Spending quality time with family is an essential way to make lasting memories and build relationships. Outdoor activities are a great way to bring the family together while also enjoying nature and connecting to the world around us.
So why not make plans to get outside with your family members this year?
Getting outside has countless benefits; it improves mental health by reducing stress levels, focuses attention on better physical activity, and helps people connect more personally with one another due to shared experiences in natural settings. This year make sure to plan at least eight outdoor activities that will reignite your family’s bonds, with options available including:
Bike Riding to Lake Burley Griffin In Canberra
Voted by the National Geographic as the one of the best family bike riding trails in Australia, cycling around Lake Burley Griffin in the heart of Canberra is a great way to bring everyone closer together while also appreciating the natural beauty of our nation’s capital.
The 35km hybrid path is flat, making it ideal for family members of all ages and fitness levels - mum and dad on a mountain bike, the youngest riders on their Kidvelo balance bikes and the big kids on BMX bikes. A few hours of peddling will take you past some iconic ACT landmarks including Government House in Yarralumla, the National Gallery and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands at the lake’s eastern end.
Hiking Through Sherbrooke Falls In Melbourne
Hiking allows families to enjoy each other's company while taking in the beauty that nature has to offer. Fresh air and stunning scenery can lift the mood of everyone involved and be an opportune moment to build closer ties with one another. It also provides great exercise outdoors, keeps everyone upbeat and productive during the weekend, and encourages better communication all around.
Choosing just one hiking trail in Australia to explore with the family is a huge challenge, but I’d have to go with my favourite: Sherbrooke Falls Walk in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. The Sherbrooke Falls Walk is 2.4 kilometres return and takes about 45 minutes to complete. The terrain is a little rocky, but it’s still suitable for prams and those with little legs. Each step takes you further and further into a world of lush green tree ferns and the tallest flowering plant in the world; mountain ash. Hiking the Sherbrooke Falls trail with your family feels like you’ve stepped in an illustration from a Shirley Barber book.
Swimming At Currumbin Beach On The Gold Coast
Swimming is an excellent way to stay in shape, it’s also the perfect opportunity for the entire family to bond over a shared experience. And if you begin teaching your children to swim at a young age, it will not only provide them with invaluable physical exercise but also different life skills that build confidence, such as getting used to the water or seeing themselves progress with each new accomplishment.;
Stunning beaches, crystal clear lakes and hidden creeks is another thing Australia has in abundance, so picking the ideal swimming spot for families wasn’t easy, but I couldn’t go past Currumbin Beach. The Gold Coast is a popular destination for families, but this long stretch of soft, golden sand is the perfect place for a dip. The beach is also patrolled by lifeguards, so you can feel confident that your family will be safe while swimming. Additionally, Currumbin Beach is surrounded by a park with plenty of picnic areas, BBQ facilities and playgrounds, making it a perfect place to for a full day out with the family.
Kayaking On The Freycinet Peninsula in East Tasmania
As a shared physical activity, spending time on the water is sure to create unforgettable memories. You’ll learn how to navigate the waves through paddling in sync or taking turns leading your group around islands or other landmarks.
Kayaking not only builds teamwork but also will give everyone a sense of pride and satisfaction when conquering new skills, and there’s no better place to do it then Freycinet Peninsula on the eastern coast of Tasmania. You and the family can glide across crystal clear waters, taking in the pink granite mountains, secluded white sand beaches and the abundance of native wildlife. Plus, kayaking has little to no impact on the environment, making it ideal for families who want to be eco-conscious travellers.
Camping At Innes National Park In Adelaide
Growing up I was told there are two things that can make or break family bonds: playing Monopoly and camping.
Jokes aside, camping with your family can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you get to spend time together outdoors and commune with nature, but it also provides a great opportunity to strengthen the bond between parents, children and other family members. And with beautiful locations like Innes National Park just a 3 hours drive out of Adelaide, how can you say no to camping trips?
The park boasts a diverse range of landscapes, including coastal plains, sand dunes, and wetlands, as well as forests, scrublands, and heathlands, so you and the kids can experience fresh air and the full spectrum of natural beauty only camping in Australia can provide. The park has several beautiful beaches perfect for swimming, fishing, and surfing, as well as relaxing and enjoying the scenic views - everything you need for the perfect camping trip and creating special bonds that last forever.
Rock Climbing At Kangaroo Point
If you're a family with older kids, rock climbing at Kangaroo Point can be a rewarding and adventurous way to enjoy the outdoors (and get them away from the screens). Affectionately known by the locals as ‘KP’, rock climbing at this iconic spot can help encourage teamwork among all family members, as well as trust, communication and mutual respect.
Climbing also encourages and allows for problem solving where everyone has to devise solutions to manage certain obstacles or technical parts of the route. These accomplishments create a feeling of accomplishment and a newfound confidence that helps each person grow and at the same time become closer as a family.
In addition, rock climbing will provide parents with a unique opportunity to teach important safety procedures, such as how to properly use equipment like harnesses, ropes and anchors, alongside techniques for proper belaying procedures.
Thanks to the natural beauty of this great southern land, spending time outdoors with the family bonding and creating new memories has never been easier. And no matter how close you already are as a family, there is always room to grow closer together. So go ahead and start exploring these 8 iconic destinations today.
Posted By JenniferA
Updated : 24th February 2023 | Words : 1103 | Views : 161