Launch into Spring with glamping, ballooning and cycling

Hello Spring! High Country launches into the new season with glamping, ballooning and sensational cycling experiences.

With the wattles blooming and the vine buds set to burst, Victoria’s High Country is celebrating the arrival of Spring 2016 with the launch of a suite of new experiences that highlight the region’s stunning scenery, renowned food and wine and sensational cycling trails.

Luxury glamping, on the mountain at Falls Creek and in the grapevines at Rutherglen, combined hot air ballooning and gourmet experiences in Mansfield, gourmet girls’ getaways and twilight electric bike rides along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Bright that finish with a Margarita and Mexican feast in Porepunkah are the Top 6 highlights of Victoria’s High Country’s new and must-do experiences this Spring 2016.

Grapevine Glamping — Cofield Wines and The Pickled Sisters Cafe, Wahgunyah near Rutherglen are offering luxury camping in the very vines that produce the welcoming bottle of vino on arrival. Gourmet hampers, Cofield wines, fully kitted out tents with King-sized beds, luxe bedding, board games. magazines, fishing gear, local maps, bikes, a fire pit with marshmallows.

Alpine Glamping Retreat — Falls Creek. Three or five day Green Season experience featuring lodge accommodation at Diana Lodge or Frueauf Village. Cycle, walk (or be driven) with a packed lunch to the gorgeous, fully equipped glamping tent set up at the back of a High Country cattlemen’s hut. Includes all meals, books, telescope for gazing at the astonishing night sky.

Beans above the Hops — Mansfield, a hands-on tour including sunrise flight with Gold Rush Ballooning followed by gourmet breakfast and coffee education at Mansfield Coffee Merchant, microbrewery experience, tasting and wood fired pizza lunch at Social Bandit and farm stay accommodation at Traquair Estate

Sunsets & Sombreros Twilight Tour — eBike adventure and Mexican feast teaming Bright Electric Bikes & the Rail Trail Cafe, Porepunkah. Cruise out of Bright on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to Porepunkah where a sombrero, Margarita and Mexican themed feast awaits.spring

One for the girls, Beauty and the Bike (pictured). An Alpine Escapes Girls’ getaway in Bright including deluxe accommodation, ­ gourmet hampers, gorgeous pink bikes for riding to the fabulous Feathertop and Ringer
Reef wineries for lunch and tastings.

Also relaunching this Spring is Pedal to Produce, a self-guided, themed food, wine and cycling experience focused around the sensational Murray to Mountains (M2M) Rail Trail. Starting with Rutherglen this September, new maps offering self-guided tours of the food and wine hubs of Beechworth, Milawa, Myrtleford and Bright will roll out in 2017.