The Pyrenees Wine Region, about half an hour outside Ballarat, is the sort of place you can visit on a day trip or quite happily potter around for a week – however long you manage to stretch your trip out for, you can’t really help but have your fair share of delicious food and locally produced wine.
There are dozens of cellar doors where you can pick up a bottle or two or enjoy a relaxing lunch. Five Pyrenees wineries have been awarded 5 red stars in wine critic James Halliday’s most recent Australian Wine Companion.
Eating and drinking isn’t all there is to do here – it’s a gorgeous part of the country, with great spots to picnic, bushwalk, mountain bike and 4WD in the Mount Cole and Pyrenees State Forests – some tracks most suitable for the super experienced.
There are some lovely towns in the area, with Moonambel, Avoca, Beaufort, the perfect places to use as your base. Many streets consist of leftover buildings from the gold rush, many now converted into cafes, gift shops galleries, and even artists’ studios.
You have a choice of year round Festivals and Events to attend in the region. To find out what country picnic race meetings are all about, Visit Avoca either in April for the Anzac Day Races or October for the Avoca Cup. These events are nice and friendly and down to earth.
For more than 50 years, Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally, 15km outside Beaufort, has been celebrating old vehicles. On the first weekend in May and November you’ll be able to watch a blacksmith at work catch vintage engines and a whole lot more.
If you are looking for something to do over the Anzac Day long weekend, then look no further. Stay for the Pyrenees Unearthed Festival which consists of the Avoca Art Exhibition & Sale, Open Garden Events, Avoca Riverside Markets, Avoca Wine Festival, Tour de Pyrenees, Bonfire Night, ANZAC Day Races and more.
For full details of all our events, click on our Events page.