Visitor Information

The town of Bright – where the Alpine Classic starts and finishes – is the perfect place to spend time with friends and family in the summer. Nestled in the Ovens Valley, with easy access to the ski fields in winter, in summer this place has a magic all of its own!

Bright is the perfect place to bring you, a partner, the family, or even all your friends.

Whether you want to sample the gourmet food and wine in the restaurants and vineyards, or direct from the farm gate; or maybe try your hand at the ancient art of brewing in one of the local craft breweries, there’s plenty to keep you entertained!

If you want to stay active while you’re here there’s a vast array of camping and hiking options particularly in the national parks, plus activities like mountain biking, paragliding, horse riding, and many others.


Bright and the surrounding towns have a huge range of great accommodation from backpacker hostels, B&B’s, caravan parks, guesthouses, plus an excellent selection of self contained cottages, units and apartments, motels, hotels and luxurious escapes.

Bright & Surrounds

Bright Escapes

Bright Victoria

Alpine Getaways

Victoria’s High Country

More cycle friendly accommodation options: (who also take great care of our Volunteers)

Getting There


Naturally you can ride to and from Bright (and at least one of our volunteers rides from Melbourne every year). However, a novel way is to catch the V/Line train to Wangaratta and then cycle to Bright on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.

If you haven’t brought a bike with you there are several hire options in Bright.


Bright is situated on the Great Alpine Road (B 500) about 75 kms from the Hume Highway (M31) which is the main road connecting Melbourne to Sydney. Bright is just over three hours drive from Melbourne, six hours drive from Sydney, four hours drive from Canberra and under ten hours drive from Adelaide.

A great circular tour from Melbourne is to travel from Melbourne to Bairnsdale on the Princes Hwy then over the High Country on the Great Alpine Road and then back to Melbourne via the Hume Hwy.

If you are coming from Sydney or Canberra experience the stunning drive via the Snowy Mountains through Thredbo, Corryong to the Great Alpine Road and on to Bright.


Bright nearest commercial airport is Albury. Albury Airport is served by Qantas, Virgin and Rex.

Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine) is 3hrs drive from Bright and is serviced by many international airlines and domestically by Jet Star, Tiger Airlines in addition to Qantas, Virgin & Rex

Train and Bus

V/Line Railways run a bus that connects to the train in Wangaratta to and from Melbourne. The bus picks up outside the Alpine Hotel in Anderson St. It travels via Beechworth and can be used for day trips to Beechworth on some days. A limited bus service also goes to Mt Beauty. Bicycles can be carried on the V/Line bus.

V/line bookings and information 13 6196.

The XPT train also runs from Melbourne and Sydney to Wangaratta.

Firefly Express & Greyhound also run services to Wangaratta from Melbourme, Sydney & Canberra.

A Bus service also operates from Omeo to Bright and return.

Traffic Information

There will be increased cycle activity on the following roads as part of the running of the 31st Alpine Classic.

Friday 27th January 2017

B500 Great Alpine Road between Bright and Omeo 6:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday 28th January 2017

B500 Great Alpine Road between Bright and Omeo 4:00am – 2:30pm

C543 Omeo Highway between Omeo and Shannonvale 6:30am – 3:30pm

B500 Great Alpine way between Porepunkah and Germantown 4:00am – 8:30pm

C536 Tawonga Gap Road 6:30am – 8:00pm

C531 Kiewa Valley Hwy between Tawonga Sth-Mt Beauty –Falls Creek 7:30am – 7:00pm

Bogong High Plains Road – Falls Creek to Shannonvale 9:30am to 6:00pm

B535 Mt Buffalo Road between Porepunkah and Dingo Dell 4:00am – 11:00am

Please note there are no road closures. However motorists may experience some delays, due to the higher than normal cycle traffic on the routes listed. Parking restrictions will be in force in Gavan St, Bright, and the riverside carparks in Howitt Park.

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