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Why Visit Bright?

The well known and much loved town of Bright is nestled in the heart of the Alpine Valleys of North East Victoria.  

A popular holiday destination year round, Bright has become known for it's variety of spectacular seasons, sparkling riverside parks and walks, as well as the exciting festivals and events regularly dotting the Bright activities calendar.

The adventurous are well catered for with plenty of walking and hiking trails, Mountain bike tracks to rival some of the best in Victoria and the ultimate jumps to fly over some spectacular scenery.  In Winter, Bright is the ideal destination to experience Victoria's premier ski resorts.  Situated centrally to both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek, you can explore both mountains then the rest of Bright & Surrounds easily.  Keen cyclist's are spoilt for choice with some of Victoria's most epic rides and training routes.  Riders definitely leave Bright & Surrounds with plenty of stories to share!

For families, Bright is the perfect place to get out & about with a fantastic cycle rail trail running in several directions along the Ovens River.  Perfect to get the kids on their bikes in a safe and beautiful environment.  Easy walking trails, safe & sheltered rivers, family friendly restaurants and cafes, exciting festivals all year catering for children and that old fashioned family friendly vibe.

The monthly Make it, Bake it, Grow it Market is the place to be to sample local wares and the freshest local produce.  Everything is hand-made or home-grown with love in the region.  Plenty of fun for the kids and grown-ups alike. You can't beat strolling market stalls by the river in the fresh mountain air.

The Ovens River offers a safe haven for littlies and big kids alike to cool down, dive in, float down or slide & splash while mum & dad relax on the banks.  Find your own little quiet spot to dip your toes in or build the ultimate rock bath for the kids to play.  Gorgeous walks along the river are the best way to get from A to B, hire a bike or get your walking shoes on.  Let Alpine Valley Getaways help you find a pet friendly property and your whole family can join you.

Bright also offers a central location to explore the greater North East Valleys.  Visit local wineries and farm gates in Eurobin & Surrounds or take the short drive out to the King Valley and partake in some of Victoria's finest food and wine.  Take the Snow Road on your way and arrive with everything you need for the ultimate afternoon platter - wine included - to compliment your mountain views and newly relaxed vibe you will no doubt have!

What to see & do in Bright

  • Meet the makers at Cellar doors and farm gates
  • Meander the Canyon Walk along the Ovens River
  • Experience some of Victoria's best mountain bike trails
  • Spend the day cooling in the Ovens River
  • Be central to 2 of Victoria's best Ski Resorts
  • Enjoy exciting festivals & events year round

What to do in Bright

Bright is the heart of the Great Alpine Valleys - Bright & Surrounds - and a town offering so much in every season.  Bright offers a new experience every season packed with festivals, tours, adventure or relaxation and everything a holiday to the Australian Alpine Valleys and High Country has to offer.

In Summer, you'll love lazing the day away on the foreshore by the Ovens River or making the most of the water slide or shady riverside playground.  Enjoy a beer at the brewery and watch the kids play or stroll the Canyon Walk under the shady trees - Your four legged friend will love this just as much!  Enjoy the buzz of Bright with long summer days and cool peaceful nights.

In Autumn, the landscape is splashed with colour as visitors flock to take in the beauty of the changing leaves.  Autumn welcomes beautiful crisp mornings, gorgeous sunny days and a backdrop of gold.  Foodies will delight on the seasons fare as Autumn produce hits the plates.  Sample the Alpine Valleys seasonal goodies at one of the numerous festivals to celebrate the Autumn Harvest or simply relax and take in the beauty of Bright in Autumn.

In Winter, Bright becomes the heart of Victoria's Premier ski resorts.  Bright becomes the ideal destination to take in Mount Hotham, Falls Creek or Mount Buffalo, perfectly situated centrally to all mountains.  Talk to Alpine Valley Getaways about which mountain would suit your family or group or experience all 3 and keep a day free to explore the region - perfect Victorian ski holiday!

In Spring, the snow thaws filling the rivers with crisp fresh water and the mountains come back to life in a burst of colour.  Now's the time to get active and explore the region on 2 wheels or high above from the skies.  Simply relax and enjoy the local Spring festivals and markets or explore the walking & hiking trails and green backdrop.  Let the mountains refresh and renew you completely. 

 

Food & Wine in Bright

Bright is the perfect base to discover, taste and experience from the ground up some of Victoria's most amazing produce and flavours.

Spend a day (or many!) exploring the selection of cool climate wineries from Milawa to Bright and around the other way!  Travel the High Country Brewery Trail to balance it out  and sample some amazing local food along the way.  An afternoon spent at Bright Brewery, watching the kids enjoy the playground and listening to smooth tunes is a day worth putting in your book!  Many of our local wineries offer activities for the kids, live music and plenty of other delights to keep the whole family happy.

Travel along the Great Alpine Road and visit the Cellar doors and farm gates along the way, hear the stories that make the meal and get hands on with tours that will send you home creating like a pro.  Bright & Surrounds is the ultimate destination of true foodie hospitality where the creator is at the table.

Make a day of it on 2 wheels with a pedal to produce basket.  Take your map and ride from winery to farm gate filling your basket along the way, tasting the flavours that make the region and meeting the people that make it tick.

Bright will offer something to satisfy every appetite with 2 chef's hat restaurants in the heart of town and several others a short drive away, you will be spoilt for choice (or have to stay a little longer).  Whether you love amazing contemporary Japanese, Tapas with a view, Classic Italian made with love or even Australian bush tucker there's plenty on the menu.  Bright also has a range of fabulous stylish and relaxing cafes, as well as an organic food store and I promise you that Bright knows how to respect coffee.... you won't be disappointed.

Give Alpine Valley Getaways a call if you would like some restaurant or cafe recommendations in Bright & Surrounds to suit you.

Adventure Guides Australia

Address:See website
Phone:0419 280 614
Website:http://www.adventureguidesaustralia.com.au
Description:Small group tour guides offering hiking, abseiling and caving tours at Mt Buffalo & hiking Mt Feathertop

Alpine Paragliding

Address:Mystic Hill
Suburb:Bright
Phone:0428 352 048
Website:http://www.alpineparagliding.com/tandems/
Description:Experience Bright from above on a tandem hang gliding session or Learn the art yourself with Australia's longest running paragliding school.

Alpine Walking Guides

Address:28A Ireland Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:(03) 5755 2227
Website:https://www.facebook.com/alpinewalkinguides.com.au/
Description:Fully Guided, supported and catered for day and overnight walks around falls creek, Harrietville, Mount Hotham, the razorback and Mount Feathertop. Experience the convenience of having everything organised and transported for you!

Blue Dirt Mountain Biking

Phone:0409161903
Website:http://bluedirt.com.au/mystic-bright-mtb-shuttle/
Description:We are industry leaders in mountain bike tourism, with 12 years operating experience. We also offer uplift shuttles in Bright, Mt Buller, Falls Creek, Mt Baw Baw and Mt Beauty.

Bright Adventure Company

Address:9 Ireland Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:(03) 5756 2486
Website:http://www.brightadventurecompany.com.au/
Description:Offering a range of guided outdoor experiences in and around Bright. Abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking-The perfect adventure is waiting for you Looking for a truly once in a lifetime experience? Enquire about cliff picnics at Mt Buffalo

Bright Electric Bikes

Address:2 Delaney Ave
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1309
Website:http://www.brightelectricbikes.com.au
Description:Take a load off whilst cycling Bright and its surrounds. Ride further, reach your destination quicker and feel fresher abreast a European designed,state of the art electric bike. Open 7 days 9am-5.30pm Think food, wine, weddings, family fun, hen weekends!

Bus-A-Bike

Suburb:Bright - Wangaratta
Phone:0409 806 458
Website:http://www.busabike.com.au/about-us-1.html
Description:Chauffered shuttle service to transfer you and your bikes to the Rail Trail and back home at the end!

Cyclepath

Address:74 Gavan Street
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5750 1442
Website:http://www.cyclepath.com.au/home.html
Description:Bike hire, bike service, equipment sales and local advice in the heart of Bright

Falls bus

Address:Po box 699
Suburb:Wangaratta
Phone:1300 781 221
Website:http://bit.ly/HothamDayTrip
Description:Want an easier, cost-saving way of getting to Falls Creek in 2017? Falls Bus can take you to Falls Creek Resort, direct from Bright on Fridays and Sundays for the 2017 snow season. BOOK NOW on the link above!

Falls Creek Lift Passes & Rentals

Address:Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Phone:03 5758 1202
Website:https://estore.skifalls.com.au/eStoreFC/Default.aspx
Description:Save precious skiing and boarding time and take the hassle out of your day trip by pre-purchasing your lift passes and rentals online. BOOK NOW via the link above!

Falls Creek Resort Entry

Address:Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Phone:03 5758 1200
Website:https://ssl2.connectintouch.com/wp.dll?axis/fcrmvehicles:?Section=passes
Description:Daily Permits are available at $45/day when bought online-10% less than if purchased at the gate. You can now print out your receipt and display in the windscreen as your Permit – this means no stopping at Resort Entry. BOOK ONLINE NOW via the link above!

Great Alpine Produce and Trading

Address:3 Nicholson street
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:0411 705 992
Website:http://www.gapt.com.au
Description:Licensed cafe and providore in Porepunkah along rail trail. Showcasing local produce, offering coffee, cake, breakfast,lunch 7 days /week. Pooch friendly with tie points, fresh water bowls and puppachinos! Bike hire, gifts and live music on occasion!

Hedonistic Hiking

Address:P.O. BOX 200
Suburb:Porepunkah
Phone:03 5755 2307
Website:http://www.hedonistichiking.com.au/australian-tours
Description:Gourmet walking & hiking tours melding the best local food & wine with breathtaking walks throughout the region

High Country Tours- Bright and District Leisure tours

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0421 648 151
Website:http://www.highcountrytours.com.au/
Description:Mini bus tour operator offering tailored or set winery tours, hiking tours and group High Country and ski resort transfers. Local taxi alternative!!

HOYS skis

Address:188 Great Alpine Road
Suburb:Harrietville
Phone:03 5759 2658
Website:http://www.hoysskis.com.au/book-online/
Description:Minimize your time in the shop and maximize your time on the slopes by pre-booking your rental gear online with HOYS. Hire your snow chains as well- compulsory to carry with you whenever entering Victorian snow resorts. BOOK ONLINE NOW via above link!

Mount Hotham Lift Passes & Rentals

Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 4444
Website:https://estore.hotham.com.au/eStore/Default.aspx
Description:Get on the slopes faster than ever before and pre-purchase your lift tickets and ski hire online prior to your arrival. BOOK NOW via the link above!

Mount Hotham Resort Entry

Address:Hotham Alpine Resort
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3550
Website:http://www.alpineeasyaccess.com.au
Description:A Resort Entry fee is applicable to all motor vehicles and passengers of coaches and taxis entering all Victorian Ski Resorts during the declared snow season of 10th of June to the 1st of October in 2017. BOOK ONLINE NOW via the link above.

River to Ridge Tours

Address:Wandiligong
Suburb:Wandiligong
Phone:03 5759 2653
Website:http://www.rivertoridgeadventuretours.com/
Description:4x4 and Dirt Bike tag along tours in the Victorian high country. Experience the pristine valleys, mountain streams and panoramic views that Wandiligong and surrounds have to offer. KTM 350 hire bikes available.

Tour of Duty Bright

Suburb:Bright
Phone:0499 228 663
Website:http://www.tourofdutybright.com.au
Description:Let Allan and Michelle take you on an adventure you won't forget!Climb aboard their Land Rover 6x6 and soak in the sounds and sights of all that Bright and the surrounds have to offer. Bubbly sunset tours, Local short or all day tours, Wineries and more!
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