Things to Do

Bright Ideas

~ Bright offers a huge range of activities, places of interest, food & wine experiences, nature activities and more. The following is just a starting list to help you get the most out of your holiday.

Walking

There are many well posted walking tracks in and around Bright, starting with the Canyon walk (along the Ovens river – this starts just 300m from your front door) to bush walking (many posted tracks in the Mt Buffalo and Alpine National Parks and the Buckland State Forest). Contact Parks Victoria for more details on www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

Bike Riding

Bright offers many bike riding activities, from the magnificent “Murray to Mountain” rail trail (try a simple ride to Porepunkah – about 12km return, extend this to Myrtleford – about 60km return or try the big one to Beechworth and back! – about 150km), mountain bike riding at Mt Hotham or in the local hills, road cycling to Falls Creek or Mount Buffalo and there are regular trips and training rides organised locally. Bike hire is available at Cyclepath in Gavan Street www.cyclepath.com.au

Climbing, Abseiling or Caving

These activities may suit those seeking a real thrill on their holidays – even if you have no experience, local tour operators cater for learners through to seasoned campaigners in the exciting Mt Buffalo National Park.

Alpine 4WD

Bright is the doorway to many magical tracks and 4WD adventures in the Victorian Alps. Most of these can be accessed by people with their own 4WD, provided they are adequately prepared and skilled, while those wanting to learn or simply preferring to experience the high country in luxury should consider an organised tour with Bright’s 5 Star Adventures company www.5staradventure.com.au. The Buckland Valley accesses a huge range of tracks while the Harrietville area offers more Alpine tracks.

Aquatic activities

The Ovens and Buckland rivers offer various swimming, kayaking, fishing and rafting opportunities. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months where the Ovens River is dammed in Bright to create a long, cool swimming hole. Boating is catered for at Lake Buffalo near Myrtleford, the Pondage at Mt Beauty, Rocky Valley Dam at Falls Creek and Lake Catani at Mt Buffalo, while numerous small streams present excellent fishing spots.

Croquet

The Bright Croquet club is located in the town centre off Bourke Street and visitors are most welcome. www.go.brightvic.com/croquet.

Bowls

The Bright Bowls club is located in Coronation Avenue and has excellent clubhouse facilities. Visitors are most welcome. www.go.brightvic.com/bowls.

Library

The library in Ireland Street (the main street) offers reading areas, book loans as well as video & DVD hire. Internet access is also available. So if you have finished your book, join up and borrow one of theirs! (Note there are a range of DVD’s and books provided in the cottage for your use).

Aerial pursuits

Paragliding, hang gliding, ultra light and tandem ultra light – a clear day sees the skies above Bright dotted with colourful craft. The mountain air, excellent facilities and geography make this a popular spot for those needing an adrenalin rush!

Get lost!

The Wandiligong maze is the largest living hedge maze in Australia, with over 2km of pathways – imagine having to trim that! They also have a wonderful café on site, which boasts the largest passionfruit sponge in Australia. wandimaze@bigpond.com

Entertainment

There is a mix of brilliant local talent and other artists coming to the area. Try Lockwood & Katterl (possibly at the Bright Brewery, Boynton’s winery or another local venue – see their schedule at www.myspace.com/terrylockwood), quality performances at the character-filled Wandiligong pub, or public performances at the Sound Shell by the Ovens River, near the Bright Visitor Information Centre.

Wine & Food

There are numerous quality wineries in the region, which cater for tourists exceptionally well. Nominate your driver then plan your route to include wineries such as Boynton’s, Michelini’s, Gapsted, Ringer Reef and Eagle Range, or take an organised tour with one of the local operators at info@alpinevalleytours.com.au. You can compliment this with fine local food at Simone’s Restaurant, Sasha’s Wine Bar, Lawler’s Hut Restaurant, 92 on Gavan, Sole e Luna, 5StarAdventures, The Cosy Kangaroo and many other exceptional restaurants in Bright.

Art

Bright’s art gallery in Mountbatten Avenue regularly holds exhibitions for local artists and out of town artists who love to capture the beauty of the area with brush or camera www.brightartgallery.org.au

Golf

The Bright 18 hole Golf Course boasts brilliant views, some challenging holes and a social club environment. Clubs & buggies may be hired from the clubhouse www.brightgolf.org.au

Gym, Fitness & Swimming

Gym facilities and an indoor swimming pool are available at the Bright Sports Centre in Gavan Street (The Great Alpine Road) – just a couple of minutes walk from the Autumn Glory complex.

Tennis

The Bright Tennis club has 4 recently resurfaced modgrass courts. Courts and racquets can be hired through the Alpine Visitor Information Centre or bring your own racquets and balls.

Squash

Squash courts are included as part of the Bright Sports Centre in Gavan Street (The Great Alpine Road) – just a couple of minutes walk from the Autumn Glory complex.

Horse Riding

Various operators run short trail rides in the valley, while experienced riders may consider longer rides up into the High Plains.

Mt Buffalo National Park

This wonderland caters for walking, sightseeing, adventure activities, skiing and more. From the grandeur of the Mt Buffalo Chalet (not presently operating) to the beauty of Lake Catani, from a comfortable walk to the Monolith to the famous Mt Buffalo “Big Walk”, from the adventure of rock climbing or caving to the tranquillity of soaking up the majestic views, Mt Buffalo is a “must do” when in Bright. www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=151

Massage

Molly Barbara Hair and several other local operators offer a combination of remedial and relaxation massage, including service at the cottages. Molly is also listed with most major health funds.

Garden Shows

The Spring festival, the Autumn festival – Bright’s beauty is always on display, and changing by the season. Garden tours are conducted at various times during the year.

Skiing

Downhill skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing or just building a snowman – all activities are catered for. From Bright, you can mix your activities as each of the local ski fields (Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt Buffalo) offer different types of terrain and ski runs. Ski as a family one day, or attack the more challenging runs while the family enjoy some of the other regional attractions.

Fossicking & Gold Panning

Gold has been part of Bright’s history since the 1800′s, and there is still gold to be found. Whether using a metal detector or a simple shovel and pan, you will find many relics and much history as you seek your fortune.

More Information

You can find more info on these activities and events by visiting these websites. www.brightvictoria.com.au, www.alpinelink.com.au/towns/bright.php