ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL

Experience the wonders of the Alpine National Park in a TrailRider chair, relax with a craft beer tasting, or discover hidden mosaic art. There are plenty of accessible things to do in Bright & Surrounds for those with limited mobility. Here are some places to stay, eat and drink that are wheelchair-friendly, have ramps for people with walkers, or are fitted out with disability aids.

TOP 5 ACCESSIBLE THINGS TO DO

1. Glass-bottomed lookout, Mount Buffalo

Ramp access will lead you to a glass-bottomed lookout jutting over the edge of Mount Buffalo Gorge with spectacular views of the Ovens and Buckland Valleys and the Australian Alps. The Gorge has two accessible parking bays and ramp access to a disabled toilet.

2. Enjoy a craft beer tasting

Order a tasting paddle of craft beers at Bright Brewery with lunch or dinner. Accessible parking and toilets are located nearby at Howitt Park from where there is ramp access to the brewery.

3. Search for hidden mosaics

At least 80 mosaics are hidden along Myrtleford's scenic Mosaic Trail. The shared path along the Ovens River is flat and sealed for easy access. Accessible parking and toilet are located at the Rotary Park entrance to the trail on Myrtle Street.

4. See Victoria's highest mountain

Go for a scenic drive to Mount Beauty and stop at the Tawonga Gap and Sullivans lookouts for picture-perfect views of Victoria's highest mountain, Mount Bogong. Both lookouts have large unmarked parking areas and flat access to the viewing area.

5. Visit an apple orchard

Drive through the heritage-listed landscape of Wandiligong to the Nightingale Bros Apple Orchard and Farm Gate Store where you'll find a small cafe, fresh produce, apple cider, local sauces and preserves, and apple pies. The store has large parking spaces and flat access.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

RECHARGE YOUR SCOOTER

Don't get stranded on a big day out. Recharge your mobility scooter at the following locations:

› Outside the Bright Visitor Information Centre
› Inside Council's Bright Office
› Inside the Bright Sports Centre
› Outside the Mount Beauty Library
› On the deck at the Rose Garden Cafe at the Mount Beauty Neighbourhood Centre
› On the deck at the Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre

Some accessible cafes and restaurants are also happy to help. Have a chat to them today.

PARKING & FACILITIES

Accessible parking spaces are available at all established car parks in Bright, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty, Harrietville and Dinner Plain, including near essential services such as supermarkets and medical services. Disabled parking and toilets can also be found at:

› Howitt Park, Bright
› Pioneer Park, Harrietville
› Jubilee Park, Myrtleford
› Hollands Street, Mount Beauty
› Riverside Park, Porepunkah
› Tawonga Tennis Courts, Tawonga
› Scrubbers End, Dinner Plain

ALL-TERRAIN WHEELCHAIR

A motorised TrailRider all-terrain wheelchair is available to use free from YMCA Howmans Gap Alpine Centre at Falls Creek enabling visitors of all ages with mobility limitations to explore the Alpine National Park. Please book in advance at [email protected] or by calling 03 5758 3223. Accessible accommodation is also available.

POOL HOIST

The Bright Sports Centre has a 17m heated indoor swimming pool with a hoist to assist people with a disability to get in and out of the pool. The centre also has accessible parking, ramps and accessible change rooms. Please contact the Bright Sports Centre to arrange to use the hoist.

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Bright to Porepunkah 6km

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Bright to Wandiligong 5.5km

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ACCESSIBLE TOURS

Outdoor Advantage is a tour operator that specialises in providing accessible experiences throughout the Victorian Alps. Enjoy activities such as bushwalking, kayaking, abseiling, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching, photography and fishing with the assistance you need to make it happen.

NEED ASSISTANCE?

Didn't find the information you were looking for? Touch base with a local at a Visitor Information Centre in Bright, Mount Beauty or Myrtleford and they will be able to help you find the services or facilities you need. The centres have an up-to-date list of disabled and wheelchair-friendly accommodation.

ACCESSIBLE PLACES TO STAY

Harrietville Hotel Motel

Harrietville Hotel Motel

Stay at the Harrietville Hotel Motel and enjoy their comfortable motel rooms and friendly pub atmosphere. With something for everyone, they have standard family rooms sleeping up to five guests as well as deluxe studios sleeping up to four guests. All their rooms consist of ensuite bathrooms, televisions, bar fridges, tea and coffee facilities and…

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Bright Holidays

Bright Holidays is a locally owned and operated booking service for holiday homes. They offer a range of properties from quaint country retreats for two, to gorgeous sprawling family homes for large groups and everything in between. Their properties are privately owned by people who love the beautiful region and have decided to secure their…

Alpine Valley Getaways

Alpine Valley Getaways

Alpine Valley Getaways are your holiday accommodation specialist for the Bright and surrounding townships. The team are here to help you find the perfect base for your holiday. Offering a wide range of exceptional standard self-contained houses and cottages for families, couples or groups including pet-friendly accommodation, they are sure to have the perfect haven…

ACCESSIBLE PLACES TO EAT & DRINK

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.

Gapsted Estate

Gapsted Estate

Gapsted Estate is a family-owned winery and prominent North East Victorian tourist destination, renowned for award-winning emerging varietal wines and restaurant serving delicious cuisine produced from fresh local produce, all set against the backdrop of vineyards overlooking the striking Alpine Valleys. Embark on a journey of discovery with our portfolio of award-winning emerging and classic…

The Star Hotel

The Star Hotel

Welcome to the Star Hotel, located in central Bright, they offer a great place to enjoy a drink with friends, a good hearty pub meal with plenty of entertainment provided by Fox Sports on all televisions. As well as full TAB facilities, a gaming room and great background music provided by Nightlife. They offer family…