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Mount Beauty - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located at the foot of Mount Bogong, Victoria’s highest mountain, is Mount Beauty. During winter, it is packed with skiers and winter enthusiasts. Even during the non-winter period, spring, summer and autumn, the town is the perfect place to stay from which to visit the region. Being just 30 minutes drive to Falls Creek, other activities in the region include sailing, swimming, cycling, fishing, bushwalking and scenic drives.

Drop in to the Alpine Discovery Centre and have a chat to the visitor centre staff. The Centre offers a unique insight into the history and development of the Kiewa Valley, the High Plains and Falls Creek.

There is an audio-visual presentation on the region, miniature working hydroelectric generator, as well as travel guide brochures, maps, giftware, souvenirs, tours, attractions and accommodation information.

Check out our range of Mount Beauty accommodation and Victorian Alpine accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Alpine Discovery CentreAlpine Discovery Centre
31 Bogong High Plains Rd
MOUNT BEAUTY VIC 3699
GPS: S 36º 44.514’ E 147º 09.909’
Freecall: 1800 808 277 (within Australia)
Ph: 03 5754 1962
Fax: 03 5754 4355
Email
Web: www.alpinediscoverycentre.com.au

GPS (Mount Beauty):
S 36º 44.598’ E 147º 10.212’

Mount Beauty Attractions

Erindale Alpacas
• 31 Reids Lane, CORAL BANK VIC • Ph: 03 5754 5330 • Fax: 03 5754 5331 • Disabled accessible services.
• Open 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday - Sunday, public and school holidays. closed February
Visit the award winning Erindale Alpacas, where you can meet these fascinating member of the Camelid family. Hand feed our friendly herd, learn about these precious animals, handle their luxurious and resilient fleece which was described by the Incas as the “Fibre of the Gods”, wander through our garden with its picturesque views of the Kiewa Valley. Browse in our shop with alpaca wool garments and other quality craft and gift items.  Free admission, wheelchair accessible and undercover viewing area.


“World’s Longest Gum Leaf” for 2003World’s Longest Gum Leaf
• Annual event from Boxing Day to end of January
On display in the Alpine Discovery Centre is the framed winner of the inaugural search for the “World’s Longest Gum Leaf” - 2003. Measuring a whopping 82.5 cm measured along the stem (just under 2 ft 8 in) and this did not include the end of the gum leaf which had been broken off!.

The leaf was found by the Ryder Family in the Mountain Creek area inside the fire control line zone doing GPS readings for the January ’03 Fires.

It is thought to be from a Victorian Bluegum (Eucalyptus bicostata).

The ‘search’ is designed to provide fun and free entertainment for kids and adults during their visit to Mt Beauty over the summer holidays. It doesn’t require any special skill other than the will to have a walk in the bush and a pair of eyes.

There are daily prizes fore the longest leaf of the day, as well as the overall prize. There is no limit tot he number of times you can enter (but you are limited to one entry per day). The daily winning leaf does not have to break any records - it just has to beat the others in the entry box. Contact the Alpine Discovery Centre for details of the next event.

In its inaugural search for the “World’s Longest Gum Leaf”, the search was cut short by the devastating bushfires in northeast Victoria. In it’s short life span the event attracted huge interest (389 leaves were entered) including contact with the 1985 Guinness Book of Records winner, whose leaf was 77.5 cm. The winner of the January 2003 longest leaf was a whopping 82.5 cm, found by a local family - the Ryders. The tree on which the leaf was found was burnt shortly afterwards by the bush fires.

Calyx Drill CoresCalyx Drill Cores
Located in front of the Alpine Discovery Centre are sample columns of rock cores that were removed from the site of the Rocky Valley Spillway Shaft at the commencement of its construction by using a Calyx Drilling Machine.

The samples are composed of granodiorite which is the predominant rock in the area.

Scenic Lookouts

  • Big Hill Lookout
    • ‘Big Hill’ is the high hill behind Mount Beauty. Access is gained by driving about 4 km up the Falls Creek Road, turning right up the gravel road at Cranky Charlie and proceeding towards the Wet Kiewa Power Station.
  • Mount McKay Summit
    • Accessible from early summer until first snows. Drive beyond Falls Creek Village and take the right-hand turn. Follow the signs to Mount McKay, The summit may not be accessible to all vehicles. Even if you can’t reach your goal, the views are spectacular.
  • Sullivan’s Lookout
    • Located on the Tawonga-Bright Road, and overlooks Mount Beauty and the surrounding mountains.
  • Tawonga Gap
    • There is a viewing platform at the top of the Tawonga Gap on the Tawonga-Bright Road.

Fishing
There is some excellent fishing in the rivers and lakes around Mount Beauty and Falls Creek. The predominant fish species is Brown Trout although some Rainbow Trout and Redfin may be found. Various types of live bait can be used, together with lures and flys. Check on local regulations. If you are over 18 years or over, it is illegal to fish without an inland fishing licence. Licences, bait and fishing equipment may be obtained from Rocky Valley Bikes and Snowsports at their Tawonga South store, Mobile Service Station and Pyles Service Station. Under state laws, the river is closed to trout fishing during winter months: The Pondage may be fished.


Boating
There are a number of places for boating, including:

  • Mount Beauty Pondage • Lakeside Ave, MOUNT BEAUTY

  • Lake Guy • BOGONG VILLAGE

  • Rocky Valley Dam • Bogong High Plains Rd • Just beyond Falls Creek.


Scenic Flights
There are a number of options including:


Swimming
There is a swimming complex and a number of natural swimming spots:

  • Outdoor Swimming Complex
    • Off Lakeside Ave, MOUNT BEAUTY • Ph: 03 5754 1181
    • This outdoor solar heated swimming complex includes 3 pools.

  • The Rock Pools and Mermaid Pool
    • Rock Pool Rd (off Damms Rd), MOUNT BEAUTY
    • A natural swimming spot.

  • Kiewa River
    • Various spots on the river.

  • Near Ryder’s Bridge
    • TAWONGA C PARK

  • Redbank Road
    • 11 km on the Wodonga side of Mount Beauty.

  • Lake Guy • BOGONG VILLAGE


Walks and Drives
Mount Beauty and the surrounding Bogong High Plains have some of Australia’s best walks and drives. For information and suggested tracks call into the Alpine Discover Centre for current information.


 
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