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Howitt Park Adventure Playground

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by Anita Coia (subscribe)
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Published August 27th 2013
The kids can play while you sample Bright's delights
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A popular playground in a gorgeous location

Bright, in north-east Victoria, is one of the state's favourite family destinations. With year-round outdoor attractions, it's also becoming the key accommodation hub for visitors to the region's growing gourmet attractions.

However, sometimes it's the simple things that are important. Kids aren't interested in sitting still while you sample the excellent beers at the Bright Brewery, as my husband has learned to his chagrin. Luckily for him, and everyone else, just down the embankment is the fabulous adventure playground at Howitt Park.

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The park has plenty of room to run around

Situated on the Ovens River, the playground is serviced by a large car-park and also by the walking track that forms part of the Canyon Walk.

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The sandpit can get a bit damp, but kids don't care

The playground is well maintained by the council, with an excellent drinking water tap, clean BBQs, rubbish bins that are obviously emptied regularly, and clean picnic tables in good repair.

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The playground features a continuous boardwalk that provides lots of distance for a run

While the surface of the playground is tanbark, it's surrounded by lawn and shaded by huge old European trees (ie, not eucalypts so you probably won't get a branch dropped on your head).

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The playground caters for littlies and bigger kids, with equipment suitable for all ages

There is loads of space on the playground - I've seen it very busy many times, but there is still lots of room for kids of all ages and sizes to run around without causing any congestion problems.

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How cool is this bike rack? You are an easy bike ride from the playground from most accommodation in Bright

It's on the banks of the Ovens River, so my only caution would be to keep an eye on littlies or kids who are prone to wandering, as there is no significant barrier to the river.

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A fantastic drinking water fountain is provided

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Located on the Ovens River, the playground is situated in a truly beautiful spot

On a warm day, it's a beautiful spot to rest and watch the kids play, or, if you're feeling energetic, to run around with the kids.

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Howitt Park has well-maintained picnic facilities

When you've finished, you can climb the embankment (or take the path) and enjoy a cleansing ale or lager at the Bright Brewery while the kids munch on hot chips, or perhaps one of the 40 flavours of ice-cream at the Le Blanche Ice Creamery just up the street.

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Take care around the river
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Why? A great playground in a beautiful location
When: Any time
Where: Howitt Park, Bright, Victoria
Cost: Free!
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I love the spot by the river; it's so beautiful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2246 days ago
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