Suggested Stay: Bright or Harrietville



8.30am — Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey

Bright or Harrietville’s excellent cafes will set the mood with something hot and caffeinated.

9.30am — Choose Your Adventure

What would you prefer? A Rail Trail ride from Harrietville to Bright, Road cycling to Mount Hotham or mountain biking at Mystic? Maybe you'd rather take a stroll on our walking trails or a dip in our swimming holes, a game of golf in Bright or go fishing in Harrietville – there's plenty to entertain you and your crew, and gear available from the outdoor stores, bike shops and tour operators.

1.00pm — Lunch Classics

From loaded burgers to sushi, gourmet sandwiches to award-winning pies, whether you're vegetarian or vegan, a meat lover or paleo, head into Bright for a bellyful of yum.

2.00pm — Rolling on the River

Discover Bright’s gold history and the hidden canyons along the Ovens River on the 5km-return Canyon Walk.

3.30pm — Take a Splash or drink by the Fire

Finish up in town with a dip in the river, or grab a tube and just float about. In winter, warm up with a coffee or
cocktail inside by the fire.

5.30pm — Dinner and Live Music

There’s nothing like sitting back with friends, fine food
and live music. Check out what’s on at venues in Bright, Wandiligong, Porepunkah and Harrietville.

7.30pm — Bar Hop

Not ready to stop? Bright’s bars will keep you bopping, or kick on at one of the pubs in Harrietville.


8.00am — Breakfast Time

OK sleepyheads, how was last night? Time for breakfast!

9.00am — Alpine Adventure

Drive Australia’s highest road to Mount Hotham for some skiing or snowboarding, or Dinner Plain for snowshoeing or tobogganing. In summer, stop at the stunning lookouts and take a hike out to Mount Loch or The Razorback.

1.00pm — Lunch in DP

Fill up at the pub or cafe in Dinner Plain.

2.00pm — Sled Dog Rides or MTB

That’s right – we said sled dogs! These furry friends run all winter. In summer, hire bikes and hit up the Dinner Plain Mountain Bike Park or the sealed Brabralung Trail.

3.30pm — Soak in an Onsen in the Snow

In winter, grab your friends and chill out in a steaming hot outdoor Onsen surrounded by snow. In summer, take the short walk down to see Carmichael Falls, just 1km from the village centre.

6.30pm — Dinner Out

Enjoy the sunset views as you head back down the mountain to Bright or Harrietville for dinner. You'll be famished, so grab a pizza or some traditional pub grub at the local, or try one of the trendy new eateries in Bright.

8.00pm — Local Brews

The day's not over yet. Finish up with a gin at the local distillery, a cocktail from one of our bars, or a craft beer at the brewery in Bright.




Ginger Baker  Cafe - Wine and Food

Ginger Baker Cafe – Wine and Food

Positioned alongside the gorgeous Ovens River, Ginger Baker Cafe enjoys a prime location set amongst a backdrop that includes natural waterfalls, towering elm trees, and a surprisingly eclectic exterior. Open for breakfast and lunch, the café offers a variety of fabulous food dishes sourced from local vendors throughout Bright and surrounds. If you are craving…

Reed & Co. Distillery

Reed & Co. Distillery

Bright craft distillery, Reed & Co Distillery was established in 2016 by chefs turned distillers Hamish Nugent and Rachel Reed. It all began at the helm of their former hatted restaurant Tani. Reed & Co was founded as a result of inspiration from the botanicals of the natural landscape in Victoria’s high country, and seeking…

Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery is a proudly independent craft brewery, bar, restaurant and bike hub located in the heart of beautiful Bright. With the backdrop of Victoria’s spectacular Alps, their key values of – active, sustainable and authentic – are the cornerstones of everything Bright Brewery do. From brewing beers that reflect the bold and wild local…

The Riverdeck Kitchen

The Riverdeck Kitchen

The Riverdeck Kitchen is the perfect place to relax in Bright. Great coffee, fabulous food, local and regional wines and friendly service, all in one of Bright’s most picturesque locations. Located by the Ovens River and overlooking beautiful Howitt Park, the Riverdeck is fully licensed and has free Wi-Fi. Open for breakfast (all day) and…

Cafe Fez Myrtleford

Cafe Fez Myrtleford

Café Fez presents a unique atmosphere – a treasure trove of twinkling Moroccan lanterns, silver teapots and colourful woven cushions. Featuring a traditional menu of Middle-Eastern favourites, an astonishing drinks menu carrying an array of teas, a great line-up of local wines and beer, and a quixotic array of cocktails, this chilled-out little gem is…


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Canoeing on the Kiewa River