What’s On

Visit Restaurants in Bright, enjoy great coffee, enjoy the river, go skiing, there is so much to enjoy in Bright, Victoria…why not experience some of the exciting things happening not only at the Riverdeck but also in and around Bright and the Victorian Alpine area.

Brighter Days Festival

Labour Day long weekend

What is the Brighter Days Festival?

The Festival is 3 days of family friendly fun held annually in the Victorian township of Bright, on the Labour Day Weekend in March each year.  It all started when a group of like minded friends whose interests include bikes, cars and music formed a committee to organise the inaugural “Brighter Days” event.

The first year raised in excess of $32,000.00 for two chosen children’s charities.

The Cooper Trewin Memorial (SUDC) Research Fund is a charity close to some of our groups heart which assists in research for unexplained deaths of perfectly healthy toddlers (Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood).

The other is the DEBRA Foundation (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association); a not-for-profit volunteer based organization that works tirelessly to support those living with EB; a rare debilitating disease whereby the skin blisters and peels at the slightest touch. Living with EB has been likened to living with third degree burns. It is very painful, and sufferers must be bandaged every day with dressings to protect and medicate their wounds.

Since 2013 they have continued supporting these two charities and have now added a third charity – The EB Research Foundation – who have a mission to raise funds to resource and enable, the best scientific minds in the world of genetic research to focus on a cure for EB.

A tragic event in the local community on Anzac Day 2017 left four young children orphaned and the Brighter Days Foundation was moved to make a small financial contribution to the 4 Kids and Carers Future Foundation from the proceeds of our 2018 Festival.

They have now donated well in excess of one million dollars – a figure they could not have imagined when starting back in 2013.  They hope to continue to raise more funds each year through natural growth and as awareness of the annual event develops. The name obviously is two fold; the first, that the event is held in Bright, the second is in the hope that we can make a “brighter day” for some kids.

Brighter Days is an incorporated fundraising entity, it is made up of a group of committed people from within their  group and also a subcommittee of people from Bright and Melbourne who help the cause immensely.

Check out the full event program  Brighter Days Festival

Brighter Days Facebook

At the Riverdeck

Trading Hours:

We are now open Everyday 8am to 5pm, with last kitchen orders taken at 3.00pm during the week and until 4pm on weekends and holidays, coffee available until close.

As the Spring colours  give way to shady respites under the glorious trees and the warmth of Summer induces the need to sit back and relax,  there is no better spot to enjoy the beauty of Bright than from the Riverdeck.

Our new menu is delicious and complemented by daily specials as well as a great selection of regional wine, cider and beer. Open everyday, our  fabulous breakfast is available from 8am until 11:30am. Our lunch menu begins at 12 and continues through til 3 or 4.00pm. Our yummy sandwiches and focaccias are available from 8am – 3pm.

Soak up the sunshine on our deck with a great coffee or glass of wine.

Join us at the Riverdeck and enjoy a coffee or meal overlooking the beautiful Howitt Park and Ovens River. On the deck or under our marquee is just the place for a delicious meal or refreshing drink. Check out the Visitors Centre next door and  plan your trip around the region with use of our free Wifi.

The Riverdeck is a great place to enjoy great food and local wine every day alfresco on the deck or inside in front of the fireplace.

Everyday 8am – 5pm

Spring in Bright and the surrounding Alpine areas is spectacular. Every year, Bright holds a Spring Festival where there are beautiful gardens to visit, cafes and restaurants in Bright to enjoy, walking tracks and bike trails to discover, along with a grand fireworks display and markets to enjoy. You can find out more here.

What more can we say about summer – Bright is one of the best places to spend it, by the river, in the splash park and then just nip up to the Riverdeck for lunch and a nice cold ice chocolate.

Again, another beautiful season in Bright – with the leaves turning and the abundance of colour it makes Bright one of the most beautiful places in Australia. The township celebrates with the Autumn festival over the months of April and May. Finishing with a Gala day with a market, music in the streets and a parade. To find out more go here.

Yes the cold does arrive, but with it comes Snow on Mt Hotham, Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek. This makes Bright the perfect spot to stay – why not start your day with a hearty breakfast at the Riverdeck and then you can pick a different mountain or place to visit each day. When you are back in Bright you can relax, away from the crowds and enjoy all of the amazing cafés and restaurants in Bright.

Here are some other helpful sites to help you learn more about Bright.

Bikes – http://www.victoriashighcountry.com.au/murray-to-mountains-rail-trail
Snow – http://www.onthesnow.com.au/victoria/skireport.html