Fam­ily hikes

Get the kids on one of these beau­ti­ful bush­walks, suit­able for even the lit­tlest ad­ven­tur­ers.

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As many of us re­flect on our child­hood, the fam­ily mo­ments we re­mem­ber are of­ten those in the out­doors – that camp­ing trip where the tent blew away, a spe­cial pic­nic spot we went to ev­ery year, or a bush­walk where we were caught out in the rain.

For me, bush­walks seemed to have been one of the main times we came to­gether as a fam­ily, where the dis­trac­tions of the out­side world dis­ap­peared, and we were all just to­gether with a sim­ple ob­jec­tive. My brother and I would play and run hap­pily along the tracks, imag­in­ing we were on trail­bikes, my el­der sis­ters chat­ting as they went, and Mum and Dad en­deav­our­ing to point out what wildlife we hadn’t scared away.

Walk­ing re­mains the cheap­est and eas­i­est form of ex­er­cise, and yet bush­walk­ing has de­clined in the past few decades as fewer fam­i­lies delve into the out­doors.

As a gen­eral rule, fam­ily walks should be spec­tac­u­lar, on well- de­fined tracks and achiev­able. Each of the fol­low­ing iconic walks are suit­able for fam­i­lies with ac­tive kids who don’t mind walk­ing for a while, or par­ents who don’t mind snug­gling bub into a child car­rier back­pack and set­ting off.

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