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Tucked into the junction of the Ovens and Buckland rivers, Porepunkah is a great base for exploring Victoria's alps and sampling the bountiful local produce and wines of the High Country.

Pretty Porepunkah is a welcome stop along the popular Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. The renowned trail takes in the Ovens River Valley as it makes its way through the townships of Wangaratta, Beechworth, Myrtleford, Porepunkah and Bright, Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and Milawa. With a gentle gradient and no traffic to contend with it's perfect for all ages and fitness levels.

The local produce and wine at farm gates and wineries in the surrounding valleys, including Boynton's Feathertop Winery, is worth travelling for. Fill your basket and prepare a locally-sourced feast at any of the self-contained accommodation around Porepunkah. Choose from bush cabins, camping and caravan sites, and B&Bs, many of which are located in peaceful spots with river views.

Porepunkah's waters entice anglers, with trout and spiny freshwater crayfish in abundance. Relax at riverside picnic areas and take a dip at river swimming spots.

For something more adventurous, head to the Porepunkah airfield for powered hang-gliding, microlighting, ultralight flying and scenic light aircraft flights. Base yourself in Porepunkah for winter adventures in Victoria's ski resorts.

Porepunkah is approximately 320 kilometres from Melbourne, or around three hours and 25 minutes by car along the Hume Freeway and the Great Alpine Road.


Porepunkah: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Bright Berry Farms

Bright Berry Farms was originally established by owners Colin and Lorraine Leita to produce first quality berries, jams and syrups, which were difficult to find.

Remembering as a child the jams, syrups and fruit just tasted so good, Colin and Lorraine found new jams and syrups they purchased had little flavour and tasted over-sweet. Hence they decided to bring back the flavour by producing their own!

The first raspberries were planted on the farm in 1993 and original plantings were less than an acre. Since then the farm has grown to the size it is today, consisting of 20 acres of berries, eight acres of vineyard, five acres of cherries and three acres of mixed produce (nuts, apples, figs).

In the early days the farm was open for people to come and pick their own berries. This activity has since been replaced by buying pre-picked berries, ice-creams, sorbets and sitting under the trees, enjoying the famous Bright Berry Farms Berry Cup!

The Mount Buffalo Vineyard label was incorporated into Bright Berry Farms in 1997 and produces cool-climate reds, some of which have been highly-rated by Australian wine critics.

They believe they are now producing fruit and products that taste like they are supposed to taste. They work very hard at maintaining high-quality standards across their product range and encourage people to sample their products to see for themselves.

6300 Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah, VIC, 3740

Located 1.4K from Porepunkah

Mount Buffalo National Park

Mount Buffalo National Park has sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and stunning wildflowers. The park features over 90km of walking tracks, panoramic scenery, waterfalls and scope for adventurous pursuits such as rock climbing and hang-gliding.

Mount Buffalo is an all-seasons playground. In summer, wildflowers are plentiful and the park is a cool retreat from the heat of the lowlands. Take in superb 360-degree views from the summit of the Horn and the delightful Gorge Heritage Walk. Enjoy picnics, canoeing and camping at Lake Catani in the summer months.

In winter the park is ideal for cross-country skiing with its gentle undulating landscape, spectacular sub-alpine environment and the convenience of over 14km of marked ski trails. The park offers safe and accessible toboganning and snow play areas, providing great fun for the whole family.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Mount Buffalo Rd
Porepunkah, VIC, 3740

Located 2.9K from Porepunkah

Bright Chocolate

Bright Chocolate is an Australian Craft Chocolate company in Victoria's High Country region making small batches of chocolate from bean to bar.

Similar to coffee or wine, cacao possesses an inherent terrior or characteristics based on the variety of the cacao bean and the conditions of where it is grown. These characteristics are barely recognisable in mass produced chocolate, so it is very exciting to taste the single origin chocolate range at Bright Chocolate to discover what cacao can actually taste like. With a strong food and wine culture and an appreciation for all things produced locally, ethically and traditionally, Bright Chocolate is born.

The Single Origin bars are made with cacao beans from Madagascar, Ecuador, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic. These all offer a unique flavour profile from citrus to tropical to cherry to earthy and spicy'. Bright Chocolate also crafts 'Bright Fancies' available in beautiful wooden boxes. Regionally sourced fruit and nuts adorn the 'Mendiants', and chocolate lollipops are a favourite for the kids! Simeon and Shannon welcome you to experience.

8/3 Riverside Avenue
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.4K from Porepunkah

Cheeky Bits Boutique Beauty Spa Hair Salon

Cheeky Bits Boutique Beauty Spa and Hair Salon is all about providing you with a first class experience that perhaps you wouldn't expect in the country. We are a vibrant and progressive team keeping up with the latest trends and techniques.

Performing beautiful Spa Treatments at CheekyBits for many years now, the team specialise in High performance French Facials and skincare and our Hot Stone Massages are to die for. Their treatment rooms are complete luxury and they aim to treat every customer as a VIP client.

Cheeky Bits Boutique Beauty Spa Hair Salon have now also extended their services to include incredible cosmetic teeth whitening, this service is provided in one of their private and luxurious treatment rooms this a perfect pre wedding treatment. They aim to lighten your teeth from 5 to 14 shades in one 60 minute treatment.

The full range of waxing services include men's cyclist waxing. Included in all your services are complimentary herbal teas, signature wines, Bright Brewery hand-crafted beers for the gentlemen and the divine Bright Chocolate chocolates.

With integrated iPads clients can experience what their colour might look on them before they even started.

89 Gavan Street,
Shop 1/2
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.5K from Porepunkah

Porepunkah: Events

Bright Make it, Bake it, Grow it Market

By following the Make it, Bake it, Grow it ethos, the Bright Monthly Markets strive to showcase the best local produce and product going around. The market has been operating under this new direction since September 2010 and has grown to include over 50 local stall holders.

Held on the third Saturday of each month in Howitt Park, the market also provides live entertainment and children's activities all contributing to a vibrant atmosphere for local members of the community and visitors alike.

Event Dates
      16th Jul
      20th Aug
      17th Sep
      15th Oct
      19th Nov
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      21st Jan
      18th Feb

Howitt Park
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.4K from Porepunkah

Adventure Travel Film Festival

Now in its sixth year, The Adventure Travel Film Festival showcases the best adventure travel films and talent from Australia and overseas.

The Festival is a three-day event guaranteed to appeal to adventurers, armchair travellers and dreamers alike. The festival will be brimming films and inspirational talks, featuring celebrated local and international adventurers, covering everything from trekking, motor cycling and four wheel driving to kayaking, climbing, cycling, long-distance horse-riding and much more.

Against the scenic backdrop of Victoria's Great Alpine Valleys in beautiful Bright, where you can watch screenings of some of the best adventure travel films ever made, as well as a hosting the big names from the adventuring world.

The festival will showcase many other spectacular travel films from the last 100 years. And to add to the vibe, there will be an open-air Starlight Screening each evening.

Event Dates
      10th Feb
      11th Feb
      12th Feb

Bright Brewery Complex
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.5K from Porepunkah

Audax Alpine Classic

Every January cyclists flock to Bright for the challenge and camaraderie of the Audax Alpine Classic. Whether you are a novice or a hardened climber, this event with nine rides of 60 - 320 kilometres has a course to suit. And for those who want a more leisurely ride, the Alpine Raid with its overnight stay in Omeo showcases the best of the Victorian Alps in two glorious days of cycling.

The Audax Alpine Classic offers a range of climbing and distance challenges, from the shorter courses with about 1200 metres of climbing to the original Classic 200 with well over 3000 metres. Finally there's the longest of them all, the 320 kilometre ULTIMATE which includes four of the '7 Peaks' climbs in one day!

Howitt Park, the event's headquarters is transformed by Bonjour Bright, a two-day festival of French-themed entertainment and activities. Situated on the Ovens River with its shady banks and safe swimming, food stalls and plenty of no-cost entertainment, this an ideal location for families and friends to welcome the return of their conquering heroes and heroines.

Event Dates
      28th Jan
      29th Jan

Howitt lane
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.5K from Porepunkah

Live Music at Bright Brewery

Kick back at the end of the weekend and enjoy a session of great live music with your beer, every Sunday afternoon at Bright Brewery.

There is a different gig every week, featuring local and touring artists playing from our Hop Terrace bandstand.

One Friday each month come and see the Open Mic Night. Dust off your plucking fingers and vocal chords, and enjoy the Open Mic with Artist in Residence Rudi Katterl.

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121 Great Alpine Road
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.6K from Porepunkah

Brewer For A Day

Come to Bright Brewery for the ultimate beer lovers' experience. You will have a hands on role brewing one of Bright Brewery's Mountain Crafted beers during a real brew day.

Bright Brewery's brewer will guide you step by step through the brewing process, from milling the grain to pitching the yeast. To finish off the day, sit back with the brewer as they walk you through a tasting board of all their beers on tap at the brewery bar.

When your brew is ready, about four weeks later, you will receive a complimentary six pack of that beer in the mail. You will also receive a Bright Brewery T-shirt and the opportunity to take home a 20 litre container of wort to ferment at home into your own beer.

The day begins at 8:30am and will finish around 4:30pm.

Please contact Bright Brewery for more information.

Event Dates
      1st Jul
      5th Aug
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121 Great Alpine Road
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.6K from Porepunkah

Porepunkah: Travel Tips

Alpine Visitor Information Centre

The Alpine Visitor Information Centre is situated in Bright; the heart of North East Victoria, just three and a half hours drive from Melbourne travelling along the Hume Highway. Located within close proximity to Alpine National Park and Mount Buffalo National Park makes Bright and surrounds a great place to base yourself and experience a life lived outside.

The surrounding townships include Porepunkah, Harrietville, Wandiligong, Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Mount Hotham. They provide an extraordinary array of experiences for any visitor ranging from serene activities such as walking, wining and dining or cycling the rail trail through to more extreme activities including mountain biking, caving, abseiling, hang gliding and ski touring. Bright and surrounds offers opportunities for young or old, families, couples and singles.

Bright and surrounds provides a broad selection of accommodation including motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, self-contained properties and rural cottages. Accommodation options may be viewed online.

The variety of restaurants, cafes, bakeries and wineries offer an endless array of fine food, superb wine, and an atmosphere to suit any mood.

The Alpine Visitor Information Centre is a welcoming and inspiring place highly regarded by visitors. It is an accredited centre, open seven days a week. The friendly staff will be more than happy to help you with all of your enquiries and assist with planning your holiday to make the most of your visit to Victoria's Alpine High Country, within the Alpine Shire and surrounding regions.

The Alpine Visitor Information Centre stocks an interesting range of maps, books, local produce, souvenirs and gifts, as well as information all of Victoria.

Drop into the Alpine Visitor Information Centre in Bright today for information and professional service to ensure you make the most out of your stay in Bright and surrounds.

119 Gavan St
Bright, VIC, 3741

Located 5.6K from Porepunkah

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