If you are after an alternate family-friendly walk to the usual botanical gardens or around the manmade lake, we have some family-friendly walks that are perfect for the whole family, even those in prams! If you are just after a quick walk or something that will take the whole day, we have a few suggestions to mix things up for the weekend!
1. Minnamurra Rainforest
This is one of our top favorite family-friendly walks because it’s perfect for all ages! This is a paid (pay per vehicle) walk but the paths and facilities are well worth it. You have the option to stop and have lunch at the cafe before setting out on the walk. You have the option to stick to the easier paths and smaller bridges and falls or you can take the pram up to the Falls themselves. We will warn you in advance that the walk to these falls is steep so you will probably want to stop a few times along the way.
Everything is safe and fenced off on this walk, so you don’t need to worry if your toddlers run ahead. We’d recommend packing water and some snacks for this walk, especially if your kids love to snack! This walk is found in Minnamurra, NSW, just a short drive from Kiama.
Read more about this walk here!
2. Bondi to Bronte
The Bondi to Bronte walk is perfect for the family if you are looking for a nice coastal walk, especially during summer. You have the option to float between the different beaches and see the beautiful scenes along the way. If you set out for this walk around October to November you also catch the chance to see the sculptures by the sea, which changes each year. This walk is well worth it and can be extended if you are looking for a longer walk.
Read more about the Bondi to Bronte walk here!
3. Victoria’s Arch
If you are after a unique adventure for the family, look no further than Wombeyan Caves. There are plenty of great walks and caving experiences in this area and this is the perfect place to make a weekend of walks. This walk isn’t great for toddlers or prams but would definitely be suited towards 5+. If you want to enter the caves, most are paid and there is the option for guided tours. There are facilities for picnics and if you want to pay to stay overnight, this is a possibility. It does become very busy during the school holidays so it’s important to book in advance. Also, the road into Wombeyan Caves is rather rough so a 4wd is recommended.
Read more about Victoria’s Arch here!
4. Apsley Falls
Apsley falls is found just off of the Oxley Highway in the Nothern Tablelands of NSW. There are camping options available here and also BBQ facilities if you plan to make a full day trip to these falls and have a lovely family picnic in the area. There are a few routes you can take for these walks depending on the fitness level of the family and the age. Most of the tracks you take are pathed which makes this walk ideal for families. There is a fence most of the way around the track so you don’t really need to worry about cliff edges unless you have a climber in the midst!
View the full walk here!
5. Crystal Shower Falls
Crystal Shower Falls is located in the beautiful town of Dorrigo. The start of the walk offers nice BBQ facilities as well as a cafe where you can grab some lunch before or after the walk. This is another one of the family-friendly walks that are maintained by NSW National Parks so the path is well mantained, which means this is generally a pram friendly walk. The walking track offers a loop option to some additional falls if you are looking at extending the walk or you can head back the same way you came to the carpark. Just a friendly reminder that the walk feels steep on the way back up, especially if you were pushing a pram or carrying a child.
See the full Crystal Shower Falls walk here!