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Harrietville on the Great Alpine Road

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Why Visit Harrietville?

The picturesque gold rush town of Harrietville on the Great Alpine Road offers so much more than meets the eye.

This peaceful mountain village offers adventurous pursuits, family fun and an abundance of local produce & fare. Situated just 15 minutes from Bright, Harrietville is a great base for your Alpine Valley holiday without all the hustle & bustle.  Bordered by Alpine National Park you can relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air or explore the natural surrounds.

Harrietville offers a wide range of holiday accommodation rentals in a peaceful, family & dog friendly town. The Ovens River winds through this picturesque town with the 70ft deep 'Tronoh Lake' offering the perfect place for swimming, freshwater fishing or a leisurely walk on a local track or some serious bushwalking.

Several 4WD & BMX tracks surround Harrietville and the world renowned Mt Feathertop & Razorback walks begin at the foothills of the Alpine National Park.

In Winter, Harrietville proves a popular destination for ski & snowboard enthusiasts as it offers the closest off-mountain accommodation to Mount Hotham Ski Resort, as well as being central to Falls Creek & Mount Buffalo. While you're in Dinner Plain we can arrange a guided trail ride for beginner to experienced horse riders. Ever imagined horse riding in the Alpine High Country, in the snow? We can make it happen!

Harrietville's proximity to Mount Hotham also proves popular with cyclists & motor bike riders who enjoy the challenging ascent and spectacular views to the Dargo Valley.

The historical significance of this Old Gold township is captured at the Harrietville Historical Museum and in displays around the town and at the fantastic children's playground with BBQ facilities.

Harrietville also offers plenty for the food & wine lover with 2 hotels serving quality meals highlighting Alpine Valleys produce, as well as several cafes, a lavender farm, blueberry farm and home made ice creamery.

So everything from Fishing, Hiking & Bushwalking, Swimming, Road bikes, Cycling, Photography, History, Food & Wine, Down Hill Mountain Bikes, Horse riding, Skiing and more is on offer in Harrietville, Victoria!  


What to see & do in Harrietville

  • Catch a fresh Trout to BBQ for the best dinner!
  • Take one of the many walks around the town or into the mountains
  • Enjoy an affordable ski holiday to Mt Hotham
  • Enjoy regular live music and local wines with a mountain view
  • Explore the historical museum and cemetary
  • Ride a tube down the crystal clear river

What to do in Harrietville

The 70 ft deep Tronoh Lake is the ideal place to cool down in Summer with a jetty, pontoon, shade sail & BBQ area. The lake is regularly stocked with various fish breeds so try your luck year round.

The Ovens River runs through Harrietville in 2 directions as it branches at the beginning of the town. There are many quiet shallow spots for children or those just wanting to dip their toes in.

Be guaranteed a catch at the Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon Farm. Free entry & rod, try your luck in the ponds and they will clean and gut the fish for you! Pay for the fish per kilo and have the ultimate Summer BBQ. Simply season the fish, stuff with lemon & lime, wrap in foil and throw on the BBQ for 8 minutes each side. Delish!

Step back in time at the Harrietville Historical Museum displayed in an original renovated miner's cottage. Showcasing the town's history through the gold rush with re-created room scenes, amazing photographs and lovingly restored antique pieces you can't help but be caught in the moment! For a little more history of a spookier kind explore the old Harrietville Cemetery!

In Summer pick fresh blueberries from the 'Pick Your Own' Blueberry Farm. Grab a basket and pay per kilo for the most delicious fresh berries.

In Winter, Harrietville offers the closest off mountain accommodation to the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort and easy access to Falls Creek & Mt Buffalo for a bit of variety. You can hire all your gear, buy your tickets & get everything you need in Harrietville before you head up the hill. It even snows in Harrietville from time to time!

Take a leisurely bushwalk along one of the many marked trails or for the more experienced & prepared take on the world renowned 'Mt Feathertop'! The Alpine National Park offers a range of trails starting in Harrietville heading up to spectacular views and a truly unforgettable experience.

Hit the BMX track constructed by the local community or get the adrenalin pumping with some downhill mountain bike action on the surrounding quality terrain.

Harrietville is fast becoming a renowned cycling destination with the challenging ascent to Mount Hotham or the picturesque distance ride between Bright & Harrietville.

Artists & photographers will delight in the natural beauty of Harrietville. 4 distinct seasons, picturesque mountain surrounds and an abundance of wildlife will bring out the creativity in everyone.

Harrietville is the ideal wedding destination! With several magnificent ceremony locations, a range of reception options both indoor & outdoor and an abundance of accommodation, your day will be unforgettable for you & your guests.... so will your photos!

Food & Wine in Harrietville

Grab a top notch pub meal from The Snowline Hotel boasting Victoria's 2nd best parmie according to parma.com as well as amazing black angus steak. Enjoy a local boutique beer or wine on the expansive deck or by the roaring open fire in winter. The Snowline Hotel features regular live music as well as monthly open mic sessions showcasing local talent. BYO tambourine.

The Harrietville Hotel/Motel serves up pizza by the swimming pool or in their large air conditioned bar displaying local historical memorabilia. The solar heated pool with pool bar is the ideal place to laze the summer days away.

Avalon House is a cafe by day, acoustic blues bar & restaurant by night. The historical building has been lovingly restored with a fantastic deco bar and art gallery. Avalon House offers delicious wood fired pizzas on Thursday & Sunday nights, regular acoustic shows on the deck and a monthly blues club.

Morrie's Ice Creamery makes their delicious home made ice-cream on premises as well as other fresh & tasty goodies. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or yummy homemade cake & coffee.

Visit the Lavender Hue Tea Rooms and enjoy devonshire tea with a lavender twist in the lovely gardens. Take home a handmade beauty product or stroll the lavender farm.

Bella's Cafe offers family friendly dining for breakfast & lunch with all the favourites. Burgers, fresh sandwiches and homemade treats.

Take home the ultimate souvenir of Granny's Pantry's delicious homemade relishes, chutneys, sauces and mouth watering goodies. Whatever you try you WILL order more!

The Harrietville General Store offers the usual take-away menu along with a small but well-stocked dry goods store, fresh vegetables, bread & milk.  

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The Snowline Hotel

Address:Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2524
Website:http://snowlinehotel.com.au/
Description:True Country Pub at the Base of Mt Hotham. Fantastic meals highlighting local produce, regular live music and huge deck in Summer/Cosy fire in Winter.

Lavender Hue

Address:20 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2588
Website:http://www.lavenderhue.com.au/
Description:Take advantage of the tearooms to savour delicous oven fresh scones or biscuits with fine espresso coffee in the charming timber and mudbrick building or indulge in gourmet lavender ice-cream on the patio overlooking the river and gardens

Morrie's Ice Creamery

Address:195 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2612
Website:http://www.weekendnotes.com/morries-ice-creamery-cafe/
Description:River & parkside cafe fresh & delicious, all homemade breakfast & lunch 7 days. Of course their speciality is homemade icecream in amazing flavours, a must try!
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