Harrietville is the first town after the descent from Mount Hotham and Omeo on the Great Alpine Highway. Nice spot this and within easy reach to Bright a little further north. Harrietville is a town that is active, aware of heritage and the environment. The town is spread along the highway.

The town began as a gold mining settlement during the gold rush era, the Post Office opening on 5 July 1865.  Alluvial gold was mined initially. Many of the early miners were Chinese. Later, the mining shifted to deep reefs accessed via shafts. A large dredge, known as the Tronoh Monster, also worked extracting alluvial gold from the Ovens River flats. The dredge extracted gravel and created the hole it floated in, dumping the tailings behind it. It made slow progress along the river flats, eventually stopping when rock reefs were contacted at the base of the surrounding mountains. Three large and deep lakes remain near Harrietville where dredging operations ceased.

Harrietville has an SnowlineHotel  and Harrietville Hotel that cater to the skiers.

The Harrietville is located  by the river.

The Harrietville Museum is also near the river.

The Harrietville Churches are spread the length of the township.

Harrietville is a welcome stop prior to the ascent or after the descent.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course