A mere three-and-half hour drive from Melbourne there’s no shortage of farm gates, cellar doors, restaurants and delis. In regional Victoria’s High Country, you can really make a difference to those doing it tough by visiting to show your support and staying in the local area. Make a long weekend out of your trip and head to Bright and Beechworth via King Valley Prosecco Road (it’s named with good reason). Surrounded by lush vineyards, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to Europe. Here, first, second and third generation Italian migrant families continue their tradition, today treating the Australian palate with Mediterranean-inspired wines. Hey, when in Rome...
Drink... Some of the region’s Mediterranean-style wines. Sit in the hidden courtyard oasis of Eldorado Road Cellar Door Cantina (on the main street of Beechworth), or pull up a chair by the fire in winter.
Eat... Fine deli food from small scale producers, farmers and friends, sold at Project 49. Later, dine on Spanish-inspired tapas in the historic printery of The Press Room.
Stay... At Altitude 1 Big Sky Retreats. Truly a home away from home. Warning, though, you might not want to leave.
Play... There’s a canyon walk in Bright for the endorphin-chasers, the many trails of Mount Buffalo or gourmet-focused cycling tours like Tours De Vines. And for those looking to hit chill? The Beechwood Spa is not to be missed. Choose your own adventure: stay or spa.
Pack... Your hat and sunscreen – much of the region is best enjoyed outdoors. In the cooler months and after sunset you’ll want warm layers. And of course, an empty esky ready to fill with local produce.
Welcome to Kangaroo Island
Minutes from the mainland but a million miles away, there’s an unmistakable sanctity about Kangaroo Island.