Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 29 BRIGHT " ! " " ### " ! " " Colourful splendours of Bright With changing colours of the seasons Bright is a sight to behold over the coming months. Originally settled in the late 1830s, when it was called Morse’s Creek, Bright was renamed in 1861 after the 19th century political and social reformer, John Bright, around the same time that gold was discovered in the area in the 1860s. The town soon became a stopover on the main supply routes to the Omeo, Dargo and Wandiligong goldfields. Time saw it ultimately out-grow all of these communities to become the major tourist centre it is today. Bright’s beautiful tree-lined streets are a major attraction for the town. Most of the trees were planted in the 1920s and 1930s, and provide a very pleasing and colourful streetscape, making it one of the most photogenic of the High Country towns. Visitors will find a sense of history, interesting shopping, a wide range of accommodation, cafés and restaurants and a good selection of enjoyable walks. In summer the area calls for lazy days and gourmet picnics by shady rivers. Drop a line in alpine fed streams for fresh trout or sip top wines of the region at a streetside café. The heart of the gourmet district offers freshly picked berries, homemade ice creams, cheese, wine, tantalizing restaurants and cool evening breezes. International cycling events, a French inspired festival and music festivals dot Bright’s summer calendar. Music and laughter resound as people of every age make the most of summer in Bright. Autumn is truly showcased in Bright, with a rich canvas of colour. Brisk mornings, sunny days and cool nights invite adventure, exploration, lots of gourmet food and wine indulgence. Take to the skies, ride the rivers or be cosy and decadent beside a toasty open fire. AUTUMNAL FESTIVITIES The Bright Autumn Festival is a 10-day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. Celebrate nature and all its wonders at the 58th Bright Autumn Festival from Friday, April 26, to Sunday, May 5, 2019. The highlight is the Gala Weekend with a market, music in the streets and a grand parade on Saturday, May 4. A family friendly festival, it offers something for all ages with live music, street performers, open gardens, the Wandi Nut Festival and tours of local attractions. Take a guided tour of Bright, Wandiligong, Porepunkah and Myrtleford or simply explore the region with breathtaking scenic drives by yourself. Bright comes alive with colour during autumn. PHOTO: Visit Victoria Visit Wandiligong for its Wandi Nut Festival as part of Bright’s Autumn Festival. PHOTO: Visit Victoria