Bringing time-honoured traditions to the mountains, AT hikes, skis, camps and stops for High Tea in the Australian Alps.

High in the Australian Alps there’s a new way to spend an afternoon. If you’d rather wine and dine than hike through the mountains, Gaze at Rundells Alpine Lodge has a new afternoon treat that will be your cup of tea.

Make no mistake, you’ll still find people sitting with friends, having a yarn with a steaming cup of tea, but there’ll be fine china and scones on the table.

High Tea has arrived in the mountains. It’s come a long way: winding up Australia’s highest road, leaving cities, suburbs and clouds behind, to the top of Mount Hotham and along Dinner Plain, alighting at last at Rundells Alpine Lodge, Victoria.

The practice of whiling away an afternoon with dainty cucumber sandwiches and bite-sized pastries might seem more at home in the delicate tea rooms popping up in the cities, but there’s nothing more indulgent than soaking up the mountain views with a three-tier cake stand and gourmet tea for company.

From November 23, 2008, Graze will welcome mothers and daughters, friends and couples who’ve come to sit nestled among snow gums in the Alpine National Park.

Taking bookings now, Rundells are serving up a range of teas and treats from around the world.

Enjoy organic loose-leaf tea, from traditional English Breakfast and Earl Gray to Assam and Turkish Apple, sparkling wine and fresh baked treats during 1pm and 3pm sittings.

From $38 per person, call (03) 515 96422 for bookings or check out www.rundells.com.au for more info.

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