Known as one of the state’s first goldfields, Avoca still harbor treasures in more ways than one. With delicious cafes offering tasty home cooked meals, historic buildings housing gift shops and collectables, and home to award-winning wineries and hotels, the region has become a hot spot for tourists, especially wine and foodies.
For ideas on the best places to visit, see our list of the top tourist attractions in Avoca.
1. The Avoca Hotel
The Avoca is a multiple award winning hotel restaurant in the Pyrenees wine region of western Victoria. Originally a hotel dating from Victoria’s gold rush in the 1850’s, The Avoca was beautifully renovated and relaunched in 2010.The Avoca is an essential stop for anyone wishing to experience dining at its finest while visiting the Pyrenees or Grampians in Victoria’s west.Widely recognised for its outstanding food, extensive cellar of local regional wines and an extraordinary range of craft and boutique beers The Avoca has received Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last six years in a row and has been awarded Hall of Fame status. The drinks list at The Avoca has received Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s award for Australia’s Best Beer List and Wine Spectator Magazine has awarded it with an Excellent rating.
2. Antique and Collectable Shops.
The only thing better than one antique shop is a whole street of them!! Avoca is becoming known as an antiques and collectables centre. If you love poking around in bric-a-brac and collectable stores, you know that no vacation is complete without some time spent bargaining over some treasures.With the main street lined with second hand dealers, all within walking distance, you can easily loose a few hours browsing for your next great bargain or treasured showpiece. Some of our most interesting shops include Avoca Vintage Pop up, Avoca Bottles Antiques and Collectables and Westbury Antiques.
3. Gallery 127
Gallery 127 is located in the recently transformed, and heritage listed Avoca Railway Station building.The Gallery presents exhibitions of paintings, photographs and sculptures by local and regional artists and features monthly solo exhibitions by individual artists in the exhibition rooms.Local history displays, workshops and artist studio spaces are also available together with a permanently operated community plant nursery situated on the station’s platform.
4. Blue Pyrenees Estate
Visit Blue Pyrenees Estate’s cellar door to taste their award winning range of Sparkling, Red and White table wines, or to enjoy a glass matched with shareplates of the best seasonal local produce. Open seven days from 11:00am to 5:00pm, with lunch served from midday to 2:30pm.Blue Pyrenees Estate was established in 1963 and was among the modern Australian wine industry’s first ventures into cool climate viticulture. Originally called Chateau Remy, Blue Pyrenees was established by the French company Remy Martin, the subsequent owners of the great champagne houses of Krug and Piper Heidsieck.Today, Blue Pyrenees is 100 per cent independently Australian owned and is led by CEO and Chief Winemaker Andrew Koerner. Proud of the fact that all of their wines are made from grapes grown in their vineyards and produced in their estate winery, Blue Pyrenees Estate are committed to making authentic, world class quality estate wines that truly offer affordable luxury.
5. Avoca Historic Walk
If history fascinates you, there is no better way to experience the history of our towns (established by the discovery of gold) then by taking a self-guided heritage walk. Wander Avoca’s wide main street, past historic buildings, and discover the town’s rich history at a leisurely pace. Many of the buildings lining the streets are still in their original condition.
6. Waterfalls Picnic Ground and Governors Rock Lookout
Located 10km from Avoca in the Pyrenees State Forest is this gorgeous seasonal waterfall within the Pyrenees State Forest is accessible by an easy 0.5 km walk from the Waterfalls Campground. The walking track is very scenic and runs alongside a beautiful stony creek.The waterfall is only flowing in the winter months or after a heavy rain. This waterfall is an impressive spot to visit even when the water isn’t flowing, as the huge slabs of rock where the waterfall flows down over several large, step-like levels are a sight to behold with or without water.Sure-footed climbers can clamber up beside the rocky wall and reach another level where the upper section of the waterfall drops down onto a platform before finally flowing over the lower drop. Take care if climbing, as the grass and rocks can be extremely slippery and a fall would likely result in serious injury.The Governor Rock Lookout Tower and Picnic Area is located on the No2 Creek Track in the Pyrenees State Forest. There’s a small parking area beside the road with a little picnic area.A walking track heads off from the picnic area to the lookout tower, a tall platform with steel steps and railing which offers spectacular views of hills, bushland and farmland. On clear days you can see as far as Waubra 40km away!
7. Avoca Chinese Garden
Beautifully positioned overlooking the river flats, Avoca’s Garden of Fire and Water is a delightful attraction to discover in the Pyrenees.Reflecting the Chinese heritage within the region, Avoca’s Garden of Fire and Water represents and acknowledges the important contribution of early Chinese immigrants to Avoca during the gold rush era of 1850-1870.Hidden with this beautiful garden is naturally formed ‘scholar rock’, a rock of particular significance to those with an interest in Chinese History. Guided tours of Avoca’s Garden of Fire and Water are available and provide an interesting insight into the strong relationship between the early Chinese settlers and the beautiful Pyrenees. Avoca‘s Garden of Fire and Water provides a beautiful venue for weddings, special occasions and events; and it is a picturesque stop for a day in the Pyrenees.
8. Pyrenees Farmhouse
Originally established in 1868 as the Albion Hotel in Avoca, the Pyrenees Farmhouse offer impeccable service and quality of food. Perfect coffee and delicious lunches made with local produce from the Pyrenees Region will give you the energy required to complete your wine journey in the Pyrenees! Decked out in charming vintage bric a brac, it is a lovely spot for some quiet time with the morning papers or a good book. You will find hearty fare full of love; think wholesome lunches, lots of local produce, granny style cakes and proper pots of tea.
9. Avoca River Bank
Pack a picnic and enjoy the natural scenery of the Avoca River which is located just one street behind the main street. Utilise the strategically placed picnic tables scattered under shady trees and take in the peace and quiet.
10. Mount Avoca Vineyard
With over 45 years of innovation and tradition, Mount Avoca is one of Australia’s most exciting organic wineries.Visit the light-filled cellar door, which also featuring a barbecue, secure playground, picnic areas, and a lovely log fire in the winter. Stay a little longer and relax in one of three luxurious eco-lodges set among the olive grove overlooking the organic vineyard and ranges.