November 6, 2014

It is hard to beat packing the kids in the car and taking the short drive into the Watagan Mountains for a bushwalk. It is a sensory overload as you listen to the animals, breathe in the fresh air and discover new and exciting things. Exploring the Watagan Mountains is like walking into nature’s classroom.

For a pleasant child-friendly walking trail, The Pines is your pick. It showcases ancient Aboriginal grinding grooves in sandstone, a beautiful rainforest, and a rock pool. For a similar walk start off at Abbotts Falls Picnic Area. The forest is a little more open and you can catch the wild flowers when in season.

Boarding House Dam Bushwalk is an easy stroll through the rainforest and you can see the 110 metre long moss-covered rock-wall, and the unusual sculptured rock formations in the creek. Keep a look out for a tree stump that looks like a well-known bushranger.

Gap Creek Falls bushwalk starts at the picnic ground. You can then embark on a rainforest trek that features beautiful Australian trees including red cedars and the rare Illawarra flame tree. There’s a fork in the path, the left will take you to Gap Creek Falls, which is particularly beautiful after a rainstorm. The right hand path takes you to the top – Gap Creek itself. While you’re up the top you might run into some abseilers as it is a local favourite for a waterfall-abseil.

For GPS locations for each of the bushwalking experiences and to explore more activities in the area, download the free Nature’s Playground App for iPhone and Android. Simply click here if you like to know more info about the Nature’s Playgroup App.

Live outside the box at Watagan Park

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