High Country getaway
Set off on a drive to remember as you immerse yourself in the scenery of the Great Alpine Road. Follow the beautiful Ovens River valley, taking in Myrtleford on the way to Bright near the foot of Mount Hotham.
Famous for its stunning display of autumn colour, Bright is one of the region’s most popular villages. There’s a great range of accommodation to suit all pockets, so base yourself here for the night and waste no time fuelling up at one of the many excellent cafes, bars, or cellar doors. You can’t go wrong with settling in at Bright Brewery for an hour or two, or sampling the amazing single-origin hot chocolate of master chocolatier Simeon Crawley at Bright Chocolate.
The good news is that the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is right there to work off your lunchtime excesses. The High Country’s iconic, sealed cycle trail hugs the valley all the way to Wangaratta, nearly 100 kilometres away. Don’t panic if you didn’t bring your own treadlie - you can hire a standard, a tandem or an electric bike at any one of three cycle shops in Bright. Porepunkah is a perfect distance (six kilometres) away for an easy, mostly flat ride that combines stunning views of Mount Buffalo with a great late afternoon tipple and cheese platter at Ringer Reef Winery.