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.
COOL OFF IN OUR RIVERS
THINGS TO DO IN POREPUNKAH
Mount Buffalo National Park
Mount Buffalo National Park has sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and stunning wildflowers. The park features over 90 kilometres of walking tracks, panoramic scenery, waterfalls and scope for adventurous pursuits such as rock climbing and hang-gliding. Mount Buffalo is an all-seasons playground. In summer, wildflowers are plentiful and the park is…
Punkah Pantry doubles as a licenced café and provedore in the heart of Porepunkah – across the road from the Ovens River and Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Experience the newly renovated store, with a vibrant storefront that opens up to a light-filled space with plenty of seating for the whole family. After a swim…
PLACES TO STAY IN POREPUNKAH
Little Olive Cabin
Nestled into the foot of Mount Buffalo and central to the most popular tourist attractions in the North East of Victoria. Lovers of quirky eclectic style will bask in the retro and vintage vibes of The Little Olive Cabin. The cabin is smartly appointed with leather furniture, a fully equipped kitchen including stainless steel appliances…
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…
Think big when you think of Kookarunga. Think breathtaking views. Think entertainers’ paradise. This home has been perfectly designed to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out. Picture windows, glass sliding doors and a kitchen servery window, all lead out to the gardens, alfresco area, barbeque and swimming pool areas, making this home an…
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…
The Vineyard Residence – Feathertop Winery
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…
Staying at the kilnhouses is a unique experience where contemporary luxury and design is combined with the stunning beauty and history of the Ovens Valley High Country. Cavedon’s and Eurobin Kilnhouse are at once simple, sophisticated, contemporary and luxurious. Utilising the original tobacco kilns built on the farm, each house boasts soaring ceilings, floor to…
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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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