244 kms Round Trip. One of the best touring circuits in Bright!
Not possible during snow season (or approximately between May – Oct)
One of the best touring circuits is:
Leave Bright around 8.00 am. Travel SE toward Hotham on the Great Alpine Road 5.25 km, turn left over the bridge to TAWONGA GAP ROAD and head for the Kiewa Valley Highway. Turn right, travel through TAWONGA SOUTH and MT BEAUTY and take the BOGONG HIGH PLAINS ROAD towards FALLS CREEK.
Your journey will take you past BOGONG VILLAGE, although this is well worth a visit for morning tea at BOGONG JACKS overlooking Lake Guy and a wander through the beautiful European Style Gardens renowned for their extraordinary rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and dogwoods. Around 1 km above Bogong Village you will see a sign ‘FAINTER FALLS’. Park the car in the wayside stop and cross the road for a 800m board walk to the falls. These falls were exposed during the 2006 fires and access to them was completed in December 2008.
Travel on to and through FALLS CREEK, following the sign to OMEO. After passing ROCKY VALLEY DAM travel several kms, and then you will see the sign “WALLACES HUT” on the left hand side of the road. Park the car and take the 750 m walk to the historical cattlemen’s hut and a magnificent display of snow gums.
Back in the car and a couple of kms further on, a sign to “COPE HUT”. This is only a 250 m walk. Both of these huts survived the bushfires. Wallace’s Hut is a cattleman’s hut and is over 125 years old, built in Jan 1889 and Cope Hut was built in 1939 as a mountaineering hut and is still in use as a shelter for skiers and hikers.
Travel further south to ANGLERS REST where you can have a lovely drink and/or meal at the BLUE DUCK INN – another history lesson! Continue your journey south to Omeo, where you can still see some of the original buildings over 150 years old and evidence of the earlier gold diggings before the settlers moved in with their cattle. This town also boasts the oldest wooden lockup still in original condition.
After leaving OMEO on the GREAT ALPINE ROAD up to DINNER PLAIN, look for the turn off on the right to VICTORIA FALLS – ORIENTAL CLAIMS. This is a site of original Chinese Diggings as well as waterfalls into a very steep ravine and worth a detour. It is also the site of Victoria’s first major hydro-electric station built in 1908 to supply water to the goldfields in Cassilis. There are lots of snow gums and mountain fern woodlands.
Stop at DINNER PLAIN for coffee and look around the village and its unique architecturally designed snow housing. Visit MOUNTAIN KITCHEN for homestyle gourmet café/deli with a regional pantry, open 5 days (Wed – Sun) summer and 7 days in winter. On through HOTHAM (highest road in Australia that is sealed and open all year round) and back down the mountain to HARRIETVILLE where you can satisfy your hunger pangs with an icecream from MORRIES or other tasty snacks in this interesting little village. Another delightful stop is the LAVENDER HUE FARM and TEA ROOMS on the Bright side of Harrietville, where the lavender scones are a taste sensation!
A leisurely drive back to BRIGHT around 5.30 pm in time for a rest, shower and a change of clothes, before enjoying dinner at one of our many magnificent restaurants.