HIGH COUNTRY VICTORIA
Pedal & Prosecco
Victoria's High Country
4 Days 2000 ex Bright
3 Nights Luxury Home
Mostly on foot
High Heart Rate Holiday
We Are Still On The Look Out
Traversing the aptly named Razorback trail to Mt Feathertop, I can see right along the Great Dividing Range, across to Mt Bogong (Victoria’s highest peak) and down into the valleys that sprawl out from these ranges. Our guide shows us where Bright is, our home for the weekend, and Harrietville (home to a great Australian pub) where we will be eating tonight. It’s only lunchtime but I can already feel my appetite will be huge this evening, after our 22-kilometer mountain hike.
Harrietville doesn’t disappoint!
And neither does Bright. After a day’s hike, it’s great to come back to a comfy bed, a hot shower, and maybe a couple more drinks and nibbles. I already feel like I have been here for days and this is just day one.
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)
The following day I felt a little stiff from the Razorback. I see why we did that section first as today is a little more pedestrian with a bike ride along the rail trail from Bright to Porepunkah. It’s a day of rolling the legs (and wheels over), learning a little bit of history, and tasting some incredible wine and local produce.
Our group, (mostly couples and friends) were lost in the weekend. Their worries and thoughts of work and home seemed washed away or distant. Maybe it was the wine, but I think it was the fresh air and being somewhere they had never been before or if they had, seeing it with fresh eyes.
Who doesn’t love a long weekend? It’s incredible what an extra day off can do to your spirits and the possibilities to get away. That is exactly what this trip is all about, getting away for a little longer than usual, tasting some of Victoria’s best food and wine, learn about something you never thought you cared about, and get to see some of Australia’s best mountain trails.
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 at the local Bright Brewery. During dinner, we will get to know each other and brief you on the following day’s activities. (D)
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 ridge line that affords stunning views in every direction as we make the ascent of 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 way back to the trailhead before being transferred back to the small town of Harrietville, where we’ll dine at the famed Snowline Hotel, before being whisked back to Bright. (B, L, D)
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 region’s 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 allow a little time to rest and relax (not tired, why not sneak out and sample a gin at Reed & Co Distillery).
Now fresh, we’ll head into town for dinner. 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)
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)
- Experienced walking guides, first-aid trained
- 3 nights in a Luxury Home in Bright
- Support vehicle
- Park fees
- Water and snacks
- 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners
- Transfers to and from Bright
This is exactly what I love to do when I have a few days away, combining great food and wine with some interesting places to visit, a bike ride and to top it off a beautiful hike. This is a great trip for couples and groups of friends. But if your on your own, don’t worry, I am sure you will have made friends by the end of the weekend.
A Few Important Notes
Private Expeditions: If our dates don’t suit and you have a group of 6 or more we can run this expedition on any date you wish.
Best time to travel? From mid-November to mid-May, however we suggest avoiding the Christmas School Holidays so Christmas until mid-February can be hot and busy.
PROUDLY SUPPORTING THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES
Elm Dining, Bright
Feathertop Winery, Porepunkah
Ringer Reef Winery, Porepunkah
Bright Brewery, Bright
Reed & Co Distillery, Bright
Bright Escapes, Bright
Alpine Valley Getaways, Bright
Bright Bus Tours, Bright
Our Great Accommodation
We stay in a variety of places in Bright, depending on the group size and configuration. However, every place we stay is luxurious, with beautifully appointed bedrooms (some with ensuite), dining areas, gardens, and kitchens. We can provide Twin, Double and Single rooms.
So what if you don't drink alcohol or have a dietary requirement?
We understand not everyone drinks alcohol. That is not a problem, we can accommodate by providing you with other non-alcoholic drinks throughout the weekend. The same goes for dietary requirements. Please just let us know what you need and we can accommodate.
Why we think you will love this weekender!
You will experience the very best of the High Country with a local who will guide you over mountains and take you to the best wineries, breweries, and eateries in the local area. Our cellar door cycle (from vineyard to vineyard) along the Murray to Mountains rail trail is a lot of fun. We get out and walk the Razorback ridge to Mount Feathertop, Victoria’s second-highest peak. From the summit, there are great uninterrupted views across the high country allowing a true appreciation of where we are. We will also sample wares from a variety of local gin, wine, and ale producers and perhaps discover your new favourite beverage. We tuck into delicious, seasonal local food and in doing so provide support for local businesses. And lastly, we take some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and spend valuable time in nature trekking through the stunning Australian Bush.
This is the perfect private trip for you and your friends if you would prefer not to travel with other people.