Follow the winding, bending road for just ten kilometres south of Beechworth and you will come across the small village of Stanley. This tight knit farming community is famed for its produce, with cool climate and fertile soils providing the perfect conditions for growing apples, stone fruit, berries and nuts.
Hop from farm gate to farm gate and pick up some apples and nuts during Autumn, and delight in sweet stone fruits and berries during the warmer months. In summer you can even pick your own berries and cherries at select farms.
You'll be astounded by the beauty of these orchards and opportunity to learn direct from farmers themselves about where your food comes from.
Stanley is a stone's throw from some of the most beautiful, breathtaking views in the region. Drive along Six Mile Rd/Lady Newtown Drive for about 15 minutes and you will be greeted with the famed picnic spot of Murmungee Lookout. Facing south you will be treated to a panoramic view of the river flats, farmland and mountain ranges and on a clear day you can see the majestic Mount Buffalo.
If you're heading back into Beechworth from Stanley, be sure to detour via Red Hill Road where you will follow the northern shoreline of Lake Kerferd. This route will take in gorgeous views of the surrounding farmland and the township of Beechworth.
Another optional detour is via Mt Stanley, at 1050m elevation it offers exceptional views of native bushland and the extensive pine plantations which date back to the Great Depression.