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A Guide to Snowsports & Skiing in Bright

A Guide to Snowsports & Skiing in Bright

Skiing in Bright is the perfect way to enjoy the winter season. With its combination of convenient accommodation, stunning natural beauty, and easy access to the slopes, Bright offers something for everyone.

Bright, nestled in the picturesque Victorian High Country, offers a fantastic base for your family ski trip. With close proximity to Mt Hotham, one of Australia’s premier ski destinations, Bright combines the charm of a quaint town with easy access to exhilarating snow adventures. Staying at a Bright holiday park like the comfortable accommodation options at Tasman Holiday Parks – Bright or Tasman Holiday Parks – South Bright provides an excellent balance of convenience, comfort, and affordability for your alpine getaway. With winter fast approaching, we’ve created the perfect guide to snowsports and skiing in Bright.

Skiing in Bright | Mt Hotham | Tasman Holiday Parks - Bright
Mount Hotham, VIC

Why Stay in Bright?

Choosing to stay in Bright rather than on the ski slopes offers several advantages:

Affordability

Accommodation in Bright is typically more affordable than on-mountain lodgings. By staying off the slopes, you can save significantly on your overall trip expenses, allowing more budget for activities, dining, and equipment hire.

Convenience

Bright is a vibrant town with a range of shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for a cosy café breakfast, a hearty pub meal, or a gourmet dining experience, Bright has something to satisfy every palate. The town’s attractions are all within walking distance, making it easy to stock up on supplies or enjoy a night out without the hassle of long distances or high altitudes.

Spacious and Comfortable Accommodation

Tasman Holiday Parks – Bright and Tasman Holiday Parks – South Bright offer an array of accommodation options, including 4-bedroom houses that are perfect for groups, friends, and families. These houses come equipped with full kitchens, spacious living areas, and cosy fireplaces to keep you warm on chilly winter nights. Additionally, there are modern cabins and sites for caravans and tents to suit every type of traveller.

Getting to the Ski Fields

By Car

Driving to the snow fields from Bright is a straightforward and scenic journey. The drive covers approximately 55km and takes around 1.5 hours, depending on weather conditions. Ensure your vehicle is equipped with snow chains, as they are mandatory in certain conditions – our friendly Tasman team are happy to show you how to fit chains to your car before you set off. You’ll travel along the Great Alpine Road, passing through charming towns like Harrietville before ascending into the snow-covered landscapes of the Alpine National Park.

Without a Car

If you prefer not to drive, there are convenient options to reach Mt Hotham from Bright. The Omeo to Bright Alps Link Bus provides a reliable service during the winter season. This bus service offers an easy and stress-free way to reach the ski fields, with regular departures that allow you to sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. Adult fares start at $6.00 each way to Mt Hotham and you’ll need to purchase resort passes when booking your ticket.

Shops in Bright, VIC  | Tasman Holiday Parks - Bright
Bright, VIC

Where to Hire Ski Gear and Snow Chains

Ray’s Ski Shop

Located in Bright, Ray’s Ski Shop offers a wide range of ski and snowboard gear for hire, including clothing, equipment, and accessories. They also provide snow chain hire and fitting services.

AJ’s Ski Hire

Another popular option in Bright, AJ’s Ski Hire, provides everything you need for a day on the slopes. Their friendly staff can help fit you with the right gear and ensure you’re prepared for the snowy conditions.

A Week in Bright: Your Ultimate Ski Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Settling In

Arrive in Bright and check into your accommodation at Tasman Holiday Parks – Bright or Tasman Holiday Parks – South Bright. Take a stroll through Bright’s charming town centre, exploring local shops and cafes. Enjoy dinner at one of Bright’s family-friendly restaurants, such as the Bright Brewery or the Alpine Hotel.

Day 2: First Day on the Slopes

Head to Mt Hotham for your first day of skiing. If driving, ensure your car is ready with snow chains. Alternatively, take the Omeo to Bright Alps Link Bus. Spend the day exploring Mt Hotham’s extensive ski trails, suitable for all levels. Return to Bright for a relaxing evening. Prepare a home-cooked meal in your fully equipped kitchen for a no-fuss first day of skiing.

Day 3: Tobogganing at Dinner Plain

If skiing in Bright isn’t the only snow activity you’d like to enjoy during your stay, take a short drive to Dinner Plain, a family-friendly destination perfect for tobogganing and snow play. Let the little ones enjoy the gentle slopes while you relax and soak in the beautiful alpine environment. Treat yourself to a warm drink and pastries from one of the local bakeries before you head off, like Ginger Baker Cafe.

Red stag deer farm | Tasman Holiday Parks - Bright
Red Stag Deer Farm | Bright

Day 4: Exploring Bright and Surrounds

Spend the day exploring Bright’s scenic beauty. Visit local attractions such as the Red Stag Deer and Emu Farm or take a leisurely walk along the Ovens River. Enjoy lunch at the Riverdeck Café, which offers beautiful views and delicious food overlooking the Ovens River. In the afternoon, wander over to a local winery or brewery for an alpine tasting experience – we recommend Ringer Reef Winery!

Day 5: Back to the Slopes

Head back to Mt Buller for another day of skiing and snowboarding. Try out different slopes or take a ski lesson to improve your skills. In the evening, return to your Bright holiday park to enjoy pizza from the Snow Gum Coffee Van, then sit back and unwind at our wine and cheese meetup in the Skydeck Lounge, perfect for relaxing after an active day.

Day 6: Rest and Relaxation

After a few days of skiing, take a day to rest and relax. Enjoy the amenities at your holiday park, such as a cosy fireplace, games room, or a leisurely walk around the park. For a more active rest day, consider visiting the Bright Chocolate Factory or take a short drive to the stunning Mt Buffalo National Park for sightseeing. Dine out at one of Bright’s many dining options, like Thirteen Steps, offering a range of delicious dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.

Day 7: Final Day of Skiing and Departure

Make the most of your final day by returning to Mt Hotham for a last day of snowboarding and skiing in Bright. Head back to Bright in the late afternoon, pack up, and prepare for your journey home. Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Bright’s fine dining establishments, such as Reed & Co Distillery, which offers a unique dining experience.

Bright Brewery | Tasman Holiday Parks - Bright
Bright Brewery

Dining Options in Bright

Bright is renowned for its diverse culinary scene. Here are some top picks:

Bright Brewery

Enjoy craft beers and a diverse menu in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. The outdoor seating area offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Alpine Hotel

A historic pub offering hearty meals and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s a great spot for families looking for a traditional Australian pub experience.

Simone’s of Bright

An award-winning restaurant offering delicious Italian cuisine. It’s perfect for a special family dinner or a romantic night out.

Ginger Baker

A charming café known for its great coffee, pastries, and a cosy atmosphere. It’s an excellent spot for breakfast or a mid-morning break.

Riverdeck Café

Situated along the Ovens River, this café offers stunning views and a delightful menu featuring local produce.

Family building snowmen | Tasman Holiday Parks - Bright

Activities for Non-Skiers

Bright offers plenty of activities for those who prefer to stay off the slopes with beautiful hiking trails and nature walks, offering stunning views and a chance to explore the natural beauty of the Victorian High Country.

Cycling

The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is perfect for a leisurely bike ride, offering picturesque scenery and stops at local wineries and cafes.

Spa and Wellness

Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day at one of the local wellness centres, such as Alpine Spirit High Country Retreat.

Ovens River

Take a leisurely walk or bike ride along the scenic river paths. The river also offers excellent spots for fishing and picnicking.

Bright Chocolate Factory

A must-visit for chocolate lovers, offering tours and tastings of their delicious handmade chocolates.

Wineries and Breweries

Explore the local wineries and breweries, such as Ringer Reef Winery and Bright Brewery, for a relaxing afternoon of tastings and scenic views.

Mt Buffalo National Park

Just a short drive from Bright, this national park offers breathtaking views, hiking trails, and picnic spots. In winter, the park also offers snow play areas and cross-country skiing.

Superior 2 bedroom villa dining and living area | Tasman Holiday Parks - Bright
Superior 2 BR Villa | Tasman Holiday Parks – Bright

Why Choose Tasman Holiday Parks?

Staying at Tasman Holiday Parks ensures a comfortable and memorable family ski trip. Both parks offer modern accommodation options to suit every traveller, from spacious 4-bedroom houses to cosy cabins and camping sites.

4-Bedroom Houses

These houses are perfect for families or groups, featuring full kitchens, spacious living areas, and cosy fireplaces. They provide all the comforts of home, making them an ideal base for your ski adventures.

Modern Cabins

For smaller families or couples, the modern cabins offer a comfortable and convenient option, with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.

Camping Sites

For those who love the outdoors, the camping sites at both parks provide a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of Bright.

Resort-Style Amenities

Both holiday parks feature a range of amenities, including games rooms, BBQ areas, camp kitchens, and playgrounds, ensuring that everyone in the family has a great time.

Mount Hotham | Tasman Holiday Parks Bright | Skiing in Bright.
Mount Hotham, VIC

A family ski trip to Bright is the perfect way to enjoy the winter season. With its combination of convenient accommodation, stunning natural beauty, and easy access to the slopes, Bright offers something for everyone. By staying at a Bright holiday park, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – the thrill of skiing at Mt Hotham and the charm and convenience of Bright’s vibrant town centre.

So pack your bags, gather your family, and get ready for an unforgettable winter adventure in Bright. Your perfect family ski trip awaits!

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