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, seven hours drive from Sydney, five hours drive from Canberra and twelve 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.
BUT which ever way you come leave plenty of time to spend many days based in Bright and exploring the Ovens Valley and Alpine High Country.
NB Chains need to be carried on the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Omeo in the snow seasons and also should be carried between Thredbo and Khancoban in winter
Brights nearest commercial airport is Albury. Transport from Albury airport to Bright (approx 115km) is by taxi, which should be booked beforehand.
There is a small grass airstrip in Porepunkah, 5kms from Bright, but arrangements need to be made to use this.
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.
For general enquiries contact V/Line on 13 6196, for tickets see Bright Escapes Ph: 5755 2275.
OTHER TRANSPORT OPTIONS
- Taxi – based in Bright
- Travel Agent – Shop front in Bright
- 4WD and other tours that maybe operating contact the Alpine Visitor Information Centre in Bright 1800 111 885
- Looking for activities and adventure then visit www.thingstodoinbright.com.au
- 4WD Bus – licensed passenger and charter operator
- Bike Hire –Available in Bright
- Road Conditions Information – Vic Road Ph: 13 11 70
- RACV – Ph: 5750 1230