Harrietville is a picturesque village just 26 kms from Bright, situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Tucked in at the foot of the surrounding slopes of the Ovens Valley, Harrietville is protected from the extremes of summer and winter weather.
Where natural forests and crystal clear rivers intertwine seamlessly with Oak lined streets, Harrietville is a serene retreat. Tucked into the foothills of Mount Feathertop and Hotham, and with wonderfully preserved pioneer and gold mining history, Harrietville and its extensive walking trail network is a sensory delight. This picturesque town has a strong sense of community.
During the ‘green’ seasons, Harrietville is a perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Hikers and cyclists are drawn to the challenging mountain roads and trails in and around the town, but this scenic village by the Ovens River is also a fantastic place to simply relax and shrug off the stresses of city life.
Harrietville is also an ideal all seasons base for adventure activities and outdoor pursuits including mountain bike riding, high country hiking, 4WD driving, cross country or downhill skiing and stream fishing.
Surrounded by Alpine National Park, the world-renowned Mt Feathertop and Bon Accord walking tracks depart from Harrietville, and if you are properly equipped and fit you can take the walking tracks to Mount Hotham, or Mt Feathertop which are challenging but spectacular.
Situated between Bright and Harrietville on the Great Alpine Road, the two little towns, Freeburgh and Smoko are home to some of the region’s most diverse horticultural products. Here you’ll find a berry and nut farm, plus orchards of chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.
Harrietville has much to be told and the rivers and the mountains continue to hold a fascination for those who care to enjoy them.