1. Bright - Tower Hill. (8km Return Trip) Drive 2km from Bright towards Porepunkah on the Great Alpine Road. A left turn takes you up a gravelled road to the lookout over Bright with Mt Bogong in the background. Return by same route.
2. Bright - Clearspot. (25km return trip, most on gravel roads) Drive up Baker Gully Rd and continue along signed forest roads through pine plantation to the top. Good views of Mt Buller to the south across to Mt Buller and the ranges. Return by same route.
3. Wandiligong Valley (60km return trip to end of sealed road) Take Wandiligong Rd south from Bright along Morses Creek. Picturesque valley which is classified by the National Trust. Once a gold mining town now with many preserved buildings, also apply orchards, nuts and various horticulture.
4. Bright - Huggins Lookout (20 km, most on gravel roads) A short drive south of Bright from Bakers Gully Road, turning left along gravel road to the lookout. Can be made into a round trip by continuing on this road, then left down Mystic Lane and left again back into Bright
5. Bright - Lake Buffalo. ( 100km round trip, all sealed road) Drive down the Great Alpine Road to Myrtleford, then left into the Buffalo Valley Rd to the lake. Fishing, boating, water skiing, designated swimming and picnic areas.
6. Bright - Buckland Valley ( 90 km round trip to end of sealed road) Drive along Great Alpine Road to Popepunkah round-a-bout then turn left down Buckland Valley Rd. Road passes through grazing land, tobacco farms and orchards at the foot of Mt Buffalo. Porepunkah airfield is situated along the route. The trip can be continued along gravel road where there are many access points to the river. Return along same route.
7. Bright - Mt Beauty - Alpine National Park ( 150km round trip - sealed roads to Falls Creek) Take the Great Alpine Road south from Bright for 6km, then turn left and follow the road past grazing land and walnut groves climbing to the Tawonga Gap. Good views here from the lookout. The road then drops into the Kiewa Valley, turn right to Tawonga south and Mt Beauty. ( check at the Tourist information Centre (Ph. 03 5757 3172) for details about the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme and information on visiting hours for the Hydro Electric Power station situated on the road up to Falls Creek ) Further on, past Mt Beauty (14km) is Bogong Village situated on Lake Guy, well worth a visit especially in autumn and spring. Continue on winding sealed roads to Falls Creek a major ski resort in winter and excellent bushwalking base in summer. The drive acros the Bogong High Plains from Falls Creek on gravel roads can include short walks to Wallace or Cope Huts or Mt Cope summit. Return by same route.
8. Bright - Mt Buffalo National Park (80km round trip, all but 6 km on sealed roads) Drive along Great Alpine Road to Porepunkah round-a-bout and follow across round-a-bout to Mt Buffalo Rd and the park entrance ( entrance fees apply ). The road winds up 23km to the plateau, with walks to Eurobin Falls and Rolleston Falls along the way. Once on the plateau you have the options of turning left to see the Mt Buffalo Chalet, Bent's Lookouts and go on the Gorge Nature Walk, or continuing on to Lake Catena, passed Dingo Dell and on to Tart Inn and then to the Horn Lookout. The road from Tatra Inn to The Horn is gravel and closed in winter. Return by the same route.
9. Bright - Harrietville - Mt Hotham - Alpine National Park. (120km - sealed road to Mt Hotham) Travel south along the Great Alpine Road to the historic gold mining town of Harrietville the road climbs up through tall native forests, and is sealed all the way to Mt Hotham Alpine Resort. Breathtaking views lookout over the alpine high country. Many and varied bushwalks can be stared from this area. If you wish the drive can be extended considerably by continuing on to Dinner Plain. Omeo and then the High Plains Road to Falls Creek and Mt Beauty, finishing the route to Bright over the Tawonga Gap. Much of this extension is on gravel roads that often vary in condition.
Beautiful scenery, tranquillity, rivers and mountain views will enchant visitors to Myrtleford, nestled in the Ovens Valley with Mt Buffalo providing a dramatic backdrop. The town is a flourishing commercial centre and the hub for the timber, hops and tobacco industries as well as the expanding premium winegrape market.
Travelling on foot or by bicycle is the best way to explore Myrtleford and its surrounds. There's a wonderful view of the town from Reform Hill which you can reach via the walking tracks. On the western side of town on the Great Alpine Road is the Phoenix Tree, where, in the centre of its root system you will see the Phoenix Bird sculptured by Hans Knorr. Not far from the Phoenix Tree on Smith Street is the Big Tree, an ancient red gum which was the meeting point for generations of the local Koori people.
Visit one of our many parks - Apex Park, Jubilee Park, Rotary Park, Jaycees Park (see the display of old agricultural machinery), Cundy Park (features a fenced-in infants playground and skateboard rink).
The Reform Hill lookout provides visitors with views of the Ovens Valley, MT Buffalo and the Victorian Alps. Crops of tobacco and hops give the valley its patchwork appearance. Plantations of Pinus Radiator on the surrounding hills supply timber for the local softwood mill. In winter snow caps the distant mountains.
The return walk to the lookout takes about an hour and starts from the JA. Jones Memorial Reserve on the eastern edge of town adjacent to the Alpine Rail Trail. After the walk, why not use the amenities at the Reserve for a barbeque or a picnic?
Above the memorial, the track divides to provide two different routes to the lookout, both approximately equal in distance.
This is the steeper of the two tracks and will take you past an old ventilation shaft, which once serviced the Reform Mine. It is very steep and despite the fencing, caution is needed around the opening. The track continues in a southerly direction where more sheltered conditions enable tree species such a Red Box and Lang-leaf Box to flourish. Mullock heaps can be seen along the track as well as several shallow surface diggings.
The track turns north onto a straight and moderate climb to the summit. Rest stops are provided along the way. Many wildflowers may be seen during the warmer months including grevilleas, peaflowers and orchids. You will possibly encountered Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Echidnas and many birds such a Flame Robins, Pardalotes and Gang-Gang Cockatoos.
If using this approach from the memorial one of the first features seen is the town's old water storage basin. Long since abandoned, this small reservoir used to hold water run-off from the hill. The climb follows the drier northerly aspen of Reform Hill and the vegetation changes. Red Stringybark, Red Box and some peppermints can be viewed along the way.
Areas of tussock grass and Austral grass-tress are common throughout sections of the walk. All of the forest vegetation seen along the walk is regrowth a the hill was cleared during the mining days to provide fuel and building materials.
WARNING! Stay on the walking tracks as there are old mine shafts in the area. Only foot traffic is permitted on the tracks. Trail Bikes, bicycles and horses are not allowed. Enjoy the walks and the beauty of Reform Hill!.
At the Western Entrance of Myrtleford, rediscover the Ovens River and it's environs by enjoying the Clearwater Walk.
Approaching Myrtleford travellers are struck by the beauty of the mountains. From these mountains run fresh clean waters forming the rivers and streams, which finally join together to form the Ovens River.
This river has been the life blood of Myrtleford since 1837 when the first squatter John Hillas erected his huts and stockyards on its banks. Soon after, miners began to arrive in the region in search of gold. The track the miners hacked along the Ovens River is now the Grew Alpine Road.
As more sealers came to Myrtleford, the natural environment was changed under mans influence. Blackberries were introduced in 1870. The plant quickly spread after the miners left the site. In recent times the Ovens Rives 118,5 been inaccessible it the western entrance of Myrtleford due to wend growth.
In 1994, the Landcare Environment Action Program (LEAP) Scheme was put before a group of young people from Myrtleford to clear this unused part of the area.
After much hard physical work, the area has hero transformed into a park for the family, with tracks allowing you to see the nature of the river and its habitats, and appreciate its beauty. Au park facilities were created using natural materials.
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
Experience the beautiful Ovens Valley by walking or cycling along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. This is an old, disused railway line that has recently been converted into a walking and cycling track, and is now available for public use.
Set at the foot of MT Buffalo, Lake Buffalo is a man-made picturesque lake located on the Buffalo River. It is a part of the Murray System, with a storage capacity of 24,000 ml. It supplies water to Wangaratta and the many tobacco farms and hop gardens in the Buffalo Valley. It is an excellent spot for fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing, and has picnic facilities.
Lake Buffalo is approximately 20km from Myrtleford.
There is no camping allowed around Lake Buffalo, camping sites are located 14.2km south of Lake. See information board for camping details
Fishing is also popular on the Ovens and Buffalo Rivers, Rose River and Barwidgee Creek.