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Check out the weather forecast . During January, maximum temperatures go up to more than 32° However, temperatures can go lower than 2° in June. July is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.
Whatever the season a holiday letting in Bright is a great option
A destination with four spectacular seasons, the valley of Bright is the ultimate getaway for families and couples alike. In winter, live in a ski holiday chalet amidst mountains. Ski and cycle nearby and come back home to a cosy fireplace and unwind in your own home spa. Stay in an art deco air-conditioned holiday cottage in summer, barbecuing in the open air and taking a cooling dip in the swimming pool while enjoying the shade of the trees in your very own private garden. Alternatively you can stay in a dreamy self-catering villa by the river and barbecue in the gazebo while admiring the serene beauty of the countryside soaked in the colours of Autumn.
A Taste of Bright
Visit the old tobacco country and explore the renowned wineries of Gapsted, Michelini, Butter Factory, Porepunkah, Rosewhite and Eaglerange Estate. Discover the rich Italian heritage of Myrtleford and its age-old tradition of salami-making while you taste its cool climate wines. The region is also home to several award-winning breweries. Experience craft brewing techniques and taste the results on a brewery tour which is usually combined with fine dining and live music.
Treat yourself to a bean to bar experience of Australian craft chocolate at the famous Bright Chocolate company. Visit the local farmers market in the heart of Great Alpine Valley selling everything from fresh trout, meat, nuts, fruits and vegetables to pasta, gourmet olive oil and freshly baked breads. They are the perfect place to buy wine and beer or locally made cheese. Shop for these fresh local ingredients to create some wonderful delicacies back in the kitchen of your holiday cottage.
Old world charms of Bright
The old-fashioned guesthouses and historic buildings make strolling through Bright like a walk back in history. Especially significant are an old timber house on 90 Gavan Street dating from 1850s, now housing Gallery 90, and A.J Lock’s shop which was built in the 1860s. Take a tour of the 19th century Park Street courthouse and don’t miss the log lock-up just beside it, which dates back to the 1870s.
The Anglican Church on Church Street was built in 1870 and is another precious heritage building in Bright. Other notable historic churches are the old Methodist building in Ireland Street which dates from 1884 and the Presbyterian church on Park Street which was built in 1880 and now houses the St Andrews Gallery.
The Wangaratta railway station house is now a museum and the building itself dates 1890. The station is worth a visit for its collection of historical artefacts and old town photos.
Recommended day-outs from Bright
Take an excursion to Clearspot Lookout for a picnic under the pine trees in the charming countryside with panoramic views of the Victorian mountain range. To the south of Bright lies Wandiligong, a historic village made more famous after being made into the theme of a song Eric Bogle. Once a gold mining and agricultural hub, Wandiligong has several heritage buildings, of which The Church of England and Manchester Unity are most notable. One of the largest apple orchards in the Southern hemisphere, Wandi Poplars, offers a spectacular sight during autumn.
Porepunkah, 6km north of Bright, is the gateway to Mt Buffalo National Park. Head to its airfield to board a scenic flight over the park. Wine lovers will enjoy touring Boyntons winery which was established in 1987. The cellar door remains open daylong for a wine tour of its high quality produce which includes Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling and Merlot. The adjoining picnic area and playground make it an ideal excursion spot for families.
Unmissable events in Bright
Late April to early May is an ideal time to book a holiday apartment in Bright when the town comes alive to celebrate the Autumn Festival. The ten-day festival celebrates the spectacular autumn colours of the foliage and the harvest. The Bright Art Gallery showcases works from all over the world. The Wandi Nut Festival is the only one of its kind in Australia and is an important part of this big festival. A gala weekend with a market, live music, entertaining shows and a grand parade is the highlight of this festival.
Another good time to book a holiday cottage in Bright is from late October to early November when the Alpine Spring Festival takes place. Public access to gardens, bike and walking trails, river and street markets, country fairs, food and wine events and fireworks on Melbourne Cup weekend makes Bright a paradise for holidaymakers especially at this time of the year.
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