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Bright is a small town in northeastern Victoria, about 4 hours' drive from Melbourne. Situated in the heart of Victorian high country along Ovens River, it enjoys a relaxed café culture and is particularly attractive in autumn (fall), when the European trees planted in the area take on beautiful colours. This is also when the Bright Autumn Festival is held each year.
Bright is conveniently located near Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek.
Bright does not have a train station, but with V/Line you can take a train to Wangaratta and catch the bus from there. This takes up to 5 hours and costs $25.60 per adult one-way.
Bright is on the Great Alpine Highway, which connects to the Hume Highway at Wangaratta, so if you're travelling from Sydney or Melbourne, this is the easiest way to get there. An alternative, slower route from Melbourne is via the Maroondah Highway, which winds through Healesville, Marysville and Alexandra before linking up with the Hume Highway at Benalla.
V/Line operates coach services from Wangaratta to Bright. The bus trip takes an hour and a half.
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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