Bright

Autumn colours, Don Skirrow / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 2113

Bright is situated in the Ovens Valley in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. A particularly striking element of the town is the avenues of deciduous trees, at their peak during the autumn months. The Bright Autumn Festival is held annually in celebration of the spectacular seasonal changes. The Ovens River flows through the town, providing a delightful location for picnics or camping. The town also offers off-the-mountain accommodation for nearby Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo.

Visitor Information

76a Gavan St; 1300 551 117

www.brightescapes.com.au

Nearby national parks

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In Town

Old Tobacco Sheds You could easily spend half a day here, wandering through the sheds filled with antiques and bric-a-brac and through the makeshift museums, which give an insight into the local tobacco industry and the gold rush. Also on-site is a historic hut, and the Sharefarmers Cafe serves Devonshire tea. Open 9am–5pm (Sept–May), 10am–4pm (June–Aug); 7377 Great Alpine Rd; (03) 5755 2344.

Gallery 90: local art and craft; 90 Gavan St; (03) 5755 1385.

Centenary Park: with a deep weir, children's playground and picnic facilities; Gavan St.

Art Gallery and Cultural Centre: community-owned gallery, displays and sells fine art and handicrafts; 28 Mountbatten Ave; (03) 5750 1660. 

Bright Brewery: enjoy award-winning beers or brew your own; 121 Great Alpine Rd; (03) 5755 1301. 

Historical Museum: in the old railway station building, with artefacts and photographs from the town's past; open by appt (contact visitor centre); Cnr Gavan and Anderson sts.

Walking tracks: well-marked tracks around the area include Canyon Walk along the Ovens River, where remains of gold-workings can be seen; details from visitor centre.

Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail: Bright sits at one end of this 94 km track suitable for cycling and walking; links several townships.

Nearby

Wandiligong A National Trust–classified hamlet, the area contains well-preserved historic buildings from the town’s goldmining days. The tiny village is set in a rich green valley, with an enormous hedge maze as the dominant feature and over 2 km of walkways surrounded by lush gardens. The maze is well signposted. Open 10am–5pm Wed–Sun; 6 km S.

Mount Buffalo National Park This 31 000 ha national park is the state’s oldest, declared in 1898. A plateau of boulders and tors includes The Horn, the park’s highest point and a great place for views at sunrise. Walking tracks are set among streams, waterfalls, stunning wildflowers, and snow gum and mountain ash forest. There is summer camping, swimming and canoeing at Lake Catani, and rock climbing and hang-gliding are also popular. In winter, the Mount Buffalo ski area is popular with families. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 10 km NW.

Tower Hill Lookout: 4 km NW.

Boyntons/Feathertop Winery: open for sales and tastings; at junction of Ovens and Buckland rivers, Porepunkah; 6 km NW

The Red Stag Deer and Emu Farm: Hughes La, Eurobin; 16 km NW.

Harrietville: a former goldmining village located just outside the Alpine National Park. Attractions include Pioneer Park, an open-air museum and picnic area; Tavare Park, with a swing bridge and picnic and barbecue facilities; and a lavender farm; 20 km SE.

Alpine National Park: see Mount Beauty; to the south-east of town.

Fishing spots near town

Kiewa River 21 km

High Country waterways are popular with fly-fishers looking for gin-clear water with good numbers of trout. In this regard, the Kiewa River near Mount Beauty rates as one of the State’s best waters, although it... Find out more


Lake Guy 25 km

Bogong Village is little more than a collection of workers’ bunkhouses converted for outdoor adventure students, a few houses and some corrugated iron garages. The hamlet is set on a steep slope, and as you follow... Find out more


Lake Buffalo 27 km

Two productive lakes in this region are Lake Buffalo, 20 km south of Myrtleford, and Lake William Hovell, 60 km south of Wangaratta. Both waters have boat-launching facilities, but fishing here can be difficult during... Find out more


Falls Creek 34 km

Rocky Valley reservoir at Falls Creek has been used as a venue for state and national fly-fishing championships. Trout to 3 kg have been caught from the shore. Bait fishing using ultra-light rods and rigs is deadly... Find out more


Lower Mitta Mitta 40 km

Wodonga-based fly-fishing guide Scott McPherson accompanied me on one trip on the lower Mitta Mitta. We were wading a stretch of river near Eskdale early in the morning. I recommend not only waders for this activity, but... Find out more


Lake Dartmouth 56 km

Lake Dartmouth holds self-sustaining populations of both brown and rainbow trout. The lake was formed in 1979 when an embankment was built on the Mitta Mitta River. Trout and the threatened Macquarie perch thrived in the... Find out more


Omeo Valley 57 km

The Upper Mitta Mitta River at Angler’s Rest appears to go the ‘wrong’ way, as it travels south to reach Dartmouth reservoir, far to the north. It flows out of the Bogong High Plains and down the Omeo... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Cross-country skiing - Victoria's High Country 32 km

The home of our national cross-country team, Falls Creek is probably the best place to crosscountry ski. It has 65 kilometres of groomed tracks, catering to beginners and intermediate skiers, as well as marked trails on... Find out more


Rafting - Mitta Mitta and Murray Rivers 56 km

Adventure Rafting Victoria only takes a few months off, from April to June, and runs exciting day trips down the foaming Murray Gates, and two-night paddles down the Mitta Mitta, staying overnight in the legendary Blue... Find out more


Bushwalking Alpine National Park 66 km

Covering a vast 6460 square kilometres, this is Victoria’s largest national park and cradles the state’s highest mountains and dramatic alpine scenery, as well as the major downhill skiing resorts. The park... Find out more


Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 70 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Poplars

There is a real mix of diners in this 40-seater restaurant: workers straight from the farm, suits from a business meeting or perhaps a starry-eyed couple out for a romantic evening. But the French-style brasserie takes... Find out more


Simone’s of Bright

For more than 20 years, George and Patrizia Simone have been serving exceptional Italian cuisine at their award-winning restaurant in a welcoming converted Victorian home. Loyal gourmet food buffs come from around the... Find out more


Villa Gusto

A Tuscan-style escape at the foot of Mount Buffalo, this small Italian restaurant serves good local food with regional wines. The menu is a set-price five-course degustation dinner, complemented by High Country and... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Bright Brewery

The original Bright Brewery shut down in 1916 and this modern incarnation was started by a quartet of ‘ale changers’ – couples David and Julie Cocks, and Scott Brandon and Fiona Reddaway – some 90... Find out more


Bridge Road Brewers 48 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more


Campsites around town

AH Youngs camping area 12 km

It was gold that drew people to the Buckland River in the 1850s, but now it’s the scenic landscape of Victoria’s High Country. AH Youngs at Maguire Point, 18 km down Buckland River Rd from the Great Alpine Rd... Find out more


Lake Catani camping area 13 km

It’s possible to camp among the snow gums on the eastern side of Lake Catani. From Lake Catani, cycle or stroll the 2 km track leading to the Gorge, where there are some sublime views of distant mountains. The... Find out more


Buckland River Valley camping areas 17 km

It’s permissible to pitch a tent between Buckland River Rd and the river itself, except on privately owned land. Once you’ve selected your campsite, you can concentrate on enjoying the fresh mountain air and... Find out more


Nug Nug Reserve camping area 23 km

This picturesque camping area has plenty of sites to spread out in, and facilities that include cold showers. There are also concrete tennis courts if you tire of water-based activities. Right next door is Mt Buffalo... Find out more


Mountain Creek camping area (Bogong area) 26 km

Mountain Creek is about 15 km east of Tawonga, which is down the road from Mt Beauty – from the Kiewa Valley Hwy south of Tawonga, head east for 10 km on Mountain Creek Rd. Most people come here to climb... Find out more


Beveridges Station camping area (Bright region) 27 km

Beveridges Station lies within a thin wedge of the park between Lake Cobbler and Mt Hotham. Its location beside the Buckland River, 40 km south of Porepunkah, makes it a favourite of isolation-seeking anglers. Follow the... Find out more


Blades camping area 29 km

Blades is one of several riverside camping areas you can access by following Buffalo River Rd south from Myrtleford, turning onto Abbeyards Rd, and then watching for the signposted access tracks about 14 km beyond Lake... Find out more


Manna Gum camping area 29 km

The Manna Gum camping area is accessed off Abbeyards Rd in Buffalo River State Forest, which is 35 km south of the township of Myrtleford. Bring firewood and water with you on the drive down to the Buffalo River.... Find out more


Tea-Tree camping area 29 km

This is another of the fine riverside camping areas signposted off Abbeyards Rd south of Lake Buffalo. Anglers pursuing the stocks of trout in the Buffalo River are common visitors to this part of the tangled state... Find out more


McIver camping area 31 km

Camp down by a fresh mountain river in the Buffalo Valley at the McIver camping area. Tents and camper trailers are accommodated here. The area attracts its share of 4WD tourers searching for challenging, scenic tracks.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 69 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more


Lake Hume Tourist Park 69 km

On the shores of Lake Hume and 14 km from Albury, this park makes an ideal holiday base. It features a store, with a good takeaway-food selection. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more


Painters Island Caravan Park 70 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


North Cedars Holiday Park 71 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more


Albury Central Tourist Park 73 km

This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Centenary Peaks

The eight luxury two-bedroom town houses have polished wood floors, stone walls, plasma TVs and original artwork. Quality is a specialty here; for example, the full kitchens come with Miele appliances. The apartments are... Find out more


The Buckland Studio Retreat

Award-winning Buckland Studio Retreat near Bright is nestled in the Buckland Valley, with sweeping views of surrounding vineyards, chestnut groves and Mount Buffalo beyond. This pristine location is the inspiration for... Find out more


The Odd Frog

The heart of Bright might be just a six-minute walk away but The Odd Frog does a fine line in seclusion. This Land for Wildlife property includes several hectares of bushland, and the five arresting north-facing studios... Find out more


The Kilns

Located in a paddock, about 10 minutes by car from Bright, this three-bedroom house is a modern architectural interpretation of the typical Australian homestead. It has been reconstructed from two 1950s corrugated-iron... Find out more


Villa Gusto

This purpose-built Tuscan-style retreat is located at the foot of Mount Buffalo, with ringside views over the beautiful Buckland Valley. It offers a range of accommodation: one grande and three deluxe suites luxuriously... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Odd Frog, Bright 1 km

This place comprises five funky new luxury studios on a 4-hectare Land for Wildlife property. The studios have been architecturally designed to have minimal impact on the environment, with thought even given to their... Find out more


The Buckland, Bright 7 km

With the same architect as The Odd Frog, The Buckland’s four luxury studio retreats have similar eco-design principles, and thousands of trees have been planted on the site. They are also powered by green energy.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Freeburgh park area 8 km

At Freeburgh

Adjacent to the highway. On the north side of town.


Eurobin rest area 13 km

17km SE of Myrtleford (L) or 15km NW of Bright (R)

Just off the highway at the old railway station site.


Harrietville park area 20 km

At Harrietville

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Information Board park area 25 km

35km SE of Bright (L) or 74km NW of Omeo (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway.


Myrtleford park area 29 km

At Myrtleford

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.


Dannys Lookout Park Area 32 km

51 km SE of Bright (L) or 58 km NW of Omeo (R)

Small area adjacent to the road.


Burgoigee Creek rest area 43 km

29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Pioneer Bridges rest area 50 km

T/O to Markwood

Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.


Victoria Falls camping area 58 km

89km SE of Bright (L) or 20km NW of Omeo (R)

Secluded area 600m off the road.


Lookout rest area 68 km

102km SE of Bright (L) or 7km NW of Omeo (R)

Just off the road at the lookout.


Oriental Claims park area 69 km

107km SE of Bright (L) or 2km NW of Omeo (R)

At a historical site beside a creek 500m off the highway.


Ironbark rest area 71 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.


Chiltern rest area 71 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.


What's on around town

Craft market: 3rd Sat each month; Burke St.

Autumn Festival: activities include craft markets and entertainment; Apr/May.

Alpine Spring Festival: free entertainment, displays and open gardens, celebrating the beauty of Bright in spring; Oct.

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