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The gateway to Bright with mountains to explore

Why Visit Porepunkah region?

The peaceful town of Porepunkah sits as the gateway to Bright with majestic Mount Buffalo as a backdrop.  A panoramic view offers Mt Feathertop in the distance and the convenience of being only minutes from the centre of Bright.

The Porepunkah town centre offers all the conveniences you could need.  Stroll along the river or Rail Trail to a fabulous cafe, enjoy a buffet at the local pub or grab a DVD from the General Store.  The riverside foreshore has a great park with toddler pool, so everyone can join in the Summer fun.

A gorgeous drive through the Buckland Valley from Porepunkah will take your breath away then head up to Mount Buffalo to explore the National Park playground, also a family friendly ski resort in Winter.

Heading out to the Buckland, you will find the landing strip for the ultimate experience in the sky.  Soar high above on a tandem microlight or take a helicopter ride above the mountains and valleys.  Visit the Alpaca Farm or enjoy the finest local produce at award wining Villa Gusto... or just enjoy the views!

Mount Buffalo is a short drive from Porepunkah, and the drive is half the experience.  In the warmer months, enjoy wildlife watching and crystal clear waterfalls - you may even find a secret spot to take a dip.  Head to the top and enjoy homemade scones or a delicious lunch before hiking to the Horn.  Explore the grounds of the old Buffalo Chalet for a little history or hit the road with 2 wheels for a great ride.  In Summer, take a guided bushwalk tour or see the mountain from a different angle with abseiling or caving tour.

In Winter, Buffalo is the much loved family snow mountain with a great, gentle toboggan and ski run perfect for the littlies or beginners.  Toboggans and gear is available for hire and everything is a fraction of the price of the bigger resorts.  The ideal place to take the family for a day of snow play and hot chocolates!

What to see & do in Porepunkah region

  • Explore Mount Buffalo with a gourmet tour
  • Hit the Rail Trail and ride along the river into Bright
  • Find a secret waterhole on a hot day
  • Take a ride to local wineries or drive further afield
  • Enjoy family snow fun on Mt Buffalo in Winter
  • Hit the skies on a microlight or in a helicopter for a different view

What to do in Porepunkah region

Porepunkah is a great base to explore the whole region.  With the convenience of all that Bright has to offer just a short drive or cycle along the Rail Trail, you are also a little closer to the King Valley and have a few fabulous wineries on your doorstep.  Porepunkah offers the closest off-mountain accommodation to Mount Buffalo for your mountain adventure.

In Summer, laze the days away on the foreshore park with a playground for the kids and a shallow toddler pool so the littlies aren't left out.  The gentle river location is safe and fun with BBQ facilities on site.  Meet some locals in the beer garden at the Punkah pub and see if they will share their secret swimming holes... there's a few....  Avoid the heat by heading up Mount Buffalo or take a drive a little further out to Lake Buffalo where you can take the boat and skis for a spin.

In Autumn, the Valleys burst into colour and now is the perfect time to jump on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail which runs along the river through the town.  Ride into Bright and out to Wandiligong or head in the other direction taking in wineries and views of Mt Buffalo along the way.  Enjoy the many festival & events and the buzz around the region as well as the amazing seasonal produce on offer right from the farm gates and producers.

In Winter, Porepunkah is a great base to enjoy a family snow getaway with an easy drive (by comparison) up to Mt Buffalo.  You are also central to the other major resorts of Hotham & Falls Creek if you're ready for some more challenging runs!  The views to Mt Feathertop and Mt Buffalo covered in snow are breathtaking from most points in the town and you can still take a winery tour for a change of pace.

In Spring, the valleys spring back to life and a hike in the mountains is the perfect way to refresh & recharge after Winter.  Take a guided gourmet foodie tour or just explore for yourself with a local trail map.  Discover the region from above on a tandem microlight!  A higly recommended way to experience something most never get to see.

So now just cruise down the road and take in all that Bright & Surrounds has to offer too!  You're going to be busy, or very relaxed.

Food & Wine in Porepunkah region

Although you are only a short drive or ride from Bright, Porepunkah and the Buckland Valley have their own foodie delights to be discovered.  

Head to The Rail Trail Cafe along the trail for a delicious, generous & fresh breakfast or lunch.  The kids will love the sandpit out the back and bicycle racks are provided to leave your bike while you dine.  Try the breakfast burrito!  The Punkah Pub has regular specials nights and a buffet service for something more casual.  Follow the signs at the roundabout to fresh fruit & veg straight from the farm!

Drive out towards the Buckland and pass several orchards, some with farm gates selling fresh produce.  You may even get to explore the apple, olive or nut orchards in the region.  You will also find the award winning Villa Gusto for the finest local produce served with an Italian heart - chef's hat style - 6 times!

Porepunkah is home to some stunning wineries with amazing backdrops and award winning cool climate wines.  Boynton's Feathertop Winery offers a relaxed outdoor area with a fantastic children's playground.  In the warmer seasons, the Alfresco Dining Restaurant serves the freshest local produce with style.  Boynton's regularly run buses through Porepunkah & Bright for events and live music sessions.  Ringer Reef is a small family run vineyard & cellar door where you can share a story with the owners while you sample their delicious merlot with bread & pate.

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Blackbird Cafe & Foodstore

Address:95 Gavan Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5750 1838
Website:https://www.facebook.com/Blackbird-Cafe-Food-Store-158731784155207/
Description:Family friendly, laid back cafe with a huge breakfast menu served all day! Comfortable spot on the couches around fireplace with toys to keep kids entertained. Gluten free options. Open from 8am every day

Bright Velo

Address:2 Ireland street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1074
Description:Run by cyclists for cyclists, Café Velo is a European-inspired retro bike café filled with cycling memorabilia and friends - old and new. Serving padre hand-roasted coffee, hearty brekkies and lunch. Why not drop in and replenish after your ride

Cherry Walk Cafe

Address:8 Anderson Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:5755 1345
Website:https://www.zomato.com/bright-vic/cherry-walk-cafe-bright-bright
Description:This little gem of a cafe has a great friendly vibe, serves delicious coffee and beautiful house-made brekkie and lunch from yummy local produce. A must visit whilst in Bright!!

Coral Lee

Address:8 Barnard St
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 5113
Website:https://www.facebook.com/Coral-Lee-187533164591692/
Description:Quirky retro cafe offering all homemade delights for breakfast & lunch. Excellent coffee & delicious blackboard menu, open 7 days.

dumu balcony cafe

Address:Upstairs, 4 Ireland street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1489
Website:https://www.facebook.com/dumubalconycafe
Description:A social enterprise cafe that provides indigenous youth with the opportunity to learn the skills of the hospitality and retail industry, whilst also providing delicious food and locally roasted coffee to be enjoyed atop the beautiful balcony.

Food Wine & Friends

Address:2/6 Ireland St
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5750 1312
Website:http://www.foodwinefriends.com.au/
Description:Licensed cafe and providore showcasing local produce. Milawa breads stocked daily, gourmet hampers, picnic baskets, barista courses & more. Serving breakfast & lunch 7 days.

Ginger Baker

Address:127 Great Alpine Rd
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 2300
Website:http://www.gingerbaker.com.au
Description:Stylish cafe on the Ovens River serving breakfast and delicious Tapas for lunch & dinner. Enjoy the beer garden in Summer. Open 7 days.

Great Alpine Produce and Trading

Address:3 Nicholson street
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:0411 705 992
Website:http://www.gapt.com.au
Description:Licensed cafe and providore in Porepunkah along rail trail. Showcasing local produce, offering coffee, cake, breakfast,lunch 7 days /week. Pooch friendly with tie points, fresh water bowls and puppachinos! Bike hire, gifts and live music on occasion!

Katsu- Japanese Takeaway

Address:Barnard Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:0457 490 122
Website:https://www.facebook.com/KatsuBright/
Description:A small Japanese Takeaway cafe. Eat in or take out...delicious Sushi and noodle bowls and very friendly service!

Lavender Hue

Address:20 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2588
Website:http://www.lavenderhue.com.au
Description:Take advantage of the breathtaking views whilst sampling fresh scones or biscuits, fine espresso coffee and gourmet lavender ice-cream on the patio overlooking the river and gardens or find a unique fair trade or homemade gift to take home!

Morrie's Ice Creamery

Address:195 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2612
Website:http://www.weekendnotes.com/morries-ice-creamery-cafe/
Description:River & parkside cafe fresh & delicious, all homemade breakfast & lunch 7 days. Of course their speciality is homemade icecream in amazing flavours, a must try!

Mountain Kitchen

Address:1 Big Muster Drive
Suburb:Dinner Plain
Phone:(03) 5159 6560
Website:http://www.mountainkitchen.com.au/
Description:Awaken with our great coffee and breakfast to sustain you through the day, then when you have conquered the slopes (or they have conquered you!) relax and enjoy the sun drenched Mountain Kitchen with friends for aprés ski after your energetic day.

Rail Trail Cafe

Address:2 Service Street
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:0428 359 884
Website:http://www.railtrailcafe.com.au
Description:Cafe on the Rail Trail with family friendly courtyard serving delicious, fresh classics and regular specials. Open seasonally for all day breakfast & lunch.

Sixpence Coffee

Address:35 Churchill Ave
Suburb:Bright
Phone:0412 728 420
Website:http://www.sixpencecoffee.com.au
Description:Small Local Roastery who pride themselves on quality bean selection, roasting, brewing and customer service. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am - 2.30pm. Pop by to talk coffee, buy beans or settle in with a latte.

Sweet Crumbs

Address:103 Gavan street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:0427243999
Website:https://www.facebook.com/sweetcrumbscd/?fref=photo
Description:Need a cake custom made for a special occasion? Or just after a little something sweet and delicious to tempt your taste buds. Sweet crumbs can do just that, along with providing a tasty light lunch and great coffee.

The Red Stag Restaurant

Address:324 Hughes lane
Suburb:Eurobin
Phone:03 5756 2365
Website:http://www.redstag.com.au
Description:Panoramic valley views makes a stunning setting for a wedding, special occasion or just coffee and cake! Fully licensed, open daily 10am-4pm, hand feed the animals, take a farm tour, or recline in the courtyard sipping vino from the black run cellar door.

The Riverdeck

Address:119 Gavan Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:(03) 5755 219
Website:https://www.theriverdeck.com.au/
Description:Boasting fantastic views through the famous Bright treescapes to river walks, bike paths and children’s playground. Fully licensed and open 7 days a week, with ample indoor and alfresco seating, an easy stroll from anywhere in town

Tomahawks

Address:15 Camp St
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5750 1113
Website:https://www.facebook.com/Tomahawks-Bright-1320406364649144/
Description:Eat in at the funky bar or takeaway. Fantastic fresh burgers & bites from a changing menu

Wandiful Produce

Address:Cnr Morses Creek Rd and Austin lane
Suburb:Wandiligong
Phone:0409 783 012
Website:https://www.facebook.com/Wandiful-Produce-884598911556626/?ref=hl
Description:A bio-dynamic micro farm, produce store & shed café serving chestnut and hazelnut infused food from farm-to-table. We host events, workshops & tours. Open every Sunday 10-4pm from Sept 11 to Oct 30 '16

What You Eat Cafe

Address:3A Ireland street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 2001
Website:https://www.facebook.com/whatyoueatcafe
Description:Pop in and sample the deliciousness that is "what you eat". A vegetarian whole foods cafe serving organic coffee, raw desserts, liquid nutrition, whole clean guilt free breakfast and lunch all sprinkled with plenty of love!!
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