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.

EXPERIENCES YOU'LL LOVE

Myrtleford Bush Market

Myrtleford Bush Market

A family-friendly annual Bush Market with endless stalls – fresh produce, art crafts, clothing, candles giftware, outdoor furniture and gardening equipment, plants, socks and jocks, clothing accessories, hats, sunglasses, live entertainment, food court and great coffee. Local artist provide entertainment in a casual environment and free balloon creations for the little ones. Offering lots of…

Myrtleford Flea Market

Myrtleford Flea Market

The Myrtleford Flea Market is held on the second Saturday of each month (excluding winter). Hosted by the Myrtleford Historical Society on the grounds of the Old School Museum, the market sells a variety of art and craft, fresh fruit and vegetables, books, trash and treasure, cakes, jams and preserves, jewellery, plants, clothing, wood craft…

Mountain Monk Brewers

Mountain Monk Brewers

Nestled into the base of Mount Bogong, lies the picturesque township of Mount Beauty. In 2017, after being closed for two years, Mount Beauty’s local watering hole reopened its doors as West Peak Hotel. They wanted to create something more to really put their beautiful town on the map. With a passion for craft beer,…

Don Mungo's

Don Mungo’s

Fun and delicious, Don Mungo’s serves up good times and good pizza. A trendy pizza and cocktail bar in the heart of Bright. They have live music every Friday afternoon from 6:00pm, and a dancefloor from 10:00pm to late on Saturdays. There is also a casual darts competition every Tuesday from 9:00pm.

Pepperberry Hara House

Pepperberry Hara House

Introducing Pepperberry, a culinary experience nestled within the captivating Hara House in Bright, Victoria. Pepperberry, the only restaurant in Bright listed in the The Age 2024 Good Food Guide, invites you on a gastronomic journey like no other. With a five-star menu showcasing local produce and native Australian ingredients, complemented by a curated selection of…

Mount Beauty Music Festival

Mount Beauty Music Festival

A free family friendly festival held over two days in April. A truck stage with live music, children’s entertainment, food and craft stalls. A weekend of great food, music and company. New location in Tawonga South Opposite Falls Creek Coaches at the foothills of Falls Creek, surrounded by mountains. A great weekend away with the…

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.