14 - 20 OCTOBER 2019

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Break out of your winter cocoon and celebrate the turn of the season at the Festival of Short Walks! The North East’s story-book villages, Beechworth, Chiltern, Yackandandah and Rutherglen, are stepping it up during the week of 14 – 20 October 2019. An Australian first, the seven day short walks festival features a vibrant program of over thirty guided walks and forty self-guided walks, each designed to give festival-goers an evocative experience, rich in nature, arts and culture, food and wine, and stories - lot of stories.

Victoria’s High Country has been home to Australia’s notorious bushrangers, prestigious artists, and celebrated winemakers. The Festival of Short Walks unearths unique stories, old, new and unexpected, connecting people to place. Visitors can escape winter city blues and detox in nature, revel in local culture and soak up springtime vistas.

Reconnect with your family and your friends and take a stroll through remarkable landscapes, gold rush villages, warm and welcoming communities and their rich stories.

Forage and feast in Rutherglen with a 7th generation winemaker. Refine your drawing and bird watching skills guided by a local artist in the Chiltern Mount Pilot National Park, home to the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Stroll down Yackandandah’s village street with beloved local guide Rod, who shares a story of debauchery and misadventure at every corner. Finish the week atop Beechworth’s glorious, golden, granite boulders, sipping a drop of Beechworth’s finest wine, while you share a story or two of your own.

Visit Walk High Country and create your short walks wish list.