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Five Things to do When in High Country

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Published November 17th 2016
The High Country region is a spectacular spot, about three-four hours out of Melbourne.

The scenery is full of gorgeous tall trees, green paddocks and mountains. If this sounds like your kind of place, here are a few spots to visit and activities to get up to:

1. Powers Lookout: accessed off the Mansfield-Whitfield Road between Tolmie and Whitfield
This lookout seems like the best spot to get a great view of the High Country's mountains.

One vantage point is just next to the carpark and I can imagine it would be perfect to visit at sunset/sunrise.

powers lookout, high country
Such a refreshing view


There's a second spot after you head over some rocks and stairs, providing a view just as good as the first.

Luckily the sun was out for that day making the surrounds stunning to observe.

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Appreciate it from a different angle!


We also tried to follow the carpark map to find a waterhole in the other direction but we never found it. If someone has an idea of where it is and some photos, I'd be very grateful to get some tips!

2. Paradise Falls: Alpine National Park
I'm always a bit hesitant when it comes to visiting waterfalls in Victoria - especially on sunny days when it might be a bit dry.

But this is where I use Instagram to my advantage. I like to check photos posted at that location, so I can see the most recent photos of that waterfall. Of course, if there are no photos, you have to decide whether to take the risk.

Paradise Falls, Alpine national park
Celebrating that there is water flowing!


I feel that photos don't do this place justice. The double waterfall was flowing constantly at Paradise Falls after about a ten minute walk down.

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A side view of one of the waterfalls


The water was extremely cold but refreshing to combat the strong sun rays.

Paradise Falls, Alpine national park
A closeup of the waterfall


I've heard we were lucky to see water flowing as many people have told me they've visited and been disappointed. I'd suggest trying to visit on a nice day after a few days of rainfall.

3. Bright Open Gardens: various locations

The High Country region is quite popular for its tall trees and colourful vegetation. Consequently, they have a series of Open Gardens running during Bright's Spring and Autumn festival.

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Cute little setup


We visited during the popular season of autumn - the roads are lined with picturesque trees of all colours from yellow to red.

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The colourful scenery of the High Country region


It was amazing seeing some gardens, which are pretty much people's front and backyards. Their green lawns were covered with scattered leaves and some places had walkways surrounded by vines and trees.

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A place to relax in one of the Open Gardens


You can tell a lot of time and effort have gone into maintaining these properties.

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Someone's amazing backyard


Bright becomes quite popular at this time so make sure to book well in advance.

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Nuts for sale too!


4. Wandiful Produce: 795 Morses Creek Rd, Wandiligong
Have you ever picked chestnuts? If not, you can give it a go at Wandiful Produce around March-April.

The small farm includes a chestnut orchard as well as a cafe using fresh produce, depending on what is in season on the farm.

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The lovely interior of the cafe


We came a bit late into the chestnut-picking season, but then it did make it exciting when you found a chestnut as they were so rare!

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Scavenging for chestnuts


You have to go through the fallen burrs on the ground and open them with your feet, as they are a bit fuzzy/spiky to touch with your hands. You then pick out the chestnut, if there is still one in there, and place into your basket!

wandiful produce
Woodfire pizza oven


Besides this activity, Wandiful Produce also run many events and demonstrations focusing on sustainable produce. Keep up to date with their events here.

5. Wandi Nut Festival: White Star Road, Wandiligong, 3744 (check for updates next year in case they change locations!)
Experience the only chestnut festival in Australia in the rural High Country region. The area comes alive with local food and drink stalls in addition to some fun activities for the kids.

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Our furry pal enjoying the High Country


We saw a lot of kids smashing chestnuts at one station! The event is also dog-friendly if you want to bring your furry friend.

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Delicious ice-cream by King Valley Popcorn


I had a delicious ice-cream from King Valley Popcorn with salted caramel popcorn and sauce. It's a great feeling supporting these local Australian businesses and seeing the community come alive.

Stay up to date with all the events in Bright coming up next year during autumn here here.
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Why? Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the High Country region, especially in autumn
When: Spring/Autumn
Where: High Country
Cost: Free - $20
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