Ever since I can remember and probably even before that, I have been visiting the beautiful alpine town of Bright, Victoria. Most of my favourite family holiday memories have been made here and so I thought it was time I shared this gem of a town with you.
There are so many reasons to visit Bright, however, I thought I’d narrow it down for you to 10 of the absolute best reasons (in my humble opinion) to pack your bags and drive the three and a half hours from Melbourne.
1. Bright Brewery
With a fantastic local atmosphere, delicious mountain crafted beverages and live music at the weekends, the Bright Brewery has become a popular hub in recent years. It is positioned right across from the beautiful Ovens River, the staff are beyond lovely and they even serve yummy food. Be sure to try the beer tasting paddle for $12.
2. The Food
Bright is becoming even more popular as a holiday destination as the years go on and the food is perhaps one of the reasons for this. Simone’s is an iconic, Italian restaurant which was started by Patrizia and George Simone in 1986. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere divine, but it is a fine dining restaurant, so be prepared to treat yourself. A shout out must also go to the very unique Indian/Italian restaurant around the corner called Shimla. It may sound like an unusual combination, but trust me, it’s worth it. For brunch, you can’t beat “What You Eat” cafe.
3. Hiking/bush walking trails
As a person who is quite familiar with the area, I love to set off on different hiking trails and see where they take me, however, if you want a bit of direction, there are plenty of maps and lovely locals to help you out and find the perfect trail for you at the Bright visitor and information centre.
Travel a little way out of Bright to Mount Buffalo National Park where you will find a wonderful array of rushing waterfalls along the enchanting trails throughout the alpine region. A couple of favourites, that in my opinion should not to be missed, are Rollason’s Falls at the end of the track of the same name and Ladies Bath and the Upper Falls along the Eurobin Falls trail.
5. Centenary Park
Home to the town “pool” (part of the Ovens River), jumping board, water slide, water park, playground and picnic areas, Centenary Park is the natural hub of the town. There are also a couple of cafes overlooking the park to grab a coffee while you watch the kids or to enjoy a drink before a romantic stroll along the river with your love.
6. The Views
Views of the Ovens River along the Canyon walking trail in town are beautiful, but nothing beats the view from the top of Mount Buffalo at the main lookout, just opposite the historic (and sadly out of action) Mount Buffalo Chalet. It’s an incredibly beautiful drive to the top, but be warned, if you suffer from motion sickness, you should take a tablet or two in preparation.
7. Autumn Colour
Over the years, I’ve seen Bright in every season and I must admit, it is beautiful all throughout the year. I do however, have a distinct favourite and that is Autumn time. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever found yourself in Bright around Easter time. There really are no words. Even this gorgeous picture doesn’t do it justice, you’ll have to take your own adventure to gain full Autumnal beauty in Bright.
I like to think that I’m a bit of a coffee connoisseur and living in Melbourne I’m often spoilt for choice. So I really wasn’t expecting to find incredible coffee so far out of the city. I was VERY wrong. If you’re in the town centre you must try the gorgeous, retro cafe called Coral Lee. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, head to the outskirts of town to where you will find Bright’s very own coffee roastery. Sixpence coffee is delish and we were blown away with the quality and richness in flavour.
If food and wine are your thing, then I can’t recommend Boynton’s Feathertop Winery enough. The wine is delicious, the food is even better and the view of the surrounding mountains and kind staff make for a truly beautiful lunch time experience. There are others in the region, but this one is the best.
10. Natural Beauty
“Welcome to Beautiful Bright” is what the sign says as you drive into the town and it is on point. The river, creek, trees, mountains and waterfalls are a truly magical combination and always bring a much needed calm over me whenever I visit. Something that really needs to be seen and felt to be believed.
Have you ever visited beautiful Bright? What’s your favourite part? Do you have a special holiday destination that you love? I’d love to hear about your own experiences in the comments below.
If you’d like a little tour, check out the video below that I created from footage I shot a couple of weeks ago on the Easter holidays.
Until next time,
Images by Danny Jones