|Goulburn Valley to the High Country|
|Seymour - Bright|
Encompassing the fertile Goulburn River Valley and the rugged Victorian Alps, this northeastern journey takes in everything from intriguing 19th-century history to outdoor adventures in the High Country.
From Melbourne, the Hume Freeway leads to Seymour, located on the Goulburn River and in a rich agricultural and winery region, and Euroa. This area was the domain of Ned Kelly during the 1870s, when the Kelly gang robbed the town’s bank. Nearby Benalla, the `City of Roses`, is also linked to the Kelly story -visit the Barbers Shop and Old Court House to discover why!
Benalla is also Australia’s largest gliding centre, so why not treat yourself to a joyride. From here, it’s worth taking a short detour to Shepparton, a fruit growing and dairying town and the home of SPC (the Shepparton Preserving Company), which you can tour.
Back on the highway, stop off at the small village of Glenrowan, the setting of Ned Kelly’s `last stand` in 1880 and the location of several excellent wineries, before arriving into Wangaratta, where a visit to Air World and its forty or so historic aircraft is recommended. From here, either continue to Wodonga or visit National Trust listed Beechworth, an 1850s goldrush town that is packed with history.
From Beechworth there’s a particularly enjoyable drive along the Great Alpine Road to Bright, the gateway to Mount Buffalo National Park and the Victorian Alps. The park is renowned for its cross-country skiing, as well as trout fishing, bushwalking and horse riding in summer. You can then head back to Melbourne via the freeway, or continue to Mount Beauty, from where the Omeo Highway will take you through the mountains and on to Bairnsdale.
Time required: 2-3 days, or 4-5 days if you return to Melbourne via the High Country and Bairnsdale.