The picture-book alpine village of Mount Beauty more than lives up to its name from its prime location at the foot of Mount Bogong, Victoria's highest mountain.
Tucked into the fertile Kiewa Valley, Mount Beauty is surrounded by welcoming farm gates offering the freshest locally-grown produce, tranquil Kiewa River with its abundant fish, and a handful of wineries making the most of the distinct terroir. Combine premium sparkling wines with a gourmet lunch in stunning surrounds at Annapurna Wines or gobble up French fare and pinot noir at Bogong Estate.
The stunning Alpine National Park offers excellent hiking and mountain biking and some of the freshest air you'll breathe. The High Plains and their historic huts are best explored on horseback in honour of the courageous and skilled cattlemen who once roamed the High Country.
Mount Beauty's proximity to the ski resort of Falls Creek makes it a great place for wintery weekends, skiing and snowboarding on the mountain and staying in the village's indulgent alternatives to on-mountain accommodation.
Mount Beauty rocks out to blues, roots and world music at its annual music festival each April.
Magnificent views of Mount Bogong and the Mount Beauty village can be seen from Tawonga Gap, and the scenery is increasingly breathtaking on the 230-kilometre Bogong Alpine Way (part of the Great Alpine Road), looping through Bright, Mount Beauty, Falls Creek and over Mount Hotham.
Mount Beauty is almost 400 kilometres or four hours from Melbourne on the Hume Highway.