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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Bright to Porepunkah
7 Minutes 6km
Falls Creek to Porepunkah
1 hours 60km
Closest Town:
Bright 6km
Closest Airport:
Mt Hotham and Albury
Winter activities: Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Alpine touring, Snow shoeing, Telemark skiing.
Summer activities: Golf, bushwalking, hang gliding, horse riding, swimming, canoeing , kayaking, mountain biking, trout fishing , abseiling, rock climbing, hiking.
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About Porepunkah

Porepunkah is a small village located on the Great Alpine Road, right at the foot of Mt Buffalo. Porepunkah offers the perfect holiday base to enjoy the Mt Buffalo National Park, the peaceful Buckland Valley, and trout fishing in the Oven and Buckland rivers. With its close proximity to Bright, Porepunkah can offer easy access to the ski fields of Falls Creek and Hotham, and the beautiful gardens in the Bright area.

Porepunkah has a lovely park with shady riverbanks, playground, swimming holes, picnic tables and riverside walks making it just ideal for families. The Porepunkah river walk follows along side the river. The 45 minute walk crosses over a swing bridge and returns via the Rail Trail.

If it is adventure you are looking for on your vacation the Porepunkah can offer paragliding, hang gliding and micro light flights. Tandem flights micro-light flights are available year round at Porepunkah airfield, whilst the gliding is only available from spring to autumn due to its reliance on relies on warm air currents. The flights and gliding offer spectacular views over the valley.

Porepunkah was discovered by Hume & Hovell, in 1824. By 1837 a cattle run between present day Myrtleford to Eurobin was established. The gold rush in the nearby Buckland Valley in the 1850’s saw a large number of miners flood the area. The miners had to pas through Porepunkah (originally known as Oven's Crossing) to get to the new gold fields.

Things to do and see

Apex Riverside Park
Porepunkah's riverside park offers picnic areas, a playground and walking trails along side the Ovens river. From Christmas to Easter you can enjoy a swim in a safe river swimming pool when the river is dammed.

Buckland Valley
The drive from Porepunkah to Buckland Valley passes the airfield Porepunkah airfield from where you can take a tandem micro-light flight and on through apple orchards, olive groves and nut farms. Several farms sell their produce at the farm gate.

Mount Buffalo
The Mount Buffalo National Park offers a wide range of activities year round.

There is about a dozen wineries are dotted through the surrounding valleys and towns, including Porepunkah, Myrtleford, Tawonga, Tawonga South, Eurobin, Gapsted, Rosewhite, Kancoona South and Mongans Bridge in the Kiewa Valley. A number have cellar doors and invite you to try their wines with local cheese and antipasto platters, traditional Tuscan food or a menu created around seasonal local produce.


With an average maximum temperature of 29 degrees celsius and average minimum of 10 degrees celsius summer is the ideal time to enjoy a picnic, bush walking, mountain biking, swimming and trout fishing.

The maximum temperature is 21 degrees celsius and the minimum 4 degrees celsius. The air turns crisp and the grapes are harvested. Log fires start to burn and the autumn trees put on their exquisite display of colour.

The maximum temperature is 13.5 degrees celsius and the minimum 1.5 degrees celsius. Winter is when skiers and snowboarders head for the surrounding alps to enjoy the magical playground of snow. If you are not a skier why not come and enjoy a romantic weekend in front of a log fire.

The maximum temperature is 24 degrees celsius and the minimum 3.5 degrees celsius. Spring heralds the melting snow, the rivers swell creating a paradise for white water rafters, kayakers and canoeists. The local orchards display their spring blossom and the trees burst with bright green new foliage.

Getting There

By Air
Tullamarine in Melbourne is the closest international airport. Albury Airport, which is located ten minutes from the centre of Albury and about 1 hour 30 minutes from the Porepunkah, operates multiple flights daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and various other regional centres. Rex Airlines, Qantas Link and Brindabella Airlines offer services to Albury. During winter limited services are also available to Mt Hotham.

By Car
Porepunkah is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes from Melbourne. Take the Hume Highway towards Wangaratta. Turn off at Great Alpine Road, which is just outside Glenrowan. Follow the great Alpine Road to Porepunkah.

By Train
A regular train service operates from Melbourne's Spencer Street Station to Wangaratta. From Wangaratta there are several bus connections that operate to Porepunkah.

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