A visit to the villages of the Pyrenees will truly make you feel like you have escaped the city. The setting of each village is charmingly picturesque; some featuring a rich heritage façade and others displaying the contemporary world of windfarms!
Avoca abounds with history, wine, stunning scenery and nature. The wide main street is a delight to explore with hotels, cafés, gift shops, galleries and collectables all housed in historic buildings dating back to the 1850s.
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. And what is better than one little shop is a whole street of them!
Avoca is the heart of the Pyrenees Wine Region, renowned for its premium Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and increasingly its fine range of wonderful sparkling wines.
Explore café’s, restaurants and more than 20 cellar doors of the Pyrenees Wine Region. Recognised for both their outstanding food and extensive cellar of local wines, The Avoca Hotel is an essential stop for everyone.
The township is surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountain Ranges – great for mountain bike riding, hiking and camping, catering to all skill and fitness levels.
Located on the Western Highway, 35 minutes from Ballarat, the township of Beaufort is dotted with small cafés and eateries serving local produce and home-made treats, some accompanied by the ﬁne wines or beers the region is known for.
Alongside the many cafés, the main street is also dotted with craft and antique shops that exhibit and sell beautifully crafted pieces, and galleries displaying local artists’ works and unique collections.
Beaufort Lake provides the opportunity for many water activities from fishing and boating, to skiing and swimming. Around its shores and in the neighbouring reserve you’ll find a network of walking tracks and exercise equipment—a perfect way to stretch your legs and walk off the delights of the town’s cafés! Note: Beaufort Lake is seasonally dry.
One of Beaufort’s major attractions is the Mt Cole State Forest which is a spectacular natural experience. Here you can discover temperate rainforests, breathtaking views and waterfalls.
On the first Saturday of each month visitors can wander through the Beaufort Market, where a selection of gourmet foods, crafts and local fresh produce can be purchased directly from the maker.
A welcoming village atmosphere awaits, just a little over 2 hours from Melbourne. In the heart of Central Victoria and nestled beneath the stunning Pyrenees Ranges is the charming township of Moonambel.
Fast becoming one of Australia’s most loved wine regions with good food, friendly cellar doors, spectacular landscapes, gold rush relics, serene bushlands and dark night skies dotted with stars, Moonambel is an ideal place to base yourself and explore the region.
Surrounded by the Pyrenees State Forest and St Arnaud National Park, you will find yourself surrounded by panoramic views. Enjoy comfortable accommodation in tranquil settings, indulge in much- lauded wines and food, visit a wonderful local event and discover the beauty that surrounds this picturesque part of Victoria.
This picturesque village was originally located further south of its current location, in a natural amphitheatre, which is where the town got its name. Today Amphitheatre sits on the quiet Pyrenees Highway, west of Avoca and south of the Pyrenees Ranges as you head towards Ararat, surrounded by rolling hills and gardens.
Stay in Amphitheatre at one of the B&Bs to experience true country hospitality. Or maybe you would prefer a Farmstay experience and stay on a real working farm of 550 acres. Depending on times of the year you may get to see sheep being rounded up, shearing, cattle feeding, calving and eartagging. Enjoy fresh eggs from free range chickens and help feed the free range pigs. For more information on the local Farmstay, check out Pyrenees Farmstay Amphitheatre.
Elmhurst was first settled in 1840 and is located midway between Avoca and Ararat along the Pyrenees Highway. Elmhurst provides access to Mount Mole State Forest along established driving and walking tracks. It is also a short drive to Mount Buangor and the Pyrenees Wineries.
Your first winery is Wimmera Hills, just 5 minutes out of town!
The town of Landsborough is in the northern foothills of the Pyrenees Range. This is a popular location for bushwalkers who enjoy sharing the environment with resident kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.
There are interesting walks, great cycling routes and the studio of local sculpture Kevin Free is well worth a visit with a unique range of handcarved art and craft works, paintings and garden sculptures.
Lexton is located along the Sunraysia Highway between Ballarat and Avoca. Lexton was discovered by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836 and was known as the cross roads of central Victoria, on the main route to Syndey. Lexton is now home to the magnificent Mt Mitchell Homestead. Mount Mitchell’s significant historical buildings surrounded by 10 acres of formal gardens and sweeping views of the Pyrenees mountain ranges provide a magnificent setting for many special events in the region and is also very popular for weddings. While in Lexton, you must stop at the historic Pyrenees Hotel, built in 1845 and renowned for its great country hospitality and great value hotel meals.
The beautiful surrounds of Redbank provide the perfect location to explore our natural environment with the Pyrenees State Forest to the south and the St Arnaud National Park to the north.
Redbank is home to Sallys Paddock Redbank Winery which is open every day to enjoy their selection of wines and a great eat-in spot with a great lunch menu including smoked lamb, specialty cheese selections, fantastic espresso coffee and home-made cakes.
Snake Valley is located just 27km West of Ballarat and named after the river where miners used to pan for gold. Snake Valley is a quiet country town that oozes history and has a strong sense of community.
The best place to experience the local community is the good old Country Pub, open 7 days a week. The Snake Valley Pub is located only 20 minutes from Ballarat West & only a 10 minute bike ride from the Rail Trail at Linton.
Waubra is located along the Sunraysia Highway just 35km North of Ballarat and is home to the picturesque Waubra wind farm, one of the largest wind farms in Australia, meeting the energy needs of approximately 110,000 households each year.
During the day, you can visit the renovated chaf mill/stables at Quoin Hill Vineyard which were built approximately 100 years ago and have now been transformed into a winery and tasting rooms.