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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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Free Spirit Photography

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0400 204 052
Website:https://www.facebook.com/Free-Spirit-Photography-134802403260687/
Description:Boutique photography service providing a fun, relaxed and seamless experience from start to finish. Working with you through every step of the process to ensure your vision is achieved and you end up with beautiful quality images to display forever more

Hotham 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 Mount Hotham & Dinner Plain in 2017? Hotham Bus can take you to Hotham Alpine Resort, and Dinner Plain ski resorts for the 2017 snow season. BOOK NOW on the link above!

Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours

Suburb:Mt Hotham / Dinner Plain
Phone:0409 517 633
Website:http://howlinghuskys.com.au/mthotham/
Description:An experience like no other! Blaze through the snow led by an experienced guide and team of friendly huskies. A range of tours available.

Hoy's Ski Hire

Address:Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville, Hotham, Dinner Plain
Phone:03 5759 2658
Website:http://www.hoysskis.com.au/
Description:If you're heading to Mount Hotham we recommend getting your ski, board & chain hire from family run, Hoy's in Harrietville, Hotham & Dinner Plain. Our guests receive 15% off - Ask us how to receive up to 25% off!

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 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.

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.

Onsen Spa and Retreat Dinner Plain

Address:Big Muster Drive
Suburb:Dinner Plain
Phone:03 5150 8880
Website:http://www.hothamholidays.com.au/spa/onsen-spa/general-information/
Description:Onsen Retreat + Spa is located in Dinner Plain and offers massage, skin care and body treatments. The indoor and outdoor Alpine Spa Retreat also features a Japanese Inspired outdoor Onsen and an indoor heated pool.

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

Straight From The Ovens Catering

Suburb:Buckland Valley
Phone:03 57562919
Website:http://www.brightcatering.com.au/
Description:Mobile, off-site caterers specializing in marquee weddings; sporting events and corporate functions. Based in the Buckland Valley near Bright in NE Victoria, covering the areas from Wangaratta to Harrietville incl. Beechworth and Mt. Beauty
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