Bushwalking (or hiking) is for all ages, from babies that can be carried, toddlers who can walk and children and teens that can run!

One of the great benefits of getting children outdoors on a nature walk is taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their physical skills.

They climb over rocks; walk on different surfaces; balance on logs; jump puddles; tread carefully; pull themselves up; lower themselves down; learn to assess risks and to overcome physical challenges.

Tips for bushwalking with kids:

  • Choose a walk that is short and easy with lots of interesting features.
  • Dress appropriately by wearing appropriate footwear and sun smart clothing.
  • Carry plenty of water and healthy snacks.
  • Take the map.
  • Carry a First Aid Kit.
  • Always check the weather conditions.
  • Remember there doesn't always need to be an end point to a walk. Stop to look and listen when something catches your child's attention and just turn around if the kids get tired.

Bushwalking allows you to discover all sorts of different environments from eucalypt forests to rainforests, as well as Aboriginal or historic sites, scenic lookouts, swimming holes, waterfalls, wildflowers and loads more. Check out these self-guided walks to learn about plants and animals while spending quality time together as a family.

Canberra certainly has some great walks and we're not called the Bush Capital for nothing. If you're after somewhere extra special to visit with the family other than the Canberra Nature Park why not check out the walks on offer at Namadgi National Park.

If you are new to bushwalking or would prefer to learn more before heading off on your own with the kids visit the sites below.

Family-friendly clubs and associations

Ranger guided walks and activities


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