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Myrtleford

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Victoria Myrtleford

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Introduction

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.

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Sights and Activities

  • Take in a view of the town from Reform Hill
  • An old Tobacco Kiln can be found at the entrance to the town. It has been relocated there and is a reminder of one of the area's traditional industries.
  • Fishing for trout and cod.
  • Visit nearby Mount Buffalo National Park.
  • Skiiing is possible on Mount Buffalo in winter.

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Events and Festivals

  • The Myrtleford Festival celebrates the cultural history of the district and promotes local industries and communities. It is held on the Labour Day long weekend in March.
  • The Myrtleford Show is a classic country show. Held at the Myrtleford Showgrounds.

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Getting There

By Car

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.

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Getting Around

By Car

Visits to nearby Mount Buffalo are easiest accomplished by car.

By Foot

The town is small enough to explore on foot quite easily.

By Bike

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.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs 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.

Phone

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:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

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.[1]. 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.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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