Ovens River, Porepunkah

Activities for Children in Bright

If you want to get your kids out and active during your holiday, there is no better place to do so than Bright. Your family can create some incredible adventures here, in any season and weather! 

Summer

During the heat of the summer there is nothing that children look forward to more than fun in the water. Bright has some great water options for every age group. Centenary Park offers a pool for toddlers to safely play in as well as a four-level splash park that appeals to children of all ages. The bigger kids can slide, dive, jump and swim in the water at the junction of the Ovens River and Morse’s Creek where lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. If any children grow weary of the water, or need a break to dry off, there is a playground in the shade, a flying fox and a chain net climber to keep them busy.

Winter

If your children love the snow, then a trip to Mt. Buffalo during the winter season in Bright is a must! The littlest ones can make snow angels and build snowmen, or ride a toboggan down the hill with mum, dad, or an older sibling. The older, more coordinated children might be more interested in a snowball fight, a snowshoe trip or a good cross-country skiing adventure. 

Any Season

Fishing 

Whether your children love to fish, have never fished, or just want to feed the fish, they are all welcome at Harrietville Trout Farm. And don’t worry about packing your fishing gear—everything is provided, and entry is free! The only cost is for the fish you catch, which they will clean for you. A great day at the trout farm can bring hours of entertainment, and possibly dinner! 

There are other fishing options in the Bright area, such as in Centenary Park, where Rainbow trout, Murray trout, and Brown trout are all fair game. Should one of your children be interested in fly fishing, Matthew Howell offers lessons. 

Hiking

When the sun is out, few things are more enjoyable than a nature walk. There are excellent options for all skill levels nearby. Canyon Walk is an easy trail that is perfect for prams and offers a longer loop that includes some exciting suspension bridges. Huggins Lookout is a bit steeper of a walk, but still a very reasonable distance for those toting little ones. Unlike Canyon Walk, this trail is an out and back version, though neither requires any previous bushwhacking experience.

Bicycling

Another great way to enjoy the day and get some exercise is to ride a bicycle. There are two popular, child-friendly rides to consider near Bright: Wandiligong and Porepunkah. Wandiligong is a 5.5 kilometer out and back (11 kilometers total) ride that follows a creek to a picturesque village from the 1850s.  The ride to Porepunkah is longer, 20 kilometers total, but it offers more enticing options to stop along the way, including chocolate, bread, coffee, and wine. Both of these routes are part of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, which offers 100 kilometers of trail to explore.

Adventure

If your family loves a good adventure, Adventure Guides Australia could be an excellent choice. They offer kayaking, caving, abseiling, dry canyoning, and rock-climbing options. They even have options for children as young as 3 years old. 

Indoors

If you are nursing a sunburn or avoiding the rain, you have indoor options at Cloud 9 Cinema or Cloud 9 Escape Rooms. The family can enjoy the latest movies together at Cloud 9 Cinema and the adults can partake in wine or beer at the theatre. Or, the family can take on a collective battle of the wits in one the Cloud 9 Escape Rooms, some of which take place in virtual reality! When you are done, you can try your hand at some of the games in the virtual reality arcade. 

Bright does not lack for options to entertain your children. The only limitation may be your imagination.

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