Swim, fish, kayak or even float in a tube in the nearby Ovens and Buckland rivers. Simply relax with a picnic along Morse’s Creek or take a chilly dip in the spectacular Ladies Bath Falls on Mt Buffalo.
Bright offers walking trails to suit everything from casual bush walks along the Ovens River to multi-day hikes through the Alpine National Park. The gentle 3km Canyon Walk is a perfect stroll to build an appetite for breakfast in the Riverdeck Cafe on the edge of the Ovens River in Bright town centre.
Every manner of two-wheeled adventure is catered for in Bright and its surrounds. Take a scenic ride along the Rail Trail to Porepunkah, sampling local produce along the way. The more energetic can venture a further 35km to Myrtleford or 50km to Beechworth along this historic trail.
Serious roadsters can tackle the 7 Peaks Ride, riding to the top of Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Dinner Plain and Mt Buffalo while mountain bikers of all ages and abilities can get their fix at Mystic Mountain bike park. Hire an electric bike on Delany Avenue in Bright to see the more of the surrounds with a little less push!
Set within the Centenary Park in the heart of Bright, the Splash Park and River Pool is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. Patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, this is an ideal spot for the family to escape the heat. Flanked by public BBQs and picnic tables, the park is also home to a monster children’s playground to keep the little ones busy. Grab your spot in the shade early because this is one of Bright’s hotspots among locals and visitors alike!
Victoria’s best ski resorts are but a stone’s throw from Bright where visitors can ski, snowboard, take a toboggan ride or just enjoy some family snow time. There are daily bus transfers from Bright to Hotham and Dinner Plain during ski season, with equipment hire options throughout the area.
From walnut farms to distilleries, Bright and its surrounds has an abundance of local produce to try while you visit. First stop for most is the Bright Brewery in the centre of town. A stroll across the road to Billy Button Wines cellar door is a good option for second base. A few doors up is Reed & Co gin distillery, also home to Sixpence Coffee roasters. Grab one of Beechworth bakery’s renowned pies around the corner before sampling the artisan treats of Bright Ice Creamery on Gavan Street.