Mitta is mecca for fishing, canoeing, bush walking and as a touring base for an extensive system of 4WD tracks. A network of walking tracks provides access to the magnificent views of the Valley and the historical mining sites around the town.
The town has a 9-hole golf course, tennis courts and a picturesque picnic and swimming area on Snowy Creek. There is certainly plenty to make your stay at Mitta Mita the perfect holiday!
A patchwork of walking tracks around the town provide an excellent opportunity to checkout the historic mining areas, enjoy the views and the local flora and fauna. Favourite tracks are the Deep Gully and River Walks (easy) and the Mt Wills walk (hard). Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to complete your journey safely.
The Pioneer Mine provides the backdrop to the town and at one time was the largest open cut gold mine in the State. Hydraulic sluicing using water jets were used to hose down the walls and to uncover the gold left by an earlier diversion of the river. A walking track within the base of the mine takes around 45 mins to complete the circuit. As well as mining artefacts and tunnels, look out for the peregrine falcons that nest on the cliff faces and lyre birds that frequent the damp parts of the mine.
The Mitta River, creeks and streams around Mitta are perfect for the serious fisher. Rainbow trout, river blackfish, carp and the occssional Maquarie Perch can be found in the area. Murray cod used to be abundant downstream of Eskdale but have declined markedly in number, probably due to releases of cold water from Lake Dartmouth. Make sure you are aware of the season openings and size limits.
The Witches Garden boasts the largest collection of medicinal plants in Australia and is dedicated to preserving their history and folklore. Located on the Mitta-Dartmouth road.
Enjoy Mitta's 9-hole (X2) golf course located at the Magorra Recreational Reserve.
6. Try your hand at Gold Panning
The Snowy Creek is an excellent starting spot for panning. Many other areas are suitable, but there are some streamsides where disturbance is prohibited. Be sure to check on the need for a Miners Right. Like golf and polo, the rules require that you replace the divet and leave the area as you found it. And don 't bother with a gold detector, the gold in the Mitta area is very fine and no real nuggets have ever been found.
7. Numerous Picnic Spots to chose from
For those preferring to stop at formal picnic sites set up with all the necessary amenities, then Mitta Mitta is the place to head. Alternatively, on the journey upstream on the Snowy Creek (towards Omeo) you will discover numerous scenic spots to picnic.
The Dartmouth Dam (Australia's highest) is located 17kms from Mitta. The dam is the major drought protection for the Murray-Darling Basin and is well worth a visit.
10. A Myriad of Secluded Camping Sites
There are plenty of secluded places to camp around the Mitta River and nearby creeks and streams. Favourite spots are the Walnuts and Lightning Creek and the many locations along Snowy Creek.
Mitta Now a Major Bike Destination
It would be hard not to have noticed the large of number of bikes of all shapes and sizes that now appear at Mitta, particularly on the weekends. It is not unusual to have 100-200 bikes visit on a typical weekend, the riders have heard on the grape vine that Mitta is one of the great Aussie destinations. The newly completed Omeo Highway has provided the trigger but the added bonus is the new-look Mitta Pub and the quaint General Store.
This group of off-road bikers enjoyed the nearby bush tracks and a great overnight stay at the pub.
Aroamer Coffee pop-op Eskdale