Things to do
If you’re looking for some refreshing family fun while in Bright the local splash park is a must. Located walking distance from our holiday park in Centenary Park, it is a great spot to cool off in the warmer months. Its theme centres around the regions mining heritage and natural environment, with four splash pads to suit different ages from toddlers through to teenagers. Parental supervision is essential while in the park to ensure children stay safe. All water is also bore/untreated allowing it to flow back into the river systems.
Water Sports and Rivers
Bright and the surrounding areas are packed full of fantastic spots to get out on the water and explore. Whether you prefer to canoe, kayak, swim or just spend you day floating down the river, there are endless options for you to choose from. The Ovens and Buckland Rivers are the most notable systems in the area, with local operators running tours allowing you to explore with local knowledge during the warmer months. Wanting to simply take a dip, from Christmas to Easter, the Ovens River is dammed to create a long cool river swimming pool at Bright and Porepunkah.
Renowned for its great ‘air’ Bright is a prime location to take your holiday to new heights. For an adrenaline rush paragliding or hangliding is the answer. Introductory tandem flights are available as well as beginner’s courses allowing you to take in the beauty of Bright from the air. If you’re only willing to spectate Mystic Hill is a local favourite take off location with the landing area along Morses Creek Road. Scenic flights are another great option to take in the high country, with flights taking off from the nearby Porepunkah airfield regularly.
Fossicking and Prospecting
Bright has a rich gold mining history with gold being found in the valleys, rivers and hills since the mid-1800s. Make sure to bring your gold pan if you’re looking to try your luck and strike rich solo or alternatively, during the Autumn Festival gold panning tours are available. Immerse yourself back in the time of fossicking and prospecting at one of the many local museums, Bright museum, the Gold museum and the Gold Battery are all great spots to learn about the towns history. Or take a stroll on the Canyon Walk with informative signs dotted along the way. Learn More.
Bushwalking and Hiking
With endless river valleys and lookouts to explore there are so many idyllic walks in Bright and its surrounds. If you are looking to breathe in some fresh mountain air and enjoy panoramic views of the valleys below Mt Buffalo National Park and the Alpine National Park are easy drives from Bright. Explore the stunning alpine landscapes, including mountain peaks, tumbling waterfalls, snow gums and fields wildflowers. The Cherry Walk in Bright is a great starting spot, the 5km walk will take you over the suspension bridge and along the Ovens River.
Using quality local ingredients, fresh mountain water and craft brewing techniques, you can taste the difference at Bright Brewery. Well known for its award-winning mountain crafted beers, those aged 18+ can kick back and discover the flavourful range from across 26 taps, all brewed on site. Set overlooking the river, parks and mountains, the brewery allows you to learn more about brewing or to simply relax and get comfy by one of the fires. Though the local drop is only for adults there is also an adventure playground on site for the kids to enjoy as well as a café.