Apples, wines, bikes and community.
There’s always something going on around here. You just need to know where to look.
Harcourt’s role as Australia’s apple centre is still evident all around, and it is the basis of our annual Applefest celebrations. But these days, there’s as much or more to do with wines and cycling. This mix of the old and the new makes for a pretty good way to fill in the days.
Major events in Harcourt? At the moment, we're keeping them up our sleeve. Check back soon to find out what's going on!
Yes, Applefest makes for March madness, but everything’s apples here for quite a bit longer than that.
February to May, annually
Blossoms of spring lead in to busy picking time. Picking is done by hand using ladder and picking bags. From there, they’re collected into wooden containers. When filled, the containers are towed by tractor to a coolstore, where a controlled atmosphere keeps our apples fresh and crisp for great eating.
Keep an eye out for orchard vehicles on the local roads. Ask for new season fruit at your local fruiterer.
Where and when to buy Harcourt apples?
New season apples are available about the time of Harcourt Applefest, in March of each year.
Around Harcourt, roadside shops get their apple supplies straight from the orchards.
At the Melbourne Wholesale Market, our apples are available all year round.
Harcourt has become one of Victoria’s prime cycling getaway destinations. All year round, mountain bikers take the tracks and trails around the bush and up Mount Alexander. Road-riders use Harcourt as a base for leisure rides, with the mountain challenge always awaiting the eager.
Competition cyclists love Harcourt too, with something for all categories of road and mountain bike rides and all levels of experience.
Racing and time trial events take place at various points throughout the year. Scheduled cycling events in Harcourt include:
- May—Victorian Country/Metro Road Cycling Championships
- June—Masters Individual Road Time Trial series, Harcourt Round
- November—Tour de Bress Twilight Criteriums
For more details on those events, or results of previous ones, you will find what you seek on the website for Cycling Victoria.
Under sun and stars
Walking and camping is a great way to experience the delights of the wonderful countryside on and around Mount Alexander.
The folks over at Chockstone reckon it’s a top spot for rock climbing too. They’re the experts, so if you want info about seasonal conditions and appropriateness, head on over and check them out.
If you like our apples, you’ll love our cider!
Visit the district’s unique and internationally famed wineries all year around.
Cafes & Refreshments
Whether your passing through or here for a stay, Harcourt has some stellar stuff to fill you up.
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