Water fun park, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, swimming and boating:
Ajacent Ginger Baker is Bright’s new water fun park, set within the shaded oak and elm tree layout of Memorial Park. Mums and dads can enjoy an extended lunch and/or glass of ale or wine while monitoring the kids at play. It’s a wonderfully safe and playful environment.
Also, opposite Ginger Baker is the dammed section of the Ovens River. Here at Bright and downstream at Porepunkah from around Christmas to Easter, these dammed areas create large river swimming pools. Lifeguards are on duty in the afternoons most days during summer at the pools near the Memorial Park, Bright and the River Reserve Porepunkah. A children’s paddling pool on the river banks nearby give the whole family a chance to enjoy the water. Other natural river holes in the area are a favourite with locals and the more adventurous visitors but care need to taken at all times along the rivers.
A heated indoor pool is also available all year at the Bright Sports Centre in Gavan Street (Great Alpine Road).
While Bright’s river valley and nearby lookouts create many idyllic activities, sometimes it’s nice to hike a little higher and breath the fresh mountain air, enjoying the panoramic Alpine Valleys views below. When the mood takes you we recommend you take a short drive to Mt Buffalo National Park or a touch further afield into the Alpine National Park; both are easy day-trip drives from Bright.
Once up top, you can gain access to many short and long walks in the High Country. You can choose from a short (few hundred metre) track leading to a High Country hut; or a take an overnight hike to a nearby peak; however please note: good planning and all weather gear is required in the High Country as the weather can take a turn at any stage. We advise you to ask an expert before venturing too far off the beaten track.
Contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
Gold has been found in ‘them there hills’, rivers and valleys around Bright since the mid 1800s. For the experienced fossicker there’s still more to be found. A gold pan should bring you a showing of gold from the rivers if you choose the right location. During the Bright Autumn Festival gold panning tours can be arranged.
There are several great masseurs in the Bright area, some working from home or from business premises. A few mobile services also operate.
For your beauty treatments and hairdressers, Bright offer a range of services from family to haircare, to nail and beauty treatments for special occasions.
The Bright area is world renowned for its smooth air, ideal for paragliding. You can take a tandem introductory paragliding flight or start a beginners’ course that will take you to flying with the birds all by yourself. Hang gliding is also a poplar sport in the area.
Porepunkah Airfield, a short drive from Bright in the Buckland Valley is the place where you can learn to fly in the company of professionals. Micro light flights and scenic planes flights take off from this scenic airstrip when the air is smooth. It’s a great way to see the Alpine Valleys in all their glory.
Enjoy the scenery and many interesting places to stop along the way on your day trips from Bright.
Bright and surrounds features a long list of quality restaurants and winery food offerings, including several The Age Good Food Guide ‘chef’s hat’ rated establishments. For those looking for fresh local produce, many roadside farms and stalls offer berries, nuts, olives and seasonal fruits from spring to autumn. The Alpine Valley’s wine region (as it’s officially labelled) produces impressive cool climate wines, presenting many rare alternate varietals. And if you’re simply after a nice cold beer, you can’t go past Bright Brewery, situated on the Great Alpine Road just metres from Ginger Baker.
Bright and surrounds offers an ideal climate for cycling with superb scenery and seemingly limitless choice of rides making the area a cycling hot-spot. It’s no surprise that so many professional teams choose the area for training. When travelling into Bright along the Great Aline Road we ask that you take care and respect all cyclists.
The local Ovens and Buckland Rivers and their tributaries provide good fly-fishing from October to December. However if you consider yourself a bit of a novice, why not take a short drive to one of the Harrietville fabulous fish farms. This will make light work of catching your dinner and bring a smile to any child’s face.
The nearby Kiewa Valley offers horse riding adventures for beginners to experienced riders; for longer rides consider a booking with reputable local tour operator, exploring the Alpine High Plains.
Many popular 4WD routes in the High Country are closed during winter and early spring to protect against track damage. Tracks can also be closed due to storm or bushfire damage, or fallen trees. Log trucks can be encountered without warning. Despite this, there are still some routes that remain open close to Bright and are suitable for using during drier weather.
Mt Buffalo National Park is a place of amazing contrasts; from the gentle trails of its plateau to the plunging cliffs The Gorge; from the towering forest of its lower slopes to the gnarled snow gums of its peaks. It is not to be missed.
The Alpine National Park is Victoria’s largest national park, with ten of the state’s eleven highest mountains, rare fauna and a rich botanical community ranging from alpine herb fields to snow gum woodlands. The park offers a tremendous variety of alpine walks ranging from a simple one hour stroll to several days’ hike. You can choose an easy wildflower walk in summer or make a day of it and walk to vantage points where you can see Mt Buffalo, Mt Feathertop, the Bogong High Plains and the Kiewa Valley.
For something unique or just for something to spoil yourself or a loved one, shopping in Bright is a pleasurable experience. The range is huge and includes homewares, designer fashion, chocolate, crafts and more. Many stores, including the supermarkets are open every day of the week, all year around.
Whether you’re visiting the snow for the first time or skiing the mountains like a pro, Bright is an ideal central base.
Choose your ski field: Dinner Plain, Mt Buffalo, Mt Hotham or Falls Creek and choose your day. Each resort offers something a little different. For first timers Dinner Plain is an ideal location to find your snow legs 🙂