Finally, after affecting more than 1.5 million hectares of Victoria, all the fires are out. It’s the same story in NSW and the ACT and towns are fully ‘open for business’. Of course all mountain areas have suffered economically over summer, with lost business and less work. While some areas remain closed (for instance, significant sections of the Australian Alps Walking Track remain closed) the vast majority of mountains areas are getting on with life.

Now is the time to get out and visit mountain areas and spend up big, to help communities get back on their feet.

Here are some ideas

There are various hashtags you can use to find high country businesses – eg #holidayhere #spendwiththem#buyfromthebush #emptyesky

And this is a great resource: Shop 2 Support bushfire communities >

This is really useful for planning your trip: Road Trip For Good.

Events in Bright/ Mount Beauty/ north east VIC:

You can find more through checking the #RollOnBackhashtag.

7-8 Mar | Flicks Against Fires | DINNER PLAIN
15-17 May | La Fiera Italian Festival | MYRTLEFORD

6-9 Mar | The Myrtleford Festival | MYRTLEFORD
11-12 Apr | Dinner Plain Easter Festival | DINNER PLAIN
24 Apr-3 May | Bright Autumn Festival | BRIGHT
26 Apr | Wandiligong Nut Festival | WANDILIGONG

24-26 Apr | Mount Beauty Music Festival | MOUNT BEAUTY
28 Feb -1 Mar | Great Alpine Pick | HARRIETVILLE

8 Mar | Conquestathon | MOUNT BEAUTY

8 Mar |Peaks Challenge (epic bike ride) |FALLS CREEK
14 Mar | Dederang Picnic Races | DEDERANG
20-22 Mar | High Country Women’s Cycling Festival | BRIGHT & SURROUNDS

Check out our full list of events.

Mirimbah/ Mt Buller


Event: Picnic in the Park 2020

Date: 8th March 2020 Time: 11am – 5pm

Location: Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling

Tickets: Adults entry – $35 Kids entry (7-18 year) – $15 Kids under 7 are FREE

For further information please check here.


Here’s a couple of businesses that I know and value that I’m sure would welcome your support:

Blizzard Brewing in Dinner Plain was closed for weeks due to the fires.

Likewise, Everest Sports in Bright is impacted. But they do have an online store and are offering discounts at present (hint hint).

Mountain Kitchen at Dinner Plain is one of the mountain businesses that stays open year round. The closure of DP hit them hard, so please drop by and eat some big breakfasts when you can. Website here.

Wilderness Sports in Jindabyne is open for business.

Tom’s Outdoors, Tumut >

Rocky Valley Sports, Mt Beauty >

The legends at The General at Mt Hotham have been around all through the fire season, feeding firefighters. When this is all over you should go and offer to buy them a beer!