Families, please join us for a fun bushwalk at Coogoorah Park in Anglesea on the beautiful Great Ocean Road on 6 April 2019. It is the first Saturday of the school holidays, so what better way to enjoy active family time in nature and participate in the Premier's Active April.
There will be three walks on offer for all ages and abilities. We'll finish the walks with a catered lunch in the park between 12:00 and 13:30. Experienced walk leaders from our local bushwalking clubs will be leading the walks and do all the planning for you, so all you have to do is to gather the kids, arrive on time in active gear, with closed active shoes, a hat, sunscreen and water. We will provide fruit for snacktime (if your children prefer a different snack, please bring that with you) and a picnic lunch. Below are the details of the 3 different walks on offer:
THE WOMBAT GROUP:
You will enjoy an easy Estuary Sensory walk of approximately 1 km over 1.5 hours including lots of time to explore and a snack break. This mini-walk is a safe, fun family activity, designed to encourage younger children to explore the natural bush setting. They can flick through bird cards, use kids’ binoculars, look at flower brochures and use skim nets to find plants and bugs on the water. After many interesting discoveries along the route, the activity will finish at the playground.
Walk start time: 10:30 Walk finish time: 12:00 (this group will start lunch and can have a play in the park while the other groups join at 12:15 and 12:30)
THE WALLABY GROUP:
You will enjoy an easy Anglesea Discovery Walk of 4.6km over 2.5 hours including a snack break. You and your family will definitely feel like real bushwalkers as we explore heathland, open forest and the estuary. Wildflowers grow beside the narrow tracks and kangaroos are often seen bounding away into the bush. As we return to Coogoorah Park and the playground, chirpy Blue Wrens hop along the paths and schools of tiny fish might swim under the footbridges as we cross.
Walk start time: 09:45 Walk finish Time 12:15 (followed by lunch)
THE KANGAROO GROUP:
You will enjoy an easy-medium Anglesea Perimeter Challenge of 9.2km over 3.5 hours including a snack break. Along the river, we'll pass paddle boarders and a salt marsh that's visited by birds from Siberia. Then we’ll head down a long boardwalk that leads to winding tracks in the National Park. Echidnas might be seen, snuffling for ants, as we climb up to a great lookout – will you beat your family to the top? Finally, we drop down the ridge and loop back along the river to the Park.
Walk start time: 09:00 Walk finish time: 12:30 (followed by lunch)
To help us manage paritcipant numbers and provide adequetely for snacks and lunch, we require families to register for the event please. The registration fee is $5 per participant. Just click on the booking button below to reserve your place. Numbers are limited as our aim is for families to have a quality experience.
BOOKINGS OPEN: 1 March 2019 BOOKINGS CLOSE: 25 March 2019 PLACES ARE LIMITED!
Bushwalking Victoria would like to sincerely thank all our event partners for their generous contribution of time and effort:
Liz Haines and her team form the YMCA Anglesea and the Surfcoast Shire Council,
Andrew and Liz Robinson, experienced bushwalkers and editing and mapping experts, for travelling to Anglesea to do a recognaisence of all the walking tracks, design the walks for each group, put together the walk descriptions, detailed walk notes and maps and finishing a week ahead of schedule,
Anna Thompson, our IT wiz for setting up the booking system, and having all the technology headaches on our behalf.
Our affiliated bushwalking clubs for providing walk leaders and logistical support.
Joel Cameron and the team from the Premier's Active April for your support.