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The Alpine Way

This is one of Australia's most scenic drives. It passes through charming historic villages, wineries, and stunning mountain vistas. Scattered between Albury and Bright are dozens of wineries and a few breweries and cideries. The villages have a lot of charm and history and are aglow with colour in autumn.  After Bright, the landscape becomes more rugged and mountainous until you wind downhill to the Gippsland Lakes where you can loop back to Melbourne via Wilsons Prom, Phillip Island and Mornington Peninsula or continue on to Sydney via the coast.

Here's a list of highlights along the Alpine Way from north to south.

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Alpine Way. Photo: mysticmtb via IG

Beechworth

Beechworth is a heritage village with an acclaimed food and wine scene and stunning gold rush architecture. More than thirty 19th century buildings have been beautifully preserved. This 2 minute video will give you a sample of Beechworth.

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Amulet Winery, Beechworth
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Amulet Winery, Beechworth. Photo: Thefoodandwinemarshall via IG
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Beechworth Gorge. Marc Bongers Photographer via IG

Milawa

Detour to the famous Brown Brothers Epicurean Centre and Cellar Door, and sample your way through Milawa Cheese Factory.

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Myrtleford

Get a quick sample of its attractions from this 2 minute video.

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Ovens

There's no winery here but it's worth mentioning for the Happy Valley Hotel where you can enjoy a pub lunch sourced from local ingredients. In spring the beer garden is covered in wisteria blooms. Detour up the Happy Valley Tourist Drive for more wineries, a lavender farm and olive groves.

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Lavender Hue Farm, Ovens

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Porepunkah

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Ringer Reef Winery, Porepunkah

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Happy Valley Hotel, Ovens

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Feathertop Winery, Porepunkah

Bright

Bright two minute sampler video.

Bright is filled with deciduous trees that are breathtaking in autumn but Bright is popular year round. Base yourself here for a night or two in one of their caravan parks.

Bright's natural beauty is best appreciated on one of the walks such as the Valley View Walk where you might see a platypus or the Canyon Walk, part of which is lined with towering poplar trees, blazing gold in autumn, and a suspension bridge takes you across the Ovens River. For a bird's eye view of Bright, head to one of the local lookouts. To explore further afield, hire a bike and cycle the surrounding bike paths.

Try your hand at fly fishing, bike the many bike trails, or take to the sky in a microlight. Take a Tour and Tasting at Bright Brewery. Their beer contains no additives or preservatives, and isn't filtered or pasturised.  They also have an extensive wine list and serve food.

Browse the antiques and collectibles at the Old Tabacco Shed. Gather local food and hand made goods at the morning markets, held on the third Saturday of every month.

Explore the many sophisticated restaurants of Bright. Have your meal created by Victoria's celebrated chef Patrizia Simone at Simone's. In her four-hour cooking classes you'll learn Italian cooking techniques using local ingredients.

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Bright Brewery. Photo: Marek Augustynek
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Beer tasting at Bright Brewery
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Walker Brothers Wine Bar, Bright

Mount Buffalo day trip

Turn off at Porepunkah for Mount Buffalo National Park a region of rugged beauty, sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, waterfalls, magnificent snow gums, wildflowers, sweeping views, a good swimming lake, and over 90km of walking tracks.

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Mount Buffalo. Photo: Humble.Trail via IG

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Snow Gum. Photo: Oroight via IG

Mount Hotham

After Bright, the landscape changes from alpine ash to magnificent snow gum forest and heathland as you climb.

At Mount Hotham, take in the spectacular views from Danny's Lookout. If it's summer, you can trek the Razorback Trail through fields of wildflowers and along a ridge to the summit of Mount Feathertop. Horse riding and trout fishing are popular in the region.

For incredible scenery of the Australian Alps National Park, consider extending the journey onto the Bogong Alpine Way, which connects to the Alpine Way Road at Bright and Omeo, looping through Mount Beauty, Bogong, and Falls Creek. It adds 1 hr 15 mins to the 1 hr 45 min journey. There are many great walks in the region. Here's a 1 minute video to give you a taste of what the detour has in store for you.

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Mount Hotham. Photo: laksmi_subadra via IG

Omeo

Set in lush grazing fields with views across to the Snowy Mountains, Omeo is a town of original gold rush buildings with a choice of two campervan parks. Eateries are limited but Twinkles Café, a friendly light-filled place, is the most popular choice for breakfast. The coast to the south and Bright to the north are just an hour and a half away, if you wish to keep going.

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Bruthen

Bruthen is a small rustic village overlooking the Tambo River and home of the Bull Ant Brewery. Their beers use ingredients that ‘respect the earth and our bodies'. Their restaurant uses local food in season, sustainably harvested seafoods and responsibly stewarded meats. They also have a good wine list.

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Keep driving and you'll reach the Gippsland Lakes region where you can loop back to Melbourne or head along the coast to Sydney. 

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