Get the family together and discover fun activities in the Pyrenees!
Try out a completely new experience in the outdoors and give your children the gift of new skills, new friendships and new discoveries! Find your happy space, where the kids can burn some energy with this 2 day itinerary …no screens required!
Cool off during the summer months and explore Beaufort Lake. Located in the township of Beaufort, this man made lake is great for fishing, water skiing, canoeing and swimming. Be sure to pack your bikes, there is a leisurely 3km or 1km walking/cycling track around the lake with fitness equipment dotted along the way. Join countless locals running, strolling and cycling the track year-round. As you stroll the banks of the lake, you will find the Koori Art Trail with 12 art installations strategically placed around the lake.
Beaufort Lake opens to power boats in Decembers for as long as water depths permit. The lake can be seasonally dry.
Be sure to drop into our local Bakeries or pick up a specialty hamper pack from our regional café’s and head to Mount Buangor State Park to the Ferntree Falls Picnic ground. With countless breathtaking views, lush green hills, fern filled gullies and more walking tracks that you can poke a stick at, Ferntree Falls Picnic Grounds is the perfect spot to stretch your legs, enjoy the open spaces and let the kids run around.
One of the favourite walks for families is the Fern Tree Waterfalls Nature Walk. Nestled in a beautiful forest setting and beginning at Ferntree Picnic area, the 1km track weaves through lush ferns and over bridges before descending to the beautiful falls. For a longer walk, you can try the Two Mile Circuit (2.2km walk) or Mount Buangor Walk (10km walk)
For Park Maps and more walks, got to https://visitpyrenees.com.au/things-to-do/walk-and-hikes/
Cave Hill Creek are offering a variety of Adventure Activities including a canoeing experience across Cave Hill Creeks lake. With no experience needed, you can explore the shoreline, learn some new strokes and techniques, raft-up, play some games, and marvel at the beautiful surroundings and the amazing wildlife. If you’re lucky you may even spot a platypus!
Maybe your little adventurer would like to try abseiling over the cliff, climb the Giant’s Ladder or scale your Crate Stack tower.
Cave Hill Creek are also offering guided half or full day guided adventures for families and small groups. With Mt Cole right on Cave Hill Creeks doorstep, it is a great place to go exploring by foot or bike. Lush fern gullies, granite outcrops, abundant native birdlife, and the rare Mt Cole Grevillea await you in this secret corner of Victoria. The walks will suit a range of hikers no matter what your level of fitness, or experience and the fun forest trails are a great intro to getting your bike off the tarmac. Pick up some tips on bike handling, test your self over a few bumps, or simply learn to ride. Bikes and helmets supplied.
You can even end your day of adventure with a camp under the stars. Staff at Cave Hill Creek can provide you with a tent, sleeping mat and camp food and assist you with setting it up and guide you with cooking on a Trangia.
For more details, or to book, call Cave Hill Creek on 03 5349 7381 or visit their page.
Pyrenees Waterfalls and Governors Rock Lookout
Pyrenees State Forest is a great place to give the kids a dose of nature and to disperse some of that excess energy. The Pyrenees Ranges offer visitors a wonderful mix of natural and cultural history, with spectacular views, rugged mountain ranges, abundant wildlife, a rich mix of wildflowers and historic sites. One of the main attractions of the forest are the Waterfalls Picnic Area (waterfalls are seasonally dry). This peaceful and spacious campground is located about 20 minutes drive from the township of Avoca. The area is very popular for trail bike riding and bushwalking, and the beautiful Avoca Falls is located an easy 0.5 km walk away.
You can’t visit Pyrenees State Forest without visiting Governors Rock Lookout. The Governor Rock Lookout Tower and Picnic Area is located on the No2 Creek Track in Percydale. The track is suitable for 2wd vehicles but runs alongside a sharp drop off, so drive carefully.
You can find the Lookout Tower a short walk from the carpark (approximately 10 minutes) where you will find a tall platform with steel steps and railing which offers spectacular views of hills, bushland and farmland. It is a great location for kids to enjoy exploring.
In1854, Alluvial Gold was found in the Pyrenees State Forest in a town called Percydale. You can pick up a self guided map from the Avoca Visitor Information Centre which will direct you to on old miners cottage, remains of a slate dairy, Union Jack Mines among other sites.
The recent renovations to Summerfield Winery have included a restaurant and an indoor and outdoor dining area which has makes a great family environment where you can go and enjoy sublime pizza and purchase some equally good artisan breads and there is plenty of room for the kids to run around.
With an emphasis on locally sourced and homegrown products, Summerfield Winery & Accommodation offers guests the best of the Pyrenees region. The perfect accompaniment to the bold, award-winning red wines the vineyard is renowned for.
A visit to Redbank Alpacas at Blue Gum Rise will have you observing, patting and feeding an alpaca. This is a fun activity that your kids will remember forever. You can even opt in to do the Alpaca Trek experience where you can take one of the Alpacas for a guided walk around the farm. It is a great opportunity for you to get to know your knew woolly friend!
Turn a weekend into a week!
You’re spoilt for choice for family friendly accommodation, each offering a little extra something to delight children and provide parents with a little more relax time. Sounds good, doesn’t it!
Click Here for some of our family friendly accommodation options for family midweek and weekend stays in the Pyrenees.