Treat yourself to the very best of nature during the Bright Autumn Festival. Come visit this bustling town nestled in the beautiful Ovens Valley only a few hours from Melbourne.

The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten-day feast for the eyes, the tastebuds and the soul, surrounded by autumn colours and local produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. Every year in late April, it’s harvest time – your opportunity to sample walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, apples and blackberries, experience a cooking demo at the Nut Festival and much more!

There are plenty of things to see and do, from the Open Gardens in town and surrounding areas to the wineries, orchards and restaurants featuring local produce.

For those keen to take home their own autumn beauty, at Wandiligong there is a glorious avenue of Linden (lime) Trees and you can buy a Linden of your very own from one of the many producers in the town.

One of the best places to situate yourself in Bright is at the Autumn Beauty Cottages, just a 10-minute flat walk to town, located directly on the famous Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. The surrounding mountains form a gorgeous backdrop to the dazzling colours of autumn foliage, and the wrap-round, covered verandas of the cottage provide the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views.

If you’ve enjoyed some of the fine tasting food, boutique beers and botanical gin in town and need to walk it off before the next session, there are plenty of beautiful walking and hiking trails along the river, through the golden avenues and stunning surrounding mountains.

For those keen to see things from two wheels, the Rail Trail on your doorstep extends from Bright to Wangaratta, but for less ambitious journeys, you can reach wineries such as Ringer Reef and Feathertop or out to the famous Wandi Pub just a few kilometres away.

For over 50 years the town has hosted the popular Autumn Art Exhibition at the Bright Art Gallery. If you’re a keen photographer or just want to capture some of the beauty around you, there are locals who host workshops to help you locate and capture those perfect images of the natural surrounds.

The Autumn Festival culminates in the Gala Weekend, with a market, music in the streets and a grand parade. The festival program and more details can be found here.


Autumn Beauty Cottages is centrally located to all of Bright’s best restaurants and barswineries, breweries and distilleries, and makes the perfect base for exploring the surrounding sights. Book your cottage online, send us an email or call us on 1300 551 117 to enquire about our rates. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for your regular dose of Bright inspiration!