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Bright: An Alpine Escape


Bright, in Victoria’s High Country, is a small town off the Great Alpine Road, providing travellers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in mountainside living. Visitors come to Bright primarily to explore the great outdoors, participate in a variety of sports and attend markets and festivals organized by the small but dynamic community of 5000 souls. As an emerging holiday destination, quite a few rentals are set in town and off the beaten track, including large family houses, cosy apartments and even cabins in the woods.


Hiking, Biking and Caving in Bright


Perhaps the best way to explore Bright and the surrounding area is on foot or by means of a mountain bike. Hiking trails in the region are almost endless, with tracks to suit all fitness levels. Strenuous uphill hikes, as well as almost flat trails can be found close to town. Start off at Mount Buffalo National Park or at the Alpine National Park, where paved paths making your hiking easier and off-road treks let you conquer terrain on a mountain bike. Exploring the High Country isn’t limited to above-ground activities: Mount Buffalo National Park harbours a 400m-deep cave, of which about 100m are easily accessible to the public.


Adventure Sports in Bright


As Bright is set in the mountains, a favourite local hobby is to go rock climbing. Travellers seeking to try the sport but lacking experience or confidence can join a guided rock climbing tour led by professional climbers. More daring visitor can go abseiling at Mount Buffalo, where classes are held by local operators. If water is more your element, you can go kayaking, canoeing or whitewater rafting in the Owens or Buckland Rivers. Rent equipment and head out on your own or join a group tour. To unwind after a day of adventure sports, splash about in the Ovens River’s safe swimming area.


Sports in Town


Stay active closer to your holiday rental with Bright’s numerous in-town sporting venues and activities. Golfers can take on the challenging 18-hole course at the Bright Country Golf Club, where a series of tournaments and events run throughout the year. To get around more easily, hire a golf cart. The club also features a shop and clubhouse. Tennis enthusiasts in Bright have not been left out; you can easily spend the day at the Bright Tennis Club, where all the necessary equipment is available for rental. Croquet, bowls and squash are other popular options for playing casual sports in Bright.


Markets and Galleries in Bright


Take a break from all that outdoor activity and relax in town at least once during your holiday. Bright is teeming with art galleries and specialty shops, as well as a multitude of restaurants and even local breweries. Walk through the streets to purchase souvenirs and soak up the small town vibe, making sure to stop at the Bright Art Gallery, a dynamic creative hub to many events and festivals each year. If you like arts, crafts and baked goods, schedule your Bright getaway to encompass the monthly Make it. Bake it. Grow it. Market, when the town’s streets fill up with local vendors sharing their culinary and artistic creations.


Getting to Bright


Bright is a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne. Given the town’s somewhat secluded location, the most straightforward means of travel is by car, but you can also fly into Albury Airport, 115km from town, and then drive or catch a taxi (make sure you book it beforehand). Otherwise, Victoria’s V/Line train and bus network operate in the area, but service can be limited and advance planning is recommended.

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