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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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Alpine Luxury 4WD tours

Address:4 Buffalo River Rd
Suburb:Myrtleford
Phone:03 5752 1333
Website:https://www.alpinespiritcoaches.com.au/private-transfers.html
Description:A fresh modern approach to your unique snow travel experience with friendly respectable drivers! Picking you up from wherever you need and transporting you safely and in style to your destination. Travelling with local people with local knowledge!

Arco Ski Lodge

Suburb:Mt Hotham
Phone:03 5759 3941
Website:http://www.arcoskilodge.com.au
Description:Arco Ski Lodge is a traditional, family friendly Bavarian Bier Hall serving big, hearty German meals of superb quality plus a large range of traditional Bavarian beverages

Last Run Bar

Address:Lawlers Apartment Complex
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3796
Website:http://www.lastrunbar.com.au
Description:Casual Dining at Mount Hotham.Dinner is available from 5.30pm – 9.00 pm from TUESDAY to SUNDAY. The Last Run is very family friendly and offers a Kids Menu.

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.

Stones Throw Restaurant

Address:Hotel High Plains- Big Muster Drive
Suburb:Dinner Plain
Phone:03 5159 6462
Website:http://www.mthotham.com.au/events-activities/restaurants-cafes-bars/details/hotelhighplains.asp
Description:Open every night for An extensive wine and beverage list (including many local), accompanied by a meal from a quality menu, ensures that your palette will be fulfilled as you relax in front of one of their three huge Rock Wall Fireplaces

The Bird

Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3503
Website:https://www.facebook.com/thebirdmthotham
Description:he Bird cafe is now open for breakfast and lunch Speciality coffee, craft beer and seriously good food. 03 5759 3503 Open from 7.30am to 2.30pm daily and 3pm on the weekends

The General Mt Hotham

Suburb:Mt Hotham
Phone:03 5759 3523
Website:http://www.thegeneral.com.au
Description:The General is famed for its nightlife, with something happening almost every night. From DJs to darts nights, live music to comedy with DJ Eddy, the General has something for everyone long after the lifts have stopped spinning

Zirkys Restaurant

Address:Zirkys Building
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3518
Website:https://zirkys.com.au/dining/
Description:offering a relaxed atmosphere, quality cuisine sourced from local ingredients and good, friendly service and an extensive wine list to compliment. Bookings recommended but not essential
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