Best things to do in Myrtleford
A short 30km drive up the Valley from the popular Victorian getaway of Bright, you’ll find the quaint town of Myrtleford. It’s the perfect holiday destination, rich in character and Italian culture with a strong community spirit. Not only is Myrtleford the home of the Billy Button Cellar Door that we share with Bush Track Wines, it’s a thriving hub of activity which makes for a memorable trip away, a weekend escape from Melbourne (only 240km away) or a short stint from regional NSW.
We are mostly locals, and we love to dine out in our beautiful region. So our Billy Button team will share our local tips and insider secrets on the best way to spend your time in our local area.
Where to stay in Myrtleford
Myrtleford has many options for accommodation. If you’re looking for a little luxury, it’s hard not to consider Panoramia Villas with expansive views over the Ovens Valley, on the outskirts of town. It’s a little slice of heaven to retreat and just enjoy the breathtaking surroundings.
A little closer to town you’ll find Arderns Caravan Park and Myrtleford Holiday Park. Both popular with families and host to a range of different sites, cabins and facilities to enjoy. The kids will love the ability to get out and about on their bikes and explore the local surrounds.
Places to eat in Myrtleford
The dining scene has evolved a lot in the last few years, with some outstanding options available to enjoy.
Our top tip, you can’t visit Myrtleford without going to Cafe Chulo previously Coffee Chakra, for the best coffee in the North East and modern Australian Nepalese fusion! Cafe Chulo will be serving their delicious coffee with Coffee Chakra beans. The café has a big focus on local and sustainable produce. A must visit if you’re passing through or spending the weekend.
Another must visit location is Tu Vietnamese Street Food. It has been an immediate hit with the locals from its humble beginnings. An started her business as a pop up street cart serving Banh Mi, rice paper rolls and noodle salads but demand was so strong she opened her restaurant on the main street of Myrtleford. The food is incredibly fresh with a great balance of flavours. Open for lunch and dinner four days a week, they have a BYO liquor license, so grab a bottle of Billy Button (we suggest the Gewürztraminer or Pinot Blanc) and head over for a meal!
Kinnaree Thai next to the Caltex Service Station, is a real surprise as well, delicious fresh meals full of whole spices at very reasonable prices. Their Massaman beef cheeks are Jo Marsh’s absolute favourite!
To embrace the Italian culture of the town you can’t go past Bastoni Pizzeria for the most delicious classic wood fired pizza. With indoor and outdoor seating and a full menu that offers pizza, salads, antipasti and dessert, Bastoni has something for everyone.
For a great pub meal, we suggest heading a short 4km drive south east of town to the historic Happy Valley Hotel, although there are a number of good pubs in town as well.
For lovers of BBQ and slow cooked meats, the Old Factory is a must with delicious meals cooked in their custom-made smokers. They have a great craft beer list as well as their own brews. A nice place that our team loves to visit after a long day working in the winery.
And then, last but not least there is the Myrtleford institution, Café Fez. This fabulous restaurant features an eclectic but delicious combination of Lebanese and Moroccan cuisines. They also have a tantalising selection of sweet treats. Attached to the café is Red Ramia trading. Red travels through India, Morocco, Japan and beyond collecting textiles, earthen ware, antiques and more. Put aside a few hours and browse the extensive collection in the seemingly endless labyrinth of rooms and find yourself a unique treasure.
For the Adventure Lovers
The famous Rail Trail bike path passes through Myrtleford, extending to Bright in the East and Wangaratta to the West and taking a leisurely ride through the scenic surrounds is a great family activity. Bring your own bikes, or hire them from the Myrtleford Cycle Centre.
A 20 minute drive from Myrtleford is Lake Buffalo, the centre for water sports in the region and a great spot for fishing as well. The lake features a lively foreshore with shady trees and tables, making it a perfect picnic spot.
Myrtleford Farmers Markets and Regional Produce
The Myrtleford Farmers Market is held on the 4th Saturday of every month in the town piazza. You’ll find a great mix of regional produce stands from fruit and veggies to artisan cheesemakers and farmed trout. They also hold a workshop program with cooking classes and meet the farmer sessions.
There are a number of roadside produce stands, selling fresh berries, nuts, fruit and veggies, depending on the season, so look out for signage as you drive around the region.
To experience the amazing Italian culture of the region, plan a visit during the La Fiera festival in May and book into one of the many events held over the course of the festival and of course attend the Street Festa on the final weekend.
Plus, if you are visiting, don’t forget to stop by our Myrtleford Cellar Door. It’s a special place that we share with Bush Track Wines. We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and there’s some fabulous local produce and wines by the glass to enjoy, as well as the occasional tune playing on the record player. We hope to see you on your travels as you discover our little piece of paradise.
COVID-19 note – Don’t forget to check the venues opening hours and make a booking if you’re keen to dine. Many of the venues operating hours have changed over the last few months and we suggest that you make contact beforehand to avoid disappointment.