Experience magnificent scenery, palpable history and first class 4WDing in the King Valley and its surrounding High Country.
Read on to discover the best things to see and do in King Valley, or find and book accommodation in King Valley today.
The King Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine regions, specialising in Italian Varietal Wines like Prosecco and Sangiovese. While popular for its picturesque and gourmet atmosphere, this luxurious pocket of the Victorian countryside is also regarded for its proximity to the Alpine National Park, which includes the likes of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.
Whether you’re looking for challenging 4WD tracks or just wanting to take it easy and enjoy the amazing scenery, the High Country around the King and Howqua valleys are sure to have something for everyone. Enjoy exploring the gourmet trails around King Valley, and discover some of the country’s best food and wine. Tap into your more adventurous side and throw yourself into the many bushwalking and 4WDing trails that dot the mountainous surrounds. Or simply bask in the heritage protruding from the countryside as you explore remnants of cattlemen, gold rush and bushranging histories.
A trip to this part of the Victorian High Country wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to nearby Craig’s Hut, made famous by the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River. Located just off Circuit Road on a large clearing along Clear Hills Track, the hut has views to die for. With range after blue range receding into the west, the sunsets can be superb in the right conditions. Originally just a film set facade, the hut’s popularity with tourists saw it eventually built as a permanent structure. Destroyed by bushfire in 2006, the hut was rebuilt in 2008.
Other huts worth exploring for a taste of history is Fry’s Hut, Cope Hut, Bluff Hut and Lovick Hut.
Not far from Craigs Hut is a side track that leads to the summit of Mt Stirling, or at least within 200m of it. A short walk provides 360° views across the Howqua Valley to the bluff in the east and back over the King Valley to Mt Cobbler in the west. Mt Cobbler is often referred to as Indian Head because its profile bears a striking similarity to the Native American Indian head that appeared on some US coins in the early 1900s.
The challenging climb up Bluff Track to Helicopter Spur is akin to driving up a steep, dry river bed filled with bowling-ball-sized rocks. Helicopter Spur and, shortly thereafter, Picture Point, have fantastic views of Mt Stirling and Mt Buller over a precipitous drop into Howqua Valley, so the drive is well worth it.
Located in Victoria’s east, King Valley is about 280km from Melbourne.
The Hume Freeway will get you from Melbourne to King Valley in about three hours.
The winter months see most of the Alps covered in snow, making for perfect skiing conditions, while summertime is perfect for bushwalking
There are a number of excellent camping areas in the region, including Pineapple Flat. For more accommodation options in and around King Valley, click here.
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