Local Escapes

Head To The High Country And Check Out These Things To Do In Bright

By Ben Tyers
7th Mar 2020


It was a long, hard summer for Victoria’s north-east with bushfires taking over the region.

Now, as we enter autumn, the region is back up and running again, and is ready for tourists from around Victoria—and other states—to visit the beautiful area.

Here’s a rundown of the best things to do in Bright.

Places To Stay


The perfect spot for families and friends, Ridgeview is a massive lodge that sits on an acre of beautiful land.

Owned by Big Sky Retreats, Ridgeview was inspired by American-style lodged in the town of Big Sky, Montana.

The lodge has four bedrooms, four separate lounge areas, an outdoor pool, BBQ, and an open fire.

Book your stay here.

Altitude I

Another of Big Sky Retreat’s properties, Altitude I is Australia’s first commercial property with simulated altitude sleep technology.

No longer is the technology restricted to professional athletes. The villa’s bedrooms atmosphere is controlled by smart sensors via an app.

The villa has comfortable bedrooms.

Book your stay here.


Aalborg in Bright is a one-bedroom retreat that is perfect for a couple looking to get away.

Just a 700m walk to Bright’s shops, Aalborg features a king-sized bed, free wifi, undercover parking, and more.

Book your stay here.

Bright Glamping

If you feel like a trip to Bright, but don’t really feel like roughing it, Bright Glamping is the answer.

6kms out of town, Bright Glamping features two bell tents, each able to hold two people.

There’s a campfire (with wood available for purchase), and a gas burner stove top on-site as well.

Book your stay here.

Places To Eat & Drink


A great spot to grab a burger or a plate of other delicious fare.

Tomahawks can get really busy and you can’t book, so we’d recommend getting there nice and early.

Read more about Tomahawks here.

The Wandi Pub

If you’re heading to any area, you’re going to need to know where the best pub is, and in the Bright area, you’re going to want to visit The Wandi Pub.

You can hire e-bikes from Bright for a beautiful ride out to the pub which puts on excellent lunch and dinner options.

Read more about The Wandi Pub here.

Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery’s ales are available on tap all over Melbourne, but now it’s time to head to the source.

Located right in the heart of Bright, Bright Brewery also serves up delicious meals to go along with your hearty beer.

Read more about Bright Brewery here.

Elm Dining

If you feel like something a little fancier, it’s worth dropping into Elm Dining for a six-course degustation.

The whole table will need to tuck into it, but it’s well worth it. Dishes include twice-cooked three-cheese soufflé, tempura salmon nori, and more.

Read more about Elm Dining here.

Sixpence Coffee Roastery & Coffee Bar

Melburnian’s are always in need of a good coffee, and if you’re spending a weekend away from your local it’s good to know great coffee is not far away.

Sixpence is a family-owned small-batch roaster located in an old garage.

Read more about Sixpence Coffee here.

Bush Walks

The Canyon Walk

The Bright Canyon Walk is a family-friendly walk that starts at Howitt Park and takes in beautiful views of the Ovens River. 

It's a 1.5 hour round trip. Read more here.

Mount Buffalo National Park

There are plenty of short walks around Mount Buffalo, including those that are easy on the legs.

From 45-minute return walks such as the Eurobin Falls Track, or the Lake View Track to a 2-hour circuit like the Underground River Track. There's something for every skill level.

Read more information here.

Mount Beauty Gorge Walk

The Mount Beauty Gorge Walk starts near the Big Hill Mountain Bike Park, and heads toward Falls Creek.

The walk is 2.8km long, but is tough in parts due to having to walk on dry creek beds and rough terrain. 

Read more information here.


There are a range of walks around Harrietville which is at the foot of Mount Hotham.

Check them out here.

Murray To Mountains Rail Trail

This 100km long rail-trail is walkable, but you're most likely going to tackle it on two wheels.

Heading all the way from Wangaratta to Bright on the former railway line alignment, the Murray to Mountains rail trail has plenty of great stops along the way to get local produce or just take in the sights.

Read more information here.

Follow My Wheel

The best way to discover the amazing produce the High Country has to offer is by jumping on a Follow My Wheel tour.

The tours are based out of Bright and traverse the countryside via the rail trail.

Read more information here.

For more weekend getaway inspiration, head to our Local Escapes section.

Image credit: Visit Victoria

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