The weather is sensational and now is the time to get outdoors for some family fun and adventure. Fe Taylor shares her ideas for local adventures, when you can’t find the time for a holiday.
Pack a picnic, grab the bikes or scooters and explore! If your kids are Pokémon Go fans, then head out to fill up that Poke deck. Grab a ball, a frisbee, fishing rods – whatever takes your fancy and keeps the whole family active.
You don’t need to go on a holiday to find adventure in your own backyard. Here are my Top 5 family adventures in the Great South East…
1. Brisbane Botanical Gardens
There’s so much to see and experience here. Bike and walking paths, playground, duck pond, the river, big shady trees to picnic under and, of course, the amazing and colourful gardens. There are large grass areas to kick a ball or throw a frisbee so find your ideal spot and set up for a few hours. Why not catch the ferry to the gardens and make it a big adventure!
2. Broadwater Parklands, Southport
The kids’ play area is fantastic and includes water spouts for hot days. Take a walk along the Broadwater and discover more playgrounds, fishing spots, large parks, barbecues and interesting gardens to explore. The Aquatic centre is right there too – for older kids check the times that the diving pool is available for some adrenalin-pumping adventure.
3. David Fleay Wildlife Park
Nestled in Burleigh Heads close to the M1, this little spot is great for a family adventure. You can bring your own picnic and spend the day wandering around the park. The kids will love seeing the animals and it’s a very peaceful environment for parents. Fleay’s is also a Nature Play Park for some added adventure. Entry: adults $21.50, children $9.85, under 4s are free, concessions available.
4. Byron Lighthouse
Park the car at Main Beach and take the family for a walk along the pristine coastline and the up to the Lighthouse. Get the heart pumping on the walk up and maybe grab a cold drink or coffee at the top. The whales are on their way south so this is an amazing vantage point along the Humpback Highway! Tip: Leave home early to make the most of the day and to secure parking. Take a picnic and play on the beach after your big walk.
5. Mt Warning National Park
If you haven’t been there you are in for a treat. It’s a great day out for families with older kids and who are prepared to hike the 8.8km. The track is great, but does get steep and uneven. My 12 year old and I have climbed Mt Warning often since he was 7 and he has loved the climb. Tips: Take water and some snacks in your back pack. While some will make the trek within 2-3 hours, some take up to 5 hours. So indeed, it is a big day out. The view from the summit is worth it though. Again, I would suggest an early arrival due to both the traffic and the heat. Picnic tables are available at the base of the mountain or take advantage of the local cafés and stores.
Remember that your children want you to adventure with them! Teach them, by example, to have an outdoor lifestyle that is active and fun. Enjoy planning your day out!