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Escape to the High Country with our February newsletter.....
Hi everyone, as we head towards the end of Summer the alps are still clothed in a stunning display of wildflowers.  Billy Buttons, Everlasting Daisies, Trigger Plants and a variety of others are blooming across alpine meadows in what has become one of the best wildflower seasons in years.  The weather has been changeable but this hasn’t deterred visitors heading to the High Country and supporting our towns and businesses, who enjoyed a very busy January.  More events are happening nowadays and we are starting to see those that were cancelled last year are now making plans for 2021.
What’s On In The High Country?
Here’s a few upcoming events.
(subject to change depending on travel & health restrictions)
5-7 Feb: Snowies Mountain Bike Festival
3 days of riding in the Snowy Mountains at Lake Jindabyne, Lake Crackenback & Thredbo Alpine Resort with a $5000 cash prize pool.  The festival features different stage options of rugged mountain terrain, technical single track, a mammoth ascent & some awesome downhills including the 6km Thredbo All Mountain descent!  Participate solo or tackle it as a team.

5-7 Feb: Targa High Country, Mt Buller, Mansfield, Eildon
Targa High Country is based in the Mt Buller Alpine Resort & over the weekend a variety of cars from historic to supercars tackle thrilling & spectacular closed roads generally between towns of Mansfield, Eildon, Jamieson, Tolmie & the iconic hill climb of Mt Buller. Many opportunities for spectators to get up close to the action including the Mansfield town stage followed by Targafest!

27-28 Feb: Tumbafest, Tumbarumba
This annual festival, held in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, is a celebration of quality music & local cool climate food & wine & in 2021 will be headlined by Chocolate Starfish & country music band Hurricane Fall!  Tumbafest markets are a treasure trove of delights not far from the main stage & the nearby food stalls will tantalise the tastebuds. 

26 Feb - 14 March: Enlighten Canberra
With events including the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Enlighten Illuminations, Symphony in the Park, Canberra Day & Lights! Canberra! Action!, the Enlighten Festival is a great reason to visit Canberra in early Autumn.  Enlighten Illuminations (26 Feb-8 March) transforms some of the most loved & iconic buildings in Canberra over 11 nights with stunning architectural projections shining light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.  Enjoy local flavours & live music. The Balloon Spectacular (6-14 March) sees each day start around sunrise with pilots inflating their balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House before ascending into the sky.
High Country Spotlight
 The 126km King River starts flowing through the alpine region of the High Country of Victoria at an altitude of over 1000 metres, just east of the iconic Craig’s Hut near Mt Buller.  It flows down through rugged terrain before entering farmland in the Upper King Valley.  Here it continues on through mostly open landscape as the King Valley spreads out as the river wanders down to Wangaratta, providing sustenance to one of Victoria’s most renowned wine growing valleys.
Travelling the 60kms or so through the King Valley, takes you through beautiful, undulating scenery and small, picturesque towns with a mountainous backdrop and vineyards that seem to have been delicately draped across the hillsides and valley floor.  From farm gate stalls, country pubs and cafes, to superb restaurants, all serving the King Valley’s best food and wine, this really is a foodie haven.
Batlow, on the western side of the Snowy Mountains, lies at over 700 metres altitude and is best known for its cool climate fruit production, especially apples, with farm gate stalls offering an abundance of produce available seasonally.  It almost seems like around every bend there’s another farm gate tempting us to stop and choose fresh produce, grown alongside these roadside stalls.  Popular festivals include Ciderfest in May and the Apple Blossom Festival in October.
Batlow offers a supermarket, a range of accommodation, cafes, restaurant, a country pub, a museum, 9 hole sand green golf course and services.  About 350 metres south of the supermarket is Cherry Lane which takes you up a short, steep road to a lookout affording wide views over the town and to the Snowy Mountains beyond. 
Thredbo Valley Horse Riding, located at Crackenback, NSW, between Thredbo Alpine Resort and Jindabyne, is a premier horse riding destination for adults and children.  With a riding area of 2,800 acres of sub-alpine wilderness, everyone from beginners to advanced riders are catered for by a caring, passionate team.  They offer pony rides for littlies under 8 years old on quiet horses and morning, midday & afternoon rides.  Helmets are supplied, all trail rides also include an introductory lesson and the horses are proven, safe, quiet and mountain bred.  
Bookings essential, conditions apply, contact Nev & the team via phone for bookings well in advance. 
Greg and Kris Mouat of Mouat’s Farm in Batlow, on the western side of the Snowy Mountains, NSW are enjoying a great fruit growing season and visitors are stocking up on local produce at the farm gate shop.  Greg says by mid February, freshly picked new season apples will be available right through to mid May.  Currently you can also find local honey, olive oil, jams and jellies made by Kris and freshly crushed apple juice in the shop. Visit the farm gate shop between 8am-5.30pm, speak direct to the growers and learn about the varieties of apples they produce with passion and pride.
Have you ever wanted to get out and explore the beautiful Victorian High Country and Alpine Region but don’t have a 4 wheel drive?  Join North East Off Road Tours as a passenger in their vehicle with 4 wheel drive tours taking you to various destinations, including:
  • Craig’s Hut (as seen in the Man From Snowy River movies)
  • Wonnangatta (historic huts, river crossings, murder mystery, big views)
  • Talbotville – Grant (gold mining ghost towns, cattlemen’s huts, river crossings)
  • Mt Murray (360 degree panoramic views over the alps, lunch amongst the snowgums)
  • Wobonga Plateau (Lake Cobbler, Vic’s highest waterfall, historic huts)
North East Off Road Tours also offer transfers to and from the alpine resorts of Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo in Winter.
Rafting white-water rapids in the wild rivers of North East Victoria?  Rafting Australia offer a variety of memorable, world class river adventures!  The team at Rafting Australia love sharing their white-water addiction with everyone from couples to school and corporate groups.  One of their most popular adventures that is currently being offered until the end of the Easter school holidays is sport rafting on the awesome technical rapids of the Lower Mitta Mitta River.  Each rapid increases in intensity as you descend the river with the highlights being your descent of Rollercoaster, Shark Tooth part 1 to 3 and the biggest challenge “Corkscrew” at the end of the day.  They say it’s nothing like opening a bottle of wine!!
Tour North East Victoria in a fully restored 1970 Cadillac Deville with King Valley Cadillac Tours. Make an entrance at your wedding or book a day with friends touring local wineries and foodie destinations.  Owner, Justin, has an intimate knowledge of the King Valley and surrounding districts.  Tours can be personalised to visit farm gates, cellar doors and any of the number of superb eateries these valleys are renowned for.  Create your own Food & Wine Tour, Breweries & Pubs Tour or arrive in style at a special event!  Servicing the King Valley, Wangaratta, Beechworth, Benalla, Mansfield and beyond.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter, we’d love you to forward it on to your friends who might like to sign up to receive it and keep up to date with what’s happening, plan their next trip or discover something new about the High Country!


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