Backed by the towering peaks of the Victorian Alps, Bright is a picturesque town on the Great Alpine Road renowned for its autumn colours. It’s near the ski resorts of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek and has a rich rail and gold mining history.
Things to do in Bright
Bright serves as the starting point for the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, a hiking and cycling path that extends over 100 kilometres through the Victorian High Country. Travel through natural bushland and fertile farmlands while enjoying dramatic mountain views and stopping at wineries and gourmet produce shops.
Stop in at the Bright Museum, set within the town’s former train station. Discover the history of the Ovens Railway Line in the restored carriages and learn about the gold mining heritage in the reconstructed Chinese Joss House.
Take a day trip south to the historic village of Wandiligong, where mid-19th-century gold rush history is showcased in the National Trust-listed streetscape. Admire the architecture of the Manchester Unity public hall and the historic general store, then wander around the former mining area of “The Diggings”.
Bright is a gateway to the Alpine National Park, which protects the ecosystems of Victoria’s highest mountains. Embark on a journey on one of the scenic rails or hike part of the 655-kilometre-long Australian Alps Walking Track, admiring seasonal foliage and wildlife along the way.
Getting around Bright
Bright is around 90 minutes’ drive south of the Albury Airport or 3.5 hours from Melbourne. You can explore the town centre on foot, but having your own vehicle is best for exploring the surrounding sights and scenic lookouts.