From Skiing to Hiking: Your Comprehensive Travel Guide to Harrietville
Welcome to Harrietville and surrounds…
Harrietville is a village nestled at the top of the Ovens Valley situated at the foot of Mt Hotham and Mt Feathertop (Victoria’s 2nd highest peak), on the Great Alpine Road 22kms from Bright. Regarded as one of the states prettiest holiday areas, Harrietville is an ideal all-season holiday destination.
In winter its proximity to the Hotham (30km), Falls Creek (75km) ski resorts and Mt Buffalo (30km) make it an accessible and affordable base for lovers of all kinds of snow sports.
During the ‘green’ seasons, Harrietville is a perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Hikers, cyclists, 4WD enthusiasts and motorbike riders are drawn to the challenging mountain roads and trails in and around the town. This scenic village by the Ovens River is also a fantastic place to simply relax and shrug off the stresses of life.
A bit of history…
In 1861, Harrietville evolved. Originally a pastoral property named after Harriet Tisdale, one of the few European woman living in the area at the time. In 1879, Harrietville was proclaimed a town. Gold was first found in Harrietville in 1852, first by alluvial mining then reef mining and finally dredging until the mid 1950s.
Today the picturesque mountain village is built upon tourism and the snow industry. Its beauty an amazing walks along with a relaxing atmosphere makes Harrietville the perfect place to visit, offering a unique and memorable holiday experience year round. We invite you to visit the renowned local museum to discover more about Harrietville’s rich history.