Harrietville is a former gold-mining town, located 25 kilometres south of Bright on the Great Alpine Road and at the base of Mount Feathertop in the scenic Victorian Alps.
The town is particularly attractive in autumn when the blazing colours of its large variety of deciduous trees creates a spectacular display. The Ovens River meanders through Harrietville, lined with attractive parks including Pioneer Park which features a museum and displays of the region's history. A small commercial centre includes a general store, two hotels, and a selection of accommodation.
10 kilometres north of Harrietville on the Great Alpine Road is the small community of Smoko. This town is appropriately named after the several large tobacco farms which used to line the road and Ovens River on its journey through a picturesque valley surrounded by berry farms, nut plantations, forests and mountains.
Harrietville is just a short drive from the major Alpine ski resort of Mount Hotham which offers year round activities for visitors.