Guest post by: Olivia Jones
10 Epic Nature Escapes for the Family
If you’re living in Sydney or simply visiting the area, you might want to organise some fun activities in nature, especially for the children. Luckily, the area offers so much that it’s just a matter of your preference to choose the perfect one. Here are my ten suggestions, which should at least help you think about what kind of adventure you can organise for your family.
1. Pitch a Tent
There are few things more exciting than going camping, especially for the first time. It allows your family to bond and share campfire stories while getting ready to sleep under millions of stars in beautiful fresh air.
Cockatoo Island and Royal National Park are famous camping spots around Sydney, but you also have opportunities to go glamping. Whatever you choose, you need to prepare your children for such a different environment if you want them to fully enjoy the experience.
2. Stay on a Farm
Farm stays are an upgrade on camping in terms of accommodation, but they offer a completely different experience of bonding with rural areas. You and your family have an opportunity to spend some time around different farm animals and help around the farm. Your children may find it fascinating to see how farm life is different from the one they are familiar with. Check out places like Calmsley Hill if you’re interested in this type of holiday break.
3. Hit the Mountain Trails
One of the most memorable activities is cycling, especially on mountain trails. Some of them are quite suitable for children as well, but you have to be extremely careful when choosing the route. To enjoy the experience fully, you need a reliable, well-maintained bike and safety gear. My kids don’t ride their bikes without their helmets and they even asked for real mountain bike shoes for Christmas!
4. Go to the Gardens
Taking a trip to Wollongong might be a great idea if your children like wildlife and orchards, but would also appreciate spending some time on one of the many beaches in the area. You’ll be treated with spectacular views and as the final treat, you children can have fun at a mega-slide playground.
5. Discover the Central Coast
Many families enjoy visiting the central coast because it’s affordable and it offers gorgeous natural features and many attractions for the children. Bouddi National Park and Terrigal Beach are among the most popular destinations for families with children, along with Avoca Lake. As you can see, there’s something for everyone in this region and a trip to the central coast is bound to make every member of your family happy.
6. Taste Chocolate & Wine in the Hunter Valley
Renowned for its wine, the Hunter Valley is also a great destination if you’re travelling with children. There’s a caravan park, a zoo, gardens and you can round off the trip with a visit to the Chocolate and Fudge Factory. Spending time in such an endless green space will allow your children to roam freely and have some fantastic time.
7. Enjoy Port Stephens
Dubbed a nature playground for all, Port Stephens offers activities such as fishing, whale spotting, sand dune quad biking, surfing and swimming. Depending on the age and interests of your children, you can come up with a list of activities to satisfy everyone.
8. Take to the Water
The NSW coast is renowned for its astonishing marine parks, where you can see turtles, seals and all sorts of fish, but there are also more active things, such as surfing and kayaking that you might to try. If you enjoy whales, there are whale-watching cruises between May and November, when these magnificent creatures migrate.
9. Meet the Animals
If you’d like your children to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing animals inhabiting Australia, you can take them to Billabong Zoo, where they can pet, stroke, feel or hold many different animals. There are also playground and picnic areas in lush gardens, where you can let your children play or simply relax and absorb the atmosphere.
10. Walk on the Tree Tops
The TreeTops Adventure Park features 96 challenges in the tree tops up to 20 meters above the forest floor. Located within the magnificent Blue Gum Hills Regional Park, this adventure park offers a unique experience. Your children can have fun at their own pace and rhythm and each course is designed with graded level of difficulty.
As you can see NSW offers so much in terms of fun, education and entertainment for the whole family, with a special focus on children. So, choose the one that you like and have a whale of time!
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