Bright is located on the Great Alpine Road (B500) in North East Victoria, Australia. The town has a population of about 2500 and is nestled in the valley of the Ovens River surrounded by the hills and mountains of the Alpine High Country. The Great Alpine Road is a sealed road from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale over the high country. Bright is approximately 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne, 5 hours from Canberra and 7 hours from Sydney.
The quickest and easiest drive to Bright from Melbourne is via the Hume Highway (M31) to the BP/McDonalds service centre on the Highway just past Glenrowan. Approximately 500 metres after the service centre is an off-ramp to Milawa. Take this and follow the road to Myrtleford and then on to Bright. From Sydney or Canberra travel via the Hume to the Great Alpine Road (B500) Bright off-ramp close to Wangaratta. There's no need to actually go into Wangaratta. If coming from Sydney or Canberra you can also turn at Albury for Yackandandah then Myrtleford to Bright.
Some visitors like to take the scenic route. Try one of these alternatives, but allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the drive.
1.Via the Princes Highway (B1) to Bairnsdale and then Great Alpine Road over the high plains to Bright. A stunning drive over the top of the high country passed the ski fields of Mt Hotham with views over Mt Feathertop and to Mt Buffalo. (In winter chains are required from Omeo to Harrietville and can be hired in Omeo and dropped in Harrietville.)
2.Via Healsville, Alexandra, (or Whittlesea, Yea) then on to Mansfield, Whitfield, Lake Buffalo and Myrtleford. A winding scenic route through some isolated rural areas and with some gravel road driving.
From Sydney and Canberra
Via Cooma, Jindabyne, Thredbo, Khancoban, Corryong, Tallangatta, Tangambalanga, Kiewa Valley Highway, Tunnel Gap Road and Myrtleford. A stunning drive through the Snowy Mountains and passed Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko. (In winter chains are required from Jindabyne to Khancoban and can be hired in Jindabyne and dropped in Khancoban)