Smoko and Freeburgh

Situated between Bright and Harrietville on the Great Alpine Road, the two little towns of Freeburgh and Smoko are home to some of the region’s most diverse horticultural products. Here you’ll find a berry and nut farm, plus orchards of chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts. Peaceful and tranquil, with view of the snow capped alps in Winter and gentle valley breezes and cool nights in the Summer. The Ovens River flows through the valley- offering great fishing and lovely secluded spots…

Buckland Valley

Located a short but picturesque drive from Porepunkah and Bright, The Buckland Valley is establishing itself as an important part of any Alpine High Country itinerary.  Lush and green, and protected from the elements the Buckland Valley is serene and peaceful- making you feel like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of life. Dotted with Apple and Chestnut orchards, vineyards and even a dairy farm the Buckland Valley offers rural living only minutes from Bright. Stunning…

Wandiligong

Wandiligong is an aboriginal name whose actual meaning has been lost. It may mean "meeting of the waters" or "spirit place" – both being apt for this lovely little town. The National Trust (Victoria) classification for the Wandiligong Valley describes it as a ‘small valley of great charm’ where the ‘buildings achieve an excellent affinity with the landscape-a pleasant mosaic of patterns, forms and colours woven carefully together to achieve a satisfying blend.’ Just a few minutes by road from Bright or easy…

Porepunkah

The word Porepunkah is Hindu for ‘gentle breeze’… Porepunkah is a laidback community 6km from Bright on the Great Alpine Road. Built around the junction of the Buckland and Ovens Rivers, it is the nearest town to Mount Buffalo National Park which dominates the skyline to the south. Porepunkah is also the entry point for the beautiful Buckland Valley. In summer when the rivers run slowly this is a favourite place for families offering a riverpool with lifeguards and a toddlers pool with safe…

Harrietville

Harrietville is a picturesque village just 26 kms from Bright, situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Tucked in at the foot of the surrounding slopes of the Ovens Valley, Harrietville is protected from the extremes of summer and winter weather. Where natural forests and crystal clear rivers intertwine seamlessly with Oak lined streets, Harrietville is a serene retreat. Tucked into the foothills of Mount Feathertop and Hotham, and with wonderfully preserved pioneer and gold mining history, Harrietville and…

Bright

Country living at its greatest. Set in the stunning Ovens Valley, there’s little wonder Bright – abundant with autumnal hues, winter mists, spring florals or summer shade- is known for the phrase  ‘Four Seasons in one Town.  Every Season.  Every Reason.’  The High Country is renowned for its ever contrasting seasons, and there is no better place to experience it all than in Bright. Majestic, tree lined avenues that transform with the season.    Bright is stunning year round.  In the…