The High Country region is the go-to-place for many roadtrippers, especially in the autumn months. The streets are lined with golden foliage so it often attracts people ranging from photographers to nature lovers.
However, it is fun to visit around other times of the year too, so take note of these activities next time you're there:
The bathroom and kitchen are clean and modern and there's ample space for dining in addition to three bedrooms. The best part is waking up to the green views in the morning - misty for us as we visited closer to winter.
Pay $5 for a bucket of feed and feed the deers, sheep, pigs and even a water buffalo. They also had a young deer roaming the outdoor cafe area. It was going through some sort of teething or "eat everything" phase as it kept chomping on my friend's shirt, highly entertaining!
Visit around the right time of the year and your trip might coincide with the region's Winery Walkabout. Next year it will take place on 9 and 10 June. You buy a ticket to visit multiple wineries over the weekend - there is also entertainment, food, masterclasses and more.
My friends and I are not big wine drinkers but we discovered there was a country fair on the Sunday in Rutherglen. This included a grape stomping competition. Not knowing what this really entailed, my friend and I entered.
Turns out there's more to it than just stomping. The squashed grapes clog up the hole where your grape juice is supposed to filter out, so one person has to keep clearing it, as you're measured on how much juice you produce! Now we know the tricks, let's see if we do better next year! You'll have to keep an eye out for dates and email the committee to enter.
There is an iconic and easy walk called the Canyon Walk, accessible from the town centre. It's lovely to take a dog for a walk or to just enjoy the sunshine reflecting off the water. It took a bit over an hour at a leisurely pace with some stops along the way to sit back and relax, so nothing strenuous.
From Bright, we rode to Wandiligong and enjoyed some mountainous views, then back past Bright and onto Porepunkah for a coffee. After some break time at Porepunkah, we rode back to Bright to return the bikes to prepare for our trek home.
When we stopped in Porepunkah, the Rail Trail Cafe caught our eye as it was surrounded by trees with autumn leaves. Not as easy to catch in June as winter seeps in. The cafe, and many other places in High Country, also had ample space for bike parking so we decided we deserved a well-earned break.
Eat burgers at Burgerville
Finally, just to counteract all the exercise we did that weekend, we went to get a good feed of burgers before the roadtrip back to Melburne. Burgerville was next to Woolworths, so we passed it all the time when we went for grocery shopping.
We had a range of different burgers from venison to chicken - they were simple and delicious, which is what we needed. The chips were super addictive too. See their menu here.
As you can see, there's plenty to do in High Country, but I already think I need a few more trips to continue exploring. We didn't even get to visit Mount Buffalo National Park this round for some hikes. If you still need some ideas for your next trip to Bright and the High Country, find out more at the official High Country website here.