An Autumn Weekend in Bright

Bright is the most spectacular place to visit in Autumn. The tree lined streets, vibrant with the colour of the changing of the season. And the best thing about the cool crisp mornings, is that winter is getting closer. Here is our list of things to do on an autumn weekend in Bright.

14th March 2024. Words Mandy Lamont. Photos Brendan Holland, Oliveira, Karen Webb, The Peaks Cheese, Mandy Lamont,

Bright Autumn Festival

The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and produce of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. Commencing on the 26th April until the 5th May 2024. The highlight is the Gala Weekend, with a market, music and street parade on Sunday 4th May 2024.  Check out the festival website for more of what’s on here Photos Brendan Holland, Bright Autumn Festival

Wandiligong Nut Festival

Part of the Bright Autumn Festival, the Wandiligong Nut Festival will be held on 27th and 28th April 2024. The biggest weekend of the year in the littlest valley. Wandiligong Nut Festival celebrates local growers, crafts and artists, the end of the harvest and the fabulous varieties of nuts and other fresh produce available in the cool climate in Autumn. Two days of live music, local produce and kids activities. Check out their website here Photos Brendan Holland, Bright Autumn Festival

Hara House Bright

Stay at Hara House in Bright, an experience like no other. Owners Shannon and Simeon Crawley have turn the mid-century classic Ovens Valley Motel into a unique boutique hotel experience.

From the date palm out the front, to the gold-tiled, logoed pool out the back, there are heavy Palm Springs vibes. Sandstone surrounds the pool of healing Dead Sea Minerals. Complete with spa, plunge pool and retro tiki inspired pool bar with thatched roof. All set in a high country mountainous backdrop.

Celebrating the origins of the building, the exposed brick in the bedrooms gives a lovely warm feel. Stylish luxury Frette Linens, Utopia Goods linen fabrics, and wallpapers inspired by exotic Australian botanicals and wildlife soften the space. Along with custom rattan furniture. The native Australian bird lamp bases are works of art. “Every little element is meaningfully curated and considered,” says Shannon.

Recently listed in Travellers 52 Weekends Away and the Age Good Food Guide. Head Chef Emma Holbery offers a five star retro inspired menu featuring outstanding local produce and native Australian ingredients, complimented by premium local wines. Signature dishes include kangaroo tartare and deconstructed California roll, using the best quality ingredients from local suppliers. For more info and to book, check out the Hara House website here

Murray to Mountains Rail Trail

Located on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail leading from Wangaratta to Harrietville. If you’re staying at Hara House take advantage of the complimentary pink bikes and explore the town or ride the rail trail down to Harrietville.  Read more about the Great Valley Rail Trail from Bright to Harrietville here

Ringer Reef Winery

Or ride in the opposite direction to Ringer Reef Winery for the afternoon and sample some wines with a tasting tray, a cheese board or a grazing board.

The Peaks Cheese

Grab some cheese and head for the hills. The Peaks Cheese make and mature a small range of cow and goat cheeses at their micro cheese factory in Myrtleford. Sourcing milk from a single organic dairy farm in the Kiewa Valley, one of Australia’s premier dairy regions.  Visit the cheese cellar door and petit providore in Bright and sample the alpine style cheeses named after the region, Mountaineer, Monolith, Razorback and Smoko. Grab some cheese and some local artisan sourdough, pre order a picnic to grab and head up to the hills. Images The Peaks Cheese. Check out their website here

Falls Hotham Crossing

There are many hikes around Falls Creek and Mount Hotham. Drive to Hotham or Falls Creek and enjoy some of the many hikes, or do the complete Falls – Hotham Crossing. One of Australia’s iconic hikes, this 37 km point-to-point walk through the Alpine National Park is a 3 day/2 night multi directional walk. Cross the Bogong High Plains in the Victorian Alps connecting the Alpine Resorts of Falls Creek and Hotham. Enjoy spectacular views of mountain ridges. Walk through snow gum woodlands and grassy plains. Pass historic huts and over rocky summits. On a clear night marvel at the cosmos as you sleep under the stars. Accessible for hiking from November to April. The walk can also be done as a 25km single day route. Photos Fabio Oliveira.

Eco Glamping with Alpine Nature Experience

For a more luxurious experience, Alpine Nature Experience offer a two day, one night curated hike along the Falls – Hotham Crossing. Forget the heavy packs, dehydrated food and putting your tent up after a long day on the trails. You just have to worry about making the most of the spectacular scenery to Blair’s Hut campground. And spend the night eco-glamping in tree top tents. Focusing on local organic produce, relax while JF cooks you dinner over a wood fired BBQ while enjoying a G&T on ice! See Alpine Nature Experience’s website for more information here. Photos Fabio Oliveira.

For the best places eat around Bright see blog here

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