• Pricing From $4,950 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Albury
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 18
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 17 May 2019
  • Returns 23 May 2019
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Explore an area of outstanding natural beauty of mountains, rivers and lush fertile valleys and picturesque historic towns. Gracious avenues of poplars, maples, silver birches, pin oaks, liquid amber and golden and claret ashes, many planted early last century, cloak the towns and villages of the area in stunning autumn colours. Dotted along the Ovens and Kiewa Rivers the towns are nestled at the very foot of the Mount Buffalo and Alpine National Parks.

A photographer’s paradise, the mountains offer spectacular vistas, beautiful wildflower displays and the chance to see Australia’s native birds and animals in their natural environment. Visiting during autumn we will fully appreciate the vibrance of this region and be awed by nature’s colour palette. With breathtaking backdrops you will learn a fascinating history shaped by pioneering pastoralists, fortune-seeking gold miners and post-war migration that unfolded in Victoria’s High Country. Delightful accommodation and incredible food and wine as usual! We’d love you to join us.

Hightlights

  • Spend 7 days exploring Victoria’s High Country by luxury coach
  • Explore the towns of Albury, Mt Beauty, Bright Milawa, Myrtleford, Beechworth and Rutherglen
  • Enjoy the superb comforts of boutique stylish accommodation for 2 nights at Lindenwarrah
  • Marvel at nature’s display in the autumn colours of the Victorian alpine regions
  • Visit the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme
  • Try your hand at fly-fishing in the cool waters in Harrietville
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code AC1900
Departs 17 May 2019
Returns 23 May 2019
Price From $4,950 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Albury

Transfer from Albury Airport to the award-winning Atura Albury. There will be a welcome dinner tonight hosted by your Journey Director, a perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers.

Overnight: Atura Albury or similar

Day 2: Albury - Mt Beauty - Bright

After breakfast we travel to breathtaking Mount Beauty nestled in Victoria‘s high country and visit the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme which is the largest water power development in Victoria. Exploring further into the Alpine National Park we visit the lush village of Harrietville. Located at the foot of Mt Feathertop and Mt Hotham, this charming destination is noted for its outdoor pursuits and stunning mountain scenery. Appropriately, today we will try our hand at trout fishing.

An area rich in the history of the goldfields and the cattlemen of the high country, it is also one of diverse product. This afternoon we visit a lavender farm on the banks of the Ovens River.

Overnight: Ovens Valley Motor Inn or similar

Day 3: Bright

Bright is renowned for its natural beauty. In autumn, the huge deciduous European trees – oaks, elms, poplars and Japanese maples – many of which are now more than 70 years old, paint the town red, orange, gold and yellow. Bright also offers an insight into life in the past at the Bright Museum. We will learn about the history of the Ovens Railway Line, gold mining history and also the social history of the area.

Later we will drive to picture-perfect Wandiligong and discover a valley patch-worked with apple orchards and nut groves. We visit the Chinese Swing Bridge which commemorates the contribution of the Chinese during the gold mining days. This afternoon we tour to Mount Buffalo for panoramic views of the Victorian Alps.

Overnight: Ovens Valley Motor Inn or similar

Day 4: Bright - Milawa

After breakfast we transfer to the township of Myrtleford which is beautifully positioned in the northern foothills of the Mt Buffalo Range adjacent to the Ovens River, Happy Valley Creek and Barwidgee Creek. Stunning scenery of rivers and mountain views provide a dramatic backdrop as we learn about the town’s goldmining, hops and tobacco past.

Your boutique accommodation this evening, Lindenwarrah, is situated in the picturesque Milawa gourmet wine region. It is a tranquil country house hotel brimming with elegance and style – the perfect base to experience a rich bounty of world class food and wine, high country history and breathtaking landscapes.

Overnight: Lindenwarrah or similar

Day 5: Beechworth

Today is spent uncovering the fascinating history of Beechworth located in ‘Kelly country’. This historic town is known as the ‘Elegant dame’, with all the sensibilities of a grand 19th century town, as you look down from the foothills of the Victorian Alps onto the wide, tree-lined streets, with their deep granite gutters and shady, century-old verandahs. Today we take a tour through the town before having lunch at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Lindenwarrah or similar

Day 6: Milawa - Rutherglen - Albury

After breakfast we transfer to the Rutherglen region to enjoy the produce that the area is world renowned for. It is home to over twenty wineries, ranging from household names to boutique operations. Get acquainted with the signature wines on offer from muscats, tokays and the rich reds – shiraz, durif and cabernet. This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner.

Overnight: Atura Albury or similar

Day 7: Depart Albury

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport. Say farewell to new friends and take away memories of a delightful High Country Sojourn.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening. Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Albury are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Albury, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Albury, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)