Beyond Mitta Valley

The Witches Garden soothes the mind and inspires the spirit. There is an energy about this place that fills the soul. Explore its meandering paths and find gardens within gardens. Celtic witches were healers and this garden romances the tradition of knowing which plants are food, medicine and poison – take a self-guided tour to discover some amazing history or book a tour with our medicinal herb expert, coach groups welcome!

Dartmouth Dam captures the high quality alpine water flowing down the Mitta Mitta River and from its tributaries. Located about 25 km upstream of the township of Mitta Mitta in north-eastern Victoria, the reservoir is the most upstream storage and is the largest capacity storage in the River Murray system. It has the highest embankment of any dam in Australia.

The Dartmouth Pub is a family affair and has been operated by the Scales family for more than 10 years. Son Aaron is the manager these days and along with his extended family they offer a warm welcome and hearty meals. Robyn and John Scales work together with Aaron to create a fantastic family atmosphere – Robyn in the kitchen and John behind the bar.

The Omeo Highway is a 157 kilometre (km) road in eastern Victoria, Australia, connecting north-east Victoria to Gippsland over parts of the Victorian Alps. The Highway is the first gazetted State highway in Victoria (1925).

There are no substantial settlements between Mitta Mitta and Omeo, and therefore fuel is unavailable. There is no mobile phone communication from Mitta Mitta to south of Anglers’ rest although there is an emergency roadside phone at the base of Mt Wills. There is some CB repeater coverage including Ch1 (Mitta). Monitor other traffic and log trucks on Ch 40.

Police and ambulance services are available at Mitta Mitta and Omeo. Conditions in the mountains can change quickly and be harsh, particularly during winter. Snow is not uncommon in the winter season and may cause the road to be closed for short periods.

As probably one of the most impressive scenic routes in Australia, there are excellent views along most of the road, making it very popular with tourists. Due to winding nature of the road along the Omeo Highway, it is a common place for large groups of motorcycles to go riding. The Victorian Government completed the sealing of the road in March 2014 and the official opening of the completed highway took place at “The Walnuts” in May 2014.

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