Sit down to a riverside picnic while the kids play in the playground, or let the dog off-leash for a run. Harrietville's open spaces are there for all to enjoy.


Pioneer Park is the first public space you see as you enter the village centre of Harrietville from Bright. This small park on the east side of the Great Alpine Road has a historical display commemorating the village's gold mining history, including an operating water wheel which was used by gold miners to power rock-crushing machinery. The park has public toilets and car parking. A footbridge leads across the water to Tavare Park.


The beautiful Tavare Park on the east branch of the Ovens River is the heart of Harrietville. Its large grassed area, shade trees, picnic tables, BBQs, and children's playground make it a popular spot for picnics. The shallow river is also a refreshing place to wade in summer and great for small children to play in. The park is in the centre of Harrietville at the start of Feathertop Track as you turn off the Great Alpine Road.

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The Tronoh Dredge Hole is a popular spot for swimming, fishing and kayaking, and also has a number of lovely walking trails, including one that circles the lake for about 1.5km. The lake's idyllic natural setting masks what was once the largest gold mining dredge operation in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a peaceful place for a picnic and has tables and a pit toilet. To find it, turn onto Feathertop Track and after 550m, turn right onto the dirt road and keep left.


The Harrietville Recreation Reserve is located on Charlie Miley Road at the southern end of the village. The reserve has a cricket oval which can be used as an off-leash area to run your dog, picnic tables, a BBQ, water, public toilets and car parking. It is also located nearby the Charlie Miley Walk along the west branch of the Ovens River. The road and walking trail are named in memory of Charlie Miley, born in 1881, who was a world champion axeman from Harrietville.