The Great Alpine Road

This 308km (191-mile) drive, one of Australia's great touring routes, winds through stunning landscapes and character-filled small towns between Wangaratta in Victoria's northeast and Bairnsdale, near the coast. You could do it without stopping in about 4 1/2 hours, but that would be a shame. The joy of the journey is in the stops. Break it up with stops at Bright and Omeo or anywhere else that takes your fancy. Stay at the Art Deco Golden Age Hotel Motel (tel. 03/5159 1344;, which is a great country pub, or for a touch of luxury, stay at Payne's Hut (tel. 03/5159 7255; in Shannon Vale.

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