The best active holiday activities in the Victorian High Country

If you prefer your holidays with more action than relaxation, the Victorian High Country is an adrenaline junkie’s dream. With every type of fast-paced sport available, you’ll be sure to tire out the kids on a holiday they’ll remember forever!
 
Here’s just a few of the ways you can work up a sweat in the Victorian High Country:
 
Cycling
The Victorian High Country has been called a premier cycling destination in Australia, and for very good reason. No matter what type of cycling you’re into, you’ll find a trail, path or mountain to suit.
 
For those who prefer a leisurely bike ride to and from your next glass of wine, Wangaratta and the King Valley offer the perfect combination of cruisy paths and some of the best food and drink the region has to offer. You can book a tour, go self-guided or a combination of the two.
 
If you enjoy off-road riding there are High Country trails for everyone from children and beginners to the true thrill seekers. We’re strapping in for Mt Beauty which has over 40kms of trails for all levels. Take the family to the Dart Spur track or go on an adult only ride along the Yellow Loop. Our post-adventure recommendation is a beer at the Sweetwater Brewing Company – you’ve earned it.
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail | Image via Visit Victoria | The best active holiday activities in the Victorian High Country | Discover VictoriaMurray to Mountains Rail Trail | Image via Visit Victoria

 
Horse Riding
Even if you’ve never been on a horse before, you’ll love taking in the scenery of the Victorian High Country in this unique way. You can take a guided ride with the family or set off on your own for a truly different holiday. We’re saddling up for Watson’s Trail Rides who offer short 1 hour rides or longer adventures, depending on your taste. If you’re more into DIY adventures, plan a ride along the Victorian Rail Trail, the longest continuous railway in Australia. You can even visit Bonnie Doon, made famous by the Australian movie, The Castle!
Horse Riding at Mount Stirling | Image via Visit Victoria | The Best Active Holiday Activities in the Victoria High Country | Discover VictoriaHorse Riding at Mount Stirling | Image via Visit Victoria

 
Rock Climbing
There’s no shortage of mountains, rocks and ice to climb in the Victorian High Country. Mount Buffalo, Mount Buller, Mount Feathertop, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain and Falls Creek are just a few of the natural rock climbing sites that are popular with tourists. If ice climbing is your thing, Australia Drift is a great location found below Mount Hotham. Once you’ve climbed to the top, you can abseil back down with the assistance of local guides.
Rock Climbing at the Grampians | Image via Visit Victoria | The Best Active Holiday Activities in the Victoria High Country | Discover VictoriaRock Climbing at the Grampians | Image via Visit Victoria

 
Kayaking
Get wet ‘n’ wild on the rapids with a kayaking or rafting adventure that’s either self guided or part of a tour. The Ovens River is one of the most popular kayaking spots where you can spend the day on the water and camp out underneath the stars. The Mitta Mitta River, which runs through the Alpine National Park, is the top spot for white water rafting taking you past 18kms of rock formations.
Kayaking on the Murray River | Image via Visit Victoria | The Best Active Holiday Activities in the Victoria High Country | Discover VictoriaKayaking on the Murray River | Image via Visit Victoria

 
Skiing
You can’t think of the Victorian High Country without thinking of the ski fields! Mt Buller is famous for its extensive lift network, ski in ski out accommodation and toboggan parks for the kids, while Mount Hotham is perfect for the serious skier.
Mount Buller | Image via Visit Victoria | The best active holiday activities in the Victorian High Country | Discover VictoriaMount Buller | Image via Visit Victoria

 
If you’re keen to strap on your skis read our blog post on how to do a snow holiday in the Victorian High Country.
 
Does the Victorian High Country sound like your kind of adventure holiday? Chat to our team about booking today on 1300 684 510.

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