Track animals, cycle high or explore a cave
Kids with curious minds and fun in their hearts will have a ball during the Easter school holidays as Scott Podmore tracks down activities for adventurous spirits
Wentworth Falls; Murphys Trail – Wentworth Falls to Woodford; the 10km Blackheath tour; The Oaks Trail – Woodford to Glenbrook (28km), or, if you’re up to it, there’s the epic 40km Mount Hay Trail which runs from Leura to Wentworth Falls. Where: The Blue Mountains, NSW. See bit.ly/X1juk0
All year round When there are loads of dark and rocky tunnels, steep climbs, formations that angle off in all directions, and the magical cool atmosphere of a cave to explore, there’s a good chance every kid in Australia will be signing up for the adventures awaiting in Margaret River’s amazing caves. More than 100 caves, including well-known ones such as Ngilgi Cave, Mammoth Cave, Lake Cave and Jewel Cave, offer some of the most spectacular experiences in Australia, each with a story to tell and each with varying levels of difficulty when it comes to adventure tours. Where: All over the region. See margaretriver.com/ what-to-do/1-caves-inmargaret-river-augusta
March 29-31 Children who dream of bagging the ‘‘ big one’’ can learn the art of fishing at the popular kids’ clinic held on the Sunday morning of the Classic. With giveaways, prizes, raffles, food stalls and entertainment, children and their families will be hooked on this three-day fishing bonanza. Where: Fraser Coast, Queensland See burrumheadsfishing.com.au
March 29-April 14 Children fascinated by nature will be thrilled by this opportunity to join a park ranger over the school holidays. Aimed at kids aged six to 12, Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers holiday program promotes hands-on fun while learning about the environment, Victoria’s history and the role the parks play in protecting native animals and plants. Activities include becoming a bush detective (looking for clues that animals leave behind such as territorial markings), a rock pool ramble where you get to explore and discover the creatures of a hidden underwater world; and games of the 1900s such as threelegged races, horseshoe throw, sack races, hopscotch and skittles. Other programs include birdwatching, craft sessions and Dreamtime Discovery with an indigenous park ranger who will explain the connection Aborigines have with the land. Where: Various parks including Serendip Sanctuary, Croajingolong National Park, Point Nepean National Park, Werribee Park, Wilsons Promontory National Park and River Red Gum Parks. See juniorrangers.com.au
HOLIDAY FUN: Exploring Ngilgi cave in WA’s Margaret River region (above); fishing at Burrum Heads in Queensland (below left); and caring for wildlife at Serendip Sanctuary in Victoria.