North East Victoria really comes alive in spring and this October we took advantage of a free weekend and some beautiful weather to venture up to the alpine region and enjoy a day in Bright. The drive to Bright takes just under an hour so we decided to head straight up there after breakfast on Saturday.

Being keen consumers of local produce our first stop was to the Bright Markets by the river (held on the 3rd Saturday of every month). We were rewarded with a wide range of local produce and spent quite a while wondering around tasting and stocking up for the rest of the trip. 

 Bright Market on a beautiful October morning

Bright Market on a beautiful October morning

Finishing up at the market we headed back up towards the street and stopped in to the Bright Chocolate. After a few more samples we submitted to the amazing smells and ordered the kids an iced chocolate and ourselves a hot chocolate and a cacao tea. Trust us when we say this is not your typical sugar loaded drink, instead Bright Chocolate use their amazing single sourced beans and locally produced chocolate to make something truly unique and real. The tea was especially different and something we look forward to trying again next visit.

 Wonderful real chocolate products at Bright Chocolate

Wonderful real chocolate products at Bright Chocolate

By this stage the kids were ready to stretch their legs a bit more (read: fighting like cats and dogs) so we headed back to the river for a visit to Howett Park playground. Another recent addition to the area this place is huge, great fun and kept the kids more than occupied right up until lunch time. Unfortunately whilst the weather was warm it wasn't quite 'swimming in snow melt' temperature so we stayed out of the river and local splash park this time. We'll be back at some stage it give it a go though and relive some of our childhood memories on the water slides.

 View of Howett Park Playground from Bright Brewery

View of Howett Park Playground from Bright Brewery

With the kids satisfyingly played out, we headed up the hill yet again for lunch and thankfully didn't have to drag them far before hitting Bright Brewery. We grabbed a table and ordered from the selection of modern pub food. The kids enjoyed a pizza while we downed some soft tacos and pulled pork sliders. Everything was delicious and matched perfectly to the tasting tray covering off 6 of the many locally brewed beers available on tap. After a brief game of rock, paper, scissors to designate a driver, one of us headed back to the playground with the kids while the other pulled up a conveniently located seat at the overlooking bar to sample a quiet pot.

 Just a taste of the beers on offer at Bright Brewery

Just a taste of the beers on offer at Bright Brewery

Well and truly refreshed we had a short wonder around the rest of the town and took in a few of the local shops. For a town 3.5 hours out of Melbourne we were taken back by how well the town catered to day trip tourists, reminding us somewhat of an alpine cousin to Daylesford.

 A quick break on the walk around Bright

A quick break on the walk around Bright

After a brief walk around the kids were we'll and truly spent so we loaded up the car and started heading back to Wangaratta. 10 minutes down the road we took the opportunity to stop in for a brief visit to Bright Berry Farms and relax in their gardens with a coffee and locally made sorbet before driving the last 45 scenic minutes back to The Murdoch.

Its been many years since we last visited Bright but we had such a fantastic visit it won't be too long before we're back. If you have a spare day in the area a visit would be well rewarded.

Short Stops are designed to accommodate stays of any length. With a focus on comfort and local flavour you're sure to enjoy your visit no matter the occasion. The Murdoch is the newest property within the Short Stops group. Situated within walking distance of the main street of Wangaratta it is perfectly positioned to experience all the area has to offer.

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