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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.

Alpine Luxury 4WD tours

Address:4 Buffalo River Rd
Suburb:Myrtleford
Phone:03 5752 1333
Website:https://www.alpinespiritcoaches.com.au/private-transfers.html
Description:A fresh modern approach to your unique snow travel experience with friendly respectable drivers! Picking you up from wherever you need and transporting you safely and in style to your destination. Travelling with local people with local knowledge!

Alpine Spirit High Country Coaches and Snowball Express

Address:4 Buffalo River Road
Suburb:Myrtleford
Phone:03 5752 1333
Website:http://www.alpinespiritcoaches.com.au
Description:Whether it's travel to Mount Hotham and Falls Creek by bus to hit the snow fields, school tours, wedding transport, airport transfers or simply exploring beautiful North East Victoria and Bright, Snowball Express and Alpine Spirit Coaches have you covered

Arco Ski Lodge

Suburb:Mt Hotham
Phone:03 5759 3941
Website:http://www.arcoskilodge.com.au
Description:Arco Ski Lodge is a traditional, family friendly Bavarian Bier Hall serving big, hearty German meals of superb quality plus a large range of traditional Bavarian beverages

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!

Falls Creek Snow Report

Suburb:Falls creek resort
Website:http://www.fallscreek.com.au/snowreport
Description:Follow link above for the latest falls creek snow report!!

Hotham 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 Mount Hotham & Dinner Plain in 2017? Hotham Bus can take you to Hotham Alpine Resort, and Dinner Plain ski resorts for the 2017 snow season. BOOK NOW on the link above!

Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours

Suburb:Mt Hotham / Dinner Plain
Phone:0409 517 633
Website:http://howlinghuskys.com.au/mthotham/
Description:An experience like no other! Blaze through the snow led by an experienced guide and team of friendly huskies. A range of tours available.

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!

JDs Ski Hire

Address:Cnr Burke & Anderson St
Suburb:Bright
Phone:03 5755 1557
Website:http://www.jdsskihire.com.au/index.htm
Description:If you're heading to Falls Creek we recommend getting your ski, board & chain hire from family run, JDs in Bright. Our guests receive 10% off!

Last Run Bar

Address:Lawlers Apartment Complex
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3796
Website:http://www.lastrunbar.com.au
Description:Casual Dining at Mount Hotham.Dinner is available from 5.30pm – 9.00 pm from TUESDAY to SUNDAY. The Last Run is very family friendly and offers a Kids Menu.

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.

Mount Hotham Snow Report

Address:Great alpine road
Suburb:Hotham heights
Website:http://www.mthotham.com.au/all-about-hotham/snow-weather/reports/snow-report.asp
Description:Follow the link above to view the daily mount Hotham snow report!

Mountain Kitchen

Address:1 Big Muster Drive
Suburb:Dinner Plain
Phone:(03) 5159 6560
Website:http://www.mountainkitchen.com.au/
Description:Awaken with our great coffee and breakfast to sustain you through the day, then when you have conquered the slopes (or they have conquered you!) relax and enjoy the sun drenched Mountain Kitchen with friends for aprés ski after your energetic day.

Onsen Spa and Retreat Dinner Plain

Address:Big Muster Drive
Suburb:Dinner Plain
Phone:03 5150 8880
Website:http://www.hothamholidays.com.au/spa/onsen-spa/general-information/
Description:Onsen Retreat + Spa is located in Dinner Plain and offers massage, skin care and body treatments. The indoor and outdoor Alpine Spa Retreat also features a Japanese Inspired outdoor Onsen and an indoor heated pool.

Stones Throw Restaurant

Address:Hotel High Plains- Big Muster Drive
Suburb:Dinner Plain
Phone:03 5159 6462
Website:http://www.mthotham.com.au/events-activities/restaurants-cafes-bars/details/hotelhighplains.asp
Description:Open every night for An extensive wine and beverage list (including many local), accompanied by a meal from a quality menu, ensures that your palette will be fulfilled as you relax in front of one of their three huge Rock Wall Fireplaces

The Bird

Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3503
Website:https://www.facebook.com/thebirdmthotham
Description:he Bird cafe is now open for breakfast and lunch Speciality coffee, craft beer and seriously good food. 03 5759 3503 Open from 7.30am to 2.30pm daily and 3pm on the weekends

The General Mt Hotham

Suburb:Mt Hotham
Phone:03 5759 3523
Website:http://www.thegeneral.com.au
Description:The General is famed for its nightlife, with something happening almost every night. From DJs to darts nights, live music to comedy with DJ Eddy, the General has something for everyone long after the lifts have stopped spinning

White Spa Hotham

Address:Hotham Central Building
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 4488
Website:http://www.hothamholidays.com.au/spa/white-spa/general-information/
Description:The White Spa will help you enhance your mountain experience and offer treatments to help you restore and relax while up at Hotham Alpine Resort.

Yama Kitchen and Bar

Address:Hotham Central Building
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3456
Website:http://www.yama.net.au
Description:A modern Alpine restaurant, located at Hotham Central. Shared dishes, casual dining, cocktails, craft beer, local and international wines.

Zirkys Restaurant

Address:Zirkys Building
Suburb:Hotham Heights
Phone:03 5759 3518
Website:https://zirkys.com.au/dining/
Description:offering a relaxed atmosphere, quality cuisine sourced from local ingredients and good, friendly service and an extensive wine list to compliment. Bookings recommended but not essential
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