King Valley/Victorian High Country tour itinerary
This seven-day guided tour explores the King Valley and the Victorian High Country: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine, good company, with an Italian twist!
Arrival at your 4-star hotel in Milawa. After checking in, we'll have an aperitivo and then dinner at a celebrated nearby restaurant, that is all about local produce and local food.
The first walk is a loop that covers many of the Mount Buffalo Plateau’s most recognisable landmarks. We start at the gorge, with its spectacular views north, pass pretty Lake Catani and then follow a small trail that loops through beautiful alpine bush to a lookout, where we'll have lunch. 12 kms, 4 hours. On the way back to base we will stop to visit Bright, one of the prettiest towns in the region. We'll have dinner at the hotel's excellent restaurant.
This morning we continue our exploration of the King Valley, driving to the south of the valley for beautiful walk that goes along the ridge that divides the King Valley from the Myhree Valley, enjoying spectacular views across the valleys and mountains. 11 kms, 3.5 hrs. We'll have one of the most important wineries in the valley for a hands-on cooking class. After a wine-tasting, we'll enjoy our lunch. Back at base the rest of the afternoon is free. We'll have dinner at a nearby restaurant a short walk from the hotel.
After a short drive (30 mins) we come to the gorgeous goldrush town of Beechworth. We’ll start our visit by taking a pretty walk through the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park past cascades, waterfalls, rocky granite outcrops and farmlands to Beechworth. 8 kms, 2.5 hours. You'll have time to brouse the shops before a light lunch. After lunch, we’ll be taken on a guided walk around the town. We’ll have a dinner at a local restaurant.
Taking advantage of a range of microclimates, from the warmer valley floors to the bracingly cool upper slopes, the King Valley has become known as Australia’s home of Italian wine varietals. Neighbouring Milawa has been classified as Australia’s first ‘gourmet region’ for the equality and diversity of its produce. More than enough to fill today’s wine and food tour, which includes a generous lunch at one of the Italian vineyards. We’ll have a light dinner at our accommodation.
The last walk is a spectacular finale: a loop walk above Falls Creek following a trail that starts at a small lake and meanders across classic high country, with spectacular views to Feathertop, Hotham and even Kosciuszko, if we are lucky. We'll have lunch at an historic hut, before heading back. 9 kms, 4 hours. After driving back to base, the afternoon is free. Our final dinner will be at our accommodation's restaurant.
After breakfast, you’ll be free to continue your holiday.
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A seven-day gourmet walking tour in the King Valley
13 February to 19 February, 2022
Due to demand, we have added an extra tour.
Tour Size10 people
Single supplement: $350
- 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation (an historic guesthouse in village centre)
- All breakfasts, all lunches and dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- Private cooking lesson
- Private guided tour of a number of vineyards and food producers
- All paid admissions during the tour
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I think the tour went really well. We had a very harmonious group. The walks were varied and all very beautiful. We ate well, and probably too well at times! I will be happy to do some more walking with Hidden Italy.
– Assunta Hunter, 2021View all Testimonials ›