Published on 16th June 2017
by Linsey Rendell

While Bright might offer sweeping vistas and outdoor adventures galore, the Victorian town also provides plentiful opportunities for comfort food and drink by the fireplace.

You might consider the sub-alpine valleys of Bright in North East Victoria as where only the snow-mad visit. But this verdant pocket lures visitors in each of its seasons. Naturalists chase the autumn leaves and spring flora, mountaineers enthusiastically trudge the walking tracks and cyclists take on the riding trails all year long.

In winter, it’s Bright’s access to the nearby slopes of Falls Creek and Mount Hotham that become the main attractions. But you could easily set your sights on a weekend dedicated to food and drink, dropping into the valley’s many cafes, bars and eateries for a hearty meal paired with local beers, cool-climate wines and the odd local spirit.

Similar to the nearby King Valley, tobacco was once a prosperous harvest in this area. But with the legislated ban of the 1990s, such crop was traded for nuts, apples, grapevines and berries. Australia’s main supply of hops are now grown in the region, resulting in many a good ale.

Just six kilometres from Bright is quaint Wandiligong, affectionately known as Wandi, and Porepunkah lies between Bright and Mt Buffalo, which you may hear referred to as “the sleeping buffalo”.

It’s just over a three-hour drive from Melbourne. Take the Hume, turning off at the Great Alpine Road, then wind your way through the Ovens Valley before arriving in Bright.

Welcome to Bright

EAT

Bookmark hearty meals at heaving eateries and humble pubs with fresh organic produce and artisan chocolate.

Tomahawks

Restaurant

A neighbourhood kitchen with a strong liquor game.

15 Camp Street Bright 3741
Friday
12:00pm - 11:00pm

Wandiful Produce

Cafe

A biodynamic chestnut farm peddling produce, coffee and pizzas.

795 Morses Creek Road Wandiligong 3744
Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm

The Wandi Pub

Bar

All the country-pub feels, but with craft beer and top-notch eats.

580 Morses Creek Road Wandiligong 3744
Friday
12:00pm - 11:00pm

DRINK

Cosy up by a fireplace and quench your post-slope thirst. Craft beer is plentiful here, and the coffee and wine is worthy too.

DO

Marvel at this mountainous region’s immense natural beauty on heritage walks, bike trails and ski slopes.

STAY

Architecture and agriculture unite in this valley, with cosy cottages and modern farmhouses set among orchards and vines. Check out even more places to stay in Bright.

Itinerary

Explore a white winter among beautiful mountains and valleys.

Winter is a rather magical time to visit the North East of Victoria. Catch the adrenaline buzz on the snowfields of Mt Buffalo by day, before retreating to cosy drinking dens in Bright and Wandiligong by night, where comforting food, warming liquor and fireplaces await.