Troopers' Monument, Tourism Victoria

Population 3067

Mansfield is located in Victoria’s High Country at the junction of the Midland and Maroondah highways. It is within easy reach of Lake Eildon’s network of rivers, Alpine National Park and Mansfield State Forest. Activities ranging from hiking to horseriding to skiing make it an ideal destination for anyone with a love of outdoor adventure, no matter what the season.

Visitor Information

175 High St; (03) 5775 7000 or 1800 039 049

Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • Chiltern–Mount Pilot National Park

    This is old goldmining country, and eroded gullies, scattered relics and old mine shafts recall the heady days of the 1850s. The park...more

Nearby towns

  • Eildon

    Eildon established itself as a town to service dam workers, and later holiday-makers, when the Goulburn River was dammed to create Lake...more

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra was apparently named after Alexandra, Princess of Wales, although, coincidentally, three men named Alexander discovered gold here...more

  • Benalla

    Motorists from Melbourne entering Benalla will notice the Rose Gardens positioned beside the highway a short distance before Lake Benalla –...more

In Town

Troopers' Monument: monument to police officers shot by Ned Kelly at Stringybark Creek; Cnr High St and Midland Hwy.

Mansfield Mullum Wetlands Walk: along reclaimed railway line; starts from behind the visitor centre.

Self-guide town walk: take in many buildings of historical significance.


Mt Buller Victoria's largest and best alpine skiing resort is Mt Buller, whose summit stands 1804 m above sea level. The 24 lifts, including the 6-seater Holden chairlift (first of its kind in Australia), give access to 180 ha of ski trails, from gentle 'family runs' to heart-stopping double black diamond chutes. If you are a beginner, take on the friendly Bourke Street (Green Run) to find your 'ski legs', or join one of the ski schools there. There is also a half pipe at Boggy Creek and Terrain Park, or cross-country skiing at nearby Mt Stirling. Mt Buller Village offers resort accommodation, and the ski season runs between early June and late Sept. (03) 5777 6077; 47 km E.

Craig's Hut The High Country is synonymous with courageous and hardy cattlemen, transformed into Australian legends by Banjo Paterson's iconic ballad 'The Man from Snowy River'. The men would build huts on the high plains for shelter during summer cattle drives. Craig's Hut on Mt Stirling is a replica of one such shelter, used as a set on the 1983 film The Man from Snowy River. It burnt down in the 2006 bushfires, but was rebuilt and reopened in January 2008. The last 2 km of the track to the hut is 4WD or 1.5 km via a fairly steep walking track. 50 km E.

Delatite Winery: Stoneys Rd; 7 km SE.

Mt Samaria State Park: scenic drives, camping and bushwalking; 14 km N.

Lake Eildon: houseboat hire, fishing and sailing; 15 km S; see Eildon for further details.

Lake Nillahcootie: popular for boating, fishing and watersports; 20 km NW.

Jamieson: an old goldmining town on the Jamieson River with historic buildings; 37 km S.

Alpine National Park: begins around 40 km SE (see Mount Beauty).

Scenic drive: take the road over the mountains to Whitfield (62 km NE), in the King River Valley, passing through spectacular scenery, including Powers Lookout (48 km NE) for views over the valley.

Lake William Hovell: for boating and fishing; 85 km NE.

Mt Skene: great for bushwalking, with wildflowers in summer; 85 km SE via Jamieson.

Fishing: good spots include the Delatite, Howqua, Jamieson and Goulburn rivers.

Horse trail-riding: a different way to explore the region, from 2 hr rides to 10-day treks; details from visitor centre.

Mountain-biking: summer months reveal an expanding network of downhill and cross-country trails at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Eildon 23 km

Lake Eildon is Victoria’s most popular freshwater fishing spot. Part of its popularity is due to its proximity to metropolitan Melbourne. Lilydale is just a 90 min drive away, either over the Black Spur or via Yea.... Find out more

Eildon Pondage 25 km

Boating is not allowed on Eildon Pondage, which is just below the dam wall at Eildon. Nevertheless, it is one of the most heavily fished waters in the state and is an ideal family spot, with barbecues and toilet... Find out more

Rubicon River 36 km

The Rubicon, one of Victoria’s legendary trout waters, is popular with trout anglers who fish using all methods available. Rising in forested hills with a steep gradient in the headwaters, the river varies from... Find out more

Goulburn River 40 km

The Goulburn River from Eildon Pondage to Alexandra is one of the most popular stretches of trout water in Victoria. Places like Thornton, ‘Gilmore’s Bridge’ and the Breakaway, where the Acheron River... Find out more

Lake Buffalo 63 km

Two productive lakes in this region are Lake Buffalo, 20 km south of Myrtleford, and Lake William Hovell, 60 km south of Wangaratta. Both waters have boat-launching facilities, but fishing here can be difficult during... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 80 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Mansfield Hotel

This central 1862-built country hotel has been recently renovated, with big glass doors opening onto a rear courtyard that is shaded in summer for dining by a century-old pin-oak. There’s a playground for children... Find out more

Mansfield Regional 
Produce Store

Three yellow umbrellas identify this popular produce store and cafe housed in an 1895 building with high cathedral ceilings and exposed beams. Known locally as ‘the proddy’, it oozes colour and character with... Find out more

Jamieson Brewery

There was a Jamieson Brewery in this historic town during the gold-rush days of the 1850s – in fact there were three. Brewer Jeff White and his wife, Jeanette, built the new brewery in 2001 and today brew six... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Jamieson Brewery 26 km

Looking for a drawcard to attract tourists to their Victorian High Country pub, owners Jeff and Jeanette Whyte installed a microbrewery into the Jamieson Hotel and started knocking out house beers in 2001. The equipment... Find out more

Campsites around town

Blue Range camping area 13 km

Follow the Mansfield–Whitfield Rd north from Mansfield, continue north on Walker Rd, then turn onto Blue Range Creek Rd and you’ll soon come to the Blue Range camping reserve. This is a small creekside site... Find out more

Delatite Arm Reserve camping areas 13 km

There are some far-flung campsites adjacent to the softwood plantations on Delatite Arm, at the north-eastern extremity of Lake Eildon National Park. You can reach these dispersed lakeside sites by travelling to Goughs... Find out more

Camphora camping area (walk-in camping) 19 km

After taking the signposted access route of Mt Samaria Rd, you’ll need to park the car or bike and walk the remaining 500 m to the Camphora site. After you’ve set up your camp, continue south down Mt Samaria... Find out more

Spring Creek Sawmill camping area 20 km

At the Spring Creek Sawmill site, you’ll find what’s left of the substantial timber-cutting operation that began working the forest here in the 1920s, including several kilns. Near here is the beginning of a... Find out more

Wild Dog Creek Falls camping area (walk-in camping) 21 km

Along the walking track leading from Mt Samaria Rd over to Wild Dog Falls is the falls campground, set within a grove of blue gums. The cascades themselves are well worth a look, particularly as there’s an... Find out more

Buttercup Creek campsites 1–3 21 km

Three sites with varying facilities have been staked out next to Buttercup Creek, each of them signposted off Buttercup Rd.  Go rambling or cycling down the trails in the surrounding forest. While you’re in... Find out more

Toombullup East School Site camping area 22 km

The Toombullup East School Site camping area is one of several overnight sites that have been established in the low-key Toombullup Ranges, which lie to the south-east of the small town of Tatong, south of Benalla. The... Find out more

Stringybark Creek camping area 23 km

This camping area is in the lovely Toombullup Ranges, about 30 km south of Tatong and reached via the Tatong–Tolmie Rd. It’s adjacent to a reserve centred on the spot beside Stringybark Creek where the Kelly... Find out more

Coopers Point camping area (boat-based camping) 23 km

A boat trip is your only option for getting out to Coopers Point on the eastern shoreline of Lake Eildon, just to the west of Mt Enterprise. Before paddling or motoring out of Coller Bay, check with the national park... Find out more

Mountaineer Creek camping area (walk-in and boat-based camping) 23 km

Mountaineer Creek is up in the northern section of Lake Eildon National Park, where you can really get away from it all. The camping area is situated on peaceful Stone Bay and can only be accessed by boat or on foot.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Honeysuckle Caravan Village 56 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Freeway, this smaller park has good facilities and is ideal for a one- or two-night stay in this quiet rural environment.... Find out more

Euroa Caravan and Cabin Park 56 km

Just a short walk to the centre of town, this park stretches along the banks of the creek. It is a good spot in a lovely setting and has a large number of tourist sites. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 81 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Burnt Creek Cottages

Located on 16 hectares of farmland just 10 minutes by car from Mansfield, these six one- and two-bedroom cottages are comfortably furnished with all mod cons for a comfortable short- or long-term stay. All have king-size... Find out more

Highton Manor

One of the earliest buildings in the High Country, this imposing Italianate manor house was built by the Highett family from Dorset in England. It took 20 years to complete and was finished in 1896, with uninterrupted... Find out more

Magnolia Gourmet Country House

This gracious century-old cottage offers simple comfortable accommodation upstairs in two attic rooms, with views from front balconies over the established garden and 110-year-old magnolia tree. Both rooms have TV,... Find out more

Wombat Hills Cottages

About 20 kilometres from Mansfield – but 300 metres above it, between Barwite and Tolmie – this country accommodation enjoys stunning mountain views behind Lake Eildon. It comprises three romantic stone... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Buckland, Bright 79 km

With the same architect as The Odd Frog, The Buckland’s four luxury studio retreats have similar eco-design principles, and thousands of trees have been planted on the site. They are also powered by green energy.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Koriella rest area 40 km

25km E of Yea (L) or 6km NW of Alexandra (R)

Large area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.

Sheepwash Lagoon rest area 52 km

11km E of Yea (R) or 20km W of Alexandra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.      

Balmattum rest area 55 km

62km NE of Seymour (L)  

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Yea East rest area 60 km

1km E of Yea (R) or 30km W of Alexandra (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Mokoan No. 1 rest area 61 km

27km SW of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the highway among trees. For southbound only.

Casey Weir rest area 65 km

9km NW of Benalla (L) or 52km SE of Shepparton (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Broken River.

King Parrot Creek rest area 74 km

21km SE of Seymour (L) or 17km NW of Yea (R)

Well off the highway under some large trees.

Nalinga rest area 77 km

33km NW of Benalla (L) or 28km SE of Shepparton (R)

Large area just off the highway among a few trees.

Pioneer Bridges rest area 78 km

T/O to Markwood

Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.

Myrtleford park area 78 km

At Myrtleford

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 79 km

29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Coach Road rest area 79 km

89km S of Benalla (L)

Just off the freeway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Trawool rest area 79 km

10km SE of Seymour (L) or 28km NW of Yea (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Produce Swap: Snowgum Nursery, High St; Sat.

Merrijig Twilight Rodeo

and Picinic in the Park

: Mar.

High Country Spring Arts Festival: Oct–Nov.

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