Porepunkah is a laidback village just 6km north of Bright along the Great Alpine Road. Situated at the junction of the Buckland and Ovens Rivers, this family-friendly destination is the nearest town to Mount Buffalo National Park, which gracefully dominates the skyline to the south. Porepunkah is also the entry point to the bucolic Buckland Valley.


In summer, when the flow of the Ovens River slows to a gentle meander, Porepunkah is a favourite place for families to escape to. The wide clear water of the Porepunkah River Pool at Riverside Park is an idyllic spot for a swim, float or paddleboard. There is a toddler pool for the smallest members of the family, and a lifeguard is on duty in the warmer months.

The park is an easy place to spend the day, with gas BBQ facilities, a picnic shelter, tables and public toilets. It is also conveniently located across the road from Porepunkah's small town centre, which has a pub, cafe, organics store, takeaway food and a service station.

Hang around and breathe in the views of Mount Buffalo, which dominates the skyline and looks particularly stunning at dawn and sunset.

In winter, Porepunkah is a great base to enjoy tobogganing at nearby Mount Buffalo. Ski gear and chains can be hired in Porepunkah.


1. Picnic with a view

Swim at the Porepunkah Riverside Park or have a picnic while enjoying the views of Mount Buffalo.

2. Pedal to produce

Ride the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail to Bright or Myrtleford and stop in at the cellar doors and farm gates.

3. Eat & drink

Sit back and relax at the town's Rail Trail Cafe, Punkah Pub or Punkah Pantry.

4. See a stunning vineyard

Enjoy a wine tasting – and the views – at the Ringer Reef Wines cellar door and vineyard.

5. Organic produce

Stop at Bright Organics for a selection of local produce, teas, and a huge range of herbs and spices.



Long table dining

Feathertop’s Autumn Long Lunch

Ringer Reef Winery

Ringer Reef Winery

A gold specimen found in the late 1800s by men ringbarking the property, led to the opening and naming of the mine, Ringer Reef. A century on, the Ringer Reef vineyard was established by Annie and Bruce Holm in 1998. It is now a vibrant and evolving family-run vineyard, winery and cellar door. On this…


Mt Porepunkah Loop (Riverside Park)


The Kilnhouses

The Kilnhouses

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Nine Steps

Nine Steps

Nine Steps is a private estate on 29 acres with stunning views of Mount Buffalo. A luxury rural retreat with plenty of space and great kitchen for self catering. Nine Steps is an architect designed home and unique luxury interpretation of the traditional Australian shed. This is your opportunity to enjoy a rural retreat in…

Tewksbury Lodge

Tewksbury Lodge

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The Cabin

The Cabin

This rustic and charming log cabin has been updated and renovated to offer everything you could need including open plan living leading to a sunny deck, perfect for an afternoon platter with local wine. The large, fully fenced grassed yard is great for the kids to run around your dog is welcome too. Spend the…

Magnolia on Monash

Magnolia on Monash

This unique modern home offers the perfect space for your holiday experience. Fit for families or groups of friends wanting to bask in all that the property and our region has to offer. You will need to appreciate this homes flair for the contemporary. Design devotees will be drawn to the master bedroom, a dark…

The Vineyard Residence - Feathertop Winery

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A welcome wine of your choice is yours on arrival as you are greeted to this architectural sensation. Featuring four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Focused around indoor/outdoor living, it seamlessly connects the kitchen, living and dining areas with a multipurpose outdoor dining and pool area to one side and an outdoor alfresco…


Splash Park in Bright, Victoria



Bright’s Splash Park and River Pool, with its slides and springboard, is a summertime favourite for little and big kids alike.



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