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Paradise Falls are in the stunning Alpine National Park, 18 km south of Whitfield via Cheshunt, King Valley Road, and Paradise Falls Road. They are in the Wabonga Plateau - Mount Cobbler section of the Alpine National Park. The falls drop for 31 meters and an overhanging rock face allows walking behind the falls. It is usually very quiet and peaceful and the walk from the car park is down a 500-meter path. The walk to the viewing platform is a well-made but steep stepped track. From here, you can take in the spectacular falls and watch the stream wind down through the landscape. Peregrine falcons’ nest in the area. The falls are most spectacular in spring, early summer or after rain, so plan your visit accordingly if you're keen to see the water at its most impressive. In the Day Visitor Area, you'll find picnic tables and designated fireplaces with barbecue plates – an ideal destination for a day trip with the family. Toilets are located at the rear of the car park, but you'll need to bring your own drinking water. Make sure you extinguish your fire with water after using the fireplaces and take all your rubbish out with you. The route is clearly signposted.
Lake William Hovell
Lake William Hovell is an all-time favourite in the King Valley.
Located 23 km south of Whitfield on the Upper King Valley Road, Lake William Hovell is the main reservoir for the valley. This beautiful high-country recreation area has full barbecue facilities, fishing opportunities and walking areas. It is also ideal for canoeing and 4WD. The lake contains trout, redfin, and some Macquarie perch. Restrictions on the lake include boats which are restricted to 8 kph and 10 horsepower; no camping; and the Macquarie perch are protected. The lake was officially opened in 1971 and was built to harness the waters of the King River for downstream irrigation purposes.
Lake Cobbler is around 47 km south of Whitfield along Lake Cobblers Rd, which is accessed from the Upper Rose River Rd; you’ll need a 4WD or high clearance 2WD to negotiate the stretch of road south of Bennies, and an off-road camper trailer if you want to tow your accommodation in. On the way in you’ll see Dandongadale Falls, which have an impressive drop of over 200 m.
The lake was created in the 1960s by damming a swamp area in the headwaters of the Dandongadale River. After leaving Lake Cobbler the Dandongadale River plunges over a precipice, creating the longest drop waterfall in Victoria (a heady 255m). It then joins the Rose River, which flows into the Buffalo River, before settling down to a quiet life in the backwaters of Lake Buffalo.
The Lake is a popular touring destination, as well as a good base camp for lazy days, and/or walking to nearby Mount Cobbler.
You can picnic amidst stunning snow gums and enjoy some of the area’s finest fishing. There are several walking tracks around the lake that are worth taking the time out to enjoy.
Dandongadale Falls is in the Alpine National Park and is viewed from the last section of road to Lake Cobbler. Dandongadale Falls is Victoria's longest falls with a 255m drop, tumbling off the Cobbler Plateau. The road is best accessed by 4wd and is closed over winter.
Located 22 km south-west of Whitfield, via Whitlands, Power's Lookout, which was first reserved as early as 1886, is a panoramic viewing point on the Wabonga Plateau above King Valley. There are two lookout points offering superb views across scenic high country, there is a walk to Power's Waterhole, and there is a picnic area with facilities. Lookout 1 is 190 metres from the car park and offers views from a rock-top platform. It passes huge boulders made from silt and pebbles some 350 million years ago. Lookout 2 has views across King River Valley towards Mount Buffalo, Mount Feathertop, and the Victorian Alps. The walk to Power's Waterhole is 25 minutes return. The waterhole was used by Power as his personal drinking supply.
Gourmet Food & Wine Region
Live la dolce vita with fine food, wine and accommodation in Milawa and King Valley, one of Australia's oldest gourmet regions. Grab a glass of prosecco and look out over the lush valley slopes lined with grape vines, a place where the Italian migrant history complements the region's natural beauty.
Meet the winemakers and their families as you tour intimate, authentic wineries that continue the region's history of entrepreneurial and exciting winemaking. And for the inside scoop on some traditional recipes, take a class at Pizzini Wines Cooking School.
Taste uncommon Italian varietals like prosecco, nebbiolo, sangiovese and barbera at family-run wineries including Pizzini, Dal Zotto Estate, Sam Miranda and Ciavarella Oxley Estate.
Pedal to Produce
Grab a map from the local Visitor Information Centre, hop on your bike, and pedal between small producers in welcoming villages, filling your basket with cheeses, nuts, trout, honey, wine, and olives. Make your way past stunning alpine vistas, acres of vineyards and plains of wildflowers, and be sure to stop in at the local hotspots, Milawa Kitchen at the Milawa Cheese Factory, Milawa Mustards, Brown Brothers and The Olive Shop.
The King Valley is more than just the home of fine Italian winemaking and tantalising cuisine. Bring the family for an outdoor adventure holiday and find everything from bushwalking, cycling, and camping to horse riding, fishing and 4WD trips. Hike up to scenic lookouts and misty waterfalls, breathe in the fresh Alpine air, and watch the sun set over this special part of Victoria.
Time your visit to coincide with Feast High Country – one of the region's biggest events of the year and a big event for the King Valley. Celebrate with locals and visitors alike and meet winemakers, chefs, producers, and brewers at more than 40 events over 10 big days.
King Valley Prosecco Road
Venture to the King Valley in Victoria's High Country and you could be forgiven for thinking you'd been transported to the picturesque hills of northern Italy. For these vineyards, perched on the fertile slopes that rise above the King River, are home to great wines and their innovative makers. First, second and third generation Italian migrant families continue a tradition, today treating the Australian palate with their Mediterranean-inspired wines. Pinot grigio, arneis, verduzzo, sangiovese, tempranillo and barbera formed their first wave.
Then in 1999, inspired by a childhood growing up in the town of Valdobbiadene, the birthplace of prosecco, Otto Dal Zotto planted the first prosecco vines in the King Valley. Its fresh, crisp, palate proved instantly popular with those seeking a relaxed yet stylish, celebratory drink. Since that first planting, four other King Valley winemakers have followed suit – Brown Brothers, Chrismont, Pizzini and Sam Miranda.
In 2011, all five joined forces to create an exciting new food and wine trail especially for lovers of the sparkling Italian white. Drive or cycle the trail as you enjoy intimate tastings with the makers, savouring rustic Italian cuisine and conversations about the meaning of life over a game of bocce, are all stops along King Valley Prosecco Road.