Bright: Markets, Outdoor Adventures and a Small Town Vibe
Set in the heart of Ovens Valley in Victoria’s High Country, Bright is easily accessible from the scenic Great Alpine Road. With a population of well-under 5,000 residents, this holiday destination is small, intimate and feels like home. There are several larger towns within close proximity to Bright, so big-town conveniences are just a short drive from this mountainside retreat. While natural beauty is the highlight of Bright, there are plenty of festivals and in-town happens to pique the interests of travellers young and old. The rental market in Bright is diverse, so holidaymakers that enjoy camping are accommodated, as are those who enjoy well-kept holiday homes, cosy cottages and conveniently located apartments.
Spend Your Time Exploring Bright
Bright's natural environment is simply unbeatable. For land-lovers, the close proximity to the mountains provides tons of hiking options. Some level of fitness is required for the longer hikes, though some flatter trails are available for those who enjoy leisurely strolls in nature. Mount Buffalo National Park and the Alpine National Park are great options for outdoor exploration. Both structured trails and off-path excursions are available to travellers; pack and plan accordingly for the adventure you plan to take. Even underground exploration is available to holidaymakers, as there is a vast networks of caves in and around the town of Bright.
In the Air and on the Water
The adventures in this area are not limited to the land; conversely, there is much to do elsewhere. With rocky formations and mountains abounding, climbing is a passion of locals and visitors alike. There area rock climbing tours guided by professional climbers available, so novice climbers need not worry about their safety. For those who prefer descending, abseiling is another thrilling option.
There are a several exciting waterways in the Bright area, as well. With the close proximity to the water comes a variety of water sports, such as canoeing and kayaking. Instruction and guided water tours are available, as is rental equipment. There is a designated swimming area in the Ovens River, and fishing is an ever-popular option, as well. For a thrill, try your hand at white water rafting.
Bright's Sporting Options
Outside of the wilderness, there is plenty to keep visitors busy. The Bright Country Club offers a challenging 18-hole golfing experience. Buggies are available for hire, of course, and there are various tournaments and events throughout the year. If tennis is more your calling, check out the Bright Tennis Club. All of the needed equipment is available for hire, as is true with many of the sporting options in Bright. Other options for fun include croquet, bowls and even squash. All of the various complexes are easily accessible from both the holiday rentals and the main part of town.
Out on the Town
Every month, a unique market floods the streets of Bright with activity. The Make it. Bake it. Grow it. Market, is something you simply must see. Here, find original artworks, organic fruits and vegetables, delicious baked goods and one-of-a-kind creations that signify just how unique this small town is. Other shopping options are bountiful, with options that range from supermarkets to boutique stores with homewares and clothing. The Bright Art Gallery is a popular stop in town, and throughout the year, festivals, event and experiences are held onsite. While in Bright, savour local cuisine by stopping in at one of the many restaurants. For a different type of dining experience, try out one of the local breweries of wineries.
The seasonal climate of Bright means that there are brilliant colours in the autumn, snow in the winter and glorious weather in the spring and summer months. Much of the activity in Bright can be experienced throughout the year; however, with the close proximity to the mountains and the snow, skiing is quite popular in the winter.