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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Albury to Bright
1:20 hours 110km
Melbourne to Bright
3:30 hours 315km
Closest Capital City
Melbourne 315km
Closest Airport:
Albury
Banking Facilities / ATM:
Yes
Elevation:
310m above sea level
Summer Activities: Wine tasting, fishing, canoeing, swimming, white water rafting, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, bush walking, 4WD, hang gliding, paragliding, golf, mini-golf, bowls, croquet, tennis, squash, roller-skating, gold panning.
Winter Activities:
Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snow Boarding, Alpine touring, Snow shoeing.
 
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About Bright

Bright is located on the scenic Great Alpine Road between Porepunkah and Harrietville in the gorgeous Ovens Valley. Bright is a very popular tourist destination due to its close proximity to the mountain resorts of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

Bright is famous for its avenues of 70 year old deciduous trees including oaks, elms, poplars and Japanese maples. The town is also known for the Bright Autumn Festival, Springtime in Bright Festival, food and wine, fishing, canoeing, rafting, cycling, bushwalking, 4WD, hang gliding, paragliding.

The first European settlers in Bright arrived after the exploration of Hume and Hovell in 1824. The cattlemen began grazing their cattle in the High Country in the middle of the 19th century. About the same time the gold rush hit the area in the nearby Buckland Valley yielding rich finds. When the Italian migrants arrived after the first and second world wars they brought horticulture skills and started wine making.

Bright is ideally located at the foot of the Victorian Alps, enjoy fresh alpine air and changing seasons. For garden lovers the spring and autumn displays are a must see, with the avenues of trees and beautiful gardens putting on a wonderful show of colour. For winter alpine sports enthusiasts - skiers and snow boarders winter is the best time to visit and summer is perfect for bushwalking, mountain biking and other adventure sports such as white water rafting.

Places to see

Autumn Festival
The Autumn Festival held in late April-early May celebrates the beauty of the seasonal change. There are street stalls, a gala day, a float parade, live entertainment, dances, concerts, and the Bright Art Exhibition

Historic Buildings
Bright has maintained its character and charm, with its old-fashioned guest houses and historical buildings. Gallery 90 located at 90 Gavan Street is an old 1850's old timber house. The bricks seen at the rear of the house were brought to Australia by a sailing ship which used them as ballast. Also dating back to the 1860's is A.J. Lock's shop.

The Park Street Court House, was built in 1861, the lock-up adjacent to the court is constructed from rough hewn logs and was constructed in the 1870s and moved to its present site in 1975. There are also several historical churches including part of the Anglican Church,which was constructed in 1870, the old Methodist building in Ireland Street was constructed in 1884 and the Presbyterian Church in Park St was constructed in 1880 and is now a gallery.

Food & Wine

Food
Many of the local restaurants and cafes provide seasonal menus promoting the local produce. Outside dining is a delightful experience for many months of the year and the Alpine High Country provides many beautiful spots to enjoy a gourmet picnic.

Local produce is available year round, including, trout, beef, olive oils with seasonal produce apples available autumn-spring, asparagus spring and summer, chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and persimmons in autumn, and many berries available in summer through autumn. Watch out for the 'Open' signs at the growers' gates to buy direct from local farmers or visit one of the specialty food stores.

Wine
Grapes have been grown in the Alpine Valleys since the late 1800's, although the vineyards have only recently become recognised for the quality of wine produced. The Bright area is a true cool climate region. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are produced with wonderful depth of flavour. You will also find impressive Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, along with Italian varieties introduced by Italian settlers such as Pinot Grigio, Marzemino and Fragolino.

There is about a dozen wineries are dotted through the surrounding valleys and towns, including Myrtleford, Porepunkah, Tawonga, Tawonga South, Eurobin, Gapsted, Rosewhite, Kancoona South and Mongans Bridge in the Kiewa Valley. A number have cellar doors and invite you to try their wines with local cheese and antipasto platters, traditional Tuscan food or a menu created around seasonal local produce.

Climate

AUTUMN
The average temperature is 20 degrees celsius. The air turns crisp and the grapes are harvested. Log fires start to burn and the autumn trees put on their exquisite display of colour.

WINTER
Winter is when skiers and snowboarders head for the surrounding alps to enjoy the magical playground of snow. If you are not a skier why not come and enjoy a romantic weekend in front of a log fire. The average temperature is 12 degrees celsius

SPRING
Spring heralds the melting snow, the rivers swell creating a paradise for white water rafters, kayakers and canoeists . The local orchards display their spring blossom and the trees burst with bright green new foliage. The average temperature is 19 degrees celsius

SUMMER
With an average temperature of 28 degrees celsius summer is the ideal time to enjoy a picnic, bush walking, mountain biking and fishing.

Getting here

By Car
Bright is situated on the Great Alpine Road about 3 and a half hours from Melbourne via the Hume Highway.

By Bus and Rail
There are rail / bus connections available from Melbourne via Wangaratta.

By Air
Regular air services operate to Albury which is about an hour and a quarter away by road.

More information

For more information about Bright visit http://www.visitalpine.com/

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