Victoria's most popular tourist destination situated on the Great Alpine Road in the land of legends.
Situated 308 km north-east of Melbourne and 310 m above sea level, the township and shire of Bright is one of Victoria's most attractive tourist destinations. Nestled in the beautiful Ovens Valley and surrounded by the towering Australian Alps, Bright offers good quality off-the-mountain accommodation to those wishing to ski at the nearby resorts of Mt Buffalo, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.
Bright has been a popular holiday destination for Australians and international visitors since the 1870s. A pretty town infrastructure invites you to stay while you explore the nearby Mt Buffalo National Park or Alpine National Park.
There is something for everyone all year round, whether your interest is in snow sports, trekking, biking or horse riding.
Bright is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventurers. It is the gateway to some of Australia.s most spectacular alpine scenery (or high country) and tour operators ensure unique activities are accessible for everyone.
Whitewater rafting, gliding, horse riding, trekking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, abseiling and rock climbing are just a few of the available activities, depending on the season.
Visit the Wandiligong Maze and Cafe. The living maze, perfumed gardens and licensed rustic timber caf. and rotunda create the ultimate country experience.
Dinner Plain Alpine Village is located in the heart of the Victorian High Country, situated on the Great Alpine Road 11km east of Mount Hotham. Travel time is approximately 4.5 hours from Melbourne via Bright or 5 hours via Omeo.
This unique village comprises over 250 private lodges, cabins, apartments and commercial lodges, which have been built to enhance the rustic charm and heritage of the High Country - and we have the right accommodation available to suit your every need, all year round.
It's a great destination for families, groups or individuals seeking the invigorating snow experience of winter or the relaxing and inspiring experience of summer.
Facilities include a hotel, licensed restaurants, licensed café & patisserie, licensed supermarket and ski hire services for all equipment and apparel. Lessons are also available. Skiing is downhill and cross country with a beginners' Poma for skiers and snowboarders and 15km of trails around the village, Dinner Plain is located at the top of Australia's Great Dividing Range
Dinner Plain village was commenced in 1986 by John Castran, Peter McIntyre, Geoffrey Henke and Richard Humphries, and features buildings architecturaly inspired by the characteristics of the old cattlemen's huts. Construction is restricted to timber, local stone and corrugated iron, with a limited range of colours approved. Strict covenants limit such detractions as antennae, fences and washing lines, and all buildings must be lower than the height of the trees in the area.
The architectural success of Dinner Plain has since led to the development of the Australian Alpine style, which is now being adopted as a benchmark by all other alpine resorts in Australia.
A true alpine village with everything you need and true ski in ski out lodging throughout the resort, Falls Creek certainly has plenty of appeal.
The village sits in an alpine bowl above the snowline and lifts allow you to access both sides of the mountain.
Falls Creek is a year-round destination, with downhill and cross country skiing in winter, and bushwalking, trail riding, fishing, cycling, windsurfing and boating in summer. Surrounded by awesome mountain scenery, some of Australia's most inspirational bike riding country can be discovered at Falls Creek.
Falls Creek offers a wide range of accommodation options including:
Apartments, Lodges, Chalets, Flats & Holiday units.
Summer in Falls Creek
Known as a winter destination, Falls Creek is also a great place to visit in the summer months.
Falls Creek is the place to base yourself for training if at all possible. Every December and January hoards of Victoria's distance runners head up to Falls Creek for a dedicated period of running, resting, and more running.
At 1700m and surrounded by the Bogong High Plains and the Alpine National Park it's the perfect place to get in some quality training at altitude.
To travel the Great Alpine Road is a unique experience as it winds its way over 300km from the mountains to the sea.
At Ovens, just 5km from Myrtleford, is the exit to Route C534 for Rosewhite, Mount Beauty and Falls Creek.
This road traverses the length of Happy Valley, which until now has kept its secrets pretty much to itself. But no longer!
Here, you'll find two cosy B&Bs, a venerable country pub oozing warmth and good cheer, a boutique winery producing classic cool-climate wines, a lavender farm offering oils and other natural products, plus an experienced aviator happy to fly you over the beautiful 'High Country'.
A quick glance at the map shows that Happy Valley is right in the middle of the alpine region. The 'Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail' passes close by, and it's just a short drive to Beechworth, Bright, Milawa, the Mount Buffalo National Park and the snowfields at Falls Creek and Mount Hotham.
We'd love to share our secrets with you, so feel free to visit - you'll be made most welcome! After all, with a name like Happy Valley, what else could you expect?