It’s time to get away for a weekend surrounded by sweeping views, good company and fine wine
During lockdown, we have all been stuck at home spending more time online connected to our devices for work, play and socialising. Now is the time to unplug and unwind and reconnect with friends, nature, good food, wine and wide open spaces.
So what are you waiting for? Pack the car and hit the quiet country roads on a discovery of vineyards, cellar doors and stunning views in the Pyrenees.
Uncover Stunning Nature Walks
It’s hard to overstate how much good nature does for our well-being. If you’re feeling a little hemmed in, nature provides a wonderful remedy. There’s plenty of space for physical distancing, and stretching the legs is good for the body as well as the mind.
Everyone knows about the fabulous wines of Victoria’s Pyrenees Region, but the state and national parks really are the region’s best kept secrets. But the best thing is, they’re easily accessible and simply beautiful.
The Pyrenees is a place peppered with inspired tracks celebrating the region’s beauty. The Regions State Parks and Forests have plenty to keep you on the go with an extensive network of bushwalking trails. Mount Cole and Mount Buangor Parks are located just 1 hour out of Ballarat and are filled with lush green rainforests with stunning views, fern filled gullies and offer scenic walking trails that are dwarfed by giant ferns and towering trees. Here are just a few of our favourites.
Uncork Award Winning Wines
Get your friends together and explore the Pyrenees wineries. With more than 25 cellar doors to explore, it’s easy to plan a whole weekend. From boutique wineries with outdoor dining and cosy cafes housed in historic buildings, it is easy to eat and drink your way around the region! Many cellar doors are accompanied by decks and terraces overlooking vineyards so close that you feel like you are dining amid vines. Here you can find a list of wineries that offer dining which will have you lingering longer but be sure to book ahead.
You may have sipped your way around the region tasting wine, but have you tried the gin? Meet Mrs Baker and her team at Wimmera Hills Winery and sample the range of delicious Mrs Bakers Gins including the new Shiraz gin. Yum!
We have put together a three-day Food and Wine Indulgence Weekender Itinerary to help you plan your stay in the Pyrenees. Or maybe you would prefer to get in touch with one of or winery tour companies to take all of the hassle out of planning.
Enjoy A Picnnic in Unspoilt Scenery
There are so many great places in the Pyrenees to enjoy a picnic. Be sure to drop into our local Bakeries or pick up a specialty hamper pack from our regional café’s and be sure to pick up a bottle of wine form one of our cellar doors. Here are some picnic destinations that will allow you to reconnect with nature and relax in the outdoors. From Spring gardens bursting with colour to natural forest surrounded by towering trees or vantage points with panoramic views, you are sure to find your new favourite picnic location in the Pyrenees.
Camp under the stars
You may find, after spending just a few hours in nature that you want to stay the night and camp under the stars. Our parks and forests are sprinkled with scenic campsites. Who doesn’t love being in nature? Our outdoors are so beautiful. Escape the crowds by picking a secluded chilled at campsite within Mount Cole, Mount Buangor or Pyrenees State Forest that have basic campsites with non flush toilets, wood fired BBQs and get your dose of nature. If you prefer a few more amenities, Avoca, Beaufort have Caravan Parks located by water or for the camper that doesn’t want to compromise on comfort, we recommend Cave Hill Creek Glamping tents. Cave Hill Creek offer “glamorous camping” with six eco-tents that all have comfy beds, carpeted floors, heating and power, and have spectacular views over the nearby Mount Cole State Forest. With plenty of places to choose from, Pyrenees have plenty of opportunity for you to unplug and unwind and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.
And if that’s not enough, simply head to visitpyrenees.com.au for more inspiration.