Mount Beauty

Falls Creek, Tourism Victoria

Population 1705

At the foot of Mount Bogong, Victoria's highest mountain at 1986 metres, Mount Beauty was originally an accommodation town for workers on the Kiewa Hydro-electric Scheme. Today, the town is regarded as an adventure mecca and a focal point for a variety of adventure activities, with mountain-biking, hang-gliding and bushwalking just a few on offer. The pairing of adventure with more leisuirely outdoor activities like golf, swimming and fishing makes Mount Beauty an ideal holiday destination.

Visitor Information

31 Bogong High Plains Rd; (03) 5755 0596 or 1800 111 885

Nearby national parks

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In Town

Mt Beauty Pondage: for watersports and fishing; just north of Main St.

Wineries: cool-climate vineyards at Annapurna Estate, Bogong Estate and Recline.

Scenic walks: several scenic walking tracks; details from visitor centre.


Alpine National Park Covering 646 000 ha in 4 sections, this is Victoria's largest park, containing the highest mountains in the state. Most of Australia's south-east rivers, including the mighty Murray, have their source here. The area is known for its outstanding snowfields during winter, and bushwalking and wildflowers in summer. Other activities include horseriding, canoeing, rafting and mountain-bike riding. 30 km SE.

Falls Creek Surrounded by Alpine National Park, Falls Creek is a winter playground for downhill and cross-country skiers. When the snow is falling, the ski resort caters for skiers and snowboarders with a variety of runs and terrain, including some to suit beginners. Novelty tours are also available, such as the Snowmobile Tours. Each Aug, Falls Creek hosts the Kangaroo Hoppet cross-country ski race. In spring and summer, take a walk on the Bogong High Plains or fly-fish in one of the lakes and rivers nearby; 30 km SE.

Tawonga Gap: features a lookout over valleys; 13 km NW.

Bogong: scenic walks around Lake Guy and nearby Clover Arboretum for picnics; 15 km SE.

Scenic drives: to Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains (not accessible in winter beyond Falls Creek); details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Guy 8 km

Bogong Village is little more than a collection of workers’ bunkhouses converted for outdoor adventure students, a few houses and some corrugated iron garages. The hamlet is set on a steep slope, and as you follow... Find out more

Falls Creek 18 km

Rocky Valley reservoir at Falls Creek has been used as a venue for state and national fly-fishing championships. Trout to 3 kg have been caught from the shore. Bait fishing using ultra-light rods and rigs is deadly... Find out more

Kiewa River 22 km

High Country waterways are popular with fly-fishers looking for gin-clear water with good numbers of trout. In this regard, the Kiewa River near Mount Beauty rates as one of the State’s best waters, although it... Find out more

Lower Mitta Mitta 33 km

Wodonga-based fly-fishing guide Scott McPherson accompanied me on one trip on the lower Mitta Mitta. We were wading a stretch of river near Eskdale early in the morning. I recommend not only waders for this activity, but... Find out more

Lake Dartmouth 39 km

Lake Dartmouth holds self-sustaining populations of both brown and rainbow trout. The lake was formed in 1979 when an embankment was built on the Mitta Mitta River. Trout and the threatened Macquarie perch thrived in the... Find out more

Omeo Valley 41 km

The Upper Mitta Mitta River at Angler’s Rest appears to go the ‘wrong’ way, as it travels south to reach Dartmouth reservoir, far to the north. It flows out of the Bogong High Plains and down the Omeo... Find out more

Lake Buffalo 46 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

Nariel Creek 71 km

A favourite dry fly among fly-fishers casting to rising trout in the Snowy Mountains and north-east Victoria is the Geehi beetle. This marvellous pattern is named after a non- existent beetle. It’s a fly that trout... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cross-country skiing - Victoria's High Country 17 km

The home of our national cross-country team, Falls Creek is probably the best place to crosscountry ski. It has 65 kilometres of groomed tracks, catering to beginners and intermediate skiers, as well as marked trails on... Find out more

Kayaking around Bright 19 km

The operator 5 Star Adventure Tours offers a huge range of eco-accredited tours and activities in the High Country, particularly targeting those who like a few little luxuries on the way. One of the most popular trips is... Find out more

Rafting - Mitta Mitta and Murray Rivers 40 km

Adventure Rafting Victoria only takes a few months off, from April to June, and runs exciting day trips down the foaming Murray Gates, and two-night paddles down the Mitta Mitta, staying overnight in the legendary Blue... Find out more

Bushwalking Alpine National Park 52 km

Covering a vast 6460 square kilometres, this is Victoria’s largest national park and cradles the state’s highest mountains and dramatic alpine scenery, as well as the major downhill skiing resorts. The park... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bright Brewery 19 km

The original Bright Brewery shut down in 1916 and this modern incarnation was started by a quartet of ‘ale changers’ – couples David and Julie Cocks, and Scott Brandon and Fiona Reddaway – some 90... Find out more

Bridge Road Brewers 61 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mountain Creek camping area (Bogong area) 9 km

Mountain Creek is about 15 km east of Tawonga, which is down the road from Mt Beauty – from the Kiewa Valley Hwy south of Tawonga, head east for 10 km on Mountain Creek Rd. Most people come here to climb... Find out more

Langford West camping area (Bogong area) 24 km

This camping area is right up on the fabulous Bogong High Plains, about 14 km south of Falls Creek via Bogong High Plains Rd. Mountain-bikers will want to head north from here up the Langford West and Langford East... Find out more

Raspberry Hill camping area (Bogong area) 26 km

About 3 km south of Langford West lies Raspberry Hill, off the Bogong High Plains Rd. Use this as a base while you decide which of the area’s fine walking tracks to tackle next. For a view out over Falls Creek and... Find out more

Buckety Plain camping area (Bogong area) 26 km

The camping area at Buckety Plain is situated near Faithfuls Hut, which is for emergency accommodation only. Buckety Plain is 18 km south of Falls Creek, and a couple of kilometres beyond the Raspberry Hill camping area.... Find out more

Lightning Creek camping area 26 km

This roadside camping area is a nice spot to pull over for a snooze while admiring the great scenery along the Omeo Hwy. It’s beside Lightning Creek some 20 km south of the small settlement of Mitta Mitta, and is... Find out more

AH Youngs camping area 29 km

It was gold that drew people to the Buckland River in the 1850s, but now it’s the scenic landscape of Victoria’s High Country. AH Youngs at Maguire Point, 18 km down Buckland River Rd from the Great Alpine Rd... Find out more

Snowy Creek camping area 29 km

If you’re wandering down the Omeo Hwy, consider detouring onto Holloways Log Rd, 12 km south of Mitta Mitta, and stopping for the night at the Snowy Creek camping area. Cool yourself in a mountain stream or go... Find out more

Buckland River Valley camping areas 30 km

It’s permissible to pitch a tent between Buckland River Rd and the river itself, except on privately owned land. Once you’ve selected your campsite, you can concentrate on enjoying the fresh mountain air and... Find out more

Big River Bridge camping area 31 km

The Glen Valley area is squeezed between 2 chunks of Alpine National Park forest. The Omeo Hwy negotiates this valley and you can camp just off the road here near Big River Bridge, 42 km north of Omeo. It’s common... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Hume Tourist Park 72 km

On the shores of Lake Hume and 14 km from Albury, this park makes an ideal holiday base. It features a store, with a good takeaway-food selection. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Odd Frog, Bright 19 km

This place comprises five funky new luxury studios on a 4-hectare Land for Wildlife property. The studios have been architecturally designed to have minimal impact on the environment, with thought even given to their... Find out more

The Buckland, Bright 25 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

Freeburgh park area 13 km

At Freeburgh

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

Harrietville park area 19 km

At Harrietville

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Information Board park area 24 km

35km SE of Bright (L) or 74km NW of Omeo (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway.

Dannys Lookout Park Area 27 km

51 km SE of Bright (L) or 58 km NW of Omeo (R)

Small area adjacent to the road.

Eurobin rest area 30 km

17km SE of Myrtleford (L) or 15km NW of Bright (R)

Just off the highway at the old railway station site.

Victoria Falls camping area 45 km

89km SE of Bright (L) or 20km NW of Omeo (R)

Secluded area 600m off the road.

Myrtleford park area 46 km

At Myrtleford

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

Lookout rest area 54 km

102km SE of Bright (L) or 7km NW of Omeo (R)

Just off the road at the lookout.

Oriental Claims park area 54 km

107km SE of Bright (L) or 2km NW of Omeo (R)

At a historical site beside a creek 500m off the highway.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 60 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Pioneer Bridges rest area 67 km

T/O to Markwood

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

What's on around town

Markets: Hollonds St; 1st Sat each month.

Bogong Cup: Jan.

MTBA National Series: mountain-biking championships; Jan.

Music Muster: Apr.

Mitta Mitta to Mount Beauty Mountain Bike Challenge: Oct.

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