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Shipley Plateau
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On the south western side of Blackheath, past the tiny hamlet of Shipley, are two lesser known but nevertheless equally spectacular lookouts – Hargraves Lookout and Mount Blackheath Lookout. To get to Shipley from Blackheath, cross the railway line at the traffic lights and head towards Megalong Valley where you will turn into Shipley Road. You will drive through lovely mountain landscapes with beautiful apple orchards, gum trees and lush foilage on the way to the Shipley Plateau, passing by the Shipley Gallery showcasing local artists (open weekends 10am- 4pm) on the left just before arriving at a fork...

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Yackandandah
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Yackandandah is a former gold mining town in northeast Victoria between Beechworth and Wodonga. It is an attractive historic village situated in a valley amidst a series of substantial hills. The name Yackandandah is said to have derived from two Aboriginal words meaning “rock” and “water-hole” which relate to one large rock sitting on top of another in what is now known as Yackandandah Creek. It has also been claimed that Yackandandah means “country of hills“. The town is affectionately known as “Yack” though in more recent times, it has increasingly been referred to as the “Dandah” by its...

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Beechworth
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Beechworth, located 271 km northeast of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway, is regarded as Victoria’s best preserved historic gold town with over 32 local buildings listed with the National Trust. Beechworth’s streetscape, with its frequent usage of honey-coloured local granite as a building material, is remarkably coherent and well-preserved.   In May 1852, Lieutenant-Governor GJ La Trobe named the area Mayday Hills which was originally used for grazing by the pastoralist David Reid. In January 1852, one of Reid’s former shepherd named Meldrun discovered gold near the present site of the Newtown Bridge while searching for a lost sheep...

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Wandiligong
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Wandiligong is a small town of about 250 people, 330 km northeast of Melbourne and 6 km south of Bright. Established in the 1850s during the Victorian gold rush, it was at one stage home to over 2,000 people. The whole town is now registered with the National Trust as a historic landscape and features historical buildings such as the Manchester Unity Public Hall (built in 1874), the general store, several churches and a number of quaint cottages.   The town is set in a picturesque valley surrounded by forests and mountain ranges. The National Trust describes the Wandiligong...

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Autumn in Bright
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Where is the best place to see the colours of Autumn? I do not know about Melbourne – I will greatly appreciate if someone can inform me of a good place in Melbourne. However, I do know that there is a place in Victoria that looks spectacular during Autumn and people specifically visit that place for the ambience. I am talking about the town of Bright in the High Country of Northeast Victoria, about 4 hours drive from Altona. The colours are in their full glory during the Bright Autumn Festival which run from 29th April to 11th May...

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