North East

North Eastern Victoria is one of Australia's most prosperous cooler climate agricultural regions in Australia. The city of Shepparton is located in the rich Goulburn Valley, an area known as The Food Bowl of Australia. Not surprisingly, the region is rich in wine making and gourmet produce maunfacture, awarding winning locally produced cheeses and smallgoods are a feature of towns in the Rutherglen, Wangaratta and Milawa area.

The southern end of the region includes Lake Eildon which is one of the largest artificial lakes in the state, much of which is surrounded by national park. Beyond Lake Eildon to the north and east is Victoria's High Country, home to a number of major alpine and ski resorts including Mount Buller, Falls Creek, Mount Buffalo and Mount Hotham with its airport which offers direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney during the snow season.

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Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, grew up here, and spent most of his life dodging the Victorian police, hiding out in the region's mountain ranges. Kelly was finally captured at the North East Victorian settlement of Glenrowan, now recognised as the heart of what is still known today as Kelly Country.

How To Get There

By road north east from Melbourne, via Hume Highway.

Best Time To Go

As Victoria has a temperate climate, there is no one season or month that the visitor needs to avoid, except perhaps summer (December - February), if you find hot weather unbearable.

Autumn (March - May) is probably the best season to visit Victoria, particularly if you intend touring the whole state. The uncomfortable heat of summer has then been tempered in the north and the north-west and the weather is more stable in the mountains and along the coast. This is also the best time for bush walking or mountain climbing.

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