King River (Victoria)
King River is a river in Victoria, a state of Australia. It is a tributary of the Ovens River and ultimately the Murray River on the western slopes of the Australian Alps. The King Valley is a beautiful, cool climate wine grape growing area. It is a river used by kayaking enthusiasts with many level 2 and level 3 rapids. In 2008 the site for the Victorian and Australian Downriver Championships.
King Valley History
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The King Valley could be described as a little part of Italy set amongst the hills of North East Victoria, south of Wangaratta. This stunningly picturesque area has a history which includes bushrangers, Chinese and Italian immigration. The Chinese came from the Goldfields in the mid-19th century and brought with them a rich heritage as market gardeners, tobacco growers and merchants. Roads in the Valley today carry the names of the more prominent families like Mahlooks, Honey and Fosangs. Italian migrants came to the region in the 1940s and 50's and following the Chinese grew tobacco but it was not long before they realized the enormous potential of the region to produce European wine varietals. In recent times, the Valley has been gaining in reputation as a unique wine region for sangiovese, nebbiolo and barbera to name but a few. Visit the King Valley and names such as Pizzini, Dal Zotto, Corsini, Sartori, Ciccone and Politini are prominent for their hospitality. With some of the highest altitude vineyards in Australia this area produces uniquely flavoured and memorable wines.
The Whitfield railway line operated in the King Valley from 1899 to 1953. One of four narrow gauge lines of the Victorian Railways, the 50-kilometre line operated from Wangaratta (where it connected with the main line) to Whitfield. Today, this route is remembered as a rail trail.
Whitfield and Moyhu are the major townships in the King Valley along the road from Wangaratta or Mansfield. These two towns have public conveniences, places to stay, a local pub and general store each as well as a police station and fuel supplies. Other smaller hamlets are dotted throughout the King Valley region.
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