Say hello to Bright,Vic­to­ria

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8.30am: What­ever the weather Head to GIN­GER BAKER where they make a de­li­cious break­fast and great cof­fee (1). In win­ter they have the fire­place go­ing, which is nice and cosy, but if you’re here in sum­mer sit out the back where you over­look the Ovens River. 9.30am: A river­side walk

Stroll along the river to work off your break­fast. If you feel up to it keep walk­ing along the scenic and re­lax­ing CANYON WALK (1.5 hours re­turn). 10.15am: Cre­ative cor­ner

Walk back to town where you will find a cou­ple of my favourite places to visit in­clud­ing WIND­ING ROAD DE­SIGN STU­DIO (2).The stu­dio/gallery is full of orig­i­nal art­work on printed can­vas and pa­per, as well as a range of light­ing and fur­ni­ture de­signed by owner Ali­cia Mar­shall. Ali­cia, an in­te­rior de­signer, also de­signed the la­bel for Rem­edy Gin. 10.45am: Bou­tique re­tail ther­apy

Time for a lit­tle clothes and shoe shop­ping! Step into THE TAR­TAN FOX, my all-time favourite cloth­ing store, be­fore walk­ing down to THE BRIGHT TA­BLE (3), a stun­ning lit­tle shop where you’ll find beau­ti­ful, unique table­ware and gifts. 12pm: Take a cof­fee break

Time for an­other cof­fee! Have a chat to the guys at SIX­PENCE COF­FEE about the dif­fer­ent roasts on of­fer (4) and en­joy some lunch while you’re here. 1pm: An alpine dip

Drive up to MOUNT BUF­FALO NA­TIONAL PARK (5) and head to LADIES BATH FALLS (around 30 min­utes from Bright).The pris­tine wa­ter­falls and rock pools are great to take a dip in dur­ing sum­mer. 3.30pm: Wine with a view

Stop by RINGER REEF WIN­ERY, a small fam­ily op­er­ated win­ery and vine­yard, for a glass of wine. Sit on the lawn and ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent view of Mt Buf­falo and the Buckland Val­ley. 6.30pm: Cock­tails and cook­ing over fire

Make your way back to REED & CO. DIS­TILLERY for din­ner.Try to nab a seat at the bar right next to ‘Molly’ the still and in front of the open kitchen. Start off with one of our Rem­edy Gin cock­tails (6), I’m al­ways drawn to a Ne­groni per­son­ally.Then let the kitchen do the think­ing for you and or­der the set menu. Ev­ery­thing is cooked over fire; be sure to re­quest the smoked Mur­ray cod from Buf­falo River with bar­be­cue pota­toes, it’s like a fancy fish and chips. 9pm: A Bright night­cap

Stroll back to BRIGHT COLO­NIAL MO­TEL for the night, or if you’re look­ing for a sneaky night­cap, check out TOM­A­HAWKS or WALK­ERS BROS.

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