Bright better than ever after rain

The Alpine Visitor Information Centre in Bright has today had one of its busiest days on record, assisting more than 500 visitors to the Alpine Shire.

Chair of the Alpine Shire Council's Great Alpine Valleys Tourism Board, John Kroeger said this is despite incorrect media reports in Melbourne over the weekend that indicated some towns were flooded.

"Bright, and a range of surrounding towns, have benefited from recent heavy rains with tourists soaking up the refreshed countryside and enjoying the bubbling rivers and creeks," Mr Kroeger said.

"Yes, the river levels are higher but the rain has just enhanced the appeal, filling many rivers which are sometimes dry this time of year. There is no danger at all to anyone because the high river peaks have passed. The rain has made everything look lush," he said.

"Tourists are the ones who are now flooding into the Shire and the information centres, and we expect a bumper final three weeks of January," he said.

"The Rail Trail is packed with bicycle tourists, and the Rail Train Cafe at Porepunkah reports that it has never had a busier season."

January is a busy tourism time in the Alpine Shire with the 3-day Alpine Valleys Gourmet Weekend starting on Friday, the International Semaine Federale Festival of Cycling commencing on 17 January and then from 16 to 23 January tourists should look to the sky as hundreds of colorful hang-gliders compete in the Bogong Cup Hang Gliding Championships at Mount Beauty.

On Saturday 23 January, the biggest event in the north-east, the Audax Alpine Classic will also be operated out of Bright.

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