The lovely thing about holidays such as Christmas and Easter is time off work and a chance to head away with your family for some relaxation and quality time together.

This Easter long weekend we took a road trip to Bright which is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne straight up the Hume!

Firstly, Victoria is blessed with wonderful roads and service stations so the start of our trip involved a coffee from Oliver’s at the service station just out of Wallan. Oh and did I forget to add in the sneaky Gluten Free brownie? So good.

From there, caffeine fuelled and excited for the weekend away we continued on until we reached Milawa. What a fantastic town! It’s home to the Brown Brothers winery (win!) and also the Milawa Cheese Factory (uh, win!) which has some of the most delicious cheese I have tried. I can’t go past the Milawa King River Gold! So creamy and delicious and if it lasts long enough to mature it just gets better and better!

Next door is the Wood Park vineyard cellar door, stop in! You will not be sorry!

As we continued on to Bright I could feel myself slipping into a state of relaxation. There really are few places I’ve been to that are as beautiful and peaceful as Bright. There is something for everybody, adults, kids, old and young!

You have many accomodation options in Bright, we had a perfectly situated 3 bedroom house which was perfect for us four, my parents and sister.

So, what is there to do in Bright? What ISN’T there to do? We started each day with a walk in the crisp fresh air amongst beautiful trees and creeks, who wouldn’t want to get out and get the runners on and some excercise in when you have this beautiful path to stroll along?

That little cutie on the bike, yeah that’s my Miss S! Bright has become some what of a Mecca for bike riders, there is the Rail Trail which is an easy ride for all ages and abilities and then you have the super fit and experienced riders who tackle Mt Hotham and the other surrounding mountains!

After a long day of walking, cycling, hiking you will want to rehydrate and tuck into some good tucker, step forward the Bright Brewery. My husband and father couldn’t decide which was better, the Steak Sandwhich or the Angus Burger. Have both! Not at once of course but we definitely made a few visits over our stay in Bright. The deck overlooks the river and the playground and it really is a relaxing spot with great beer and food. For the non beer drinkers (me!) the cider is so delicious and too easy to drink!

To really see the Ovens river and save yourself the walking, jump on a Segway with Pete as your guide and have a truly amazing time

a) riding segways.

b) seeing the beauty of the surrounds! oh and don’t worry if you’ve never riden one before, you get all the training you need on the day!

Another must do in the region is to visit the Red Stag Emu & Stag Farm. It is yet again a beautiful setting at the base of the mountains and you can get up close and personal with the many Stags, Does, Emus and Other animals on the property.

All in all, the fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, delicious local food and wines make a trip to Bright one to remember. The Bright Autumn festival  runs from April 22nd to May 1st and with the falling leaves there really is no better time to visit!



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