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Lasting Impressionism

The Victorian High Country is an extraordinary pocket of diverse Australian bushland, just three hours North of Melbourne.

The Alpine-fed springs, mountains and Murray River flood plains are responsible for a rich tradition of producing world renowned food, wine and beer, but also laid geographical foundations that saw the area boom when gold was struck in the 1850s. With gold fever came the development of Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah which grew quickly into thriving Victorian colonial towns.

While there are many well-known tales surrounding the region positively dripping in debauchery, murder and vengeance, arguably the most famous resident of the district is Ned Kelly - his legend still igniting rigorous debate. The region is also known to a number of Indigenous nations as a shared migratory path to Mount Bogong.

Landcare Gorge Walk

19 October, 10.30am - 1pmYackandandah
Yackandandah Gorge Scenic Walk - 2

Join local Yackandandah Creek Landcare members for a return walk to the Yackandandah Gorge where you will learn about local flora and fauna, see the revegetation work achieved by Landcare, check out some nestbox inhabitants (with a bit of luck) and learn a little about the history of the area. All ages, please wear appropriate shoes and bring a water bottle.

Donations can be made to Landcare on the day, with the opportunity to join.

21 Stops - The Hotels of Rutherglen

18 October, 5pm - 6.30pmRutherglen
21 Stops rutherglen walk guided festival

History has it that during the height of the Gold Rush in the early 1860s, there were over 21 hotels in the Main Street of Rutherglen. Currently, the townsfolk are served by three working hotels. This walking tour will take you on a tour of the colourful past of the some of the original watering holes of Rutherglen. Discover the story of how Rutherglen got its name and some of the colourful characters that were rumoured to have partaken in a “cold beverage” at some of the town’s hotels. The tour takes in buildings which are no longer operating as Hotels.

Once your walk has finished retire to Poachers Paradise Hotel for a drink and bar snacks. The bistro will be open after the tour has completed for anyone looking for dinner.

Wahgunyah River Track

Self guided, walk anytime.Wahgunyah
wahgunyah river walking track festival

This trail will take you through the old river gum trees beside the Murray River and passes by farming properties. Local Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae (c.1835– 1901) would wander this area and lived at Lake Moodemere for a number of years. At the end of Kilborn road is the Historic John Foord Pioneer Cemetery. A plaque commemorates the centenary year of the burial of John Foord II (1819 - 1883). He was the pioneer of the Wahgunyah Run and the township developed on his property. Foord named his 30,000 acre property Wahgunyah which was said to be a Whroo, the local Indigenous people’s name for ‘big camp’.

• 7 Days • 30 Guided Walks • 40 Self Guided Walks •

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