The historic townships of High Country house an eclectic mix of shops and galleries selling everything from antiques, collectibles and local handcrafts to jewellery, handmade sweets and gourmet offerings.
A grand history
Begin in historic Beechworth where you'll find many of the shops located in grand old gold rush buildings. Beechworth Gold, a jewellery shop, can be found in the old Bank of Victoria building, while the Beechworth Wine Centre, specialising in antiques and wine, makes good use of the beautiful Italianate Bank of New South Wales building.
Beechworth also has a fine collection of shops selling homewares and handcrafted products. Browse the hand carved furniture and ornate furnishings at the aptly named Finer Things of Life, view hand made pottery pieces at The Potters Beechworth, and of course no visit to Beechworth would be complete without sampling the humbugs from the award-winning Beechworth Sweet Company.
Teenagers and retro-peddlers will love to fossick through the racks at the numerous op-shops peppered across the region. Find that special treasure and help raise money for the community at the same time.
The nearby towns of Yackandandah and Chiltern are also worth a visit for their quaint shops offering antiques and country collectibles.
Fill the pantry
Stock up on fresh, seasonal bounty at local provedores, grocers and farms gates so you can keep the good times rolling after you get back home. Fill the boot with the best of the region from jams, chutneys, berries and nuts to olives, cheeses and local wines.