Bright has a new splash park located in Centenary Park, where Morse’s Creek and Ovens River meet, within walking distance from Bright Holiday Park. The splash park has a natural theme and is a massive draw card to families visiting the region. The design is centred on the region’s mining heritage and natural environment, with four splash pads, designed to suit different age groups from toddlers through to teenagers. Parents will need to judge their children’s abilities in each section. Water used in the new splash park comes from a bore, with no chemical treatments and flows back into the river. Ask our friendly reception staff for me details on the new Bright Splash Park.
The Ovens and Buckland and other local rivers offer varied water for canoeing, kayaking or just floating down the river. Local operators can take you on a short trip down part of the calmer, but interesting, sections of the river or give you a day of instruction and excitement on more challenging sections. In the warmer months canoeing and kayaking tours are available, but need to be booked in advance. The Ovens River is dammed at Bright and Porepunkah from around Christmas to Easter to create long cool river swimming pools. A lifeguard is on duty in the afternoon most days during summer at these pools in Centenary Park Bright and River Reserve Porepunkah. For those who want to troll for fish from their “tinny” a trip to Lake Buffalo, Rocky Valley Dam or Mt Beauty pondage is always worth a try.
Flying and Climbing
The Bright area is world renowned for its great ‘air’, ideal for paragliding. You can take a tandem introductory paragliding flight or start a beginners’ course that will take you to flying with the birds by yourself. Both sports have the same favourite launching spot at Mystic Hill in Bright. Many paragliders and hangliders can be seen taking off from this hill when the weather is suitable, usually from spring to autumn and landing in the landing area on Morses Creek Road. Porepunkah airfield a short drive from Bright down the Buckland Valley is the place where you can do your own flying in the company of a professional. Microlighting flights and scenic planes flights take off from this scenic airstrip to show you the sights of the valley and high country.
Fossicking and Prospecting
Gold has been found in the hills and valleys around Bright since the mid 1800s. For the experienced seeker it is still there to be found. A gold pan should bring you a showing of gold from the rivers if you know where to pick the right spots. Some times throughout the year, especially during the Autumn Festival, gold panning tours are arranged. There is much other history and relics of gold mining in the area and those interested should visit the Bright Museum, the Gold Museum, the Gold Battery, or take a walk on the Canyon Walk where interpretive signs explain much of the alluvial gold history of the area or walk through the Diggings Walk in Wandiligong. For the part played by the Chinese gold prospectors in Bright’s history a trip down the Buckland River valley is a must. A local historian, Diann Talbot , has written several books on the gold history of Bright and the Buckland Valley.
Bushwalking and Hiking
While the river valleys and nearby lookouts have created many idyllic walks, sometimes you just want to clear your head in the mountain air and enjoy the panoramic views of the valleys below. So when the mood takes you Mt Buffalo National Park and the Alpine National Park are very easy drives from Bright.The Alpine National Park stretches from central Gippsland all the way to the New South Wales border where it adjoins Kosciuszko National Park. Within the park are some of Australia’s most stunning alpine landscapes, including mountain peaks, escarpments and grassy high plains. Mount Buffalo National Park has sheer cliffs, imposing granite tors, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and stunning wildflowers. The park features over 90km of walking tracks, panoramic scenery, waterfalls and scope for adventurous pursuits such as rock climbing and hang-gliding.
Bright Brewery use’s fresh mountain water, quality ingredients and craft brewing techniques to brew our MountainCrafted beers. Located on Great Alpine Road in the heart of Bright, the brewery door is open daily from 11:00am until evening. Kick back with award-winning craft beers at Bright Brewery and discover the flavourful range from across 26 taps, all brewed on-site. Overlooking the river, parks and mountains, the brewery is great for a beer and a bite. You can relax either outside looking over the riverside parkland, or inside at the bar examining the brewing equipment. Or get comfy on one of the couches by the fire, and check your emails using the brewery’s free WiFi Hotspot internet service. Kids love the adjacent adventure playground.