The Victorian High Country town of Mansfield seems a million miles from city life with its walking trails over plains of wildflowers and views of Lake Eildon, the Howqua Valley, Mount Buller and the peaks of the Alpine National Park.
Vibrant in the summer and spring, Mansfield is a hugely popular winter destination, with nearby Mount Buller boasting an impressive lift network and a variety of skiing terrains from beginner to some of the more challenging runs in Australia. Nearby Mount Stirling provides excellent cross-country skiing, with many well-marked trails through beautiful, sheltered forests of alpine ash, snow gum woodlands and open plains.
Adrenaline-pumping summer adventure activities include mountain biking, abseiling or rock climbing on Mount Buller, and canoeing, kayaking or white water rafting on the Howqua and Delatite Rivers. Take to the waters of Lake Eildon or Lake Nillahcootie for waterskiing, sailing or fishing.
Four-wheel drive tours are an exhilarating way to explore the High Country, or relive moments from The Man from Snowy River by horse riding over the mountain pastures.
Mansfield's altitude has a dizzying effect on regional vineyards,which produce rich, weighty chardonnay, crisp Riesling and superb sparkling wines. Nearby King Valley features unforgettable food and wine experiences.
Raise your glass to the Upper Goulburn Wine Region at the the Tour de Flavour in March, the Upper Goulburn Vintage Celebrations in April, and the High Country Harvest Festival in May.
Mansfield is 185 kilometres north-east of Melbourne or about two hours from Melbourne, via the scenic Melba, Goulburn Valley and Maroondah highways.