An essential guide to vacationing at the King Valley and Victoria’s High Country

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An essential guide to vacationing at the King Valley and Victoria’s High Country

Words by George J. Newton

Time for a roadtrip.

Set off on a gourmet adventure through the picturesque food and wine regions of Victoria’s High Country. High Country Victoria encompasses Victoria’s northeast, including the Alpine Region and the King Valley wine region.

The picturesque and bountiful King Valley is located at the foothills of the Alpine National Park, surrounded by mountains, rivers and rolling vineyards.

From the gourmet epicentre of the Milawa Gourmet Region to the cascading waterfalls and untouched mountainous ranges in the upper King Valley – you will feel invigorated, with mouthwatering memories and new friends when you leave the King Valley.

Exploring King Valley

“When you arrive at the High Country Victoria in Australia, you’ll want to visit the King Valley first, which is located in the Northeastern part of Victoria,” says Dennis Thompson, a travel blogger at Write my X  and 1 Day 2 write. “This is where many tourists suggest that you’re getting a piece of paradise once you arrive. From the food and wine places of local producers to other gourmet delights, your day will be filled with adventurous foodie tourism, until the end of the day, when you return to your accommodation in King Valley.”

One of the best wineries to visit is the Brown Brothers winery. Located in Milawa – the “gourmet” part of King Valley (and Australia, in general) – Brown Brothers sell their own tasty brew, with some of the best wine products in the world. 

Also, in Milawa, is the Milawa Cheese Factory, where wine and cheese are celebrated as culinary delights.

However, if you’re looking for the best wineries in King Valley, then head over to Prosecco Road


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Prosecco Road In The King Valley

Having a similar vibe to Northern Italy’s picturesque hills and vineyards, Prosecco Road in the King Valley possesses anything and everything that winery fans would expect from wineries. When you visit the vineyards, you’ll be treated to a variety of great wines, and meet some of the wine makers that create these amazing beverages. Prosecco Road not only beholds a trail of wine, but also special foods that pair so well with wine (i.e. cheese), thus creating food-pairing opportunities with everyone else in your tourism group (or your own group, if traveling with friends and or family).

From food-pairing classes to tasting counters, the possibilities are endless when it comes to food and wine. Check out some of Good Food’s recommendations here

To get the best views of picturesque King Valley, from the vineyards and patchwork of fields, the views expand to the Ovens River, spectacular Mt Buffalo and the High Country beyond, we’d truly recommend ballooning with the likes of Goldrush Ballooning.


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The Mystery Behind High Country

Like many popular places in the world, High Country Victoria also has a legend of its own. This place is nicknamed Kelly Country for a good reason… because that was the name of Australia’s most notorious outlaw – Ned Kelly. Not much is known about this criminal, unless you visit the High Country, where many convicts like Kelly dominated the public sphere.

A notorious gang leader and police murderer during his days, Kelly was a crook that wasn’t be trifled with by any citizen. It was until the infamous shootout when Kelly had decided to go down clawing by creating a special bullet-proof armor to withstand police before being sentenced to execution for his crimes, thus making the incident legendary and garnering many shops named after him.

There’s even a statue in High Country outside a post office that bears Kelly’s image, and him posing in his infamous armor that was used in that fateful day with the police.


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Towns To Visit 

Experience the warmest of welcomes in High Country villages, where the food and wine flow, the scenery is stunning and the opportunities to get active in fresh alpine air are plentiful. Alongside Milawa and the King Valley, there are many beautiful towns that are worthy of a stop including Bright, Mansfield, Beechworth, Marysville, Yackandandah, Mount Buffalo and Myrtleford.

Your Stay At High Country

Let’s end your days in King Valley and High Country Victoria right! How? By staying in some of the best accommodations in Australia.

“One of the best places to stay overnight in the High Country Victoria is the Burnt Creek Cottages, just outside of Mansfield,” says Floyd Utterson, a lifestyle writer at Origin Writings and Brit Student.

“With the wide landscapes and greenery surrounding each cottage, Burnt Creek welcomes travelers who want to connect to nature. The cottages themselves are spacious and functional, with the floor-to-ceiling windows giving tourists a spectacular view of the vast and beautiful countryside that High Country has to offer.”

Other places we recommend checking out include Mt Bellevue, located in the King Valley is one of the most picturesque farms in Victoria; Casa Luna for those seeking stylish accommodation and beautiful food in the King Valley; and WillOaks, only ten minutes from Brown Brothers. Casolare guest house is also a beautifully renovated and cosy two bedroom cottage on the property of Politini Wines that’s worth checking out.

If you’re looking for something unique, The Kiln Houses tucked at the base of Mount Buffalo near Porepunkah could be just the thing.



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So, as you enter High Country Victoria, don’t forget to visit King Valley and the culinary adventure opportunities that it has to offer. Plus, take in the overall nature and history of High Country as you stay for a few days or more in the most exquisite and breathtaking part of Australia. 

We hope you have a great time on vacation. Happy travels!

George J. Newton is a writer and editor at Write my research proposal and PhD Kingdom. He is also a contributing writer for online publications, such as Buy Coursework. As a business development manager, he oversees various business projects nationwide.