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.
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO
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.
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THINGS TO DO IN POREPUNKAH
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is the perfect way to discover the diverse and ever-changing landscape of North East Victoria – from natural bushland to verdant farmland, delightfully unexpected hidden valleys and some of Australia’s most spectacular mountain ranges. Along the ride (no matter which leg you choose) you’ll savour some of Australia’s finest…
Rail Trail Cafe
Located six kilometres from Bright on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, they are a Mexican inspired licensed cafe. Tasty options include local favourites such as the free-range chicken wrap, big beef and bacon barbecue cheeseburger, breakfast burrito and chicken quesadilla. Or take a look at Jesse’s Delicious Specials Board. They use free-range eggs, superb…
PLACES TO STAY IN POREPUNKAH
Tewksbury Lodge offers guests the unique experience of an authentic Canadian style log cabin, constructed using traditional hand crafting techniques from 30 tons of real logs. Located just six minutes drive from Bright, the Lodge is set amidst two acres of secluded gardens with Ovens River frontage and views to Mt Buffalo. The Murray to…
Mount Buffalo View Apartment – Feathertop Winery
The Mt Buffalo View Apartment lets you experience the most unique experience of staying within a private winery estate. You are instantly reminded of your incredible location as you walk down the hallway being greeted by the floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing incredible view of Mt Buffalo, beautiful in any season but particularly in the Winter months…
BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park
At the base of Mount Buffalo and with the Ovens River at the rear of the park, BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park is positioned centrally to all things tourism in the Victorian High Country. Situated on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail which is ideal for cycling and walking. Mount Buffalo National Park is the backdrop…
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…
The Grove Estate
Step inside the unique foyer through to the open plan living and dining area and well-equipped chef grade gourmet kitchen with pantry, dishwater, double door refrigerator and large commercial grade stove and oven. There are plenty of thoughtful spaces from ready nooks to the impressive dining options inside and out, with the outdoor dining and…
This exquisitely crafted house can be found in the heart of picturesque Porepunkah. With a fresh Scandinavian style flowing throughout the house in its furnishing and fittings and premium bedding complimenting the three bedrooms. Year-round this house keeps giving, with a log fireplace located in the back lounge space, find yourself curling up on the…
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A MUST-DO ON EVERY KID’S LIST
Bright’s Splash Park and River Pool, with its slides and springboard, is a summertime favourite for little and big kids alike.
FESTIVALS, MARKETS & EVENTS
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