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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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Alpine Events Co

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0450580641
Website:http://alpineeventsco.com.au/
Description:Bringing over a decades worth of experience in events styling. From Weddings, birthdays, dinners and corporate occasions to your party visuals, including grazing spreads, dessert stations, invitations and table settings –and a hire range coming soon!

Boynton's Feathertop Winery

Address:6619 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:03 5756 2356
Website:http://www.boynton.com.au/
Description:Award winning winery situated on the Rail Trail with stunning views, seasonal dining, children's playground and wonderful hospitality

Bright Brewery

Address:121 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1301
Website:http://www.brightbrewery.com.au/
Description:Mountain crafted Micro Brewery in the heart of Bright. Fantastic beer garden overlooking the river & playground. Kitchen open daily, regular brewery tours & meet the maker sessions.

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.

Harrietville Hotel/Motel

Address:Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2525
Website:http://www.harrietvillehotelmotel.com.au/
Description:Air conditioned hotel with beer garden & solar heated pool with pool bar. Serving pizza and dinner & lunch classics 7 days.

Lure Events

Address:1604 Snow Road
Suburb:Milawa
Phone:03 5727 3688
Website:http://lureevents.com.au
Description:Specialising in wedding planning, Lure Events will assist you in creating your ideal wedding, whether it be sourcing you the perfect venue or sending out the invitations! Lure can do it all for you!!

Nolan Media and Events

Address:21 Reid Street
Suburb:Wangaratta
Phone:03 5721 7724
Website:http://www.nolanmediaevents.com.au
Description:Provide professional & personalised planning and support to ensure your wedding exceeds your every wish. Services include coordination of every imaginable element to complete your day!

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

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

The Snowline Hotel

Address:Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2524
Website:http://snowlinehotel.com.au/
Description:True Country Pub at the Base of Mt Hotham. Fantastic meals highlighting local produce, regular live music and huge deck in Summer/Cosy fire in Winter.

Wandiligong Hall

Address:462 Morses Creek Road
Suburb:Wandiligong
Phone:0473 632 029
Website:http://www.wedshed.com.au
Description:Set in picturesque Wandiligong, 'Wandi public hall' is the perfect venue for weddings. A unique building with plenty of character and history, it boasts an original Baltic pine ceiling, open fire place and is surrounded by shady trees in the warmer months
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