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The Victorian high country in Autumn is a feast for the senses – spectacular mountain vistas, the splendour of the Autumn leaves, and the tastes of fresh seasonal produce. This 6 day, 5 night tour is bound to delight, and leave you with vivid memories of colour and grandeur and warm holiday experiences.

 

Day 1 – Canberra to Marlo – L

aerial view of river mouth with sand banks and small town amongst trees

The mouth of the Snowy River at Marlo

After our early morning pick-ups, we have a coffee stop in Cooma, then we cruise down the Monaro and Snowy Mountains Highways to Bombala for lunch at a surprise location! Here at Gang Gang Tours we are pretty fond of the Snowy River in the high country of New South Wales, and today we end our journey at Marlo in Victoria, situated on the beautiful mouth of the Snowy. Dinner is at The Marlo Hotel.

Stay at The Marlo Hotel, 19 Argyle Parade P: (03) 5154 8201 and Marlo Hideaway, 27 Marlo Rd P: (03) 5154 8231

 

Day 2 – Marlo to Bright – B,L

winding mountain road along ridge top

The Great Alpine Road

Today we have a most spectacular drive along the Great Alpine Road via Omeo, Dinner Plain, Mt Hotham and Harrietville to Bright. This road is certainly called ‘Great’ for a reason. The high alpine scenery is just amazing, and the road reaches its peak at 1840m above sea level along magnificent ridge lines near Mt Hotham, which is also where we will have lunch. After checking into our accommodation at the best motel in Bright, we will have dinner at the Alpine Hotel.

small town nestled in mountain valley with autumn colours and sun rising behind mountain

Beautiful Bright in Autumn

Stay at Bright Colonial Motel, 56 Gavan St P: (03) 5755 1633

 

Day 3 – Bright Autumn Festival Gala Day – B

red vintage car and spectators in front of historic church and autumn leaves

The Grand Parade

Today is Bright’s big day – the culmination of the Autumn Festival – and we get to experience it all! The Rotary Market from 9am – 1pm, the Grand Parade after lunch, and the open gardens of private homes. There will be many more activities on offer, so have a look at their website HERE to view the 2024 program for the Bright Autumn Festival and Gala Day. Dinner in Bright.

Stay at Bright Colonial Motel, 56 Gavan St P: (03) 5755 1633

 

Day 4 – Bright and Wandiligong – B

three men and one toddler sitting on wooden apple box in apple orchard

Nightingale Bros Wandiligong

 

apples in a bowl, glass of cider and bottles of cider sitting on wooden table

Yum! Can’t wait to go to Wandiligong!

 

This morning we enjoy a two hour tour south from Bright to Nightingale Bros Alpine Produce in Wandiligong for morning tea. Our local guide will conduct our tour which will also include some local history and points of interest (including the most spectacular Autumn leaves locations) in Bright and the Wandiligong Valley. We will be back in Bright before lunch for you to enjoy some free time to stretch the legs and experience the beautiful Gorge Walk, art gallery, open gardens and of course the many quality shops and cafes. Dinner is at Bright Brewery.

Stay at Bright Colonial Motel, 56 Gavan St P: (03) 5755 1633

 

Day 5 – Bright to Albury – B,L

grand old 1910 chalet accommodation with hedge rows in front

Mt Buffalo Chalet

This morning we will take the gorgeous drive up Mt Buffalo, just outside of Bright. Our local guide will join us to give us lots of information about the mountain. Perched above Bent’s Lookout at the top of the mountain, is the ‘Grand Old Dame’ of the Victorian high country – the Mt Buffalo Chalet. Built in 1910, it is Australia’s first ski resort, and has breath-taking views that stretch out over the famous gorge. The chalet is generally not open to the public for tours, but we are still working on talking to the right people and bribing the right people, so you never know!?

view from rocky mountain top across valley to the sun setting behind the horizon

The view from the “hang gliders’ lookout” in front of Mt Buffalo Chalet (hang gliding optional!)

After exploring the chalet’s beautiful gardens, we head back down to the Ovens River valley to lunch at another secret location with simply majestic views back to Mt Feathertop. After lunch we make a stop at the super-interesting Pepo Farms, home to the Australian Pumpkin Seed Co and Artisan Oil Mill (yummy Aussie grown nut oil). Our last stop for the day is the eccentric and eclectic Cafe Fez and Red Ramia in Myrtleford. It’s hard to explain Red Ramia, except to say that even someone who doesn’t like shopping, could easily get lost in this shop…

We then head into Albury to our accommodation. Dinner is in-house.

29 April 2024 departure – Stay at Mantra Albury, 524 Smollett St, P: (02) 6048 8000

 

Day 6 – Albury to Canberra – B

On the cruise home today, we stop for lunch at Gundagai’s famous art deco styled, historically important (if you’re a fan of Australian prime ministers!?), Greek style cafe – The Niagara Cafe – which has been recently renovated and reopened. It’s then into Canberra for afternoon drop-offs and farewells…

 

Tour departs Canberra – 1 May 2025

Inclusions:
All transport from your door in the Canberra region
All accommodation
All activities
Meals as indicated above
Two fabulous tour guides and lots of fun and laughs!

Not included:
Coffee and/or cake at morning tea stops
Alcohol

Cost (2024 tours): 
$2420 per person double or twin share
Single supplement = $350

2025 tour departing Canberra Thursday 1 May 2025 – Cost to be confirmed

 

Please note:
This tour requires a minimum of 8 guests on each departure to run.
This tour involves some walking (sometimes over uneven surfaces) and a few stairs at some locations. Longer walks are optional.
All rooms are ensuited and have level access and walk-in showers.
Booking with us is confirmation that you have read and accept our Terms and Conditions HERE.

 

Please click HERE for a downloadable printable pdf version of the itinerary.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions at all.

We look forward to having you on board soon!

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