Myrtleford is the next of those Victorian Towns that if possible time the visit for autumn. Myrtleford is a very pretty and prosperous town. Myrtleford is also on the Great Alpine Highway that is travelled to get to the Victorian Alps and ski fields.
European settlement began in the early 19th century and from 1837, the township of Myrtleford was a remote cattle run known as the Myrtle Creek Run. When gold was discovered in the Buckland Valley, thousands of diggers had to cross Myrtle Creek on their way to the goldfields. A small township developed around the fording place, with the name of Myrtleford consequently adopted.
Myrtleford is the largest town in the Alpine Shire and is an important commercial centre in the Ovens and Buffalo River Valley. Agriculture and timber are important industries in the area. Tobacco was for many years a major crop in the area until the industry closed down in 2006. Farming is an important industry; vineyards, walnuts and chestnuts, blueberries and raspberries, cherries, apples, kiwifruit, olives, vegetables, hops, beef and dairy cattle are all prevalent farming pursuits in the Myrtleford region.