PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS
Soft grass under shady trees, running rivers and a skyline met by mountain ranges; the parks and playgrounds in Bright are where everyone goes to relax. Whether it's to use the gas BBQs, have a swim, run around in the playground or picnic by the river, these beautiful open spaces are there for everyone to enjoy. Search our interactive map below to find a park near you.
HOWITT & CENTENARY PARK
These adjoining parks form a popular green space along the Ovens River in the heart of Bright. Centenary Park, at the eastern end, has electric BBQs and shelter, the Bright River Pool and Splash Park and the Rotary Waterslide. At the western end, Howitt Park has a large children's playground, gas BBQs, picnic tables, drinking water, public toilets, a sound shell and car park. Both parks are close to the town's stores and supplies and the two riverside walks, Cherry Walk and Canyon Walk.
Situated on Coronation Avenue, Bright, Pioneer Park is Bright's largest outdoor space. With shaded grass areas, a playground, picnic tables, shelters, electric BBQs and public toilets, it's a nice spot for a picnic while watching paragliders float down from the mountains above. You'll also find the town's football oval, netball courts, tennis courts, pony club, outdoor events lawn and the Mystic Mountain Bike Park Trail Head, with a pump track, BMX track, and beginner mountain bike trail.
This large outdoor space on Mounbatten Avenue is a lovely place for a quiet walk. The ornamental trees at The Arboretum are particularly nice in Autumn when hues of red, orange and yellow emerge. A path along the river runs between The Arboretum and Centernary Park.
A small shaded park located on the corner of Gavan Street and Station Street, Bright, near Woolworth's and some takeaway food venues. With beautiful mountain views, a picnic table and a relaxing stream, it's a quiet space to escape the crowds for a rest or something to eat.
Alpine Park on Centenary Avenue, Wandiligong sits on the banks of the peaceful Morses Creek close to the historic gold diggings and next to 5 Acres Bar & Kitchen. This wonderfully shaded and tranquil setting is yet another lovely spot for a picnic. The kids will love running around the playground or wading in the pristine water of Morses Creek. Public toilets are located at the nearby oval.
This park on Nicholson Street, Porepunkah has it all: river swimming, a toddler pool, views of Mount Buffalo, BBQs, toilets, picnic tables, shelter and car parking and is conveniently located near the town's local stores, including a pub, cafe and service station. There is also a playground complete with slides, flying fox, a climbing wall and swings. A lifeguard is on duty by the river during summer.
BRIGHT SPLASH PARK
PARKS IN THE SURROUNDS
LEAVE NO TRACE
Our region is sensitive to human presence. We are privileged to have endangered animals such as platypus, pygmy possums and alpine dingoes surviving in our beautiful natural surrounds.
Your behaviour has a direct impact on our flora and fauna. You can protect our wildlife and the beauty of our environment by throwing all rubbish in the bin or by taking it with you. When walking, riding or driving, please stay on formed paths and roads.
Never light a fire on a Total Fire Ban day. When fires are permitted, always extinguish your fire before leaving. Enjoy our outdoors, and remember, leave no trace.
COOL OFF THE NATURAL WAY
Take a dip in the river or cool off at a lake. Our natural swimming spots are the ideal way to spend a hot summer's day.
OTHER EXPERIENCES YOU'LL LOVE
7 Peaks Ride – Mount Buffalo Chalet
Victoria’s 7 Peaks Ride is an at-your-own pace cycling challenge which runs from late October to April. Taking you up winding mountain roads, around steep turns and past spectacular views right to the top of seven Victorian Alpine Resorts. This ever-popular ride is a balance of steep gradients, sharp corners and breathtaking views. The Mount…
Walking and Hiking At Mt Hotham
Mt Hotham has a range of truly iconic alpine tracks and trails that provide access to some of Australia’s best views, unique flora and the High Country’s rich history. You can discover whatever you like with options to suit all ages and fitness levels. Walking season dates: The walking season commences early December through to…
Hotham Alpine Resort
Challenge yourself on some of the best ski and snowboarding terrain in Australia at Mt Hotham, in the heart of the Victorian Alps where breathtaking views of the surrounding alpine peaks stretch for miles. Hotham is well known for its steep and exhilarating terrain, but also has nice and easy slopes for first timers to…
THINGS TO DO
WE LIST OUR TOP 10 EXPERIENCES
From lookouts and waterfalls to markets and cellar doors, it’s all here in our cheat's list of the best experiences in Bright & Surrounds.