The North East of Victoria, just 3 and a half hours from Melbourne on the Hume Highway, has had a great summer so far. Warm weather, sunny days, no bushfires and the occasional rain that has kept the beautiful Ovens river flowing, nicely.
Take Bright for instance. It is a beautiful little town that enjoys tourists all year round, and none more so than the middle of summer. Campers, cyclists, bushwalkers, kyakers, you name it, they visit. Considered a foodies mecca, Bright and the North East generally, has something for everyone, including the kids!
My sons are avid mountain bike and downhill bike enthusiasts, and there is no shortage of tracks and spots for this. For the younger children, there is a deer and emu farm where you can feed the animals for a gold coin donation or try trout fishing at the Trout Farm in Smoko.
We’ve been basking in the sun by the river while the children play at the newly installed Water Splash Park and for the older ones, the giant waterslide.
From family pizza restaurants, an award-winning Brewery and many cafes and upmarket restaurants, there is no end to choice when winding down at the end of the day, not least of which includes an ice creamery where ice creams are made daily on the premises and is open till late in the summer. The kids will love it.
Finally, if the weather is not ideal, there's a newly renovated and opened cinema & bar
They offer new releases, Australian productions and arthouse movies in an art deco setting with very comfortable leather chairs.
Spend a weekend or a week, you won’t be disappointed and your children will want to return again and again. It's great fun for all!
For more info on what to do once you're there, check here.