Autumn in Mansfield

Autumn in the mountains is one of my favourite times of the year. Cool, crisp mornings, warm sunny days. The nights are starting to get cool and you can start lighting the fire. The leaves are changing colour and the days are getting shorter. If you’re heading to Mansfield this Autumn, here’s a list of things to do.

March 2024, Words and Photos Mandy Lamont

Jamieson Autumn Festival

After a four year break, the Jamieson Autumn Festival is making it’s much anticipated return this year, promising a day filled with joy and festivities for all ages on 13th April 2024.

Set in the quaint little hamlet of Jamieson, the vibrant deciduous trees, aglow in shades of yellow, orange and red create the perfect backdrop for a day brimming with family-friendly fun, community games, musical entertainment, local arts and crafts and delectable regional food and beverages.

High Country Tiny House - Splinter III

How’s the serenity? Located on a beautiful 10 acre property 3 minutes from the heart of Mansfield. This clean and bright High Country Tiny Home offers a tranquil stay in a quiet location with incredible sunsets. The closest neighbors are the horses in the paddocks out the back. To book and for more info click  here

Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you’ve never been in a hot air balloon, this is definitely something to experience. And Mansfield is a spectacular place to do it with magnificent alpine views of Mt Buller and the Victorian Alps. Watch the sunrise as the balloon is filled with hot air and you drift off into the crisp alpine air.

Global Ballooning offer sunrise flights year round and afternoon flights from May to September. Book with Global Ballooning here, read about the early days of Global Ballooning in Mansfield 30 years ago here.

Delatite Winery

Drop in to family owned and run Delatite Winery for lunch or a wine tasting. The new cellar door building which opened in 2023 has received a plethora of design awards, and it’s easy to see why. With sweeping views across the Victorian Alps including Mt Buller, Mt Stirling and Mt Timbertop, all in view. The Delatite Cellar door provides a unique wine tasting and dining experience. View the summer menu here. Or enjoy a picnic and one of the three private estate picnic sites, available until April.

First planted in 1968 the team follows Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic principles as they believe in growing grapes and making wine in as natural a way as possible with minimal intervention/additions. To make a booking visit the Delatite Winery website here.

Swiftcrest Distillery

About 10 minutes from Mansfield, along a windy gravel road is Swiftcrest Distillery.

Completely off-grid, timber from the property runs the boiler and the spirits are made using water from a spring in the property. Pure mountain snowmelt, filtered through the granite bedrock. In the tasting shed glistening chandeliers, vintage tables and antique cabinets, a bathtub from Diamaru, and bohemia crystal glasses sit alongside the gleaming copper stills which create their crafted range of vanilla bean vodka, Alpine Spring Gin, Strawberry summer gin and my favourite, Dutch Apple Pie Moonshine.

Private tasting pods, equipped with their own cocktail cart and mini bar can be booked and include a local harvest grazing board of cheeses, cured meats, breads and accompaniments. For more info and to book a tasting or a pod, visit the Swiftcrest Distillery here.

Rockwire Mt Buller

Opened to the public this February is Mt Buller’s Rockwire. Australia’s first alpine via feratta or ‘iron way’ in Italian. An assisted scrambling route on fixed cables screwed into the rock. Rockwire offers the thrill of rock climbing with minimal skills.  Check out my RockWire blog here. For more info visit Rockwire website here.

Fly Fishing

For something a bit more subdued. Grab a line and head to the Delatite river for some fly fishing. A much more serene way to spend your weekend.

Looking for somewhere to eat? Check out Dining guide to Mansfield here

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