Parks + Gardens
The Ovens Valley at Bright is just over 310m above sea level and this together with the winter frosts, rich acidic valley soils and rainfall determine the types of plants that grow in the area. Poplars, maples, silver birches, pin oaks, golden and claret ashes and liquid ambers are deciduous trees that thrive in these conditions.
In autumn the display of these trees is breathtaking. Plaques identify some trees. The Rotary Club of Bright produces a pamphlet, “Beautiful trees of Bright” that will assist in identification.
Azaleas, mollis azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, paulownias, dogwoods, wisteria and magnolias provide a burst of colour in spring.
Suggested places to wander include Delany Ave, Showers Ave, Spion Kopje Rd, Harrietville and Wandiligong.
During festivals, many private gardens are open to the public but views from the street are stunning at any time.
In winter, bereft of leaves, the trees take on a majestic beauty quite different to their autumn splendour.
In late winter daphnes, daffodils and the wattles in the hills hint at the colourful display that spring promises and always delivers.
Fun playgrounds for the littlies are located at Bright in Howitt Park near the Visitor Information Centre, Porepunkah at the riverside reserve, Wandiligong in Alpine Park and Harrietville in Tavare Park. There are BBQ at these places too. Bright and Porepunkah also have a children’s paddling pool that is close to the river but safe and shaded in summer.
BBQ’S AND PICNICS
Try these spots where electric BBQ’s can be found with picnic tables, toilets and some with shelters. All your supplies for a BBQ can be purchased in Bright, with butchers, bakeries and supermarket. The local supermarket is open to 9pm every night. Local shops can also make up a gourmet basket for your special picnic.
- Centenary Park, by Ovens River, Mountbatten Ave. Toilets, shelter, playground.
- Howitt Park, between Alpine Visitor information Centre in Bright and Ovens River, at end of Howitt St. Toilets, wheelchair access.
- Apex Park, Gavan Street, between Anderson St and Station St.
- Lions Park, by Morses Creek, cnr Gavan and Camp Streets.
- Pioneer Park, (at football oval) Coronation Ave. Toilets, playground nearby.
- Alpine Park, Centenary Ave. Toilets, playground nearby.
- Riverside Park, off Nicholson St. Toilets, playground nearby.
- Tavare Park, by the Ovens River Bridge next to Pioneer Park. Toilets, playground nearby.
Picnic spots along Ovens River. e.g. off the forest tracks off Mountbatten Ave. These are un-serviced areas, so you are asked to please clean up and take your rubbish home.