Ovens River, Ken Stepnell

Population 2726

Myrtleford is a pretty town in Victoria's alpine High Country. Originally called Myrtle Creek Run in the early 1800s, it is a thriving agricultural district and gateway to Mount Hotham.

Visitor Information

Post Office Complex, 36 Clyde St; (03) 5755 0514 or 1800 111 885

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In Town

The Phoenix Tree: a sculpture created by Hans Knorr from the trunk of a red gum; Lions Park.

The Big Tree: a huge old red gum; Smith St.

Old School: the town's original school, now fully restored; open Thurs, Sun or by appt; Albert St.

Swing Bridge over Myrtle Creek: Standish St.

Reform Hill Lookout: a scenic walking track from Elgin St leads to the lookout, which has great views across town; end of Halls Rd.

Parks: Rotary Park in Myrtle St and Apex Park in Standish St are both delightful picnic spots.

Michelini Wines: Great Alpine Rd.

Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail: the cycle touring loop from Bright to Wangaratta runs through the town.


Mt Buffalo National Park: 7 km S; see Bright.

Wineries: several in the region, including Rosewhite Vineyards and Winery; open weekends, public holidays and throughout Jan; Happy Valley Rd; 8 km SE.

Gapsted: home to the Victorian Alps Winery, offers tours and sales; 8 km NW.

Eurobin: a number of farms near the town with sales of local produce, including Red Stag Deer Farm and Bright Berry Farm, offering homemade jams and berries Dec–Mar; 16 km SE.

Fishing: in the Ovens and Buffalo rivers and Lake Buffalo (25 km S).

Fishing spots near town

Lake Buffalo 19 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

Kiewa River 31 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 49 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 Guy 52 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kayaking around Bright 28 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

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 43 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

The Butter Factory

Housed in a converted 1906 butter factory, this charming produce store/cafe sources good local produce in season to make their own jams, sauces, preserved lemons and more. They hand-churn their own ice-cream, make their... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bridge Road Brewers 23 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

Bright Brewery 28 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

Campsites around town

Nug Nug Reserve camping area 11 km

This picturesque camping area has plenty of sites to spread out in, and facilities that include cold showers. There are also concrete tennis courts if you tire of water-based activities. Right next door is Mt Buffalo... Find out more

Lake Catani camping area 21 km

It’s possible to camp among the snow gums on the eastern side of Lake Catani. From Lake Catani, cycle or stroll the 2 km track leading to the Gorge, where there are some sublime views of distant mountains. The... Find out more

Stanley Forest camping areas 25 km

Numerous camping areas have been cleared alongside Yackandandah Creek – access is off Yack Gate Rd and Number One Rd. Make sure your chosen campsite is at least 20 m away from the creek or any other watercourse.... Find out more

AH Youngs camping area 28 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

Blades camping area 29 km

Blades is one of several riverside camping areas you can access by following Buffalo River Rd south from Myrtleford, turning onto Abbeyards Rd, and then watching for the signposted access tracks about 14 km beyond Lake... Find out more

Reedy Creek camping area 30 km

In the southern section of the national park, several bush-camping sites are scattered alongside Reedy Creek, which winds from near Woolshed Falls to the fancifully named Eldorado gold dredge. To get here, take the road... Find out more

Tea-Tree camping area 31 km

This is another of the fine riverside camping areas signposted off Abbeyards Rd south of Lake Buffalo. Anglers pursuing the stocks of trout in the Buffalo River are common visitors to this part of the tangled state... Find out more

Manna Gum camping area 32 km

The Manna Gum camping area is accessed off Abbeyards Rd in Buffalo River State Forest, which is 35 km south of the township of Myrtleford. Bring firewood and water with you on the drive down to the Buffalo River.... Find out more

Buckland River Valley camping areas 36 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

Abbeyards camping area 39 km

Riverside tent and camper trailer sites are on offer at Abbeyards, another of the camping areas scattered off Abbeyards Rd in Buffalo River State Forest. Go fishing for trout, have a refreshing dip or just laze by the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

North Cedars Holiday Park 42 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 42 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

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 51 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Motel on Alpine

This traditional 17-room motel has four levels of accommodation, from corporate, garden and family to the up-market premium. Outdoor facilities include a pool, spa and communal barbecue area. Guests who might like more... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Buckland, Bright 26 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

The Odd Frog, Bright 29 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

Rest areas around town

Myrtleford park area 1 km

At Myrtleford

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

Eurobin rest area 15 km

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

Just off the highway at the old railway station site.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 15 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Pioneer Bridges rest area 22 km

T/O to Markwood

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

Freeburgh park area 36 km

At Freeburgh

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

Ironbark rest area 47 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Chiltern rest area 47 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Harrietville park area 48 km

At Harrietville

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Information Board park area 52 km

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

Small area adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Market: local produce; Great Alpine Rd; each Sat Jan–Apr.

Alpine Classic Bike Ride: to Bright; Jan.

Myrtleford Festival: Mar.

Golden Spurs Rodeo: Dec.

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