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Historic Valley town of Wandi

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Why Visit Wandiligong?

The beautiful hamlet of Wandiligong runs through the valley with a stunning mountain backdrop from every direction.

Situated only a short 5 minute drive from Bright, Wandiligong offers the spoils of Bright with relaxing, peaceful and private surrounds.  

Pretty Morses Creek winds through the town with the Rail Trail running parallel offering the perfect way to travel in and out of Bright by bike or foot.  The leafy river trail is ideal for families to spend quality time in a safe environment and explore the beautiful town.  The fantastic community built playground will be a favourite and why not enjoy a BBQ by the river while the kids play.  The Wandi Maze is Australia's largest natural hedge maze with cafe and lovely grounds.  Loads of fun and make sure you try the HUGE sponge cake!

Wandiligong once bustled as a gold mining town in the 1800s and is now registered with the National Trust as a classified landscape.  The town's history is shared throughout and many historical buildings stand to tell the stories of the times.  Take a stroll along many of the local walks to uncover the local history including the Chinese Swing bridge celebrating the lives & times of Chinese miners in the area.

Spend an afternoon at the Wandi Pub and relax in the beer garden with plenty of room for the kids to run around.  Regular live music and open mic afternoons make for a seriously good time. Wandiligong hosts many events throughout the year, the highlight of which is the Wandi Nut Festival in conjunction with the Bright Autumn Festival.  Locally grown Autumn produce is on show in this one day family based festival.

What to see & do in Wandiligong

  • Explore the Wandi Maze - Australia's largest living hedge maze
  • Ride the Rail Trail from Bright to Wandiligong
  • Walk the river trails to the Chinese Swing Bridge
  • Stroll the antique store and enjoy devonshire tea
  • Enjoy live music in the Wandi Pub beer garden
  • Spend an afternoon at the riverside playground

What to do in Wandiligong

Wandiligong is a beautiful town nestled in the Valleys that seems like a world unto itself.  Historical features protected and shared, surrounding mountains and forests creating an uplifting backdrop and true peace and quiet amongst nature.  It is easy to forget that you have everything Bright & Surrounds has to offer just a short drive or walk along the river - but you do!

In Summer, Wandiligong offers the crisp clear river to dip your toes or stroll along the shady trails.  The Wandi maze is a great way to spend the day exploring the leafy gardens, getting lost and found and enjoying lunch in the garden rotunda.  

In Autumn, Wandi comes to life in a burst of colour, flavour and creativity.  Wandiligong's Autumn Harvest is bountiful and on display!  Visit the Wandi Nut Festival for cooking displays, live music, local produce market, children's activities and more - wonderful family day out in a beautiful location.  Explore the craft & produce market at the historic hall in this artisitic community or wander the historic trails and don't forget your camera.

In Winter, Wandi becomes a quiet haven for your winter getaway .  Curl up by an open fire with a good book, glass of local wine and the mountains in the distance.  Bliss.  Hit the slopes of Hotham, Falls or family friendly Buffalo, not too far away to round out your winter getaway to Wandiligong.

In Spring, watch the mountains refresh and renew.  Take to Mystic point and view the region from above on a tandem paraglide, hit the rail trail or get on your mountain bike and explore the surrounding parks.  Scour the beautiful antique store and enjoy a devonshire tea in the flowering gardens or simply breath in the fresh air and take in the beauty.

 

Food & Wine in Wandiligong

Wandiligong is a haven of local produce with the Southern Hemisphere's largest apple orchard and nut & fruit groves scattered throughout the Valley.  The town's harvest is celebrated during Autumn through the communities festivals and markets.  In Autumn, buy chestnuts on the side of the road for the true experience!

Enjoy lunch at the Wandi Maze, known for it's huge fresh sponge cake.  The Wandi Pub serves a casual lunch and dinner in the bar or in the leafy and green beer garden or Devonshire tea at the local antique store.

The food & wine experience of Bright & Surrounds is only a short drive out of town so there's no need to miss out when you stay in Wandiligong!

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Adventure Guides Australia

Address:See website
Phone:0419 280 614
Website:http://www.adventureguidesaustralia.com.au
Description:Small group tour guides offering hiking, abseiling and caving tours at Mt Buffalo & hiking Mt Feathertop

Alpine Paragliding

Address:Mystic Hill
Suburb:Bright
Phone:0428 352 048
Website:http://www.alpineparagliding.com/tandems/
Description:Experience Bright from above on a tandem hang gliding session or Learn the art yourself with Australia's longest running paragliding school.

Alpine Walking Guides

Address:28A Ireland Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:(03) 5755 2227
Website:https://www.facebook.com/alpinewalkinguides.com.au/
Description:Fully Guided, supported and catered for day and overnight walks around falls creek, Harrietville, Mount Hotham, the razorback and Mount Feathertop. Experience the convenience of having everything organised and transported for you!

Blue Dirt Mountain Biking

Phone:0409161903
Website:http://bluedirt.com.au/mystic-bright-mtb-shuttle/
Description:We are industry leaders in mountain bike tourism, with 12 years operating experience. We also offer uplift shuttles in Bright, Mt Buller, Falls Creek, Mt Baw Baw and Mt Beauty.

Bright Adventure Company

Address:9 Ireland Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:(03) 5756 2486
Website:http://www.brightadventurecompany.com.au/
Description:Offering a range of guided outdoor experiences in and around Bright. Abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking-The perfect adventure is waiting for you Looking for a truly once in a lifetime experience? Enquire about cliff picnics at Mt Buffalo

Bright Electric Bikes

Address:2 Delaney Ave
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1309
Website:http://www.brightelectricbikes.com.au
Description:Take a load off whilst cycling Bright and its surrounds. Ride further, reach your destination quicker and feel fresher abreast a European designed,state of the art electric bike. Open 7 days 9am-5.30pm Think food, wine, weddings, family fun, hen weekends!

Bus-A-Bike

Suburb:Bright - Wangaratta
Phone:0409 806 458
Website:http://www.busabike.com.au/about-us-1.html
Description:Chauffered shuttle service to transfer you and your bikes to the Rail Trail and back home at the end!

Cyclepath

Address:74 Gavan Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5750 1442
Website:http://www.cyclepath.com.au/home.html
Description:Bike hire, bike service, equipment sales and local advice in the heart of Bright

Falls bus

Address:Po box 699
Suburb:Wangaratta
Phone:1300 781 221
Website:http://bit.ly/HothamDayTrip
Description:Want an easier, cost-saving way of getting to Falls Creek in 2017? Falls Bus can take you to Falls Creek Resort, direct from Bright on Fridays and Sundays for the 2017 snow season. BOOK NOW on the link above!

Falls Creek Lift Passes & Rentals

Address:Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Phone:03 5758 1202
Website:https://estore.skifalls.com.au/eStoreFC/Default.aspx
Description:Save precious skiing and boarding time and take the hassle out of your day trip by pre-purchasing your lift passes and rentals online. BOOK NOW via the link above!

Falls Creek Resort Entry

Address:Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Phone:03 5758 1200
Website:https://ssl2.connectintouch.com/wp.dll?axis/fcrmvehicles:?Section=passes
Description:Daily Permits are available at $45/day when bought online-10% less than if purchased at the gate. You can now print out your receipt and display in the windscreen as your Permit – this means no stopping at Resort Entry. BOOK ONLINE NOW via the link above!

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!

Hedonistic Hiking

Address:P.O. BOX 200
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:03 5755 2307
Website:http://www.hedonistichiking.com.au/australian-tours
Description:Gourmet walking & hiking tours melding the best local food & wine with breathtaking walks throughout the region

High Country Tours- Bright and District Leisure tours

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0418 844 212
Website:http://www.highcountrytours.com.au/
Description:Mini bus tour operator offering tailored or set winery tours, hiking tours and group High Country and ski resort transfers. Local taxi alternative!!

HOYS skis

Address:188 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2658
Website:http://www.hoysskis.com.au/book-online/
Description:Minimize your time in the shop and maximize your time on the slopes by pre-booking your rental gear online with HOYS. Hire your snow chains as well- compulsory to carry with you whenever entering Victorian snow resorts. BOOK ONLINE NOW via above link!

Mount Hotham Lift Passes & Rentals

Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 4444
Website:https://estore.hotham.com.au/eStore/Default.aspx
Description:Get on the slopes faster than ever before and pre-purchase your lift tickets and ski hire online prior to your arrival. BOOK NOW via the link above!

Mount Hotham Resort Entry

Address:Hotham Alpine Resort
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3550
Website:http://www.alpineeasyaccess.com.au
Description:A Resort Entry fee is applicable to all motor vehicles and passengers of coaches and taxis entering all Victorian Ski Resorts during the declared snow season of 10th of June to the 1st of October in 2017. BOOK ONLINE NOW via the link above.

River to Ridge Tours

Address:Wandiligong
Suburb:Wandiligong
Phone:03 5759 2653
Website:http://www.rivertoridgeadventuretours.com/
Description:4x4 and Dirt Bike tag along tours in the Victorian high country. Experience the pristine valleys, mountain streams and panoramic views that Wandiligong and surrounds have to offer. KTM 350 hire bikes available.

Tour of Duty Bright

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0499 228 663
Website:http://www.tourofdutybright.com.au
Description:Let Allan and Michelle take you on an adventure you won't forget!Climb aboard their Land Rover 6x6 and soak in the sounds and sights of all that Bright and the surrounds have to offer. Bubbly sunset tours, Local short or all day tours, Wineries and more!
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