TIPS FOR BUSHWALKING ROOKIES
- Be prepared. Choose a walk that suits your children’s interests and abilities. Pack a backpack with water bottles, sunscreen, snacks and a first aid kit. Wear clothing that can get a bit dirty!
- Take lots of pictures. Take your phone to capture all the great moments of exploring the bush with your kids. Remember to take only pictures and memories, and leave our beautiful natural environments intact.
- Take your time. Look around and talk about what you can see. Asking and answering questions, or writing down what you’re not too sure about, is the best way to get the most out of your day.
HIKING SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND
NPAQ’s ‘Kids in National Parks’ booklet features tips for bushwalking with your family, as well as 84 great walks in South-East Queensland. Here are the Top family bushwalking tracks recommended by NPAQ’s Marika Strand.
Springbrook National Park: Natural Bridge Circuit (1km). Visit Natural Bridge by day to see a unique waterfall or after dark to discover the park’s amazing glow-worms. Take a lunch and picnic on the shaded banks of the Nerang River at Forest Park picnic area.
Burleigh Head National Park: Rainforest Circuit (2.3km). A beautiful circuit through the rainforest along the headland. Tumgun Lookout is a great place to look for humpback whales in winter and spring.
Lamington National Park: Caves Circuit (5km). This is a great walk for older children. There are caves to explore and koalas are often seen on this interesting walk.
HIKING NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES
Here are the Top 3 bush walks as recommended by Lee Middleton of National Parks New South Wales.
Border Ranges National Park: Pinnacle Circuit (800m). A short, beautiful walk in the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park. The area is very unvisited, offering amazing views of the rainforest.
Broke Head Nature Reserve: Three Sisters Walking Track (1.6km). Learn about the Indigenous heritage of the area and enjoy whale watching and picnicking by the beach.
Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve: North Head Walking Track (700m). This short route is perfect for even the most novice walkers and provides a fantastic view of the Brunswick River. During the warmer months the area is filled with native birds, providing an excellent sight for those looking out for our feathered friends.
Words // Anastasia White