25 July 2017

Bushwalking with kids

It's hard to believe it's been 7 months since our family road tripped to Victoria and South Australia. Being together discovering new places, having campfires and stargazing, exploring little towns or beaches, and going on adventures through the bush and national parks was amazing. The girls loved exploring, and finding little discoveries together. We made lots of wonderful memories. Hubby and I are missing that time together, and can't wait to get away for a trip like that again.

Even my art has been inspired by our little trips away
For the time being we have been exploring our own backyard so to speak, by taking the girls on nature walks throughout the Blue Mountains and visiting some lovely waterfalls.

We have found quite a few Kid-friendly bushwalking trails which weren't too long last weekend. We still have a lot to see, but I thought I'd share with you some nice little walks and spots we've found so far.

Cherub exploring a little cave near the waterfall
Cataract Falls - is an easy 800m walk located within the Waterfalls loop (or circuit) in Lawson. We had tried to visit Cataract Falls before but the path was closed due to work being carried out, so it might be worth checking with the Tourist Information centre at Glenbrook, before venturing out to the waterfalls. Especially, if there's been a huge downpour, as sometimes they'll close the tracks.

Cataract Falls

There are a few steep steps, and steep drops going down into the bush, so we made sure the kids were careful walking down the track. Some of the paths can be quite slippery, so it's worth wearing good walking shoes. Thankfully, there was some railings to hold onto, where there wasn't we stayed close to the rock side. It's such a beautiful tranquil spot.

Wentworth Falls Lake - is a lovely place for picnics by the lake with lots of ducks swimming around. There are paths where kids can ride their bikes, a playground and barbeques. We went for a round trip walk around Wentworth Falls lake. It was an easy-medium walk, and took us approximately 1 hour. There is a little path for most of the way, then the path goes offroad walking up through side streets of Wentworth Falls, with views overlooking the lake, park and playground. Cherub got a little tired towards the end, as their was some slight hills, so needed Daddy to give her a lift. But it was a lovely way to see the lake, and see some nature. The girls spotted some honeyeaters, and finches.

At Wentworth Falls lake, the playground, views from the top, a tired Cherub getting a lift

Queen Victoria Lookout (Wentworth Falls) - is located near the Conservation Hut (which is a nice cafe with a woodfire for those misty days!) at Wentworth Falls. It's a 30 minute medium grade walk with over 300 steps. Going down was fairly easy, but as some steps were steep we made sure the kids held onto our hands or stayed close to us. My eldest was quite enthusiastic walking back up the steps, and was seen at the top of the staircase doing star jumps! Poor Mummy on the other hand was puffing & panting on the way up! If you are looking for a cheap workout, bushwalking certainly does that! However the views are spectacular, and worth the climb.

Do you like bushwalking? Have you been to any nice spots lately?

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