A Weekend Getaway To One Of The Most Beautiful Towns I Ever Did See!
Spring is certainly a wonderful time of the year in Country Victoria; there's nothing more beautiful than healthy, green landscapes, blossoming flora, the smell of sun showers on the warm soil and people mowing their lawns, maintaining their blooming gardens in preparation to start spending more time outdoors now that the weather is more mild. Any wonder Spring is the popular season for weddings!
One place I find particularly beautiful, especially at this time of the year is Bright in North-East Victorias High Country. Bright is surrounded by Alpine Ranges and is the base of Mountains popular for hiking and snow skiing. It is still quite chilly in the early stages of Spring being so close to the snow capped mountains, but when the sun is out and the sky is clear it is beautiful outdoors! and the mountains do make for a surreal and picturesque backdrop. The township itself is also stunning! with beautiful, old yet slightly refurbished weather board and brick buildings that create homes for residents, holiday rentals and local businesses giving you the feeling you've almost stepped back in to a much more peaceful and simpler time. This makes Bright one of my favourite places to escape, you really do just want to be outdoors, surrounding yourself in the tranquility and inviting aura created by locals and business owners. I recently spent the weekend there, hanging out, shopping, relaxing and eatingg!! the township isn't huge, but there are some beautiful shops to browse through! they all have tremendous character and lovely bits and pieces to tempt you - check out the gallery to the right to get a glimpse of a few of the beautiful homewares stores, food stores, eateries, clothing stores and bars I visited. I could not help but purchase some locally made honey and relishes to take a piece of Bright home with me.
Bright is generally pumping all year round, there are activities you can do in the area in all climate conditions which is great and makes it super handy when you have a young family to keep entertained or are traveling in a group that like to keep busy exploring the outdoors!
I love heading out and about and experiencing the night scene in a new town! It's a great opportunity to meet new people, get to know the local vibe and be in amongst a nice, busy atmosphere to have a few drinks. I also love eating of course! so heading out for dinner somewhere new is always a treat!
We were very well looked after in the food department at Brights famous Brewery on Saturday night - Check out our feast to the right! these guys offer some great nibbles that go down a treat while you're taste testing their HUGE 24 tap range of beers and ciders (I strongly recommend the arancini balls, or the sweet potato tacos.. or everything if you can fit it all in!) however if you are after a larger meal, they offer a great big range to chose from in that department also.
A fun fact about the Brewery is that all of their brews are inspired by the mountain ranges and alpine environment, all of the beers and ciders are crafted by hand using local ingredients. I love this! it makes you appreciate it so much more when you know you're experiencing true local produce and supporting local businesses. They also pride themselves on their ability to maintain sustainability and respect the environment in which they have built their family owned business; the 600 square metre roof is covered with solar panels to generate enough solar power to completely cover their electrical needs when producing these famous brews - amazing!
This place is in an unreal location! nestled in to the heart of the town yet still bordered by the Ovens River - the outside deck overlooks a large grass area and the river that is open to the public to hang out and make the most of the beautiful space! They have a small stage set up outside also where you can expect to see live bands on a Sunday - what better way to enjoy a few local beers than outside listening to some quality tunes!
On Sunday morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny Spring day with skies so blue there were no need for photo filters! After a relaxing walk along the river we wandered through town and in to one of the friendliest, homely and quirky little cafes I've ever been to 'Food Wine Friends' on Ireland Street.
The interior of this breaky/brunch restaurant makes you feel like you're visiting your beloved grandparents that always welcome you with a cuppa and a cuddle! you're instantly uplifted when you enter and notice it is illuminated with yellow walls and a cute yellow and cream tree print wall paper, it is filled with old school furniture, natural timber, fresh home grown produce and breads, locally made products (from no further than 50km away!) and wine racks of course! We were absolutely chockers after being filled up with healthy, wholesome meals and smoothies. I strongly recommend doing break/brunch here! they take such pride in their hearty tummy fillers and prepare them with love and care for presentation and creativity; if you're not a big breakfast person, be sure to get a smoothie! and don't forget the coffee either - I got to get up close and watch while they created some beautiful latte art and treated me to a nice rich, quality coffee.
One thing that I found quite hilarious that added to the bubbly personality exemplified by FWF was the game of Hookey on the back of the toilet door!
Don't expect to take any more than 3 steps through the door of this cafe without being greeted from across the room! nobody goes unnoticed, no matter how full it is, you feel like a local and part of the family in FWF.
When visiting the area on a clear day, you can't not venture up the Tower Hill Lookout (accessible by 2WD cars) to get the ultimate view of Mount Bogong and overlook some of Victorias most famous mountain ranges. Tower Hill Track is a few Kilometres out of the town centre, you will see the dirt track on the left hand side as you're driving along the Great Alpine Road towards Porepunkah. I took some great snaps from here, and a few from other tracks that we explored beyond the lookout (some other tracks required 4X4). See the shots below!
I don't think I can exaggerate enough just how stunning this area is, a weekend getaway to Bright is definitely one to add to your bucket list if you haven't ventured here already.