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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 Concierge

Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:0439 389 902
Website:http://www.alpineconciergebright.com.au/equipment-hire-for-holidays.html
Description:Not enough room to pack cot, highchair, books, toys? Want local tip offs on secret locals-only swimming holes, where to access best mountain bike trails, how to find freshest loaf of artisan bread? Want your shopping done and delivered prior to arrival?

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!

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 Supa IGA

Address:16 Ireland St
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1666
Website:https://www.goods2go.com.au/signup#/bright
Description:Bright Supa IGA offers FREE delivery to Bright & Harrietville or pre-order online and pick on arrival. Good range of local product in deli & bottle shop

Bright Taxi Service

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0423015152
Website:https://www.facebook.com/bright.taxis.1

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

Ginger Ki Yoga and Wellness

Address:PO box 231
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:0413 479 483
Website:http://www.gingerkiyoga.com.au
Description:Join Kylie on the mat for yoga, meditation and relaxation. Classes are tailored to suit all ages and you will be gently guided through by Kylie to enjoy every moment of the class. Held in various venues throughout Bright, Harrietville and Porepunkah

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!

JDs Ski Hire

Address:Cnr Burke & Anderson St
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1557
Website:http://www.jdsskihire.com.au/index.htm
Description:If you're heading to Falls Creek we recommend getting your ski, board & chain hire from family run, JDs in Bright. Our guests receive 10% off!

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.

Ringer Reef Winery

Address:6835 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:03 5756 2805
Website:http://www.ringerreef.com.au/
Description:Boutique winery with views to Buffalo. Share a story with the owners at the cellar door. Open from 12 noon to 5pm 7 days a week, all seasons

Sian Holm

Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:0413 806 808
Website:http://www.sianholm.com
Description:"Sian’s interest in being a civil celebrant stems from her belief in the importance of relationships and commitment, her passion for friendships and social connection, and her appreciation for celebration."

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 Punka Pub - Porepunkah

Address:13 Nicholson Street
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:(03) 5756 2111
Website:http://porepunkahpub.com.au/
Description:Recently renovated by new owners, passionate about the local region and produce, beer and wines. A good friendly country pub with great food and drinks along with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Extensive local wine list and variety of craft beers

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.

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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