Lake Buffalo Drive
Such a lovely drive and without a doubt one of the most scenic lakes in Victoria. Go along the Great Alpine Road (B500) to Myrtleford, then left into Standish St which turns in to the Buffalo River Rd leading to the lake. Fishing, boating, water skiing, designated swimming and picnic areas are all available for your leisure at the lake. Sensational spot for a picnic! (From Bright its 100km round trip, all sealed road).
Gapsted Pass (300m High) is the first Vista that many tourists see when they enter the Alpine Shire. They drive over a rise on the Great Alpine Road and suddenly get their first glimpse of beautiful Mount Buffalo on the horizon. They move from a background of brown and yellow farmers’ fields to a natural surrounding of blue and green undergrowth. The remarkable change of vision is their stunning introduction to the Alpine Shire.
Mount Stanley Drive
The starting point for Mount Stanley (600m High) is Myrtleford via Barwidgee Creek to Wally’s Jeep Track, which leads to the Mount Stanley Scenic Reserve. This is one of the prettiest spots in the Alpine Shire. Nearby is the Stanley State Forest, and in the opposite direction is the hamlet of Mudgegonga. Take camera and picnic basket for the reserve.
Mount Buffalo Drive
Drive to the top of Mount Buffalo for fantastic views of the High Country and the Alps. The Horn, at 1723mtrs, is the highest spot within Mount Buffalo National Park. The Chalet, with its nearby Gorge lookouts, and picnic area, is 1300mtrs high – the same elevation as the nearby Lake Catani. Mount Buffalo escarpment can be seen along much of the Ovens Valley. Chains may be required some days during the winter months.
Alpine Discovery Loop
Start your Alpine discovery loop from Bright and travel over the Tawonga Gap to the Kiewa Valley Highway and Mount Beauty then take the Bogong High Plains Road to Falls Creek. Your journey will take you past Bogong Village, located half way along the drive between Mount Beauty and Falls Creek, and Fainter Falls, both definitely worth dropping in to stretch your legs. Continue on and travel through Falls Creek, following the sign to Omeo. 7.7kms past Rocky Valley Dam travel you may take a short walk to our oldest still standing cattleman’s Hut – Wallace’s Hut, set amongst a magnificent display of snow gums. Just a little further along and also a short walk from the road is Cope Hut. Travel further South to Anglers Rest and then through to Omeo, a town which boasts a fascinating gold mining history. After leaving Omeo on the Great Alpine Road, look for the turn off on the right to Victoria Falls Oriental claim, a site of original Chinese Diggings. Stop into Dinner Plain, a high altitude village snuggled between the snowgums, for a coffee, year round activities and a look around the village with its unique housing, cafes and restaurants. Continue on through Mount Hotham, the highest sealed road in Australia that is open year round, and back down the mountain to Harrietville. From Harrietville a leisurely drive back to Bright. Driving 240 km on some of Australia’s highest roads, the loop would take you 5 hours without stopping.
Beveridge Station / Buckland River 4WD
Just before Bright drive down the famous Buckland Valley, heading in a Southerly direction for 35kms and enjoying views of the scenic face of Mount Buffalo along the way. Rich in history, it is a great place to visit to learn and reflect of days gone by. Named after the Beveridge brothers who had large parcels of land accessing the Alpine High Country. Many tracks venturing out to the national park are accessible from this end of the valley so make sure you take a map and check them out.
Goldie Spur Track
Goldie Spur track follows the SEC easement. The historic Goldie Spur track now follows the power line easement across mountainous forest. Skirting the southern edge of Mount Buffalo National Park (no access to Mount Buffalo National Park from here). Spectacular views to the rocky outcrops of the Horn and Back Wall.