Set against a backdrop of Mount Buffalo, Myrtleford is an attractive town in Victoria's Alpine Shire. Nearby attractions include local wineries, Lake Buffalo and Mt. Buffalo National Park.
Myrtleford is 274km north-east of Melbourne and can be reached by driving along the Hume Highway up to Wangaratta and then turning off on the Great Alpine Road. From there it is about 42km to Myrtleford. Estimated driving time from Melbourne is just over 3 hours.
You can also take the scenic route through the gourmet Milawa region, along Snow Road from Glenrowan.
Visits to nearby Mount Buffalo are easiest accomplished by car.
The town is small enough to explore on foot quite easily.
Cycling is a great way to get around town and explore nearby towns as well. It lies on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, a cycling and walking track converted from a disused railway line.
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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