As more and more people realise the raw beauty and endless activities available in the Mansfield-Mt Buller region, inevitably more people flock to the area for holidays. Gone are the days of Mansfield being a snow town - only used in winter - as walking, swimming, camping and four-wheel-driving take over during summer in particular.
But you don't want to join the hoards, do you? You want to sit back and feel the serenity of this cluster of small country towns. Luckily, we have the answer! Take the road less travelled and discover the quieter achievers - the humble eateries, the idyllic swimming spots and 'further out' accommodation. We promise, you won't be disappointed.
Day 2 - Eat
The Mt Stirling Cafe is located along the Australian Alpine Epic. Here you can grab some lunch and test the friendly staff on their local knowledge.
Day 3 - Eat
If breakfast is your favourite meal of the day, you're going to love George & Al Roy. Think all things BBQ and then some; burgers, brisket, wings, waffles...
Day 3 - Do
Enter the High Country Maze and find pixie faces hiding in the hedge, outdoor games and snack bar. Here or the next stop you can enjoy your Produce Store picnic lunch.
Day 3 - Do
Relax at the shores of the majestic Lake Eildon. Picnic Point has all the facilities you need for the afternoon and plenty of room to swim to your heart's content.
Oh, the places you'll go...
|Day 1||Jamieson Caravan Park||-||Stay||Offers volleyball field, basketball hoop, table tennis table, swimming pool and is scenically situated right on the river.|
|Courthouse Hotel||2 min/ 600 m||Eat||Dine just 2 minutes down the road at this 150- year-old historic hotel.|
|Day 2||Jamieson General Store||2 min/ 550 m||Eat||Enjoy a hearty breakky and pick up some old fashioned snacks for the day ahead|
|Gnome House and Gnome Roam||1 h/ 62 km||Do||Pick up a map at the Mansfield VIC and do the quirky (and famous) gnome roam at Mt Buller.|
|Mt Stirling Cafe||31 m/ 13 km||Eat||Located along the Australian Alpine Epic, grab some lunch and enjoy that High Country Hospitality.|
|Granny's Flat Camping Area||1 h 15 m/ 73 km||Do||Relax by a beautiful part of the Jamieson River - have a swim, read a book and enjoy afternoon tea.|
|Jamieson Brewery and Grill||16 m/ 11 km||Eat||One of the first micro-breweries in Victoria, the Jamieson Brewery offers quality ales and a hearty pub-style dinner.|
|Day 3||George & Al Roy||31 m/ 37 km||Eat||Think all things BBQ and more; burgers, brisket, wings, waffles, mac & cheese croquettes and more!|
|The Produce Store||3 m/ 800 m||Do||Pick up lunch for your next stop - local/ seasonal produce, delicious in-house goods and mouthwatering platters.|
|High Country Maze||16 m/ 19 km||Eat/ Do||Explore the maze, enjoy outdoor games and a coffee bar which also serves ice cream, cold drinks and snacks. Eat your picnic lunch here or the next stop.|
|Picnic Point at Goughs Bay||3 m/ 2.4 km||Do||Relax at the shores of the majestic Lake Eildon with all the facilities you need.|
|Jamieson Caravan Park||29 m/ 33 km||Eat||Enjoy a BBQ dinner back 'home.' Perhaps a twilight hit of tennis or swim if it's a warm night?|
|Day 4||Cafe Forty One||33 m/ 37 km||Eat||Enjoy a home cooked breakfast in the courtyard or sit inside and admire the historical photos adorning the walls.|
|GVRT - Mansfield Loop||5 min/ 2.2 km||Do||Start at the Visitor Information Centre and explore the Great Victorian Rail Trail as much or as little as you like.|
|Mansfield Sweets||5 min/ 2 km||Do||Pop into Mansfield Sweets and choose the perfect treat for the ride home.|
|Delatite Winery||12 min/ 10 km||Eat||Share a platter (or book in at their new cellar door, coming Jan 2021), taste their delicious cool climate wines and drink in the uninterrupted views to Mt Buller.|