2017 Autumn Tour

'Forays in the High Country'

Alpine Alfisti Autumn Tour 2017

Friday 3rd March to Tuesday 7th March

Touring north east Victoria & the 'Man from Snowy River' country

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Alpine Alfisti Tourists, March 2017 (Photo: L Cottle)


The Toup group met in Bright on Friday evening for a pre-Tour dinner at Sole e’ Luna.


On Saturday morning, the group gathered at the Riverdeck Café in Bright for breakfast, prior to the day's drive.

Alfas in Bright

Alfas in Bright (Photo: L Cottle)

Saturday's Tour route was a loop through Falls Creek, Omeo and Mt Hotham. Lunch was at the iconic 'Blue Duck Inn' at Anglers Rest, returning to Bright for dinner at 'Sol e Luna'.

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Tour route - Saturday Image: (Google) Route map

First stop on the Tour was at Tawonga Gap – a pretty view and an opportunity for a group photo or two!

Alfisti at Tawonga Gap

Alfisti at Tawonga Gap (Photo: L Cottle)

Alfas at Tawonga Gap

Alfas at Tawonga Gap (Photo: L Cottle)

Photos done, the group climbed back into their Touring machines (though none were from carrozzeria Touring!) and drove on to Falls Creek for morning tea at QT’s Stingray.

After coffee and cake, the Tour continued over the Bogong High Plains and down to the Omeo Hwy to follow Big River to Anglers Rest and lunch at the Blue Duck Inn.

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Alfisti dining at the Blue Duck Inn (Photo: L Cottle)

After lunch the Tour continued on through Omeo to Dinner Plain for afternoon tea at the Mountain Kitchen.

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Alfas at Dinner Plain (Photo: P Atkinson)

Then it was up and over Mt Hotham and back to Bright for dinner at Sole e’ Luna again, but a different menu.

A big day, approx 250 km & 4 ½ hrs of driving, but enjoyed by all.


On Sunday morning the Tour group headed from Bright to the King Valley. The morning tea stop was at Ineeta Café in Moyhu, followed by a visit to Lake William Hovel at the south end of the valley - for another photo.

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Alfas, & a Ferrari, at Lake William Hovell (Photo: L Cottle)

The next stop was in Cheshunt, for a fabulous gourmet lunch at Chrismont.

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Dining at Chrismont (Photo: A Sadow)

After lunch we headed back to Whitfield, where we turned towards Mansfield and climbed the scarp on the west side of the valley.

View from lookout

After a quick visit to Powers Lookout – with it's spectacular view looking north over the King Valley ...

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... the group headed for Mansfield, and a convivial dinner in The Bistro at the Delatite Hotel. (Photos: P Atkinson)


On Monday morning the group headed to Mt Buller for the drive, the scenery and the view.

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Alfas at the Garage Cafe (Photo: M Leaver)

After a look in and around the village - and an excellent coffee at the Garage Café too - we descended the mountain and headed for the Delatite Winery, where an excellent tapas style lunch awaited us.

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Tapas at Delatite (Photo: L Cottle)

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Dusting off the Monte (Photo: P Atkinson)

After lunch the group drove back via Mansfield and then north through the King Valley, stopping at Sam Miranda’s in Oxley for afternoon tea.

We then continued on to Rutherglen and another highlight of the Tour, "Happy Hour”, hosted by Grahame & Sue

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'Happy Hour' in Rutherglen (Photo: L Cottle)

Happy Hour was followed by a delightful dinner at Tuileries.


The final communal event for the Tour was a delicious breakfast at the Old Mill Cafe in Corowa.

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Alfas @ the Old Mill, Corowa (Photo: L Cottle)

The Old Mill is also a renowned Chocolate & Whisky factory - but it was a little early to sample those wares, especially as it was time to head for home!