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Bright Autumn Leaves Festival
Wednesday 28th April - 2021
Saturday 2nd May - 2021


The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria's Alpine High Country. Bright and the surrounding districts are blessed with the perfect climate for magnificent autumn colours. In 2021 it takes place from Friday April 23, 2021 to Sunday May 2nd 2021. The highlight is the Gala Weekend with a market, music in the streets and a grand parade on Saturday 1st May 2021. Other key events of the festival are the Wandi Nut Festival, the Open Gardens and the Autumn Art Exhibition at the Bright Art Galley. 
DAY 1 (D) NARACOORTE TO BRIGHT - Wednesday 28 April 2021
On this tour we are travelling into North Eastern Victoria, for a few days, to enjoy the beautiful Autumn Festival in Bright. For 10 days each year the local community celebrates the wonderful autumn colours - and autumn produce - of the valleys of Victoria's Alpine High Country. Bright and the surrounding districts are blessed with the perfect climate for magnificent autumn colours and we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy it on this short tour. Once we have everyone on board we Bright where we will be based for 4 nights. (Meal inclusions: Welcome dinner)
Bogong View Motor Inn, Bright . Tel 03 57551422 - 4 nights 
DAY 2 (BLD) EXPLORING BRIGHT - Thursday 29 April 2021
We wake to the freshness of the Alpine Region this morning, ready for a pleasant day's exploring one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in the world - the Ovens Valley. Bright has managed to retain its character and charm, thanks partly to its old-fashioned guest houses and historical buildings. The town was first known as Morse's Creek but in 1861 it was renamed in honour of the British orator and politician John Bright. Our local guide will join us for some touring - the area should be looking magnificent! We'll also take a drive through one of the most beautiful places - the Wandiligong Valley. The whole Wandiligong Valley has been registered with the National Trust. To the south of the town we can see the noted Wandi Poplars, at their best in the autumn, and one of the largest apple orchards in the Southern Hemisphere. Tobacco and nuts are also grown in this rural setting. Lunch today is at Wandiful Produce in picturesque Wandiligong. Returning to Bright, we'll farewell our guide and have a bit of time to wander around the town - perhaps visit the Bright Art Gallery and Cultural Centre as we are lucky enough to be here for the well-known Autumn Art Exhibition. This is regional Victoria's largest exhibition. Maybe visit the Bright Chocolate Factory, or just enjoy a cuppa relaxing at one of the local cafes. Mid-afternoon, we make our way to the Red Stag Deer & Emu Farm. Established in 1987 as a commercial deer farm, it now offers the visitor a great opportunity to feed, touch and learn about these majestic animals with their unique characters and instinctive behavior. What a great first day! (Meal inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the motel/Light lunch)
DAY 3 (BD) BEECHWORTH & THE HIGH COUNTRY - Friday 30 April 2021
Our touring today takes us to Beechworth where we meet our local guide. This imposing historical town will remind us of those exciting gold rush years, with many landmarks still surviving. After our tour, we head to the historic Court House. Built in 1858 and in continuous service for 131 years, the Beechworth Courthouse retains its original furniture and fittings. It is has been the setting of some of the most fascinating court cases in Victoria's history. It was here that Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly, was committed to stand trial for murder. His mother Ellen, brothers Dan and Jim and Uncle Jim Kelly also faced charges in this courtroom. We now have some free time to wander the shops and purchase lunch - maybe from the famous Beechworth Bakery. This afternoon, we make our way up to Yackandandah, a classic colonial town, having changed little in appearance since last century. Many buildings are classified by the National Trust. A main post on the old Melbourne to Sydney Road, through Wodonga and Yackandandah has treasured its richness and is still a showpiece of Victoria. Its once hectic High Street is now a wide boulevard of verandahs and stately public buildings. We head 'home' via the Kiewa Valley Highway and stop at the Tawonga Gap Lookout. There are some marvelous views from here of Mount Bogong, the highest peak in the Victorian Alps and Mount Beauty.
(Meal inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the motel)
DAY 4 (BD) BRIGHT AUTUMN FESTIVAL - Saturday 01 May 2021

The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria's Alpine High Country. We're lucky enough to be here for the highlight of the festival - Gala Day! So we can enjoy the markets, bands and entertainment at our leisure followed this afternoon by the Grand Parade, the highlight of the festival! After the parade, follow the police band down to the river bank or perhaps enjoy some relaxing time in your room before dinner tonight.
(Meal inclusions: Breakfast & dinner in the motel)

DAY 5 (B) HEADING HOME - Sunday 02 May 2021

We farewell our hosts this morning and begin our journey home We will make plenty of stops along the way as we head back to Naracoorte to complete a sensational 5 day tour.
(Meal inclusions: Breakfast in the motel)  
Deposit of $300.00 payable on booking to reserve your place.
Balance due 60 days prior to departure.
PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO
"NARACOORTE CHARTERS"

Cancellation insurance is not included but strongly recommended.
Cancellation Policy: More than 30 days, loss of deposit, 29-14 days, 50% of payment, less than 14 days, 100% of payment. Please note our cancellation policy is currently under review. All changes will be advised as soon as possible.
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions. Whilst every effort is made to adhere to the itinerary as provided, Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to alter the touring and attractions as dictated by circumstances and conditions outside the company's control. Every attempt will be made to ensure alterations do not adversely affect the operation of the tour. The Company will not be held responsible for weather based cancellations or those closures made at the venue's discretion. Naracoorte Charters arrange tours on the condition that they are not liable for injury, damage or loss which may occur due to accident, delay, irregularity or defect of any vehicle or accommodation. Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to cancel tours due to lack of numbers.


Tour Cost

Value Packed! $1298.00 per person twin/
double share $ 330.00 single supplement

Terms & Conditions
Deposit of $200.00 payable on booking to reserve your place.
Balance due 30 days prior to departure.
PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO
“NARACOORTE CHARTERS”
Cancellation insurance is not included but strongly recommended.
Cancellation Policy: More than 30 days, loss of deposit, 29-14 days, 50% of payment, less than 14 days, 100% of payment.
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times/days of some attractions. Whilst every effort is made to adhere to the itinerary as provided, Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to alter the touring and attractions as dictated by circumstances and conditions outside the company’s control. Every attempt will be made to ensure alterations do not adversely affect the operation of the tour. The Company will not be held responsible for weather based cancellations or those closures made at the venue’s discretion. Naracoorte Charters arrange tours on the condition that they are not liable for injury, damage or loss which may occur due to accident, delay, irregularity or defect of any vehicle or accommodation. Naracoorte Charters reserves the right to cancel tours due to lack of numbers.