Regular festivals and events in the region are a big drawcard for guests, with Mansfield, Mt Buller and the surrounding townships always putting on ‘quite the show’! Some of our favourites are the Mansfield High Country Festival over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, and of course, Mt Buller’s yearly ski season opening event. Others to put on your radar:
King Valley Balloon Festival
Enjoy the spectacular King Valley wine region with a mass of hot air balloons launched at dawn for the balloon festival, usually celebrated over Queen’s Birthday weekend or AFL Grand final weekend.
La Dolce Vita Festival
Each Spring, taste new releases and talk with the winemaker at the cellar door. The region is famed for Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Sangiovese and elegant cool climate wines. Come and discover the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families, at La Dolce Vita wine and food festival.
Celebrate the region’s country character alongside locals at the annual extravaganza of the Merrijig Rodeo. A fantastic family-oriented APRA associated annual event, held Saturday of the March Labour Day Weekend and is the second event in the Kyabram, Merrijig, Chiltern APRA Tri-Series.
Highlights include: Bareback, Barrel Race, Break Away Roping, Bull Ride, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling and Local Steer Rides.
Lake Eildon Festival
The Lake Eildon Festival is the action packed celebration of water sports on Lake Eilldon with all age activities featured in Bonnie Doon and Goughs Bay. Highlights Honest Classic Boat Show, Wakesurf Competition, Live Music, Water Slide and Kids Activities.
Mt Buller Events
Mt Buller also hosts a wide range of events throughout both summer and winter.
With over 300 hectares of skiable terrain, there is something to appeal to all levels of ability. Our runs range from the wide beginner’s slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hut Spur, to the challenge of our black runs like Chamois.
With 20 lifts, Mt Buller has the largest lift network in Victoria, including thirteen chairlifts (three of which are high speed detachables) two T-bars, two rope tows (counted as one) and three magic carpets. The resort features three Terrain Parks designed for all skill levels, with a dedicated snow grooming team to maintain their condition.
For more highlights of events, activities and adventures around the region
We hope you can come and raise a glass to outstanding regional food and wine, enjoy a history steeped in alpine exploration, and a medley of music festivals and adventures in the High Country!