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FREE Things to Do in Bright

Perfect for couples, families or groups of friends who love to travel together, Bright is the ultimate Victorian holiday destination with something for everyone. From wineries to walking trails, cafes to cultural experiences, there are so many wonderful things to do in the region. Alpine Valley Getaways is the trusted choice for stylish Bright holiday rentals at affordable prices. If you have never been to beautiful Bright, or if you are looking for a family-friendly getaway that won’t blow the...

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The Picnic People Bright

A Guide to all your Food Provisions, Picnics, Platters and more

We know there’s a lot to organize when planning a family holiday.

So, we want to help make it a little easier by sharing some of the fabulous foodie services now available in Bright, all designed to do some of the hard work for you & add a little slice of luxury.

Instead of queuing at the supermarket or waiting in restaurant lines how’s this for an idea?

You arrive to your holiday home with your pre ordered groceries, chef prepared meals or gourmet platters ready and waiting for you on...

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The Best Walking Tracks for Families Around Bright

Located on the picturesque Great Alpine Road between Porepunkah and Harrietville, Bright is a Victorian tourist hotspot, and is especially popular with those who love outdoor adventures.

If you are considering a family getaway to Bright, things to do that are family-friendly is likely very high on your priority list. If you want to get the kids off their devices and show them some of the most beautiful parts of the state, there’s an abundance of scenic walking tacks in the area and the best...

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Itinerary for a Wining and Dining Weekend in Bright

While Bright might be famous for its stunning scenery and abundance of outdoor activities, this beautiful town located in the heart of Victoria’s Alpine Valley also provides the perfect opportunity for a weekend dedicated to world-class wining and dining. If you want to sample your way through the best local produce and boutique beverages the region has to offer, Alpine Valley Getaways can help with comfortable and contemporary Bright accommodation for your weekend foodie escape.

Here’s our...

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Planning a Wedding in Beautiful Bright?

The jewel in the crown of Victoria’s Alpine region, Bright provides the perfect backdrop for couples wishing to celebrate their love and unity in a truly spectacular setting. We know it can be tricky to coordinate everything your guests need for a seamless celebration so let Alpine Valley Getaways help.  With a wide range of accommodation options & services throughout Bright & Surrounds you can point your guests in the right direction with a few easy steps.

We offer you and your guests a...
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Festivals and Events in Bright & Surrounds - Spring 2021

After a long, cold Winter there’s nothing better than planning a fun-filled Spring weekend away in the beautiful Alpine region of Victoria. Bright is a thriving country haven, ready to welcome visitors with sun-drenched days, stunning scenery and fabulous activities for the whole family. For outstanding Bright accommodation, Victorians rely on Alpine Valley Getaways. With a vast listing of places to stay in Bright, we have accommodation options to suit the needs of couples, families, large...

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Planning a Holiday to Bright and the Alpine High Country

While the Victorian High Country is famous for its world-class snowfields, there is so much more to this beautiful area than just skiing and snowboarding. An easy 3-hour drive from Melbourne, Bright and the surrounding Alpine High Country is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday or a luxurious romantic getaway at any time of the year. You will be spoilt for choice with places to stay in Bright, and Alpine Valley Getaways can help with the perfect Bright accommodation house for...

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Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Ski Holiday in 2021

Victorians love nothing more than a trip to the slopes, and fortunately, in 2021 the Victorian ski slopes are back open and waiting for excited and enthusiastic visitors. While a ski trip always requires planning, this year it requires a little more preparation, even if you’re just doing a day trip. Alpine Valley Getaways is your trusted choice for places to stay in Bright, which is located right on the doorstep of some of Australia’s best ski villages. If you want to head to the snow this year...

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Aussies are now taking every opportunity to get away for a quick holiday and explore their own backyard, so regional hidden gems like Bright are no longer the well-kept secret they once were. The secret is well and truly out and Bright and surrounding townships are seeing visitors all year around, attracting return holiday makers and new visitors, keen to discover what the Victorian High Country has on offer. 

Lucky for you, and us, Bright has plenty going on all year around, and if there...

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what's on in Bright 2021


Things are well underway in Bright with more visitors than ever eager to getaway, relax, unwind, let go of 2020 and just get back to enjoying all the good things in life.

We’re very excited to see some of our favourite festivals and events back on the calendar, kicking off the new year with the Alpine Classic in late January and the Adventure Travel Film Festival early February.  If you’ve been thinking this year is the year to get adventurous and try something new, then don’t miss the...

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Bright Brewery


Bright's spectacular Alpine scenery and opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure outdoor lifestyle are already well known.

What's becoming equally pronounced is the exciting range of restaurants, bars and eateries in Bright, many run by top class chefs and offering an array of delicious fare crafted from quality local produce.

Add in a well-stocked bar, which many of these restaurants also offer, and you've got the perfect night out in Bright! 

Take your pick from these top...

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Win a $150 voucher with Alpine Valley Getaways

Share your Alpine Valley memories to score a $150 voucher!

We miss you!  

But we know we have to wait for the next great getaway, the next family escape, the world to get back to normal.

Let’s keep the love alive and share your holidays to Bright & Surrounds with us.
Give us your fave memories to fake it till we make it. 
Dig out your beautiful moments...
Tag us on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM and let us know what you’re looking forward to when you get back ❤️ 

We’re going to give away a $150 accommodation voucher at the end of every month that we...

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If you're looking for an excuse to make plans and direct your thoughts to the future, our heavily reduced deposit for all new holiday accommodation bookings in Bright and Surrounds could do the trick!

To make it easier for you to plan for life after the current travel restrictions end - whenever that might be - we've slashed the deposit required to lock in your dream holiday to just 10 per cent of the booking total.

Reducing your upfront commitment is one small way we hope to make your ...

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Katy Perry Concert Bright Victoria


Was it a dream? Was Katy Perry really here in Bright? She certainly was, and in what was an historic concert event the American superstar performed in honour of the region's emergency services personnel who battled recent bushfires.

The free concert, which was held on March 11 at the same venue used at the Brighter Days Festival, attracted 6,000 very happy and excited people - many of whom were star-struck children (and their star-struck parents).

Photo courtesy of Jessie Brewster...
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Visit Bright Victoria this Autumn

What’s On In Bright and Surrounds this Autumn

While the staggeringly beautiful colours of Autumn are a prime reason to visit Bright in the coming months, there’s a diverse array of local celebrations and events that are also worth your attention. 

Whether it’s the adrenalin-inducing thrill of watching skilled mountain bikers plunge vertically down a mountain; the inspiring open gardens of the Bright Autumn Festival; the sheer comic genius of Ginger and Tonic at the Bright Cabaret Festival; or the delicious foods and generous hospitality...

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Brighter Days Festival Accommodation Harrietville Bright

Brighter Days Confirms Hourly Bus Service between Harrietville to Bright

Brighter Days patrons staying in the picturesque town of Harrietville will be able to access an hourly bus service to nearby Bright on the weekend of the popular festival. 

Harrietville, approximately 20 minutes from Bright on the Great Alpine Road, is the epitome of country charm, offering two popular pubs, cafes, a bakery, and a great selection of walks, parks and other historic attractions. 

Buses servicing Brighter Days Festival attendees will operate on Saturday March 7 and Sunday...

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Mountain bike lessons Bright Victoria

Learning The Ride Way: Personal MOUNTAIN BIKING LESSONS In Bright

If you’re eager to tackle the world-class mountain bike trails of Bright but you’re not sure your skills are up to it, a lesson with an experienced local might be the solution. 

Bright, and North East Victoria more broadly, is renowned for its mountain biking trails which cater for a diverse range of skills and interests.  

One day can see you plunging through the pines on the gravity trails of Bright Mystic, the next tackling the technical, rocky descents of Mount Beauty; another day...

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Shakespeare In The Vines Gapsted Wines Macbeth


This summer, whatever activities you enjoy, Bright and the surrounding High Country region offer a broad range of events sure to pique your interest.

Whether that's getting outdoors and experiencing the High Country's stunning hiking or cycling opportunities, relaxing with a wine while enjoying superb live theatre, or taking the family to see a range of inspirational films, Bright has you covered.

Book your Bright holiday now and get along to one of the following events: 

Mount Hotham...

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Pet minding services Bright Victoria

MIND THE DOG: Pet Sitting Services In Bright

“Perfect. Reliable, quick to respond and excellent communication. Highly recommended.”  

This succinct review, posted on pet minding services website Mad Paws on October 19 by Claire H., would be music to any pet lover’s ears.  

What’s even better is this glowing review is written about local pet minder Kris Marr – which is particularly exciting if you’re thinking of bringing your furry friend to one of our pet-friendly properties in or near Bright. 

While your pets can be left in an...

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We can't wait to share OUR STORIES with you!

Thanks for visiting us at ALPINE VALLEY GETAWAYS, we hope you've enjoyed stopping by.

We plan to bring you the latest goss, our favourite insider info and a closer look at everything that we do at Alpine Valley Getaways.

How does it all work?  We will show you around through the categories below - with a few surprises along the way...



These are the tales our resident wordsmiths will bring to you of our Alpine Valley adventures.  It might be attending an event, or...

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Kayaking Bright Victoria


It’s my turn. 

I’ve purposely waited to go last in our group of seven, trying to learn as much as I can about how best to kayak the torrent of water that gurgles and gnarls before me.  

“Aim to my left,” yells our guide, Tim, who’s strategically positioned in the midst of the approaching rapids. The water quickens beneath me. A thrust of my hips to the right doesn’t quite get me orientated correctly, so I quickly stab my paddle into the water, only to head further right. Damn. I’ve dipped...

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Down A Rock From a High Place: ABSEILING Mount Buffalo

A fear of heights may not be the best phobia to have before taking on an abseiling experience.  

The desire to beat this fear was what brought me to the stunning granite outcrops and cliff faces that adorn Mount Buffalo, just 45 minutes from Bright. 

Another was the knowledge that this abseiling experience was being conducted by Tim Shaw from Bright Adventure Company. I’d met Tim a few times previously, and my impression of him had been a friendly, easy going, experienced and imminently ...

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Wedding and event venue Bright Victoria

EVENT AND WEDDING VENUES in and near Bright 

With its stunning Alpine backdrop, delicious food and wine scene and close proximity to Melbourne, Bright is the perfect location for your wedding, corporate event or special family gathering.

To help with your planning, we’ve uncovered a wide range of venues to hold your special gathering.

Whether it’s a formal corporate event, a family gathering celebrating an anniversary or birthday, or a wedding, Bright and the surrounding towns of Wandiligong, Freeburgh, Harrietville, Harrietville...

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Blue Dirt uplift service for Mystic Mountain Bike Park Bright

Mystic Park Mountain Bike UPLIFT SHUTTLE SERVICE

An uplift shuttle service is available for Mystic Mountain Bike Park in Bright, with daily services available throughout the busy summer period.

Operated by Blue Dirt Mountain Biking, the uplift operation is a bus and trailer service that takes riders and bikes from the bottom of the hill to the top. This saves you time and energy pedalling up the hill, giving you the opportunity to ride more trails for a longer period.

This includes the highly regarded Hero Trail and Shred Kelly, along...

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Skiing at Mount Hotham in Spring

Why you should consider SKIING IN SEPTEMBER

If you think skiing is best in winter, think again – a decent snow base, bright sunny days and fewer people can mean spring is the better time to take your skiing holiday. 

While snow falls and depths are hard to predict, what’s for certain is if there’s good snow coverage at Falls Creek or Mount Hotham in September – and that’s not uncommon - it’s a great time to be out on the slopes. 

For one, there's generally fewer people at the ski fields in September, which means you’ll have shorter...

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Bright Victoria in spring


Spring is a vibrant and colourful time in Bright, enhanced by a wide range of exciting events and activities.

Whether you’re into the great outdoors or fitness, you enjoy gardens and art, or delicious food and wine is your thing - Bright in Spring has your interests covered.

Following is a list of key events that are on during Spring. Don’t forget we can help you book accommodation during this period – but don’t delay, as it’s a busy period! 

Bright Festival of Photography 


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Cycling holiday in Bright Victoria


Cyclists – spring is the ideal time to saddle up for a cycling adventure in Bright, Australia’s premier biking destination.

Warm, mild days followed by crisp mornings and evenings make for ideal riding conditions, and you’ll avoid the busier summer periods, particularly in terms of traffic.   

Whether it’s tackling one of the country’s most challenging mountain ascents of Mount Hotham, Falls Creek or Mount Buffalo, taking on the downhill thrills of fast single-track descents in Bright’s...

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Arlington Bright Victoria

STAY 4 NIGHTS, PAY FOR 3 accommodation offer

Book your Bright holiday with us and receive an extra night FREE at a select number of premium holiday accommodation options!  

This exclusive offer will allow you to enjoy the vibrant colours and exciting events of an Alpine spring for longer, while potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.  

This deal applies to a range of quality accommodation in Bright and Harrietville during off-peak periods*, subject to availability. Some properties allow for weekends to be included in this offer...

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Reed & Co Distillery Bright

FOOD AND DRINK SCENE: The Spirit driving Bright’s new gin bar

Take a former mechanics workshop, decades old and nearing the end of its working life. Add in two chefs with a passion for new flavours and delicious, local produce. Mix in a taste for gin, and a close relationship with a coffee roaster and bakery business. 

Stir thoroughly, and you’ve got the fresh, vibrant space that now houses Reed & Co Distillery and Sixpence Coffee. 

Reed & Co Distillery, which opened in late 2017, is the creation of local chefs Rachel Reed and Hamish Nugent, former...

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Wedding service Bright Victoria

Let us help organise YOUR WEDDING in Bright

Organising your wedding in Bright has just become easier, with Alpine Valley Getaways now providing a complimentary service to help your guests organise their accommodation.

We have accommodation located throughout Bright, Porepunkah, Wandiligong, Buckland Valley and Harrietville, and your guests can select their preferred accommodation based on a wide variety of selection criteria. 

Where possible we can ensure their accommodation is located near your wedding venue, or in close proximity...

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Pet friendly accommodation Bright

Why Bright is the perfect PET-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY choice

Bright is the perfect holiday destination for you and your pet, with a wide selection of pet-friendly accommodation and activitives for you (and your pooch!) to choose from.

Alpine Valley Getaways offers 40 pet-friendly accommodation options in Bright and the surrounding towns of Harrietville, Porepunkah and Wandiligong. What’s more, many of the local businesses – including cafes, restaurants and Bright Brewery – allow you to bring your precious pet with you.

Parks are also plentiful,...

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Snowshoe to Fondue Tour, near Mount Hotham

Three exciting SNOW ADVENTURES near Bright you'll love this winter

If you're eager to do something in the snow near Bright this Alpine winter beyond skiing, then you'll love the three unique activities we've found for you. 

Bright is the ideal location for a snow holiday, and along with nearby Harrietville, Wandiligong and Porepunkah gives you easy access to a wide range of stunning Alpine activities.

While many of these activities are well known - see our tips for an affordable ski holiday for more information about ski holidays near Bright - we've...

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Attend Darker Days in Bright

Warm yourself at Bright Brewery's DARKER DAYS festival

Darker Days, held at Bright Brewery, is a popular day-long event that brings together many of the region's top craft brewers in a celebration of rich, dark beers.

Held on Saturday June 29 in the depths of the Alpine winter, you'll be spoiled for choice as you sample the delicious brews on offer.

Beyond the fabulous range of local beers, Darker Days will have kids' entertainment from 12pm, which includes stories and music under the children’s teepee, face-painting, wooden toys and ghost...

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Affordable ski holidays at Mount Hotham

HOT TIPS for an Affordable Snow Holiday!

There's nothing quite like a snow holiday with the kids or friends but it can be hard on the family budget.  By the time you have arranged your ski gear, equipment hire, lift tickets, ski lessons, resort entry, and everything else... there can be little left for the most important part - your snow accommodation!  

Off mountain accommodation may be your golden ticket to an unforgettable ski holiday, on the snow and exploring the beautiful Alpine Valleys.

As locals we have a few tricks up...

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Things to do in Bright in winter

WINTER ACTIVITIES in Bright that don't require snow

While Bright is an ideal base for nearby snow-based activities, rest assured if you're not skiing there's still plenty to do in and around this Alpine town mecca during the colder months.

Whether you're here for a romantic weekend getaway, a kids-focused family break, or you're looking to indulge in the region's foodie delights and fine wines, Bright and its surrounds caters for it all. 

If your children are with you, a trip to Red Stag Deer Farm should be on your itinerary. Located in...

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Wandi Nut Festival


Autumn is our favourite time of year in Bright & Surrounds. Golden trees, crisp mornings to sunny afternoons, local produce in abundance and loads of festivals & events being hosted around the region.

A highlight of the Bright Autumn Festival is the legendary Wandi Nut Festival set amongst of the stunning backdrop of Wandiligong, Victoria just five minutes from Bright.

This one day festival highlights the local produce of the region with cooking displays, tastings, a gorgeous market, kids...

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Villa Gusto Private Estate holiday accommodation near Bright

Reserve your own PRIVATE ESTATE near Bright

For the first time the iconic Villa Gusto Private Estate can be exclusively yours.

Imagine having this delightful seven room Estate just for your group - your family, your friends. The people you want to experience the Valleys with, and the quiet moments of the Villa under the stars.

Villa Gusto, luxury accommodation near Bright, offers all of the decadent amenities your group could dream of, for any memorable destination celebration. Corporate retreats and weddings are also welcome!


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Reed & Co Distillery Bright


Local neighbourhood bar and distillery, Reed & Co Distillery, is now open.

Housed in a converted mechanics (Chalwell's) in the heart of Bright, the family owned and operated distillery shares the renovated space at 15 Wills Street with their friends Sixpence Coffee roasters.

The Distillery

Owners Hamish Nugent & Rachel Reed are chefs come distillers who wanted to create a truly local taste...and Remedy Gin was born. The result is an unashamedly Australian gin.

Gin tastings are...

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