Recreation & outdoor activities
Nestled at the eastern base of the Pyrenees Ranges to the north-west of Melbourne, Avoca is known for its complementary combination of fine wines and horse races.
Sample the cool-climate Pyrenees wines at cellar doors that offer plenty of added extras like accommodation, restaurants, and even petanque. Noted wineries include Blue Pyrenees, Taltarni Vineyard, Dalwhinnie Vineyard and Warrenmang Vineyard and Resort. Keep an eye out for winery events like the annual Seduction by Tastebuds degustation dinners crafted by top chefs.
The Avoca Shire Turf Club hosts fantastic country race meets – often combined with the wines of the region. See the field and have a tipple at the Mount Avoca Anzac Day Races, the PJA & Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup in October, or the Pyrenees Christmas Racing Shindig.
Avoca was the site of one of the first goldfields in north-western Victoria. Discover its rich past by following the Avoca Historic Walk past the heritage buildings, including the courthouse (1857) and the Avoca Primary School (built in the 1870s). Pick up a brochure at the Avoca Visitor Information Centre, and look out for plaques at each historic site.
Avoca is 187 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, approximately two hours by car, and is situated at the crossroads of the Pyrenees and Sunraysia highways.