This is a fairly random listing of local businesses that I like. Feel free to send details through for inclusion.


Avalon House is a beautiful and recently renovated historic 1895 building in Harrietville, offering a range of accommodation options.

Glen Wills Mountain Retreat. Located close to the Mitta Mitta River and just south of Mt Wills. The Retreat is solar and hydro powered.

Paynes Hut. Hosted remote accommodation located in the upper reaches of the Mitta Mitta valley at Shannonvale, about an hour’s drive north of Omeo.

adventure activities & shops

Adventure Guides Australia run the Mount Buffalo ski school, offer Cross Country ski lessons and tours, Snow Shoe trips and snow camping.

Adventures with Altitude. Based in Dinner Plain, and covering “hiking, mountain biking, fishing, food & wine tasting, history/heritage, flora and fauna, or the freedom of exploration the Victorian High Country”.

All Terrain Cycles (ATC) is located in the heart of the Victorian Alpine and High Country town of Mansfield.

Australian walking tours. They do various trips into the Alps.

The Cornice Store. On-line store: ‘Backcountry snow equipment specialists’

Cyclepath bike shop, located in Bright, north east VIC.

Hedonistic hiking. Tours in NE Victoria focused on food – wine – walking.

Mount Stirling Experience offers “cross country skiing, mountain biking, bush walking, orienteering, climbing, abseiling, teams challenge course, group camps, corporate team building”. Details here.

Mountain Adventure Centre, Jindabyne, NSW.

River Mountain Guides “presents a wide variety of activities across Australia for the winter or summer adventurer“, including a range of trips on the Bogong High Plains.

Rocky Valley bikes and ski hire, located in Mt Beauty, VIC.

Soulfree Adventures. Offer a range of walks and snow shoe adventures in the Alps and Surf Coast in Victoria.

Snowy Mountains Climbing School, Khancoban, NSW.

VicAlps Adventure Guides. Based in Mount Beauty. “Guided outdoors adventure trips in the Victorian Alps”.

Wilderness Sports, Jindabyne. “”The most experienced Mountain Adventure Specialists in the Snowy Mountains with over 30 years local knowledge. Gear and guiding”.

books & music

Alpine Booktrail. A listing of bookstores throughout the alpine region.

the Club Second hand bookshop, Swifts Creek, is owned and operated by regional historian Peter Gardner and has a fantastic collection of regional books.

Nine Mile Music. 14b Camp street, Beechworth

Tabletop Press specialises in “books and information on the High Country huts, the Australian Alps, Canberra and the South Coast on NSW”. They are a bit obsessed with coloniser/ settler history for my tastes but provide some excellent histories on mountain huts, the Snowy Hydro scheme, gold mining and other European/ Australian activity in the Alps.


Bright Brewery, a great micro brew in downtown Bright.

The General. Seriously, who doesn’t love The General at Mt Hotham.

food, cafes

The Mansfield Regional produce store, known locally as ‘The Produce Store’.

Mountain Kitchen is a great little cafe in Dinner Plain, VIC. You can find them via Facebook

The Epicenter is a mountain bike-focused cafe operating at Telephone Box Junction on Mt Stirling, just across the Delatite Valley from Mt Buller.


Alpineology deals with all aspects of snowline vegetation. We have three distinct services: Consultancy, native revegetation, landscaping and maintenance service and advice and native plant sales for the Victorian alpine resorts.

Black Rainbow printing. Black Rainbow are based in the mountains north of Buchan, in Gippsland, and are masters of environmentally responsible printing.