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A very popular destination for fisherman and nature lovers, campers and caravaners, families and travellers eager to experience the hospitality of a friendly country pub.

Our Story

The Mitta Pub (formerly the Laurel Hotel) is one of the North Easts true iconic watering holes. We provide a great destination for a day out all year round. Warm and cosy open fires, an extensive wine list and hearty meals keep the atmosphere inviting and provide a comforting stop in the winter time. Our beautiful new dining room overlooking Snowy Creek provides the perfect spot for enjoying a warm summer’s evening with a few cold beers. Set in bush surrounds, backing on to Paddy’s Reserve and the beautiful Snowy Creek, the Mitta Pub offers a relaxing meal and a drink to everyone visiting the Mitta Valley. Having recently undergone an extensive renovation by Southern Cross Developers, the pub now offers top-notch facilities while keeping much of its historic charm.

History

1900 -

Mitta Mitta is a small picturesque village at the foot of the Great Dividing Range in Northern Victoria. It is situated at the junction of Snowy Creek and the Mitta Mitta River.

It derives it’s name from the name local aboriginals gave to the Mitta Mitta River ‘mida-mudunga’ (where reeds grow).

Mitta Mitta is the meeting point of Snowy Creek and the Mitta River. These two waterways, bordered with large gums, basket and weeping willows and stately Poplars intermingled with ti tree and wattles, combine and wind through acres of fertile land till it reaches the waters of the Murray River.

The Valley has experienced three major agricultural phases, firstly cropping then from 1900 dairying and also timber milling. Dairy farming is now the major industry in the Valley.

While Mitta Mitta was once a thriving mining and agricultural town, today with a permanent population of approximately 31, the town relies on tourism for its existence. To see some of the great local offerings check below.

Fires came close in 1939 but the biggest threat occurred in the early part of 2003 when fires surrounded the village for nearly five weeks. Fortunately there was no loss of life or property within the town but the intensity of the fire seriously destroyed nearby State Forest and some farming land.

Charles Brown commenced business in the town as a general storekeeper but was burned out in October 1902. He rebuilt and successfully carried on for a number of years. His shop was then bought by George Moncreiff and the building was later moved to its present site opposite the Mitta Pub.

- 1902

1906 -

The first hotel, The Laurel (now the Mitta Pub), then a weatherboard building was built then abandoned for years. Cattle wandered around it and children often played in it. Then came George Lewis who took it up again and provided the township with it’s only hotel. The brick portion of the building was erected by Mrs. Elizabeth Craig in 1906. As time went by two other hotels were built. The Junction, which was later destroyed by fire and the Bridge Hotel which was then dismantled in 1949 leaving the Laurel as the only hotel in town.

Fires came close in 1939 but the biggest threat occurred in the early part of 2003 when fires surrounded the village for nearly five weeks. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or property within the town but the intensity of the fire seriously destroyed nearby State Forest and some farming land.

- 1939

Options

Rafting

The Rafting Australia website offers a full range of tours and options that allow you to take in the spectacular scenery of the Mitta Valley while experiencing the thrill of Mitta River white water rafting.

Fly around

Joy Flights operate from the Mitta International Airport upon request.

The Witches Garden

Set in 5 Acres in the foothills of Mount Bogong and nestled beside the Mitta Mitta River. Explore the enchanting garden where you’ll not only be delighted by it’s beauty but you’ll discover the fascinating world of medicinal remedies and folk uses of common and unusual plants.

Mitta Mitta River

Snowy Creek produces some good-sized trout, especially around the junction where it meets with the lower Mitta Mitta River in the Magorra Caravan Park at Mitta Mitta.

Mount Beauty Challenge

The Mitta to Mount Beauty Challenge is a highlight on the mountain biking calendar and in its 32nd year proves to be an increasingly popular event. Whether you’re experienced and after a challenge or a beginner after some sight-seeing and exercise there are tracks to suit all levels.

The Heart of the Mitta Valley

Opening Hours

We’re open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week

12pm till late Monday to Friday

11am till late Saturday and Sunday

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