Beginning in the depths of the Alpine National Park, the King river gains momentum in the Buffalo National Park before being captured by Lake William hovel which is set in mountain bushland and provides fishing, boating and picnic facilities in tranquil scenery.
The magic of the river becomes accessible at the top end of the King Valley. Surrounded by open pastures and farm land, the King Valley hosts an abundance of renowned Italian varietal vineyards and in particular, is the home of Australian Prosecco.
Picnics and Cellar Doors
With the King River lapping at many of these vineyards the opportunity to spread the picnic rug at the edge of the vines and dip your toes in the water while enjoying sensational local fare is too good to be true. Or perhaps a heartier meal takes your fancy – strip down to your togs for an invirorating wild swim before heading to any number of cellar doors and restaurants for a full plated gourmet experience dipped entirely in Italian family hospitality.
The top end of the river (closer to Whitfield) delivers grade two and three rapids for those serious paddlers and the bottom end (closer to Wangaratta) is dotted with easy access points, sandy beaches and is perfect for beginner and younger paddlers – ideal for families eager to lounge in the shade of gum trees, skim a few rocks and stay cool during summer.
With loads of easy access areas, the King is a favourite amongst local fisherman who are looking to hook a rainbow trout.
Top and tailed by Cheshunt and Milawa respectively the King Valley makes for a beautifdul day of winery road tripping and with Mansfield just on the other side of the range, it is a picturesque and quintessential high country food and wine journey that is made all the more appealing by your ability to dip your toes in one of Victorias most beautiful rivers.