Bright is one of those towns where, because of the extensive planting of European trees, it is overwhelmingly and naturally spectacular in spring and autumn. Nestled in the beautiful Ovens Valley and surrounded by the Australian Alps, it is awash with colours in spring and ablaze with orange, red, gold and yellow in autumn. Spring and autumn are times that draw crowds who are happy to simply walk or cycle around the area soaking up the crisp air and enjoying the beauty of the oaks, chestnuts, poplars, elms and Japanese maples, and the tall pines and eucalypts in the mountains.
Delaney Avenue, with its alternating Himalayan cedars and scarlet oaks, is particularly impressive. In the spring the mountains are carpeted with wildflowers, the alpine peaks are still snow-covered and the mountain streams flow with melting ice. After winter the willows, wattles, plum and apple orchards are bursting with buds and new growth. Bright is a tourist destination where visitors can play golf, bowls, croquet, tennis, squash or go flying, gliding, hang-gliding, horse riding or pan for gold. Winter is the time for skiing; spring is perfect for bushwalking; summer is ideal for swimming, canoeing and boating; and autumn is for gazing in wonder at the colours. Bright is a good option those planning to ski at the nearby resorts of Mt Buffalo, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek who do not want to pay for the chalets and accommodation at the ski fields (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).
What a wonderful start to start our travels with our group of Bailey caravan buddies.
Wineries, Breweries & Vintage Cars
Staying at the Bright NRMA Caravan Park we began with a briefing session on the Friday arvo followed by dinner in the park. Then our 1st day involved the following activities…
- Michelini Winery for some tastings and plenty of purchases
- Happy Valley Pub – a very old pub (est 1854) for a few cold ones
- Feathertop Winery for more tastings and a few coffees
- Reed & Co Gin Distillery in Bright
- Rounding out the activities at Bright Brewery for a brewery talk/tour and a sample tray of 6 of their crafted beers
On the way back into the caravan park we checked out some of the 70 Vintage Cars (circa 1900) which were in Bright for the weekend participating in the RACV 2019 1 and 2 Cylinder Rally.
We all then gathered together for happy hour at 5:00pm for a few drinks (of course) and a sing along. What a great start to our trip.
Mt Beauty, Bogong Hydro & Falls Creek
Our second day on the Bailey Rivers, Mountains and Seaside trip took our group up to…
- Mount Beauty – a small town in north-eastern Victoria, Australia. The town lies alongside the Kiewa River, at the junction of the Kiewa Valley Highway and Bogong High Plains Road.
- Bogong Hydro – for a tour of the power station and a talk by one of the volunteers about the history of the place and the town itself.
- Falls Creek for lunch at Easy Eats cafe
- Drive out to Wallace’s Hut ( built 1889 ) for a look at a traditional high country cattleman’s’ hut
Back in time for tomorrow’s briefing and happy hour – what a great day had by all who went!
Mt Buffalo and Red Stag Deer & Emu Farm
Today we had a self drive to Mount Buffalo for a bit of a look, stopping off at the 110 year old Mt Buffalo Chalet (maplink) for a nice group photo, with morning tea in an old stone building perched on top of a cliff – spectacular views of the valley below.
The group then moved on to have a quick look at Lake Catani before travelling onto the Red Stag Deer and Emu Farm (maplink) for lunch. Here we were treated to a talk by the owner on the history of the farm and how it has progressed to where it is today.