When staying at the Avoca Motel, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of local attractions and things to do – whether you’re travelling with your significant other, friends or family, you’ll never be bored!
Food & Wine
The Mediterranean-like climate of the region has made it popular amongst local winemakers. With more than 25 cellar doors to choose from, you’ll be able to sample a range of Pyrenees wines. We recommend paying a visit to Blue Pyrenees Estate, Dalwhinnie, Gwynnyth Vineyard, Mount Avoca, St Ignatius Vineyard, Peerick Vineyard, Sally’s Paddock Redback Winery, Summerfield Wines, Taltarni Vineyards and Warrenmang Vineyard.
Being located on the banks of the Avoca River means that you’ll be ideally placed to explore some of the more natural attractions that the region has to offer. The Kara Kara National Park and Pyrenees State Forest are popular with those who enjoy walks, as there are plenty of tracks to explore. Within the township itself, you could also pay a visit to the Avoca Chinese Garden, Pyrenees Garden, Avoca Lions Park (with a playground for the kids) and Skate Park.
Art & Culture
If art and culture is more your thing, there are plenty of gorgeous antique stores and art galleries to spend your days wandering. We recommend visiting: Jos House, Times of Yore, Sticky Beaks, Olive & Lavender Store, Westbury Antiques and McMurray Galleries. Whether you just enjoy browsing the works on offer or you’re looking to take a little souvenir home with you, rest assured that there are plenty of offerings in the local area.
It should come as no surprise that Avoca has a rich gold rush history, so it makes sense that there are plenty of historical attractions for you to visit. Some of the heritage buildings in town include the old Avoca Lockup, the Powder Magazine and the Police Residence. The town is also home to Victoria’s oldest operating chemist. For more information, we definitely recommend checking out the Avoca & District Historical Society (which is open Wednesdays or by appointment).
The region is also home to a number of events throughout the year that draw tourists in from hundreds of kilometres away. If you enjoy horseracing, the Avoca Cup and Mount Avoca Anzac Day Races are always a hit. The Avoca Riverside Market, held on the fourth Sunday of every month, is also popular with visitors. Other local events include the Beaufort Market, Rainbow Serpent Festival and a Petanque Tournament (played twice a year).
If you really want to experience the town as it was in its yesteryear, you should try your hand at gold prospecting! Nuggets are still being found every day throughout Avoca, Beaufort and the surrounding villages, so you’re definitely in with a chance! Prospecting is permitted in most areas of Mount Cole and the Pyrenees State Forest, but you must first obtain a Miners Right Permit and carry it with you at all times.