Maximise the fun these school holidays in Gloucester with these boredom-busting activities listed below.
Or for more options around the greater Midcoast region, download the Midcoast summertime fun flyer here.
Kids Club at The Steps
Adventure & fun with Barrington Outdoor Adventures at The Steps Campground. Bookings essential to avoid disappointment 6558 2093. More details here
High Ropes – scale to the top of a eucalyptus tree and soar through the air like a flying possum.
Canoe Games – avoid being ‘sunk’ in Battleships, and shoot some goals during canoe polo.
Abseiling – take the challenge and test your fear of heights, you’ll feel invincible when you do.
Horse riding at Camp Cobark
Pony Camp at Camp Cobark is all about meeting new friends, learning new skills and having a great time in the process. Suitable for 8 to 16 years. The camp duration is 5 days from Sunday 7 Jan to Friday 12 Jan, cost is $450 which includes a horse, accommodation and meals. Book 6558 5585
Trail Rides at Camp Cobark can be for 1 or 2 hours or for the more adventurous half or full days. Learn authentic horse riding skills from a genuine bush stockman. Book 6558 5585
Horse riding at Riverwood Downs
Enjoy the spectacular views on a 1.5 hour fully supervised walking trail ride over 5kms with one of the locals who really knows the valley. Kids aged 10-14 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the trail ride. Led horse rides are also available, each child on the led horse ride must have a parent/guardian to lead the horse. More details here.
Abseiling for beginners & intermediate at two sites: The Steps Campground or on the Buccan Buccans (the Bucketts Mountains) overlooking Gloucester. More details from Barrington Outdoor Adventures.
Mountain Biking at The Steps
Looking for some outdoor activity off the river? The Steps Mountain Bike Park is the only purpose-built bike park in the region & features 3.5kms of cross-country trails with multiple challenges and a skills area for practicing body position, balance, gearing, braking, cornering and riding obstacles. It’s $5 for day-use.
White water paddling tours on the Barrington River
Paddle like an explorer on the beautiful Barrington River with guided & unguided white water padding adventures. There are sections of the river suitable for beginners, intermediate & experienced paddlers, more details from Barrington Outdoor Adventures.
Mountain Maid Gold Mine Tours at Copeland
Touch gold mining relics, peek inside the mine shaft, venture inside old machinery sheds & hear about life in a colonial gold rush village on this NPWS guided tour. More details here.
Book at the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre 6538 5252
“Devils In The Wild” Tours at Devil Ark in Barrington Tops
Devil Ark Tours depart throughout 2018, see these awesome Tasmanian animals in a wild environment & cuddle some cute joeys! Adult $150, child (8-15yrs) $100, limited space & limited departures. More details here.
Art workshops for kids
Presented by Christine Ball of “Great Night Art”. $20pp includes all materials for your art, bookings essential call Christine 0417 098 850. More details here.
Swimming at the Olympic Pool or where the platypus play
The perfect place to cool off is right in town! You’ll love the 50m lap pool, 15m wading pool with water feature & shade cover, toilets, change rooms, kiosk, first aid room, shady areas, picnic facilities & a fenced children’s play area. Adult $4.50, child $3.50, family $12. Gloucester Olympic Pool Complex is in Gloucester District Park & is open 11.00am-6.00pm. Call 6538 5270.
Summer Reading Club – ‘Game On’
Get ready for a summer celebration of sports, games, technology and team spirit! The 2017-18 Summer Reading Club program is themed “Game On”, an invitation to celebrate our Aussie sporting culture, team-mateship & the countries who will be visiting for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. See Gloucester Library for more details or visit the website: www.summerreadingclub.org.au