The Bright Getaway

When the weather grows weepy and dreary, when the chilly winds start to pick up and when night starts to fall quicker, you know that Fall has arrived.

I still cannot quite figure out which is my favourite season – every season has its own ugly head and beauty at the same time. Every season has its own character and to every season, our routines will alter slightly and along the way, unique moments are built up for each one of us, hearkening to the changing seasons of time.

Goodbye Summer; goodbye beach weather, long sunlit days, clear blue skies that I'll miss, but not so much of 30-40 deg days and annoying flies! (My bro & I on some random beach on the way back from Venus Bay)

Goodbye Summer; goodbye beach weather, long sunlit days, clear blue skies that I’ll miss, but not so much of 30-40 deg days and annoying flies!
(My bro & I on some random beach on the way back from Venus Bay)

So for the season of Fall, besides piling up the layers for the dropping of temperatures and an increased tendency to come home earlier for the shortening of days, there is also much to appreciate about the autumn colours, for the vibrant burst of the autumn foilage against the grey backdrop of the sky.

Autumn trees along Melb Uni

Autumn trees along Melb Uni

So we thought, what better way to view this celebration of colours in nature than to make a short getaway to Bright?

So 10 girls piled up into 2 cars and embarked on a 3h drive out to regional Victoria in pursuit of the autumn beauty in Bright. We talked about this 1.5 months prior to this trip but alas, most of the accommodation was booked out for then. It was indeed a challenge finding a place for 10 of us but we managed to find our accommodation in Wangaratta, an hour’s drive away from Bright.

We had quite a few church activities going on from Good Friday to Easter Sunday so we could only set off in the late afternoon on Sunday. So by the time we got to our accommodation at Apex Holiday Apartments, it was dark, cold, wet and we were tired and hungry :(

But upon entering our accommodation, our fatigue gave way to a burst of excited energy…

Spacious lounge room

Spacious lounge room

Clean shower

Clean shower

Yup, thank God for a cosy, clean and homely place to revitalise our tired bodies and spirits!

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #1

Bedroom #2

Bedroom #2

This place could sleep up to 6 people so 4 other sisters had to put up at a nearby motel that was decent but not as comfortable as Apex. Yup, that goes to show how hard it was to get an accommodation around the Bright area, especially for a big group like us!

Fully-equipped kitchen with a washing machine!

Fully-equipped kitchen with a washing machine!

Anyway, Ms JQ, Ms YL, Ms EH and I started cracking on to dinner prep. It was fun using the kitchen – there were so many gadgets to ‘play’ with! Hehe. The rest took the time to take a hot shower or lounge comfortably to enjoy The Sound of Music playing on TV.

About 1.5 hours later, dinner was served – go team!

Simple dinner of herb roasted chicken thighs on potatoes & salad

Simple dinner of herb roasted chicken thighs on potatoes & salad

We ended off the night with Connoisseur Ice Cream Minis for dessert, much chatter and laughter. We retired early as we had long day ahead the next day!

The next day, Ms EH and I got up at 6.50am to make breakfast for all of us :)

Scrumptious spread to kickstart the day!

L-R: Salad with bacon, mushrooms & tomatoes, scrambled eggs, oven-baked bacon & mushrooms

Scrumptious spread & a cuppa coffee to kickstart the day!

Scrumptious spread & a cuppa coffee to kickstart the day!

Full and happy, we checked out of the accommodation at 9am and started our journey to Bright!

An hour later, we found ourselves parking our cars in the Bright town centre and starting off first on a walk along Delany Avenue.

First glimpse of Bright

First glimpse of Bright

Starting our walk!

Starting our walk!

We were there a week prior to the Autumn Festival at Bright so the leaves were not in full autumn colours yet…

Only a hint of autumn along Delany Ave

Only a hint of autumn along Delany Ave

Not in full autumn glory yet

Not in full autumn glory yet

As such, we didn’t walk through the whole of Delany Avenue and went back to the town centre, where we embarked on another walk.

Ms YL: Do you see any autumn trees? Ms CC: No Ms YL: Sigh, just have to keep looking. Ms CC: Why are we standing here then? Ms YL: Because April said to turn around and look emo. (haha!)

Ms YL: Do you see any autumn trees?
Ms CC: No.
Ms YL: Sigh, just have to keep looking.
Ms CC: Why are we standing here then?
Ms YL: Because April said to turn around and look emo.
(haha!)

It was a 1.5h circuit walk and finally, we got to see some autumn trees!

Golden trees!

Golden trees!

Going snap-happy

Going snap-happy

Duckies!

Duckies!

Yup, you can tell that we were at that spot for awhile :P

Getting to this rickety bridge

Getting to this rickety bridge

The group kind of dispersed, cos’ well, some got distracted with their cameras oops. But we managed to all gather at this spot where we did some pebble throwing. The waters were icy-cold btw!

Who has the most pebble skips?

Who has the most pebble skips?

Clear green waters and lush greenery

Clear green waters and lush greenery

And then finally, we got to the highlight of the walk, which were the golden trees across the river previously. And that’s when the cameras really went crazy… I kinda surrendered my camera at this stage and let the more pro-photographers do their thing…

Entering an enchanted forest... (photo credit - Ms JQ)

Entering an enchanted forest… (photo credit – Ms JQ)

Getting a little playful.. yup, that's how the leaves got on the trees ;)

Getting a little playful.. yup, that’s how the leaves got on the trees ;) (photo credit – Ms JQ)

After all that photo taking, it was time to look for lunch!

Bright was bustling even on a Easter Monday so it wasn't that hard finding a restaurant.. phew!

Bright was bustling even on a Easter Monday so it wasn’t that hard finding a restaurant.. phew!

The menu was sharing plates so we split up into 2 tables and shared dishes among us.

Coffees to start off with

Coffees to start off with

I wasn’t expecting much as we weren’t in Melbourne after all but the coffee was surprisingly good! There was a nutty aftertaste and the blend was really smooth.

Clockwise from top: Beetroot, candied walnut and goat's cheese salad / sticky chicken wings / grilled zucchini + eggplant / calamari + chorizo / pork and fennel meatballs

Clockwise from top: Beetroot, candied walnut and goat’s cheese salad / sticky chicken wings / grilled zucchini + eggplant / calamari + chorizo / pork and fennel meatballs

The food was really good as we could not quite fault any of the dishes. The salad didn’t go too heavy on the goat’s cheese and the walnuts gave a delightful crunch. The chicken wings were moreish, the grilled eggplant and zucchini were pure comfort food, and the calamari had the wonderful spice of the chorizo and chilli with the zestiness of the lemon. And we found ourselves mopping up the sauce of the meatballs with some bread we packed.

The only thing was that we found the portions a little too small :( Especially since we just finished a 1.5walk! As such, it was overall a pleasant but not quite satisfying meal.

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So to counter this, we stocked up on some snacks at Woolies’ before embarking on our looong drive home (was meant to be 3hours but it dragged to 4 because of the traffic jam on the highway.. guess everyone was returning back to Melbourne after the Easter break!).

Goodbye Bright.. till we meet again

Goodbye Bright.. till we meet again

Anyway, t’was a memorable time spent with the sisters and being able to enjoy God’s creation and the season of autumn in Bright. Although we didn’t get to see autumn in its full-fledged glory, at least it was a good time to go when we were all on holiday and could spend time together :)

And thank God for the sunny weather that day too that we could fully enjoy our brief getaway – now, it’s back to our daily routines in rainy grey Melbourne. Ah, such is the cycle of life!

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2 thoughts on “The Bright Getaway

    • yea it was a little short but still fun with the right company and beautiful scenery :) yes, if only Bright wasn’t that far from Melbourne!

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