Local Escapes

6 Things To Do In Regional Victoria This Month

By Ben Tyers
28th Feb 2020

We're out of summer, now it's time for Victoria's amazing produce to take centre stage as the leaves start to change colour during Autumn.

We’re lucky in Victoria with most regions being less than 3-hours drive from the city, so you can easily do it in a day if you plan your journey, or better yet stay the night in some amazing accommodation that’s on offer around the state.

Here are some excellent events happening in regional Victoria this March.


This year sees the inaugural Upstream festival launch in Albury-Wodonga.

Taking over various venues around the two cities, Upstream is a family-friendly arts and culture festival featuring street art, sculptures, light shows, and more.

When: Friday 6 March to Monday 9 March
Where: Various locations throughout Albury-Wodonga
For more information, head to the Upstream website.

Swan Hill Region Food & Wine Festival

Having a bit of food and wine by the Murray River is never a bad idea.

The Swan Hill Food & Wine Festival is back again in 2020, dishing up some of the region's finest products over three massive days. Friday sees the Food & Wine Festival Twilight Cruise take off, Saturday is when the festival really kicks off, followed by a wine and produce market on Sunday.

When: Friday 6 March to Sunday 8 March
Where: Pioneer Settlement, 125 Monash Drive, Swan Hill
For more information head here.

Lost Trades Fair

The Lost Trades Fair hits Bendigo for the first time after outgrowing its former home at Kyneton Racecourse.

Lost Trades brings a range of experts together to show off skills that you don't see often these days. Catch stonemasons, bookbinders, chairmakers, ropemakers, coopers, and more.

When: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March
Where: Bendigo Racecourse, Heinz Street, Bendigo
For more information, head here.

Harcourt Applefest

It's harvest time in Victoria's apple country, and it's all centred around Harcourt.

Get stuck into apple pie baking, and eating competitions, as well as sampling freshly-baked cakes, pies, and juice.

There'll also be a selection of wine, beer, and, of course, cider.

When: Satuday 7 March
Where: Stanley Park, High Street, Harcourt
For more information, head here.

Sunday At Cruden Farm

On the third Sunday of every month, the stunning Cruden Farm is open for you to take it easy, exactly what you should be doing on a Sunday.

Head on a garden tour, or take a stroll around the amazing property at your own pace. Tours kick off at 10am and last over an hour and explain Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s vision for the garden during her life at Cruden Farm.

What: Sunday At Cruden Farm
When: Sunday 16 February
Where: Cruden Farm, 60 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin
For more information, head to crudenfarm.com.au.

For The Diary: Mallacoota Wild Harvest

Mallacoota has been on top of the news cycle with so many residents affected by the recent bushfire in the area.

Help get the community back on its feet by heading to the Wild Harvest Seafood Festival in Mallacoota.

Get stuck into abalone, sea urchins, prawns, and move in a festival that will show off the best Mallacoota and the surrounding area has to offer.

What: Wild Harvest Seafood Festival
When: Friday 3 April to Sunday 5 April
Where: Mallacoota
For more information, head to wildharvestseafoodfestival.com.

Too short on cash to leave town? Here's a bunch of free things happening in Melbourne to check out.

Image credit: Visit Victoria

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