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.
Post Office Complex, 36 Clyde St; (03) 5755 0514 or 1800 111 885
Nearby national parks
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 kmTwo 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 kmHigh 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 kmWodonga-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 kmBogong 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 kmThe 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
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Cafes & restaurants around town
Bridge Road Brewers 23 kmBen 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 kmThe 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
Lake Catani camping area 21 kmIt’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
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AH Youngs camping area 28 kmIt 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 kmBlades 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 kmIn 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 kmThis 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 kmThe 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
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Abbeyards camping area 39 kmRiverside 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
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Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
Eco-friendly places to stay around town
The Buckland, Bright 26 kmWith 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 kmThis 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
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.
29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)
Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.
T/O to Markwood
Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.
Freeburgh park area 36 km
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
Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.
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.