Christmas Break in King Valley
There’s something for every taste in Victoria’s King Valley this Christmas, no matter whether you’re seeking a slow holiday or a wild experience.
Just 30 minutes south of Wangaratta in the state’s north-east, King Valley satisfies foodies, thrill seekers, hikers, families, and couples of all ages.
There are wineries, hiking trails, rivers, mountains and providores for every kind of produce and wares that you can think of – perfect for finding a unique Christmas present for your loved ones back home.
So, join us as we journey through the ultimate King Valley guide for your Christmas break.
Explore: Wineries & Breweries
King Valley was once home to a community of Italian immigrants who transformed the land into rolling vineyards of all descriptions. Over the years, that influence has only grown like the vines, and wine-lovers from all corners have made the journey to this renowned corner of wine country.
We could highly recommend every establishment that dots these parts, but a few names that come to mind include Red Feet Wines, Pizzini Wines, and King River Estate. Once you’re done admiring the view at each, take a stroll down the road and you’ll be sure to find a new favourite.
If you’re a fan of craft beer, King River Brewing may just become that new favourite. Their twelve rotating taps are fresh and delicious, and the rustic interior design sets a beautiful scene.
Become a Prosecco expert!
On the subject of wine, the region’s renowned Prosecco Road is not to be missed.
If you’re a lover of all things bubbly, you may recognise names like Brown Brothers, Dal Zotto and Chrismont Wines. A day trip down Prosecco Road is sure to leave you full of memories, plus great food and wine. If you’re feeling generous, there’s sure to be a great bottle or hamper to take home for Christmas.
Try hot air ballooning!
From the roots of the vineyard to soaring through the clouds in a hot air balloon, there are no limits on where the King Valley might take you.
High above the peaks and troughs of King Valley’s terrain, a balloon ride will give you the absolute best lay of the land. Enjoy a sunrise ride that takes your breath away and savour moments that will last for Christmases to come.
Swim at William Hovel Lake
Something many Australians can agree on is that our summertime Christmas can be world-class. It brings the perfect opportunity to pair presents and parties with barbecues, picnics, boating, and fishing. This also happens to be a list of activities you can enjoy this Christmas at William Hovel Lake!
An hour’s drive south of Wangaratta – or 20 minutes south of Cheshunt – the lake is a gorgeous recreational area with scenery and facilities for a fun-filled day.
Camping by the lake is prohibited, but there are campgrounds a stone’s throw away where you can pitch a tent. Alternatively, there are always plenty of spots along the King River too!
If you’re up for a paddle, canoeing is on the cards. So, grab your bathers and a good book to enjoy Christmas off the beaten track.
Hike to Powers Lookout & Paradise Falls
If you’ve spent the year itching to hit the hiking trails, then King Valley has you covered. Powers Lookout is a renowned hike with breath taking views that offer massive reward for less effort.
Named for the hideout of bushranger Harry Power in the 1st, Powers Lookout is just a three-kilometre gravel drive from Mansfield-Whitfield Road, with a second lookout available 400 metres from the car park. The main lookout is wheelchair accessible, but this secondary outcrop includes a series of ladders and a viewing platform.
While you’re in the area, you’ll also want to add Paradise Falls to your itinerary. A 40-minute drive from Powers Lookout, this waterfall adorns the end of a 500-metre walk. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic near the car park and cheers to a Christmas well spent.
Fish and kayak on the King River
If hiking isn’t quite your speed, there are plenty of fish in the river – King River to be precise! Grab your rod and your kayak this Christmas and spend a laid-back day on the water. Rainbow Trout are a common and easy catch in these waterways, as well as Blackfish, Redfin, Murray Cod, and Golden Perch.
The King River enters Lake William Hovell from the north and south, providing plenty of flowing spots from which to embark. Numerous spots near Whitfield provide some grade two and three rapids for more serious paddlers, while the northern end offers sandy beaches for families to enjoy.
Have a merry Christmas!
From everyone at the Rural City of Wangaratta, we hope you and yours can find the perfect getaway to enjoy this holiday season. No matter where your interests lie, you’re sure to find them in the King Valley.
If you need any more guidance to enjoy the region this summer, visit the Ned Kelly Discovery Hub and pick up a brochure or some locally brewed advice.