The Bright Splash Park is located along the bank of the Ovens River in Centenary Park, close to
the Bright town centre. This is a great addition to this already popular park and is a huge improvement
on the old toddler pool that used to occupy the site. The water play area
has several levels separated by shallow steps and includes several geizers, sprinklers, water cannons,
spraying hoops, and a giant tipping bucket on the top level. The separation of the water features is
well designed here, with no danger of being swamped by the tipping bucket if you have younger kids who
only want to play with the gentle gurglers and sprinklers on the lower level. To operate the water features,
look out for the small chrome buttons on the green square poles.
Above: Gurglers, sprinklers and spraying hoops in the Bright Splash Park
There is ample dry seating around the wet zone for adults to supervise their children and place their towels,
and the towering elms provide shade on at least some seats across much of the day. The main hazard here is the
steep drop off on the eastern side of the play area, where steep steps head down to the adjacent Morses Creek. The
position of the seating creates a barrier here for children, but there are still a few gaps where kids can run away
towards the creek.
Under supervision, the adjacent Morses Creek can also be a water play option for kids. This stream
is a wide, shallow creek with a river bed full of rounded stones. The creek can often dry up in the
summer time, so it's probably only an option on hot days in late spring or early summer or after wet
weather in the months thereafter. You can also swim in the Ovens River, but this is really only suitable
for proficient swimmers due to the current and depth of the water.
Above: The giant tipping bucket in action at the Bright Splash Park
There is always plenty going on in Centennial Park. It's a popular place for locals and tourists to
go for a stroll or stop for a picnic and bbq. It's also a launching point for canoe and kayak adventures
along the Ovens River, as well as housing two water slides for older kids.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Centenary Park Streamside Reserve, Riverside Avenue, Bright, 320 km (approx. 4 hr drive)
north east of the Melbourne CBD.
To get to Bright, head along the Hume Freeway (M31) then follow the turn offs to
the Great Alpine Road (B500) from Wangaratta or via the Snow Road (C522) south of Wangaratta. At
Bright, drive through town to Riverside Drive via Howitt Lane or go across the bridge to
Mountbatten Avenue. There is parking available in both Riverside Drive and Mountbatten Avenue.
The splash park is on the western side of Morses Creek.
Toilets, seats and park benches, picnic tables (some sheltered),
sheltered electric bbqs, drinking fountain, rubbish bins, lawn areas.
Baby change facilities:
Shade available under the elm trees and the sheltered picnic tables. The splash park
will be in partial shade at some times of the day and year.
Yes, noting that there are steps between each level of the splash park
No running, no pushing, no jumping, no skateboards, no glass, no smoking. All children
under 10 years old must be under active adult supervision of a person 16 years or older.
Alpine Shire Council
If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation in Bright
The skate park across the road.
Before you head out, make sure to read the water safety information
The marker indicates the location of the water play area within the Bright Centenary Park.
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