Mansfield, Vic: Destination Guide

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Mansfield isn’t simply the gateway to the Victorian Alps anymore; this vibrant town is putting high country luxe and action-packed adventures on the map.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Mansfield, or find and book accommodation in Mansfield today.

About Mansfield

Once a stock route camp and gold mining town, Mansfield has transformed into a bustling country hub that now attracts both thrill-seekers and relaxed weekenders alike. Surrounded by some of the most iconic Australian landscape, it’s hard not to get swept up in the romanticism of Mansfield. It’s a town that upholds its stoic, hard-working high country reputation, yet surprises you with its wealth of gourmet produce, extreme activities and glamorous accommodation options.

Things to do

If it’s not the lure of the Victorian Alps, which Mansfield sits at the base of, it’s the plethora of adrenaline based activities that draws visitors in from all over the country. Winter is, of course, a popular time, and sees nearby Mt Buller and Mt Stirling transformed into winter wonderlands, with skiing and snowboarding high on every snow bunnies agenda.

In spring and summer though, the countryside comes alive and the options to keep you entertained are never-ending. Horse riding, mountain bike riding, four wheel driving and rock climbing are all lively options, or you can kayak and canoe down many of Mansfield’s neighbouring rivers.

Attractions

Mt Buller

It’s one of Victoria’s most popular snow peaked destinations, but the fun doesn’t end for Mt Buller when the snow melts away. No matter what time of the year, the drive up the mountain winds through some of Victoria’s most scenic landscape, and you are guaranteed spectacular views at the summit, snow or no snow. If the adrenaline junkie in you isn’t quite up to mountain bike riding or rock climbing, the amount of events and festivals the mountain hosts, from food and wine celebrations, to cycling and car races, mean your chances of getting involved in some kind of excitement are highly probable.

Lake Eildon National Park

A short drive out of Mansfield, back towards Melbourne, you hit Lake Eildon. This mammoth body of water is worth a visit just to marvel at the lake that holds six times the amount of water of Sydney Harbour. The 515km of shoreline are perfect for meandering strolls or serious hikes, as you wander in and out of thick bushland and open plains. Water sports and houseboats dominate the lake, making summer an especially busy time to visit.

Mansfield Zoo

You might not expect to find two rare white lions hanging out in the Australian bush, but Mansfield is full of surprises. The zoo is highly interactive and engaging, with many of the animals wandering around freely, and daily animal feeding experiences available to guests. In the shadow of Mt Buller you can gaze upon over 100 species of animals, both native and exotic, and maybe even get to walk one of the dingos. 

Getting there

Mansfield lies at the base of the Victorian Alps, and at 210km from Melbourne, it’s a two and a half hour drive.

By car

For an express route straight to Mansfield, jump on the Hume Highway, getting off at the Tallarook exit. Continue through Yea and onto Mansfield.

Where to stay

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