Located just 5 minutes walk away is the popular Harrietville Bakery serving home-made hot breakfasts, cakes, croissants and other treats. Please check with the bakery for opening times, as this may be seasonal.
There are two world-class walking tracks in Harrietville – the Bon Accord track, which starts along the Ovens River before climbing towards Mount Feathertop just 1km away; and the Bungalow Spur, a steeper 11km walk up the mountain along the razorback.
Both hikes are challenging (but worth the effort!) and take about four hours, so be prepared if you’re bringing the kids.
The Harrietville Historical Museum can be found in a restored old miner’s cottage right behind the famous dredge bucket. It features some unique exhibitions, including homemade snowshoes used by skiing pioneers, and gold mining relics from the 1880s.
The museum is open during public holidays and on weekends throughout the summer, but if you’re visiting outside this period, call ahead to make a booking.
The Lavender Farm
There’s nothing more relaxing than a visit to the lavender fields, which sit right beside the Ovens River. Purchase a unique souvenir in the Lavender Hue gift shop, or enjoy a cup of tea and a lavender scone in the tearooms.
Alpine Valley Wine Tours
Bright Limousines’ popular wine tours visit a number of scenic vineyards in the Alpine region, including Michael Dalbosco's vineyard overlooking Mount Buffalo, Boynton's Feathertop Winery in Porepunkah, and Michelini Winery in Myrtleford.
Mountain Fresh Trout and Salmon Farm
Entry is free to the trout and salmon farm, where rods and bait are also provided. You only have to pay for the cleaned weight of your catch.
Please note they are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Bright Golf Club
The Bright Golf Club is a short 25 minute drive from Harrietville. The 18-hole course, which is surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery, is open to the public seven days a week.
Active Flight Paragliding
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, soar high above the Alpine region on a tandem paraglider. You’ll fly with an experienced instructor up to heights of 2500m.
There are several flights to choose from, which last anywhere from ten minutes to one hour.
Tavare Park can be found directly opposite the Harrietville Hotel Motel, near the School Bridge. It has a great little playground with a swing set, a flying fox and slides. There are also BBQ and picnic facilities.
Dinner Plain Trail Rides
This is a rare chance to explore the high country on horseback. Ride over mountain streams and through valleys, where you might even spot a wild brumby. Dinner Plain is about forty minutes from Harrietville. The township is completely covered in snow during the winter, so trail rides only operate in summer.
Red Stag Deer & Emu Farm
Located just off Great Alpine Road, the Red Stag Deer and Emu Farm is an absolute wonderland for kids. Not only are there plenty of tame deer and emus, but there are also ostriches, goats and chooks. For $5, you can hand feed the animals. You can also have lunch in the restaurant overlooking the Ovens Valley, or browse the farm’s gift shop.