The Adventure Travel Film Festival returns in 2016

The Adventure Travel Film Festival, the celebration of the world’s greatest adventure travel films is on once again from 12-14 February 2016, in Victoria’s picturesque town of Bright.

Promoting hardy travellers using cars, motorbikes or on foot, the festival seeks to inspire and motivate experienced and first time travellers to take on their own adventure.

Various venues in Bright are used to show the films. The Star Hotel, the Bright Community Centre and the Uniting Church supply indoor options throughout the days, but in the evenings the Howitt Park becomes the venue for a delightful after dark experience for a Starlight Screening.

Once again there is an interesting range of films and speakers. These include Lang and Bev Kidby who drove a 1928 Austin to Cape York; Jacqui Kennedy, who rode a postie bike around Australia; Paul Pritchard, who overcame a serious climbing accident to climb, kayak and raft around the world, as well as pedal a recumbent tricycle through Tibet to Mt Everest.

4WD convoy in the Simpson Desert

Convoy in the Simpson Desert in 2012

Vic Widman will be speaking about his crossing of the Simpson Desert, the first for 2012 and the 50th anniversary of the first motorised crossing of the Simpson. Vic will also be presenting a shortened version of our film The Simpson Desert: 50 Years On.

Other films are about everything from motor cycle rides through Africa; horse rides from Argentina to Alaska; epic sailing journeys from Cape Horn to California or from France to Indonesia.

There is a lot more on show – the biggest problem will be what to choose to fit in as much as possible. You won’t be able to see it all!

At the Festival headquarters there will be a static display of other adventure options available in the area. Some of the presenters might be found here too – Vic Widman will be available here to promote his tours and John and I will be with him to sell our DVDs, including the full length version of The Simpson Desert.

In Bright there are plenty of options for accommodation – motels, apartments and caravan parks – and restaurants for a top meal. The Bright Brewery is at the centre of options, situated handily next to the Festival HQ.

Tickets are now available and full details on the 15 films and 12 speakers can be found on the festival website – visit: www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/australian-festival.

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