ABOUT BRIGHT

The riverside town of Bright, located in the foothills of the Australian Alps, is renowned for its picture-perfect tree-lined streets, mountain views, local food and wine, boutique stores, markets, and outdoor adventures such as hiking, cycling and paragliding. All this, within close proximity to Victoria's alpine ski resorts, has firmly established Bright as one of Australia's most popular tourists destinations.

THE TOWN

Bright has changed dramatically since the gold mining days of the mid-1800s, when thousands seeking their fortune survived in shanties along our creeks and rivers. Now, reclaimed by nature, you can see remnants of this distant past as you walk the scenic trails surrounding the town. These days, Bright is a much loved escape full of vibrant eateries, boutique stores and markets, craft brews and local wine, set to a backdrop of mountain views where endless adventures await. With a wide-range of accommodation, and just over three hours from Melbourne along one of Australia's most scenic drives – the Great Alpine Road – you'll soon discover that one trip to Bright & Surrounds isn't enough.

THE SURROUNDS

Bright may be the popular place you know by name, but it's only a small part of the stunning region of Bright & Surrounds – an area of fertile valleys carved between alpine mountains by three rivers: the Ovens, Kiewa and Buckland. Cross the hills to Mount Beauty for dramatic views of Victoria's highest mountain; escape to the tranquility of Harrietville at the foot of Mount Feathertop; discover hidden mosaics in Myrtleford or drive Australia's highest sealed road to the alpine village of Dinner Plain. Get ready to pull up a chair at one of our region's country pubs, breweries and wineries, enjoy a bushwalk or go for a swim in our lakes and rivers, and get to know the places that make up our beautiful Surrounds.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION AWAITS

EXPERIENCES YOU'LL LOVE

Bright & the Victorian High Country

Bright & the Victorian High Country

Explore an area of outstanding natural beauty with mountains, rivers and lush fertile valleys and picturesque historic towns. Gracious avenues of poplars, maples, silver birches, pin oaks, liquid amber and verdant ashes – many planted early last century – cloak the towns and villages of the area in stunning foliage. Dotted along the Ovens and…

Great Southern

Great Southern

Spend 12 days exploring the Great Southern region of Australia with Bill Peach Journeys. On this Air Tour, you will travel by private aircraft touring Coober Pedy, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln and the high country of Victoria. Along the way, you will experience tremendous aerial flight-seeing over the stunning West Coast…

Alpine Valleys Wine Region

Alpine Valleys Wine Region

On this tour of the Alpine Valleys you can tailor your visit to include 4 or 5 of the regions finest wineries and cellar doors. Pick up from your accommodation in the morning is around 10.00am and drop off around 5.00 – 5.30pm. Your full day winery tour experience includes: • Touring is in the…

Tomahawks

Tomahawks

Tomahawks is a casual bar and all day eatery in beautiful Bright, North East Victoria. Serving quality food, booze and good times, Tomahawks is a favourite for both locals and visitors alike. Reservations are available for approximately one third of the restaurant, the rest is left for walk in trade. Tables frequently turn over, so…

Wine Education

Wine Education

A Taste of Wine Tours offer wine education and wine appreciation classes for small groups. Ideal for corporates or groups of like-minded friends who want to brush-up on their wine appreciation skills. Classes involve tasting wines to support course content, therefore participants must be at least 18 years of age. Content can be tailored to…

A Taste of Bright and Ovens Valley

A Taste of Bright and Ovens Valley

Taking in beautiful Bright, Buckland Valley and Wandiligong with two beverage and one food tasting from: Billy Button Wines, Boynton’s Feathertop Winery, Ringer Reef Wines, Bright Brewery, Bright Berry Farms, Bright Chocolate, Mount Buffalo Olives or Nightingale Brothers Alpine Apples. Visiting old tobacco country, you will find a number of great wineries and places to…

OUR STORY

THE THINGS THAT HAVE SHAPED US

Delve into our past to discover how the towns of Bright & Surrounds came to be here among the rugged mountain ranges of the Australian Alps.

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HISTORIC HUTS

DISCOVER OUR HIGH COUNTRY HUTS

Dotted throughout the wild Australian Alps are historic huts with a story to tell. Here’s how you can find them.