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

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - WHAT’S ON - Cav­ing in the Mar­garet River re­gion Bur­rum Heads Easter Fish­ing Clas­sic Ju­nior Ranger Pro­gram

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

WA

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

Queens­land

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

Vic­to­ria

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.

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