The Victorian High Country offers plenty of charm, delicious dining and scenery that will knock your socks off.
Prospectors rushed to Victoria’s High Country during the 18th century in search of gold. The gold is now long gone but there are plenty of other riches for visitors to discover in this part of Victoria. Along with soaking up the charm of Victoria’s best High Country towns, you can immerse yourself in the scenery which inspired famous poet AB 'Banjo' Paterson's The Man From Snowy River. It also provided a hiding place for Ned Kelly. Drop into the famous Beechworth bakery and sample the pie named after the region’s most famous bushranger. Along with climbing to the lookout at Mt Buffalo, admiring the rugged, rocky summits of The Jaithmathangs, and sampling Rutherglen’s famous muscat, you can explore the region on a cycling adventure or lace up your walking shoes on a Victorian High Country walking trip.
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Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
The closest major airport to the Victorian High Country is Melbourne. From here, it's a 2.5 hour drive to the region. Albury Airport is much closer to the Victorian High Country than Melbourne Airport but there are only a few flights a day and fares can be high. Rail and bus services travel to larger nearby towns like Albury. From here, you will need a hire car to explore the Victorian High Country.
You will need to hire a car or join an organised tour to explore the Victorian High Country.
Summer weather is a great time to see wildflowers. Autumn brings with it the changing colours of the leaves and crisp mornings and nights. Winter is the best time to snuggle up in front of a fire and enjoy the cosy nights or hit the slopes in one of the ski areas. The weather in spring is generally good with warm temperatures and clear skies, making this the ideal time of year for walking or cycling.
Bring clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket and wet weather gear. If you are going skiing, you will need to bring clothes that are suitable for this activity. One or two smart casual outfits will be more than enough for dining out.
If you're going out hiking, cycling or skiing, dress for the conditions and pack your backpack for the unexpected. If you're relaxing at your accommodation or going somewhere to enjoy a meal, dress for comfort rather than fashion. Smart casual is fine for the restaurants in Victoria's High Country.
There is good WiFi coverage in most of the major Victorian High Country towns. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas, you may experience periods of time with no internet access.
There is good mobile phone coverage in most of the major Victorian High Country towns. If you are visiting some of the more remote areas, you may experience periods of time with no mobile phone access.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.