Local Attractions


You can read all about Harrietville’s rich gold mining history on handy placards throughout Pioneer Park, right in the heart of town. Admire the old waterwheel and log wagon before taking the forty-five minute river track walk, which runs along the east branch of the Ovens River before merging onto Great Alpine Road.


When a mining company dredged for gold in the Ovens River, they created this picturesque lake, which is flanked by mountains on all sides. Today, it’s a wonderful spot for canoeing, swimming, hiking and fishing. Find BBQ and picnic benches scattered around the grassy shoreline.


Harrietville is the last stopover before the Great Alpine Road begins its ascent to Mount Feathertop, the second highest peak in Victoria. Climb the summit and enjoy awe-inspiring views of Alpine National Park.


This charming little store is considered an icon in Harrietville, and it’s well worth the visit. Sample a range of homemade chutneys, relishes and sauces, stroll the property, or duck into the gift shop, where you can buy lovingly crafted wall art and garden ornaments.


Mount Buffalo National Park is a forty minute drive from Harrietville. Its extensive walking tracks take in waterfalls, granite cliffs, lakes and summits. In winter, the area is a cross-country skiing hotspot. If you’re driving in, just be aware that all vehicles are required to wear snow chains during this period.


Mount Beauty is a small town set at the base of Mount Bogong, on the edge of the Alpine National Park. It’s renowned for its stunning natural scenery. Visitors to the snowfields often stop in the town to take in its hiking and cycling trails, which pass through snow-gum forests and valleys.

Mount Bogong

Located in the Alpine National Park and part of the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, is the highest mountain in Victoria, Australia, at 1,986 metres (6,516 ft) above sea level.The Big River separates the massif of the mountain from the Bogong High Plains to the south. From the nearby town of Mount Beauty to its summit, Mount Bogong rises more than 1,600 metres (5,200 ft), thus making it one of the highest peaks in Australia not only in terms of its elevation above sea level, but also in terms of actual base-to-summit prominence.

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