Situated on the breathtaking Great alpine road, Bright is an exciting holiday township that lies between Harrietville and Porepunkah. If you are wondering why this town is so popular? Then picture this, it is close to a mountain , the Alpine national park, the Mount Buffalo National park and ski resorts of Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo.
Bright is only about three hours from Melbourne and was built when gold was discovered in the surrounding hills.
Parks within the town: There are many charming reserves and parks present within the town like the Howitt park which extends from Star road up to Moses Creek. There are picnic spots and big inviting lawns within this park that are great places to go to with your family or friends. The best part is that this is not the only park in town, the Centenary Park extends upto Mountbatten road from the Morses Creek junction. Looking for something exciting for children? Then head to the swimming area and the water slide that are at the junction of Morses creek and Ovens river.
Scenic views: There are several places where you get to appreciate the scenic beauty surrounding bright. About 5 kilometres from Bright is the Huggins lookout which is the closest to town. Another lookout which is about 12 kilometres from the town is the ‘clear spot lookout’, where you get to see a bit of the surrounding area.
If you want to look at Bright, then the best lookout point would be the one on Mount Porepunkah road, called the Apex lookout. You can either drive up a narrow driveway up to the lookout or you could walk up to the lookout along a walking track.
The best time to visit Bright: Bright is a beautiful place to visit all throughout the year, but autumn is particularly spectacular with many different types of deciduous trees and the striking colours of autumn. The bright red Oak leaves along Delany avenue alternate with the dark green of the cedar trees let autumn paint an interesting canvas of colours. Some of the other places that are breathtaking during autumn are Cobden Street, Howitt Park and the Centenary Park, bringing the dying leaves alive with their colours.
Wandiligong: The streetscape in this village has been classified by the National Trust, making it a must visit place. It is easy to get there as it is only about 6 kilometres south of Bright.
Winter time at Bright: If you love winter sports then Bright is a great place to go to, after all, it is at the foothills of Victorian Alps. There are the three exciting snow resorts at falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Mt. Buffalo.
Spring at Bright: The parks and the reserves take a colourful turn with their bright coloured flowers. There is everything cheery about Bright and you will stand witness to the variety of colours.
Summer at Bright: There is so much to do in summer, after all these are long lazy days. These are days that are best spent trekking, setting off on picnics or visiting surrounding areas.
Do you want to pan for gold? You have heard plenty of stories about how cities were built under the guise of finding gold, here is another one to add to it! There are stories about how you can still pan for gold in the river and how some people continue to get lucky! If that doesn’t get you rushing there, then may be the gold museum will. Instead of sinking your hands into the river, you can sink into the wondrous tales that gold mining relics at the museum are reminiscent of.
Other places of interest at Bright are wineries, shops and art galleries. There are many interesting festivals that are hosted here that are usually held between october/november or early May.
Walking paths: The scenic beauty surrounding this wonderful town make walking paths and trails popular among tourists. Canyon walk is the most popular, letting you walk past the small canyon, while other parks like Bennett’s walk, Wandiligong park and Cherry walk are other exciting trails.
Mt Buffalo National Park: This is one of the oldest parks in Australia and is known for the gigantic boulders at Mount Buffalo Plateau. There are walking trails extending upto 80 kilometres that lead you past streams and waterfalls.
Alpine National Park: The Alpine National Park is 640,000 hectares in size, making it Victoria’s largest national park. This park has a wide variety of flora and 11 of the highest mountains in the state.
Places to camp:
There are many places to camp at the Mount Buffalo National park, but these are open from November till the end of April. These camps are against the backdrop of the snow gum woodland close to Lake Catani. There are around 50 unpowered camping sites , thought not all of them are ideal for caravanners.
Camping sites at the Alpine National Park may be too cold during winter but are pleasant at other times of the year. There are specific camping areas with toilets, fireplaces and even picnic tables. Apart from these, there are commercial paid camping sites in many places across Bright.
Bright is a wonderful place to visit, as it combines a dose of history, a dose of scenic beauty and plenty of activities for tourists to revel in.