There are so many national parks and world heritage sites to discover in Australia. Ranger-hosted programs are the perfect way to connect kids with the wild and be inspired to ask questions about geology, ecology, history, plants and wildlife.
Your kids can make long-lasting connections with nature. Here’s 5 top Australian ranger hosted experiences:-
1. Crocs and culture in Kakadu, NT
They say a trip to Kakadu isn’t complete until you’ve met some of the locals. See Kakadu through the eyes of rangers and the Bininj Mugguy people. The Kakadu Croc ‘n’ Tell talk and the Ubirr Rock Art talk are memorable experiences for kids to add to the travel scrapbook. All ranger programs are included in your Park Pass but you do need to book ahead.
Explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park with a ranger guided walk. Just a day trip from Sydney, The Blue Mountains is home of the famous Three Sisters and fabulous walking trails and canyons . The National Parks Discovery program offers spotlight tours, camp fire fun, Eco-tours, Toddler Treasure Hunts, Junior Ranger Days and wild walks. All activities are an additional cost and children need to be accompanied by an adult.
3. Meet mini beasts at Wilsons Prom, Vic
Discover the underwater world Wilsons Promontory National Park. Kids join Ranger hosts at Tidal River and get to wear detective hats. Using microscopes, kids from 6-12yo examine the tiny creatures that make this coastal national park their home. You’ll also need to wear covered footwear and the cost is included in the national park fee.
Of the 28 World Heritage listed caves in the Naracoote Caves National Park, just four are open to the public. Ranger led tours take kids deep into the caves to explore geology. The Victoria Fossil Caves is a must-see for kids who love fossils – this cave has been a working paleontological dig with tens of thousands of fossil bones recovered over the years. And yes, there are bats too! There are only 2 tours a day, they last an hour and tours cost $75 for a family of 4.
5. Outback talks and star gazing at Ikara Flinders Rangers, SA
Ranger hosted programs can challenge minds and help kids learn new skills. In the rugged mountain ranges of Ikara Flinders Rangers National Park kids can enjoy outback stargazing tours and to get to know the culture of country a little more. There’s a Welcome to Country flag pole ceremony in the campground each night at Wilpena Pound. Wilpena Pound forms a natural amphitheatre for junior ranger programs, and offers terrific camping in the company of emus and kangaroos. Check with the national park for holiday programs which are included in the entry cost.
Moments in national parks help kids make long-lasting connections with nature. In most Australian national parks school holidays are when ranger walks and talks are on offer. Dates and time do vary with seasonal issues though so it’s best to contract the park ahead of time.