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Discover Shepparton

Shepparton

Victoria

Located a leisurely two hour drive from Melbourne, the Greater Shepparton region offers a blend of both provincial and metropolitan lifestyles with a diversity of attractions, events and accommodation perfectly suited for visitors. Discover first hand why Greater Shepparton is renowned internationally as Australia's food bowl with farm gate sales, factory outlets and cellar door options. As Shepparton lies on the banks of the Goulburn River in Victoria's Goulburn Valley, a major agricultural and food processing region with great weather, gourmet food and wine, and excellent recreational and entertainment facilities are part of everyday life in the regional centre. Known as a family friendly destination, Greater Shepparton offers something for everyone. The region is home to Australia's largest adventure playground, KidsTown and Victoria's best small museum for 2012, the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) home to the MooovingArt initiative. For a fun photo opportunity, look out for Greater Shepparton's unique public art exhibition, a colourful collection of life-sized three dimensional fibreglass cows known as the Moooving Art cows. With more than 90 cows in the herd, each has its own design and are a much-loved celebration of the region's agricultural industry. Learn about Aboriginal culture and history at the Bangerang Keeping Place. Fishing, boating, canoeing and bike riding, all of these can be enjoyed at the Victoria Park Lake precinct or the Yahna Gurtji Shared Path Network, allowing you to discover the majestic Goulburn and Broken Rivers. The stories of the region are reflected in its intriguing history that can be experienced with a visit to Gallery Kaiela, the Bangerang Cultural Centre or exploring 'the Flats' interpretive walk. Visit the Discover Shepparton website to learn more about attractions and upcoming events. They look forward to welcoming you to their wonderful region and all it has to offer.

Port Albert

Port Albert

Victoria

The coastal town of Port Albert in Gippsland was Victoria's first established port and continues to operate as a commercial port and a recreational fishing hot spot. From the mid-1800s, Port Albert was the supply port for Gippsland's pioneers until the completion of the Melbourne-Sale railway in 1878. It has berthed ships from Europe and America and welcomed thousands of Chinese on their way to the goldfields. More than 40 Georgian and Victorian-style buildings still exist in the town, including The Port Albert Hotel, the oldest continually licensed hotel in Victoria. A beer and a meal of local fish and chips at the pub is a time-honoured ritual. Port Albert's reputation for recreational fishing sees its population swell considerably during summer, which has led to an increase in quality holiday accommodation in some of the town's historic buildings. The Port Albert Maritime Museum has an extensive collection of artefacts to browse in between scenic boat tours, fishing trips and bird watching. The Old Port walking trail is a tranquil way to spend a few hours, meandering through quiet coastal vegetation with glimpses of mangroves and salt marsh. Port Albert is around 220 kilometres from Melbourne, or 2 hours and 45 minutes by car along the M1 and South Gippsland Highway.

Gippsland

Gippsland

Victoria

Occupying Victoria's eastern corner, Gippsland covers a vast and diverse landscape that includes unspoilt beaches, enormous lakes and immense mountain ranges. Wilsons Promontory, just three hours from Melbourne, is renowned for its stunning bush and coastal scenery and acclaimed walking trails. Central Gippsland is gourmet country, dotted with wineries, cheesemakers, farmers' markets, and fruit and berry farms. Historic gold towns and maritime villages such as Walhalla and Port Albert offer fascinating glimpses into Gippsland's past, while the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the closest downhill ski area to Melbourne. The Gippsland Lakes are fed by the waters of five major rivers and fringed by the pristine Ninety Mile Beach. The Lakes provide ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and sailing. Dine al fresco at a lakeside restaurant or pub, have a family picnic by a river, or take a stroll through the waterfront villages of Paynesville, Metung or Lakes Entrance. Venture into Victoria's far east to Croajingolong National Park, a World Biosphere Reserve. With more than 100 kilometres of immaculate coastline and hinterland, it is a great place to go bushwalking, surfing or spotting various species of bird and plant life. Mallacoota is a perfect base for exploring the park and also offers excellent fishing and boating.

St Kilda Road

St Kilda Road

Victoria

St Kilda Road is the tree-lined main artery of Melbourne's CBD and the gateway to lush parks and well-known landmarks. First stop is the beguiling National Gallery of Victoria (international collection) and the Arts Centre with its spire and action-packed calendar of performing arts. The Arts Centre Market has long been held on Sundays along the footpaths to the river. On the other side of St Kilda Road are the Domain Parklands. Bring a picnic lunch or just while away the day on Alexandra and Queen Victoria gardens' manicured lawns surrounded by fountains, statues and even a colourful floral clock. The Domain Parklands blend seamlessly into the seemingly never-ending Royal Botanic Gardens, home to thousands of plant species and native wildlife. The gardens feature lakes, observatories, a Children's Garden, a rainforest walk, themed gardens and lawns. Spend a summer evening at a theatre performance or catch a classic movie under the stars. Each morning and evenings throngs of joggers pound the gravel of 'the tan', a legendary running track encircling the gardens. Down by the Yarra River you'll find boat sheds and palm trees and views of the city skyline. Head to the King's Domain for a show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a shell-shaped outdoor performance venue with a fine pedigree. On the edge of the Botanic Gardens in Kings Domain sits the striking Shrine of Remembrance, a war memorial to the fallen soldiers of Victoria. The balcony at the top features wonderful views of the city. The historic Victoria Barracks are also located along St Kilda Road. St Kilda Road is the site of the annual March madness and mayhem that's known as Melbourne Moomba Waterfest.

Maryborough

Maryborough

Victoria

Located in the heart of Victoria's Goldfields region and central to Ballarat and Bendigo, Maryborough was immortalised by none other than Mark Twain who waxed lyrical about the impressive railway station. Mark Twain once described Maryborough as a "railway station with a town attached". The historic railway station, which has one of the southern hemisphere's longest platforms, is now home to an antique emporium, art gallery, wood-work gallery and café. A quarterly antique market is held under the platform's broad roof, attracting thousands who browse collectables, books and old wares. Many ornate gold rush-era facades sit alongside contemporary architecture and contain a myriad of hotels, craft shops, bakeries and cafés. The Central Goldfields Regional Art Gallery breathed life into the old fire station with its regularly changing contemporary exhibitions. Prior to European settlement the area was occupied by the Jajawurrong Aborigines. Head south out of Maryborough to the rock water wells along Wells Track, regarded as some of Victoria's best examples of Aboriginal rock water wells. Look out for the scarred trunks of 'canoe trees' in the area. A trip out of town for a walk in the Paddys Ranges State Park is invigorating, or you can go fossicking for gold or fishing for trout in one of the nearby reservoirs. The nearby Pyrenees wine region is conveniently accessible from Maryborough. Call into a cellar door or two to sample the regional wines. Set out on the Taste of Gold Trail and discover the fresh produce, specialty foods and fine wines that showcase the very best of the Goldfields region. Maryborough is 165 kilometres north-west of Melbourne or approximately two hours by car via Kyneton and Castlemaine on the Pyrenees Highway or via Ballarat on the Western Freeway.

Lake Nagambie

Nagambie

Victoria

The waters of Lake Nagambie and the Goulburn River enrich the High Country town of Nagambie, which sits among some of Victoria's leading wineries and award-winning restaurants. Fine wines and gourmet produce like locally-grown olive oil are the order of the day at renowned wineries around Nagambie, like Mitchelton Wines with its distinctive observation tower and Tahbilk Winery and Vineyard with its cafe and adjoining Tahbilk Wetlands and Wildlife Reserve. Lake Nagambie hosts Australia's national standard rowing and canoeing titles during summer. Non-professionals can get out on the water, too, whether power boating, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, rowing or canoeing. The township also has the Goulburn River on its doorstep, which is one of Victoria's largest inland river systems and a photogenic bird-watching spot. The river passes through Lake Nagambie and on to the historic Goulburn Weir, seven kilometres north of Nagambie. For a different perspective of the Nagambie area you can sky dive, glide or fly in a hot air balloon. Take in the spectacular views of the magnificent Strathbogie Ranges and surrounding plains. Nagambie is prime thoroughbred horse country, with many leading stables based in the area. Action off the water around Nagambie includes the historic Balaclava Gold Mine at Whroo, the Ned Kelly-themed Avenel Maze, tennis or golf at Nagambie's golf course. Popular local events include the APS Regatta (Heads of the River) and the Nagambie on Water Festival in March. Nagambie is 122 kilometres or just over an hour north of Melbourne travelling along the Hume Freeway to Seymour, then taking the Shepparton turn-off onto the Goulburn Valley Highway.

Daylesford

Daylesford

Victoria

Rejuvenation and indulgence are the order of a stay in Daylesford, Victoria's premier spa village and centre of decadent local food and wine, luxurious accommodation and boundless shopping. Base your Daylesford escape around the famous natural mineral springs with a rejuvenating spa experience at Hepburn Bathhouse, Salus or Peppers Mineral Springs. Book relaxing massages and silky, skin renewing rituals from the range of health and wellbeing practitioners who offer an array of natural therapy, holistic health and beauty treatments. Have a spa treatment come to you or relax in your chosen retreat, whether sleek modern studios or self-contained spa cottages that offer total tranquillity. Venture into the Tipperary Walking Track and Hepburn Regional Park for some natural R&R. Continue the theme of total indulgence with a meal at some of Victoria's best restaurants. Wine and dine at Daylesford's renowned Lake House Restaurant & Cellar. Book your breakfast table at Frangos & Frangos. Make a reservation for fine pub dining at the Farmers Arms, then supper at Mercato, where style and seasonal produce meet. With a population of just 3000, Daylesford's numbers swell as visitors flock to discover the secrets uncovered by early Swiss-Italian and other immigrant settlers during and after the region's gold rush. You'll see their influence in Daylesford's European-style gardens and architecture. Don't miss a visit to the grand Convent Gallery to pick up esteemed local art and craft Time your visit for the Regional Producers' Day in Daylesford each February, which showcases delicious local produce, or lose yourself in the larger-than-life pageant that is Chillout, the largest gay and lesbian event in regional Australia. Daylesford is 108 kilometres north-west of Melbourne or about 90 minutes' drive on the Western Freeway or the Calder Freeway.

North Melbourne

North Melbourne

Victoria

On the fringe of the Melbourne CBD, North Melbourne marches to its own beat thanks to an eclectic mix of innovative arts, edgy bars and cafes and a welcoming community. High quality, unpretentious cafes, bars and boutiques worth crossing town for are housed beneath the Victorian verandas around Errol Street, inviting convivial brunches, extended afternoon drinks and retail therapy that won't leave regrets. There's no shortage of unassuming restaurants serving up sophisticated food in true North Melbourne style. The North Melbourne Town Hall and its grand clock have morphed into Arts House, a thriving performing arts space (and hub for the Melbourne Fringe Festival). Nearby Meat Market and a handful of smaller exhibition spaces round off the arts precinct. Perched on the border of North Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Market (Queen Vic) is Melbourne's historic landmark and functioning market. Browse the souvenirs, fill your basket with the freshest seafood, meats, fruit and deli delights, and make the difficult choice for lunch. The night market is a highlight of the summer months. One of the last true community festivals in inner-city Melbourne, the October Spring Fling Festival unites North and West Melbourne with entertainment, food, market stalls and workshops. The monthly North Melbourne Market at the Lithuanian Club sells top-quality vintage and handmade goodies. North Melbourne is 2.5 kilometres from Melbourne's GPO. Travel by tram on the Number 57 from Elizabeth Street to the Queen Victoria Market and Errol Street, or Numbers 19 and 59 from Elizabeth Street to the Queen Victoria Market (about 10-20 minutes).

Horse Riding in the High Country

Victoria's High Country

Victoria

The High Country in north-east Victoria is a special place with scenic alpine landscapes, a host of outdoor activities, gourmet food and wine and a fascinating heritage of bushrangers, horsemen and gold. Whatever the season, there's indulgence to be had in delectable cool-climate wines and innovative cuisine prepared by passionate local chefs in the gourmet villages of Beechworth and Milawa. The Muscat Trail leads to Rutherglen's wineries while smaller Bright and King Valley villages are perfect for a leisurely cycle to stock up on just-picked local produce. During the winter, the High Country is home to Victoria's best snowfields, such as Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek with their excellent skiing, snowboarding and accommodation options. When the snow disappears the outdoor opportunities increase, from four-wheel driving, mountain biking and horse riding to hiking on the high plains. Rock climbing, river rafting and fabulous freshwater fishing on the Delatite, Jamieson and Howqua rivers also beckon. There is stunning scenery year-round in the High Country. The alpine villages are crowned in pristine white during winter and cloaked with wildflowers in summer. Bright's majestic tree-lined streets are alight with colour during autumn. The region's fascinating gold rush and bushranger heritage can be uncovered in its historic towns and villages. Beechworth boasts grand nineteenth century buildings while Glenrowan is awash with historical sites and attractions documenting the last stand of Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly. The proud and enduring spirit of cattlemen and rugged adventurers is on display in Mansfield. The Great Alpine Road, one of Australia's great touring routes, winds between Wangaratta, Bairnsdale and the Gippsland showcasing stunning alpine landscapes, heritage towns, and local food and wine. The High Country is easily accessible from Melbourne on the Hume Highway and the all-weather sealed Great Alpine Road.

Milawa Cheese Factory

Milawa & King Valley

Victoria

Live la dolce vita with fine food, wine and accommodation in Milawa and King Valley, one of Australia's oldest gourmet regions and Victoria's breadbasket. Victoria's High Country has a history of entrepreneurial and exciting winemaking, which is also reflected in the region's commitment to the freshest produce. A tour of intimate, authentic wineries will be sure to include encounters with winemakers and their families and tastings of uncommon Italian varietals like prosecco, nebbiolo, sangiovese and barbera. Milawa and the King Valley's wineries and farm gates are conveniently close together, perfect for a leisurely cycle between villages. Grab a map from the local Visitor Information Centre, hire a bicycle and fill your basket with local cheeses, nuts, trout, honey, wine and olives. The Milawa Cheese Factory Café is a must for stocking up on homemade cheeses. Sample local mustards, herb vinegars and preserves at Milawa Mustards, and join an olive tasting at the Olive Shop. The well-established Brown Brothers' Epicurean Centre Restaurant is a one-stop shop for the best of the region's produce. The King Valley is as stunning as it is bounteous, surrounded by stunning alpine vistas, acres of vineyards, plains of wildflowers and historic attractions. The Queen's Birthday in June becomes a Weekend Fit For A King with a host of wine and food events around the King Valley. Milawa is 257 kilometres, or just under three hours by car from Melbourne along the Hume Highway.

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