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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. Myrtleford is 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 love to dine out in our beautiful region, so here are 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.

There is also a range of motels and bed and breakfasts located close to the town centre and plenty of Airbnb options as well.

Myrtleford Holiday Park


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!

Tu Vietnamese Street Food


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.

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.

Cafe Fez


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.

Myrtleford Cycle Centre
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.

Lake Buffalo


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.

Flower stall at Myrtleford markets
Myrtleford Farmers Market


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 Bush Track Wines cellar door. Enjoy 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 in Bright, on your travels around the area, as you discover our little piece of paradise.

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