Bright, Victoria Holiday Destination Guide
HomeAway Staffer Dave Mayes gives us a tour of Bright, Victoria:
It’s alright in Bright
Bright’s a great destination in Victoria’s high country, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great place to relax and it’s full of activities if you’re feeling more adventurous. Plus it’s just a few hours from Melbourne. Some places claim to have it all – but Bright really does.
Grab a bike and hit the trail
You can bring your own bike (I didn’t) or hire a bike from one of the local stores in Bright. There’s a 29km cycling track from Bright to Wangaratta that will lead you past vineyards, stunning countryside, even an old-timey pie shop. If you’re a bit nervous on a bike, don’t worry – the cycle trail follows the old rail lines so it’s nice and flat.
If you’re up for something a little more quiet, or just want to test out the fancy kitchen in your holiday rental, you’ll find weekly markets by the Ovens River in Bright. Fresh food, wine, it’s all there along with local produce and it all tastes as good as it looks.
Pop out for a paraglide
With wide open spaces and scenic heights, Bright’s famous for its paragliding. You don’t need any experience to try this out. Just visit one of the local tour companies to set up your first tandem paraglide, and you’ll be admiring Victoria’s high country before you can say “I’m not afraid of heights”.
Feeling a bit more adventurous? Tackle Mount Feathertop
At 1,922m, Mount Feathertop is a tricky climb – but if you’re feeling fit the view from the top’s worth it. Some adventurous folks might like to tackle the mountain in a single day, some like to do part of the track and head back, and there are even some who choose to run the entire 8km track up and back in a single burst. That wasn’t me. I travelled with a friend and started the hike early in the day, returning by nightfall ready for a big meal back at my holiday house. The hike’s not suitable for younger kids, but if you’re travelling with teenagers or an older group, it’s well worth the trek.
Bring a jacket (and light up the fireplace)
Victoria’s high country is famous for a lot of reasons, from the stunning scenery to the local adventure attractions. Just remember that it gets quite chilly in the wintertime – and that’s why a good holiday rental that keeps you warm and comfortable will make your holiday an even better one. Bring a jacket, pull up beside the fireplace, and have a great time in Bright.