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Bushwalking with Children


Tips for Bushwalking with Children

One does not have to invite a child twice to go on an outdoor adventure! Some of your best childhood memories are most likely of exploring the bush and camping. As adults, we know that being active in nature is good for your body, mind and spirit. If you need more convincing, click here

Bushwalking is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family and everyone can join, from babies (especially with those modern carriers available) to grandparents. Some parks even have trailriders available for those with mobility limitations. 

Here are some quick tips to get you some green time instead of screen time with your family:

  • Plan your trip. The better you plan ahead, the more you will enjoy your walk on the day. 
  • If you have babies and grandparents on your walk, go for a short, easy walk first and build on that.
  • Take enough water and food.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothes, hats and sturdy, sport or hiking shoes.
  • Take at least one fully charged mobile phone with you. You can keep it switched off during your walk to not be disturbed, but have it on you in case you need it.  
  • Talk about how you go to the bathroom in the bush before your walk.
  • Relax and enjoy your time of discovery together. 

Useful Links 

Five child-friendly bushwalking spots close to Melbourne

15 Kid Friendly Bushwalks in Victoria

Kids in Nature Network

Kids Go Bush

Nature Play Week

Bushwalking with Kids – Kids in Nature Australia

Eco Explorers – Melbourne Nature Based Bush Playgroups (ages 1 to 5)

1000 Hours Outside for ideas. 

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