Each autumn, the deciduous trees in the town of Bright and the surrounding countryside put on a breathtaking display of colour.

From its location on the beautiful Ovens River in the valley below Mount Buffalo, Bright’s avenues of elms, chestnuts, poplars and scarlet oaks combine with the gardens of local residents for the autumnal display.

Let Bright’s great outdoors entertain you year-round thanks to its proximity to the Alpine National Park and the snowfields of Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo. Road cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts flock to the area, whether to cruise the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail or tackle the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent. Hiking, kayaking and even ballooning are guaranteed the keep the heart-rate pumping.

Follow the walking and bicycle paths around the town and view its picturesque natural setting from lookouts over the valley and surrounding mountains. Along the river trails you’ll find great fishing spots that are renowned for trout as well as safe swimming holes for a refreshing dip on warm summer days.

The concentration of food and wine from the Alpine Valleys is one of Bright’s most popular attractions with excellent wineries, stunning produce, award-winning restaurants and a casual café culture to sate an appetite.

Time your visit to coincide with the High Country Harvest Festival. Join in the fun, pick up new recipes and meet the makers of some of Victoria’s finest food, wine and craft beer. Other popular local events include the Bright Autumn Festival and the Bright Spring Festival.

Bright is 308 kilometres from Melbourne on the Great Alpine Road. Access is from the Hume Freeway at Wangaratta. You can also reach Bright via the Princes Highway through Bairnsdale and then onto the Omeo Highway and over the High Plains on the Great Alpine Road.