regional towns

A weekend drive could make a real difference

Here at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates we have a long history of assisting homeowners across the length and breadth of Victoria, including many of the regional towns that have been heavily impacted by last month’s bushfires.

We’ve noticed that quite a few media outlets have been encouraging city dwellers to get out into the regional centres and supporting the businesses that are doing it tough during the post-fire recovery period. However, many people may be unsure about where they can go and what they can do.

So, whilst it has nothing to do with the real estate market, here’s a small selection of opportunities in our own backyard that you might want to consider if you’re keen to help.

Bairnsdale: Gateway to the Gippsland Lakes, this you’ll find a wide variety of interests are catered for here from markets and quality dining to local wineries and art galleries. You can even explore A VENUE WITH A BIT OF A ‘TOLKEIN’ VIBE.

Bright: Always a favourite weekend retreat in Autumn, the township of Bright comes alive from Friday April 24th to Sunday May 3rd this year when Melbournians flock to the Alpine High Country for the Bright Autumn Festival. You’ll find all the details at: THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL WEBSITE.

Corryong: This idyllic township in the Upper Murray is home to the ‘Man From Snowy River Festival’, a four-day celebration which will run from Thursday April 2nd to Sunday April 5th this year. You’ll find activities involving horses, dogs, music, art and more. For details, go to: THE BUSH FESTIVAL WEBSITE.

Mallacoota: It’s a town that certainly attracted plenty of attention in early January, but one way you can help the locals get back on their feet is to attend THE WILD HAVEST SEAFOOD FESTIVAL which will run from Friday April 3rd to Sunday April 5th this year, despite some rumours that it would be put on hold in 2020. Champagne and oysters anyone?

Mansfield: Located in between Mount Buller and Lake Eildon, Mansfield is a spot that many people only know as a town they pass through on the way to the snowfields. But that this time of year it’s also a great base for mountain bike riding, fishing, good food or even exploring the HIGH COUNTRY BREWERY TRAIL.

No matter where you decide to travel to in regional Victoria, remember to “take your esky” and fill it up with fresh local produce. The locals will appreciate it.