Harrietville

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The picturesque mountain village of Harrietville, located on the Great Alpine Road 26kms from Bright, is situated on the banks of the Ovens River.

Tucked in at the foot of the surrounding slopes of the Ovens Valley, Harrietville is protected from the extremes of summer and winter weather.

Enjoy the cosy open fires within the friendly local establishments, swim the local rivers and the water holes or participate in the variety of open markets and festivals organised during the year. Sense the history of Harrietville and explore the old gold mine trails of the past or walk the high country cattle trails.

Stroll around and take in all that nature has to offer, or take on some more adventurous activities for which the area is renowned. Harrietville is the ideal home base for mountain bike riding, bush walking & high country hiking, 4X4 driving, cross country or alpine skiing, and stream fishing.

Harrietville is a Mecca for skiers during winter and is the ideal location for that holiday with a difference all year round.

Surrounded by Alpine National Park and within the Alpine Valleys Wine Region, Harrietville offers visitors an all seasons destination where you can do as little or as much as you like.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts will find rivers and lakes just waiting to give it up throughout the Alpine Shire. Abundant fish can be found in Buffalo River, Ovens River, Kiewa River, Lake Buffalo, Rocky Valley Reservoir, Pretty Valley Reservoir, Buckland River, Dargo River and Barwidgee Creek.

Or you could choose to go to one of many trout farms in the district, such as the Mountain Fresh Trout and Chinook Salmon Farm in Bright, where a catch is always guaranteed.

Located just off the Great Alpine Road, on the Bright side of Harrietville, Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm offers visitors the opportunity to take a stroll through the fish breeding ponds set on 19 tranquil acres.

At Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm admission is free with the following facilities on site:

  • Visitors are able to feed the fish and a number of ponds have been set aside where you can catch your own breakfast, lunch or dinner. After making your catch the friendly staff will clean them ready for the pan. Guided tours of the farm for groups are available but bookings should be made in advance to ensure availablity of the guides.
  • A picnic shelter is available for those wishing to sit & relax and just watch the fishermen try their luck. Bring your salad, catch your fish, cook it on your BBQ and make a day of it.
  • A wide range of our prepared fish products including smoked trout pate, trout sausages, smoked salmon mousse, smoked salmon, smoked trout, as well as fresh salmon and trout are for sale.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding is one of the most popular activities in this area, especially around the high country. The movie "The Man From Snowy River" left an indelible mark on the people of Australia and internationally, with the spectacular horse rides and stunts impossible to recreate outside of Victoria's High Country.

Discover the breathtaking views and ultimate freedom of the Victorian Alps on organised horse rides, many of which use trails first created by local cattlemen more than a century ago. Rides through the Bogong High Plains are particularly beautiful with stunning views. Mt Bogong forms part of Victoria.s largest national park, The Alpine National Park. Falls Creek, Mt Buffalo National Park and Freeburgh are other popular horse riding areas.

For a truly unique alpine experience, why no try a horseback riding adventure in Victoria's High Country. Contact Packers Horse Treks on 03 5159 7241 or visit the website.

Mountain Bike Riding

The surrounds of Harrietville offers well-defined tracks for an exhilarating mountain biking experience. With a variety of terrain, the degree of difficulty is up to the individual.

Mountain Bike hire available in Bright.

Scenic Flights

If you enjoy Scenic Flights, board the Cessna Hawk XP and set off on a flight at around 2000 feet, that incorporates all the magnificent moutains in the area. Take off from Porepunkah Airfield, head towards Mount Bogong and take a look at Falls Creek Ski Resort on the way.

From Mount Bogong, head towards the Ovens Valley via the Kiewa and Happy Valleys on the way, to check out Mount Buffalo Chalet and nearby resort. Head back towards Mount Hotham passing over Porepunkah, Bright, Wandiligong and Harrietvillet on the way.

Take in the view of Mount Feathertop and Mount Loch as you near Mount Hotham, circle Dinner Plain Village and return towards Bright and Porepunkah. Finally touch down on terra firma at Porepunkah Airfield. This flight will take about 50 minutes and includes a well-rounded commentary with something for everyone from the pilot.

Harrietville - Mt Feathertop Walk

Take your choice of easy family walks, or more challenging bush trails; The Bon Accord Spur Track to Mount Hotham begins at Harrietville, an ascent of 1360 metres. After the junction of the Ovens River and Mount Smyth Creek the track is fairly level for a few kilometres. The Spur Track is very steep in the upper section. A nice spot for a break is at the Bon Accord Hut.

An alternative route to Mount Hotham is also via the Bungalow Spur Track to Mount Feathertop - standing tall at 1922 metres and the second highest peak in Victoria. The walk from Harrietville unfolds as follows:

0 - 1.5 km The walking track follows a creek gully, and crosses the creek after 300 metres. It continues on the northern side of the gully until it traverses the creek again. At this point the creek runs underground.

1.5 - 2.0 km "Picture Point" is an area that was once cleared of trees to provide a clear view of the panorama for walkers on their way to Bungalow Hut in the 1920s.

2.0 - 4.0 km Approaching "Tobias Gap", named after the postmaster at Harrietville (1901 - 1913) who was also a wellknown photographer, a distinct change in vegetation can be seen here. The southern side of the spur has tall straight trees with fibrous bark half way up the trunk. These trees are Alpine Ash Eucalyptus delegatensis that like cool, moist conditions. In this cold shaded gully, the Alpine Ash occurs lower than usual and a Peppermint Gum forest can be seen on the drier northern side of the spur.

4.0 - 7.0 km The halfway point to the summit is reached at this point and the track is now well into thick Alpine Ash forest. At this altitude, other eucalypts cannot compete. Alpine Ash requires fire to regenerate and cold conditions to break seed dormancy. The trees here are evenly aged as they germinate together after a bush fire.

7.0 - 7.5 km At the Bungalow Hut Site snow gums are the only eucalpyts that can grow at this altitude. Conditions are unforgiving, with snow cover for 3 - 4 months of the year. Originally built in 1924 for skiers, the Bungalow Hut had 30 beds. The only access was by horse on the track you are following and there used to be a ski run beside the site. The hut was one of several huts and chalets managed by the Victorian Railways in the 1920s as tourist destinations, however, due to no vehicle access, Feathertop became less popular. Bungalow Hut was destroyed by fire in 1939 and never rebuilt.

7.5 - 7.8 km The Old Feathertop Hut was erected in 1906 as a temporary shelter by the Harrietville Progress Association. It was later replaced by a more permanent structure in 1912. This hut escaped the 1939 fires but detiorated quickly. A good spring can be found 100 metres down the track to the right.

7.8 - 9.0 km The track climbs steeply to Federation Hut, built by the Federation fo Walking Clubs in 1969 as a refuge for walkers and skiers. It is a nice place to rest before the final ascent.

9.0 - 9.5 km On the right the track from just below Mt. Hotham along the Razorback coincides with the Bungalow Spur track. In this area only shrubs and grasses grow, along with hardy Snow Gum.

9.5 - 11.0 km It is now a steep climb to the exposed summit of Mt. Feathertop.

Walkers keen on doing the walk should obtain the Alpine National Park - Bogong Area (Mount Feathertop) pamphlet. A wide range of maps, brochures and pamphlets on walks is available from the Harrietville Visitor Information Centre, located on the Great Alpine Road in the heart of Harrietville.

Snow Sports

Harrietville is just a short drive from the major Alpine ski resort of Mount Hotham which offers year round activities for visitors. During the winter months, it is a popular destination for many skiers.

Known as the ‘powder capital’ of Australia, Hotham holds the record for the highest annual snowfall of any Victorian resort over the past decade. Mount Hotham’s summit rises to an altitude of 1,861 metres above sea level. Hotham village stands tall at a height of 1,750 metres.Hotham offers 320 hectares of ski area, including 35 kilometres of tree-lined cross-country trails and a network of 13 lifts.

The longest run at Hotham is 2.5 kilometres long. Hotham offers an abundance of runs for skiers and boarders of all standards from beginners (20%) to intermediates (40%) and advanced(40%).

The Terrain Park and Half Pipe are ideal for freestyle skiers and boarders Intermediates and beginners are catered for by Hotham Snowsports Centre and a plethora of runs. Hotham offers the following facilities:

Hotham Snowsports Centre Kids Snowzone Hotham Central (Restaurants, Shops, Cafes) Hotham Central Supermarket Half pipe Terrain park White – Mountain Spa Retreat

Tennis

Tennis courts are available at Mountain View Lodge.

White Water Rafting

For those seeking a bit more of an adrenalin rush White Water Rafting in the King River offers 8km of whitewater while The Mitta Mitta River squeezes through an obstacle course of rock formations and granite ravines.

Seasonal white water rafting tours are available through Adrenaline White Water.

For more information ring 03 5729 8288.

Bright Helicopter Rides Visit Website

Bright Helicopters, located at the base of Victoria’s most picturesque alpine wilderness, assures you complete satisfaction. Whether you’re just taking in the breathtaking scenery, experiencing the genuine hospitality of an outback pub for lunch or being deployed to your favourite adventure location, Bright Helicopters offers something for everyone and caters for every budget.

If you’re visiting from overseas then this is truly an experience that lets you discover the “Real Australia”. Experience the exhilaration of helicopter flight today! Fly Bright Helicopters

Harrietville - Riverside Walk

Muse over the lifestyle and hard work of the town's pioneers and gold miners as you peruse the waterwheel and log wagon in Pioneer Park before sauntering along the burbling East Branch of the Ovens River. The dredging operations altered the natural course of the river.

Start at he Museum in Pioneer Park. For a short loop, cross the small footbridge to Feathertop Lane and return along the Great Alpine Road. For a longer loop continue along the river to Bon Accord Track then follow this road to the Great Alpine Road and back to Pioneer Park.

This is a relatively easy walk at 1.6km which will take around 45 mins to complete

Harrietville - Tronoh Dredge Walking Track

Marvel at the Tronoh Dredge Hole and enjoy the waterfall and pine forest. The Tronoh was one of the world's largeset electric powered mechanical dredges, larger than the MCG. This dredge hole was created as a turning area due to a rock bank for the 170 metres long Tronoh.

The dredge worked 24 hours a day, 6 days a week between 1946 and 1954. It dredged 156ha of land on the river flats up to a depth of 40 metres.

As you can see, gold dredging operations in the past were not required to repair the damage they caused. Pines were planted to reclaim some of the dredge tailings.

This walk is fairly easy at 1.4km that can be completed in approximately 30mins.

Harrietville - Charlie Miley Walk

Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the eucalypt forest and river. The walking track heads off from Charlie Miley Road (named after a world champion axeman from Harrietville) in Clarrie Keating Memorial Park. Note the scenically located football oval.

The walking track starts at the end of Charlie Miley Road, and is flanked by ruble from Chinese gold diggings.

When you reach the small bridge, complete a loop by turning left into Lyrebird Gully and then into Mill Road (once the Town centre), or return the way you came. Do not cross the bridge as this is Private Property.

This walk is 3km long and will take around 1 hour return to complete.

Lavender Hue Farm Tour

Spend a relaxing visit strolling through picturesque lavender gardens followed by delicious afternoon tea in the mudbrick tearooms, overlooking the river and gardens.

Try the exclusive lavender products made with lavender oil distilled here on the farm. Set amid fragrant lavender fields on the banks of the Ovens River in charming Harrietville this lavender farm is ideally located for the day trips to Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo, Bright, North eastern Wineries and the historic town of Beechworth.

Fresh devonshire teas and espresso coffee available.

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