Bright > Attractions | Paragliding

Located in north-eastern Victoria, Bright is one of the three major townships in the Alpine Shire that also include Mount Beauty and Myrtleford, all being located in the two major river valleys of the Ovens and Kiewa Valleys. Bright is approximately 319 metres above sea level and at the south-eastern end of the Ovens Valley.

Early morning, the mist was still rising off the Ovens River, Bright, VIC
Early morning, the mist was still rising off the Ovens River, Bright, VIC

Bright is known as a town for all season, with tree-lined streets that provide summer shade and brilliant autumn colours. These trees were planted over 70 years ago, providing avenues of oak, liquid ambers, poplars and Japanese maple, that weaves a glorious autumn tapestry of gold and yellows, oranges and ruby reds, one of the highlights of the Bright Autumn Festival.

Uniting Church, Bright, VIC
Uniting Church, Bright, VIC

Come winter and snow on the surrounding mountains make Bright a popular winter holiday destination. From here you can have a choice of which mountain you want to ski, board or just enjoy the pleasures of a warm crackling fire.

Spring is when the rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, dogwoods and magnolias burst into bloom, bringing locals and tourists into Bright for the big Springtime in Bright Festival.

In the warmth of the summer days, families and friends flock to the parks and river for picnics, barbeques and swimming. Other activities include fishing, paragliding, hang gliding, canoeing, rafting, cycling and 4WD.

View from Mystic Bowl paragliding and hand-gliding launch area, Bright, VIC
View from Mystic Bowl paragliding and hand-gliding launch area, Bright, VIC

There is so much to see and do in Bright and the surrounding region, from the walks or stroll along the Ovens River, enjoying the spring and autumn festivals, exploring the High Country, enjoying the challenge of microlighting and hang gliding, bike riding along the Rail Trail, gold panning in the Ovens, visiting the nearby historical towns of Wandiligong, Beechworth, Yackandandah and Eldorado, enjoying the local wines, nuts, cheeses and olives from Milawa, and enjoying the bushwalking and ski areas of Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek, just to name a few.

Contact the local Alpine Visitor Information Centre in Bright for more information.

Victorian Alpine Region > Beechworth | Benalla | Chiltern | Corryong | Eildon | Falls Creek | Glenrowan | Harrietville | King Valley & Milawa | Kinglake | Lake Mountain | Mansfield | Mount Beauty | Mount Buffalo | Mount Buller | Mount Stirling | Mountain Creek | Rutherglen | Tallangatta | Yackandandah | Yea
Great Alpine Road > Alpine National Park | Bairnsdale | Bright | Dinner Plain | Harrietville | Lakes Entrance | Mount Hotham | Myrtleford | Omeo | Oxley | Porepunkah | Wangaratta ◦ Other regions: Victoria’s High Country | NSW Snowy Mountain Region

Other towns, villages and localities in the Great Alpine Road include: Bruthen • Ensay • Eurobin Falls • Everton • Ovens • Swifts Creek • Tarrawingee

Footnote & References

  1. Bright & Surrounds, Alpine Shire,
  2. Alpine Shire – the shire site has plenty of information for visitors including attractions, maps, festivals and events,