Myrtleford’s cafes know how to deliver a belly-full of happiness, so wake yourself up with some Moroccan or Italian-style coffee, a cooked classic or something hot from the bakery.
9.30am — Hidden Myrtleford
Stop in at the Visitor Information Centre for a map to discover Myrtleford’s historic sites, including Rotary Park’s Historic Log Kiln, with information about the town’s old tobacco industry, gold mines at Reform Hill, the ancient Big Tree and the Myrtleford Museum at the Old School House (open on Sundays in peak season). Then finish up at the Myrtleford Art Gallery.
11.00am — Mount Buffalo Chalet
Pack a picnic and take a scenic drive up to see Australia’s largest wooden building – The Mount Buffalo Chalet, built in 1910. Now closed, this ‘Grand Old Dame’ was the country’s original alpine resort. Peer in the windows for a historical display, and if you’re here during the school holidays, keep an eye out for tours run by Parks Victoria.
12.00pm — Picnic and a Stroll
The Gorge Lookout across from the Chalet has views you won’t want to miss. Have a picnic on the clifftop then enjoy the short Gorge Heritage Walk to the top of Crystal Brook Falls. If you’ve come in winter, go to the Dingo Dell Cafe (check open times), which also hires snowshoes.
Return your bikes and grab a cup of coffee to enjoy down by the Ovens River before returning to Myrtleford.
6.00pm — Italian Cucina
You’re deep in the heart of our post-war Italian community and surrounded by some of the best pizzas, homemade pasta and gnocchi, so let loose and enjoy.
8.30am — Breakfast
By now you’ve probably got your eye on which cafe to try next, so go for it.
9.30am — Scenic Drive to Harrietville
This lovely drive along the Great Alpine Road passes through Bright and quirkily named localities like Smoko and onto the historic gold mining village of Harrietville.
10.30am — Tea and Scones at the Lavender Farm
Take some time to smell the… lavender, and a moment to enjoy some morning tea.
11.30am — Historic Harrietville
You’ll find a great outdoor display at the Harrietville Museum and some interesting historic photos inside, as well as interpretive signs along the river and Tronoh Dredge Hole, which was once the largest dredge in the Southern Hemisphere.
12.30pm — Pub Lunch
There are two great hotels in Harrietville serving up hearty favourites.
2.00pm — Bright Art Gallery
Located on Mountbatten Ave, this community-run gallery is an enjoyable way to get to know the art and culture of our alpine region.
3.30pm — Shopping in Myrtleford
Walk the nooks and crannies of Myrtleford and you’ll discover a hidden Middle-Eastern Bazaar, art gallery, antiques, books, homewares, clothing and beauty products, and plenty of places to take an afternoon coffee break.
6.00pm — Roast Dinner
Comfort food at its best. Head to the local club or one of the pubs for a hot roast and a glass of local wine.