Things to Do

See also Stanley Farm Gate Sales and Events

Walking Stanley

You are invited to explore our beautiful Stanley Plateau on Victoria’s alpine foothills. The combination of altitude, geology / soils, and high rainfall combine to create a unique pocket in the north-east.

Brochures and information leaflets on Stanley flora/fauna/fungi and map of Stanley Walks are all available in the Cottage.

Wander the township and surrounding bush tracks: spot our special flora and fauna. Drop into the many farm gate venues to sample and purchase exceptional locally grown produce. Or simply find your special spot on the Plateau to create a memorable picnic.

Enjoy the views and the tranquillity of our gentle way of life.

Murmungee Lookout – Located in the Stanley State Forest just over 6 kms from Stanley Goose Cottage, Murmungee Lookout is one of the State’s most spectacular spots for a picnic. Directions/Map: 3 hour walk, 26 minute drive or 48 minute bike ride round trip.

The Magic Forest – Approximately 3 kms. from Stanley Goose Cottage. Directions/Map 60 minute walk, 12 minute drive or 14 minute bike ride there and back to Stanley Goose Cottage (round trip).

Stanley Athenaeum

Visit the historic building of Stanley Athenaeum in the centre of the village. The building houses a library of old books, old photos and memorabilia. Open Fridays from 10am-12:30pm.

The Stanley Pub

Wine, Dine and Be Merry at The Stanley. A pleasant 10 minute walk or 3 minute drive from Stanley Goose – bookings essential. Also incorporating Stanley Store for breakfast and treats, showcasing local produce. Visit their website for open days/times.

Indigo EPIC Trail – Ride High Country

The Indigo Epic Trail is a brand new 56km All Mountain single track mountain biking trail connecting the historic towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah.

Gravel RidesBeechworth Gaol Break Ride

This ride links some of the best gravel roads and trails around Beechworth with a few surprises thrown in. This ride covers the hills and forests around Stanley, including an optional ascent up to the Mt Stanley summit, and finishes with a long downhill run back to town.

E-MT Bikes – Old Gaol Beechworth

Ride Indigo Epic & Rail Trail with Ride Republic, powered by the Old Beechworth Gaol.

Beechworth – Woolshed Falls

Located in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, Woolshed Falls are a popular destination for nature lovers and history buffs.

The area was once the centre of one of the richest goldfields in Australia, where up to 8,000 prospectors camped along the banks of Spring Creek, in search of their fortune.

The falls are a ten minute drive north from Beechworth, where you can view the cascading falls, enjoy a leisurely picnic or take a self-guided walk around the alluvial gold workings. An observation deck provides views to falls and the valley below, which is particularly spectacular after heavy rainfalls. Please be very careful on the rocks as they are slippery and children should not be left unsupervised in this area. Suitable, sturdy footwear is advised.

Beechworth – Mt. Pilot Lookout Walk

A short drive from Goose Cottage to Mt. Pilot.

Take a short walk from the car park to the 545 metre summit of Mount Pilot, where you are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside.

On a clear day, Mount Buffalo is easily recognisable on the southern horizon. The rock pools on the top of Mount Pilot are rare. The spring display of the pink Micromyrtus is quite spectacular. Whilst it’s a short walk the reward is a stunning view, a place to sit and reflect, and of course many opportunities for creative photographers.

Eldorado Road Beechworth

Enjoy free tasting of their handmade range of wines or simply enjoy a glass, of their own wine or maybe a craft beer in our shady courtyard and bar.

Wines of the King Valley

The King Valley wine region has one of the greatest concentrations of varieties of any wine region in Australia. Combining Italian heritage and cool climate viticultural styles to produce wines of finesse.

Milawa Gourmet Region

The Milawa Gourmet Region is home to farmers, growers and makers of delicious produce, fine food and craft offerings.

Mt. Buffalo Waterfalls

Mount Buffalo’s beautiful waterfalls are one of the mountain’s most popular attractions, drawing in thousands of visitors every year. High Country locals know that the cool waters and swimming holes are the best way to escape the summer heat, and in winter the crystal clear waters and granite boulders are amazingly photogenic, especially after a dusting of snow.

If there’s anything in particular you’d like information about, please don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll do our best to help you make the most of your stay.