dinner (D) 

Day 2 Friday: Today is a two-wheeled affair. A pleasant day of cycling the valley along the old railway line, visiting a selection of vineyards with a picnic lunch. Round out the afternoon and evening with local brews and gin tastings, before dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Saturday: Walk the ‘Razorback’ to Mount Feathertop. Freshen up, before a degustation dinner in Bright (B, L, D) (7 - 8 hours walking)

Day 4 Sunday: Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading home at your leisure. (B)

Please note itinerary and night stays may change without notice due to availability of accommodation.

Routes

Day 1 Thursday: Bright is approximately a 3.5-hour drive from Melbourne. We’re hoping for most people to arrive at around 6 pm. On arrival, refreshments will be available (a local wine or ale) followed by a grazing dinner of local cheeses, breads, cured meats, etc. During dinner, we will get to know each other and brief you on the following day's activities. (D)

Day 2 Friday: After breakfast, we’ll walk into town and get everyone outfitted with their bikes for the day. From here we’ll hit the Murray to Mountain cycling trail, making use of the regions disused railway line. Despite the surrounding hills, the rail trail hugs the valley floor, making for a relaxing ride.

We’ll visit 2-3 cellar doors (accessibility can be seasonal for some), enjoying country hospitality, tastings and tours before indulging in a picnic lunch and the hospitality of the Boynton family at Feathertop.

Some of these generous vineyards, even allow us to purchase wines and have them delivered to our lodgings back in Bright.

After a relaxing ride back to Bright, we’ll refuel with a tasting paddle at Bright Brewery, before a Gin & Grill experience at Reed & Co Distillery. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Saturday: Today we’ll be ferried up Mount Hotham to our starting point at the Diamantina Hut.

One of the High Country’s best-regarded walks, we’ll straddle the ‘Razorback’, the high ridgeline that affords stunning views in every direction as we make the ascend Victoria’s second-highest peak, the 1,922 metre Mount Feathertop.

We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch as we savour our surrounds, before making our descent towards the small town of Harrietville, where we’ll be whisked back to Bright.

After freshening up (there’ll be time to visit the Billy Button wines cellar door in town if so inclined), we’ll head into town for one final evening as a group.

David from Elm Dining has invited us to embrace their fine food philosophy, served through their 6-course degustation menu showcasing the best seasonal, local product (in what was originally Bright’s Doctors surgery). (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sunday: We love Sundays and you will too as there is no more walking (unless you want to take advantage of one of the local trails yourself) but just a delicious breakfast at our lodgings. From here you have several options, maybe visit another winery, or find a nice spot to break up the journey home. We can certainly give you some ideas of what to see on your return to Melbourne (or elsewhere). (B)

Inclusions

  • A day walking the ‘Razorback’ to Mt Feathertop with an experienced guide
  • Bicycle hire and winery tours and tastings
  • Three nights accommodation
  • All meals included
  • Guided historical tour of Porepunkah 
  • Some local beers and wines
  • Transfers around to and from the mountain

Exclusions

  • Additional Beverages
  • Personal souvenirs
  • Transport to and from Bright

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