Theme: Celebration of Autumn and Harvest in Victoria’s Alpine High Country
Dates: Late April to early May most years (26th April to 5th May 2024)
Location: Bright, Victoria, Australia
” The Bright Autumn Festival is a celebration of autumn and harvest in Victoria’s Alpine High Country. The festival was first held in 1962 making it one of the oldest continuous festivals in the country. At the time, Bright was known as a winter destination and the Autumn Festival was an effort to attract visitors at a quiet period.” (Bright Autumn Festival Website)
- Showcases the stunning autumn colours of Victoria’s Alpine High Country
- Acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land
- Long-standing tradition since 1962, promoting Bright as more than a winter destination
- Gala Weekend with a market, music, and grand parade
- Wandi Nut Festival
- Open Gardens tours
- Historical Tours
- Autumn Art Exhibition at Bright Art Gallery
Past festivals have featured a diverse range of events such as craft markets, guided walks, photography workshops, and theatrical performances like “Almost, Maine” by Bright Alpine Actors. Notable performances at Bright Courthouse Theatre and various local artists.
Website Address: Bright Autumn Festival
Local Area Tourism Information:
In addition to the Bright Autumn Festival, the region around Bright, Victoria, offers a rich array of local attractions:
Ringer Reef Winery: Situated in Porepunkah, this family-run vineyard and winery boasts a diverse range of handmade wines, crafted on a site rich in history. Previously a gold mine, the vineyard now offers a picturesque setting with stunning views of the Alpine peaks, perfect for wine tasting and exploring the local heritage.
Bright Brewery: Located in the heart of Bright, this microbrewery is known for its craft beers. With a focus on producing quality, Mountain Crafted beer, the brewery is a popular spot for beer enthusiasts and offers a delightful experience for visitors looking to relax and enjoy the local flavors .
Nightingale Bros Alpine Produce and Cider: This family-owned orchard and cidery is renowned for its seasonal produce, including apples, chestnuts, and persimmons. The orchards, spread across Wandiligong, Buckland, Stanley, and Batlow, benefit from the cool, elevated climate, ideal for growing crisp apples. Visitors can enjoy fresh produce, preserves, and locally made ciders, embodying the taste of the Alpine region.
Mount Buffalo: Mount Buffalo is a well-known natural attraction near Bright. Known for its scenic landscapes, it offers opportunities for hiking, climbing, and exploring the unique flora and fauna of the area. It’s an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Victoria’s Alpine region.
These attractions, combined with the Bright Autumn Festival, make the Bright area a vibrant and appealing destination for tourists seeking a mix of cultural events and natural beauty.