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Giving back to Regional Victoria

Recent bushfires have impacted communities across Victoria and with many regional towns relying on tourism to thrive, now is the time to plan your next trip/visit. The show of support from the community has been huge, so right now we’re encouraging all Victorians to holiday here this year – because a short stay goes a long way to supporting regional Victoria.

Labour Day and Easter are great times to get out to regional Victoria so grab an esky and hit the road! However, if a getaway isn’t on the cards right now, those wishing to help can do their bit by making a conscious effort to buy local. It all counts.

Day Trips

Those stretched for time can make the most of a long summer’s day by hitting the road. A two-hour hour journey from Melbourne is all it takes to become immersed small-town charm. Look to Benalla for buildings adorned with graffiti from the annual Wall to Wall Street Art Festival (April 3-5 2020). Or for those with a penchant for food and drink consider heading to Mansfield. Social Bandit Brewery serves beer created on site plus pizza in a casual atmosphere. Be sure to bring a portable cooler and stop in at Alpine Butchery to grab some locally sourced meats as well as seafood.

Multi Day Trips

Weekend warriors can do their part by taking a more leisurely approach and camping or booking a stay in country Victoria. Consider the King Valley, which is a three-hour drive from Melbourne in Victoria’s High Country and Australia’s home of Prosecco. The King Valley offers visitors a unique taste of unique culture through exceptional food and wine experiences and generous hospitality. Similarly, Rutherglen and Gippsland are both teeming with stunning wineries, such as All Saints, Lightfoot and Sons and Cannibal Creek, and quaint cottages ideal for an overnight stay. Alternatively those longing for a more rustic experience could consider camping at Mt Beauty and the Kiewa Valleyand indulging in a pie from the famous Beechworth Bakery.

Shopping Regional

If travelling is not an option, fear not, support can be provided without leaving the neighborhood. Supporters can put their money where their mouth is by buying foods sourced from bushfire affected areas. Farmers markets are a great way to find fresh ingredients and buy directly from producers. Keep an eye out for pasture-fed beef from Gippsland or, for something sweeter, look for Beechworth Honey’s products. Even coffee fiends can get in on the action with Bright’s Sixpence Coffee offering shipping on their great range of small batch roasts.

Recent bushfires have impacted communities across Victoria and with many regional towns relying on tourism to thrive, now is the time to plan your next trip/visit. The show of support from the community has been huge, so right now we’re encouraging all Victorians to holiday here this year – because a short stay goes a long way to supporting regional Victoria.

Labour Day and Easter are great times to get out to regional Victoria so grab an esky and hit the road! However, if a getaway isn’t on the cards right now, those wishing to help can do their bit by making a conscious effort to buy local. It all counts.

Day Trips

Those stretched for time can make the most of a long summer’s day by hitting the road. A two-hour hour journey from Melbourne is all it takes to become immersed small-town charm. Look to Benalla for buildings adorned with graffiti from the annual Wall to Wall Street Art Festival (April 3-5 2020). Or for those with a penchant for food and drink consider heading to Mansfield. Social Bandit Brewery serves beer created on site plus pizza in a casual atmosphere. Be sure to bring a portable cooler and stop in at Alpine Butchery to grab some locally sourced meats as well as seafood.

Multi Day Trips

Weekend warriors can do their part by taking a more leisurely approach and camping or booking a stay in country Victoria. Consider the King Valley, which is a three-hour drive from Melbourne in Victoria’s High Country and Australia’s home of Prosecco. The King Valley offers visitors a unique taste of unique culture through exceptional food and wine experiences and generous hospitality. Similarly, Rutherglen and Gippsland are both teeming with stunning wineries, such as All Saints, Lightfoot and Sons and Cannibal Creek, and quaint cottages ideal for an overnight stay. Alternatively those longing for a more rustic experience could consider camping at Mt Beauty and the Kiewa Valleyand indulging in a pie from the famous Beechworth Bakery.

Shopping Regional

If travelling is not an option, fear not, support can be provided without leaving the neighborhood. Supporters can put their money where their mouth is by buying foods sourced from bushfire affected areas. Farmers markets are a great way to find fresh ingredients and buy directly from producers. Keep an eye out for pasture-fed beef from Gippsland or, for something sweeter, look for Beechworth Honey’s products. Even coffee fiends can get in on the action with Bright’s Sixpence Coffee offering shipping on their great range of small batch roasts.

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