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travel Country areas and for exploring the upper reaches of the Murray River and local wine districts. Mount Beauty Easy, 2 hours, 6 km circuit. Sometimes a name says it all! The Wodonga-Albury River Walk, above, and Beechworth, below. Below left: Mount Bogong. Kiewa River and its adjacent pondage are integral features of the beautiful township of Mount Beauty. Set in the foothills of the Alpine National with a The High Country features stunning backdrop of Mount Bogong stunning national parks, Victoria’s the village is the perfect launching highest mountains, lakes, rivers, point for day trips to Falls Creek and waterfalls and picturesque valleys. the Bogong High Plains. It’s also There are historic villages, vineyards a popular destination for hiking, and vibrant snow resorts. It has a mountain biking, fishing, horse riding rich history of Aboriginal culture, and gliding. This is a great walk to gold discovery, cattlemen and do with kids where you will complete bushrangers, and contains some lined not only with grand trees but a loop around the lake and follow a amazing food, wine, craft breweries also with imposing old buildings of scenic section of the Kiewa River. and welcoming country pubs. historical significance. Thirty-two of Combine all this with a variety of these buildings are classified with Murray to Mountains Rail Trail: trails and tracks and what you have is the National Trust. A short stroll from Bright to Porepunkah the ultimate holiday destination. the town centre is Lake Sambell, a Easy, 2hour, 6km one way. picturesque recreation reserve.   Mountains Rail Trail features over Beechworth Township Wodonga – Albury River Walk 100 kilometres of sealed off-road Easy, 2 hours, 4.5 km loop. Easy, 5 hours, 15 km one way. pathways. The main section extends Either side of the iconic Murray from Bright to Wangaratta with side Sure, times have changed since Ned Kelly was a frequent visitor to River, the twin towns of Albury branches to Beechworth and Milawa Beechworth. However, most of the (NSW) and Wodonga (VIC) form a and a disconnected part at Rutherglen. buildings from his era have been major regional hub. This walk follows The most scenic and interesting stretch magnificently maintained in their and crosses the river that forms is between Bright and Myrtleford original state, making Beechworth the state’s border providing many which follows the picturesque Ovens perhaps Australia’s best-preserved memorable views along its banks. Valley and takes in the magnificent gold town. Its wide streets are The route also passes a couple of backdrop of Mt Buffalo. En route you historic bridges, traverses several can sample gourmet produce and visit picturesque parks, takes in part of vineyards, cafés and restaurants. A the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk and section offering a consistent downhill finishes at the Wonga Wetlands, a gradient starts in beautiful Bright and significant bird haven. The towns arrives at Porepunkah beside the cool are also a handy base for trips to waters of the Ovens River. the surrounding alpine and High 40 The entire network of Murray to Accessible Walks: travel www.craigsheather.com.au linkonline.com.au