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A weekend in Bright in autumn is truly magical. The air is crisp, cool and energy-inspiring, the trees are wondrously turned into shades of red, russet, orange red and all hues in between, and the landscapes call for stopping and breathing it all in. It is a photographer's or painter's dream. But even if you are neither of those, Bright and its surrounds will transform you.
Have breakfast, lunch or dinner in a cafe in Bright
Waking up on a cold sunny morning and walking or riding your bike into Bright for breakfast will start your day off in the most perfect way. Ginger Baker Cafe has outdoor fireplaces to keep you warm and cosy while waiting for that first wake-me-up cup. Eggs and salmon on potato roesti is a perfect cold weather breakfast, but of course other choices are also available. Tomahawks is a good place when looking for lunch, an afternoon snack or dinner. Child friendly with great food and friendly staff, Tomahawks is a welcome addition to the vibrant culinary scene of Bright.
After all that eating, a bike ride may be just the thing to make you feel energised. You can rent bikes at Bright Electric Bikes. Normal bikes cost $30 for half a day and $40 for a full day hire. If you would like a bit of luxury, why not try the electric bike ($65 full day, $45 half a day). It will make inclines and hills so much easier and you will leave everyone else in your wake.
Depending where you decide to go on your bike, a winery may be a good detour. Feathertop winery offers splendid views over the vines and a chance to do some tasting or put together your own deli style lunch of meats, cheeses and bread or crackers. Sitting outside with blankets provided, you wonder why you don't do this more often.
Everywhere you look the reds, yellow, orange and russet colours and hues will provide a beautiful outlook and sense of wonder. There are streets such as Delanay Street in Bright that are renowned for their trees putting on a show of autumnal colours. Elsewhere, the landscapes provide more beautiful vistas of colours that only last a few weeks but make people come back every autumn for more of the same.
a paradise for painters, photographers and walkers
Explore Mount Buffalo Even though Mt Bufallo Chalet is closed for renovations, there are still many activities to undertake in the Mt Buffalo National Park. The Gorge Day Visitor Area, perched on the edge of the Gorge, offers tables, viewing platforms and toilets. For those wanting a more adrenalin charged activity there is the "hanging picnic" combining abseiling with being suspended on a platform eating your lunch and admiring the views over the Ovens Valley. The Horn is the highest point of Mount Buffalo at 1,723 metres and has picnic tables as well as magnificent views. To find out more about Mt Buffalo and accessibility which is weather dependant please check here.