Set in the heart of Victoria’s High Country, Bright and its surrounding villages of Porepunkah, Wandiligong, Harrietville and Tawonga offer a hub of thrilling alpine adventures and magnificent natural scenery at any time of the year. Explore the region’s mountains, valleys, rivers and snowfields. Treat your senses to a lavish experience of boutique wineries, restaurants, breweries, delicious local produce and re-energising wellness treatments.
Bright is the gateway to some of Victoria’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Base your trip in Bright and pick from hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or skiing adventures. Traverse fragrant eucalyptus forests, grassy heathland, scenic plateaus and snow gum groves in Mount Buffalo National Park and Alpine National Park. Hike the summits of Mount Feathertop and Mount Bogong, or ride on horseback through the High Plains and Kiewa Valley. Take your bike for a cruise on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and explore over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of beautiful bushland, riverbanks, farmsteads and gourmet produce markets. Get an unforgettable aerial view over Bright and the High Country with a paragliding or hang-gliding trip from the town’s surrounding peaks.
Explore the meandering Ovens and Buckland rivers with a canoe or kayak, or take a dingy and drop a fishing line. Fishing with bait and spinning for trout are popular options for fishers in Bright’s vicinity. More relaxed activities in Bright include a round at the Bright Country Golf Club, scenic drives, brisk walks around town, massage treatments and yoga classes.
Bright is situated on the Great Alpine Road, approximately 3.5-hours’ drive from Melbourne via the Hume Highway. Reach Bright via the regional V/Line railway service via Wangaratta. Camp in the area’s State Forests and National Parks, or pick from a range of accommodation options in the town. Sample regional produce at Bright’s regular markets throughout spring and summer. Visit in autumn to see the magnificent European trees that line Bright’s main street become a kaleidoscope of red and gold. In winter, use Bright as a base for exciting ski adventures on the slopes of Falls Creek and Mount Hotham.