Monday, April 16, 2012

Bright and beautiful

So there's north east and then there's north east...my favourite places all seem to start with B - Bendigo (where I'm wanting to catch the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition before it closes), Beechworth (which I'm yet to go to) and Bright - where Mr Rosanna and I made a last minute decision to travel to last week with the boys.
Buckland Valley
View from our cabin
Wow - it must be one of the most beautiful places to visit in Victoria.  Rows and rows of established trees such as poplars, oaks and birches in a blaze of red, orange and yellow lining the roads all the way into and around Bright, Porepunkah, Wandiligong and the Buckland Valley. Hills and mountains in the background along with an old rail trail perfect for cycling.  Farms and vineyards all around.  The magnificent Ovens River where you can grab a beer at the Bright Brewery and look out over the children's playground (Mr Rosanna loved that one!). The only blight on the landscape was the logging which I still feel ambivalent about when you see the scarred hillsides bereft of trees.
Miss Rosanna chilling out by the river
Ovens River, Bright
The boys loved being outdoors riding their bikes, hanging out at the very cool Coral Lee cafe off the main drag (the home made tea cake was amazing) and being taken to the top of Mount Buffalo where the views were absolutely spectacular.  It ticks all the boxes if you are a foodie (take the Milawa exit before Wangaratta off the Hume Highway), nature lover, cyclist or extreme sportsperson (abseiling, paragliding and gliding are all on offer) and this is all before winter hits when the area then becomes a magnet for ski bunnies.  Just remember to pack some winter PJs and warmer clothes for the very cold nights.  We were glad to be glamping as opposed to camping given the near freezing temperatures at night.
Wangiligong Maze
Some friendly locals
The scenery and those magnificent views...I wasn't quite ready to come home with the Indian summer that still seems to be upon us...but home is now where I am.  More tomorrow!
Lady Bath and Eurobin Falls, Mount Buffalo
Views from Mount Buffalo

2 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful time away. Such a beautiful part of the world. What a great last minute getaway!

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  2. Was beautiful - am going to have to check out yours. I think I've corrected my reply thingo but will know if you respond to this! Cx

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