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Adventure Mumma - Insider Guide to Family Adventures in Tropical North Queensland & beyond
HI!! I’m Kate and this is my family – Rob, Josh (11 yrs) and Charlie (9 yrs) and you might even spot our dog Scooter (7 yrs) at times. We LOVE living in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
If you’re after ideas for Family Adventures around the Far North then look no further. Come on a journey with us and discover popular (and not so well known) spots around the TNQ region.
This website is here to show you what a wonderful adventure playground the Far North truly is, and that it’s here for everybody to enjoy, whatever age or nationality you may be.
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A Journey to Emerald Creek Falls
By Adventure Mumma
12 Feb 2018I went to Emerald Creek Falls the other day and always get a little upset if I find rubbish lying around beautiful parts of Tropical North Queensland. So, unable to accept it any longer I packed in a ‘rubbish kit’ (plastic bags and plastic gloves), making sure there was enough for others if they chose to help out. I also accepted that I might be the only one who would do this job. I didn’t count on the pint-sized Power Ranger however, that took up the challenge wholeheartedly……
I’m sure people look at you oddly when you have a plastic bag dangling off your backpack and pull out the gloves to pick up stuff on the track or in the bush, scouring for bits of plastic and bright objects like some demented Bowerbird. Thankfully Emerald Creek Falls is off the beaten track so rubbish is never really a major issue here. As compared to places where people park and admire the view, now that’s another matter…. don’t get me started!
Fortunately, the rubbish at the Emerald Creek car park was minimal, and thanks to the recent rains we mainly saw mushrooms, toadstools and a HEAP of wildflowers. David, a Nature Play facilitator was busy collecting and pressing wildflowers and happily waiting for other members of the Tree4Reef group to rock up.
Most other people who arrived in the car park didn’t dally around and missed the Frilled Neck Lizard that was the highlight of my trip (I’ve never seen one in the wild before). Its amazing camouflage and ability to pose like a piece of wood meant that most people didn’t spot it when they walked past. I love coming up to the tablelands just for that reason, there’s such a difference in the flora and fauna, and I’m a BIG fan of checking out the birdlife that you don’t spot regularly down on the coast.
The good news is that whilst scouring for rubbish around the car park I inadvertently enlisted the help of ‘Violet’, a little Power Ranger who was all of 9-years old and who was totally into finding colourful objects that didn’t look right in the environment. My pint-size Power Ranger found stuff around that car park that eluded my eyesight and she didn’t even need ‘gloves’ to handle them.
Along the track to the waterfall we found all manner of stuff. Paths leading off to other places to swim, grasshoppers more colourful than the suburban variety, dragonflies, a segment of the river that looked like it belonged in a Peter Jarver gallery plus we stumbled across loads of slippery rocks and big boulders with scary drop offs that the kids (and us) took all in our stride.
Meanwhile my pint-sized Power Ranger was still scouring the environment for things that didn’t quite fit the picture – we left the sock and the busted thongs for their rightful owners in case they may return and pick them up later.
Up at the base of the waterfall we found a few people sunning themselves and the waterhole empty. Personally I didn’t blame them, the waterfall was pumping thanks to the recent rains and most were happy to just watch and enjoy the views. It didn’t take us long however to jump in and play and frolic in the foaming waters, slowly getting to grips with the power of the falls cascading down the granite ledge.
In the meantime, I donned my mask and fins and went snorkelling, scouring the swimming hole for a mislaid beer bottle or lunch wrappers. Instead I found freshwater shrimps, loads of native tadpoles clinging to the rocks and an eel. My pint-sized Power Ranger however was hunting around where we threw our towels and was slowly filling up my rubbish bag with plenty of lunch wrappers, cans and all manner of discarded items. She wasn’t ready to take on the water just yet, just happy collecting stuff that looked out of place.
Later I lent Violet my mask and she popped her head in for a peek at what lay beneath the surface and was swimming around in the eddies, despite the formidable looking waterfall that was tumbling off the rocks nearby.
Trekking back out after a big day snorkelling, jumping off rocks and playing at the falls, I finally catagorised (i.e. took a photo) all that we shipped out. As I laid it out like a Bowerbird and took the shots I realized that 10% of the items was collected by little ol’ me. Violet, the 9-year old had collected the other 90%! It dawned on me she wasn’t a ‘little’ Power Ranger at all BUT a full blown superhero mingling amongst us adults. I have to say I felt humbled in her presence, knowing full well that this is the generation of Guardians that will stay on long after my lot (and others) have moved on.
Good Things to Know:
• David Witherall, the Coordinator of the Nature Play QLD Family Group called Tree4Reef regularly holds adventures to learn about the environment and to encourage natural play and exploration outdoors for all ages (adults included). Tree4Reef promotes the Great Barrier Reef and the value of trees especially near waterways.
MORE INFO, pics & video on Emerald Creek Falls at www.adventuremumma.com
6 FREE Things to do in Cairns - A local's guide
By Adventure Mumma
17 Nov 2017There’s no discounting - there’s TONNES of things to do in Cairns, the Adventure Capital of North Queensland. With loads of activities at your fingertips, plus some iconic places to explore (how about the Great Barrier Reef and that World Heritage Rainforest :D ) you’ll be pleased to know that ‘adventuring’ here doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Here's my list of the Top 6 things to do in Cairns for FREE!
No 1. The Cairns Esplanade (1-5 mins from CBD)
I hate to break it to you BUT there is NO BEACH in Cairns, at least not near the CBD anyway. Fortunately, we do have the Cairns Esplanade which makes up for this in bucketloads. It’s a fantastic recreational strip that follows our city’s shoreline and if you visit you'll find yourself hanging out with families, backpackers, birdwatchers, fitness lovers and anyone else who love being outdoors.
Here's my TOP suggestion on the Esplanade:
- Cool Off at the Cairns Lagoon
- Walk the ‘Narde’ via foot power
- Hang out at a Playground
- BYO & cook on a FREE BBQ
- Explore on Wheels – Cruise the ‘Narde via scooter, rollerblades, skateboard or pedal power along the designated bike path (5km round trip).
- Work those Muscles at an Exercise stations
- Join a FREE Fitness ‘Active Living’ class - Aqua Aerobics, Zumba, HIT and meditation
- Fish on the designated fishing jetty (complete with cleaning benches, rod holders and charts to measure your catch, as well as barbies to cook up a feed if you get lucky)
No 2. Visit the Northern Beaches (15-30 minute drive from CBD)
Head north along the Bruce Highway and check out the Cairns Northern Beaches line-up.
Machans, Holloways, Yorkeys and Kewarra – attract the locals.
Trinity Beach and Palm Cove are popular with Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) visitors with a range of accommodation, restaurants and coffee haunts along their esplanade plus watersport options.
No 3. Freshwater Creeks (15 mins – 1 hr drive from CBD)
The creeks and waterfalls of TNQ are easily the best way to cool off around Cairns.
No 4. Cairns Botanic Gardens (15-mins from CBD)
For one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia head straight to the Cairns Botanic Gardens for a FREE (and relaxing) day out.
There’s no need to pack a picnic lunch here, you’ll find plenty of café’s to choose from: the waffles at the Botanic Café are legendary, there’s some healthy eats at the Tanks centre and only a short stroll away (5-mins) is Edge Hill, with its great line-up of popular eateries.
No 5. Lake Morris (30-mins drive from CBD)
A drive to Cairns’ natural reservoir is a must. On the way up you’ll get some terrific views of Cairns, skirt through lush tropical rainforest and enjoy the panoramic landscape of the lake and mountains that supplies the township with the best drinking water.
No 6. Rusty’s Market (Cairns CBD)
Rusty’s Market is an easy, central location to peruse what’s locally grown (and made) around the region. Operating every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), you’ll find fresh coconut milk and cane juice, Vietnamese coffee, legendary samosa’s plus a huge range of tropical fruit and produce available. Be warned though, its difficult to wander around the stalls without parting with a few of your $$$$.
SO, Hopefully my list of 6 FREE things to do in Cairns has got you keen for a visit soon!
You'll find the FULL length blogpost at www.adventuremumma.com with a HEAP more Info and links available on all of the above.....
5-Star Family-Friendly Snorkelling with Divers Den, Great Barrier Reef Cruises
By Adventure Mumma
06 Oct 2017The Great Barrier Reef is looking good, damn good - although you may think travelling out in the comfort of Divers Den new boat, AquaQuest could skew our thinking. All that brand new gear to play with, accompanied by a crew with a sparkly, fresh attitude and plenty of fish life and healthy coral to check out each time you go snorkelling. This trip is a must if you're keen for a 5-star reef experience.
It helped that we travelled out in luxury, on the top-deck of Aquaquest, lounging around on a huge sunbed, that wouldn’t have looked amiss poolside at a Balinese resort. We did have it one better though, as we got to enjoy a 360° view of the Great Barrier Reef...
The two sites we visited, a 90-minute boat ride north of Port Douglas, were both big on viz (visability) and big on stuff to see – white tip reef sharks, rays, clown fish, giant clams and plenty of healthy hard coral were on display. Check out the video below for a quick snapshot of our day....
Although AquaQuest can take up to 80 passengers we did feel that we had our own special ‘Fathers Day’ charter as crew numbers appeared to equal passengers on the day.
This is another good reason to jump onboard and take advantage of this boat right now. Divers Den is new to the Port Douglas market and as with everything it takes a little while for a tour operator to get established in a destination, despite the fact they’ve been operating boats out of Cairns for years.
Being long-time operators on the reef it also means that when it came to designing their new boat Aquaquest, they knew what works and what doesn’t. Both the back deck snorkelling and diving activities flowed really well.
By the time us snorkelers were ready to jump in we had the back deck all to ourselves, there was no need to shuffle around divers and their big heavy tanks and no crowding on entry to the water.
What I really liked about this reef trip was that there were no hidden costs. The snorkelling package includes everything – all your gear, right down to a decent set of mask, snorkel and fins, a wetsuit or lycra suit plus a snorkel guide if you need one.
It’s a big bonus if you’re a newbie to the underwater world and there’s somebody already in the water giving you assistance and showing you where all the good stuff is.
Aquaquest is a slick operation, the crew are genuine and fun, and the whole boat has that new car smell about it.
If the weather’s fine whilst cruising to your destination, the Great Barrier Reef, then try for a spot on the sundeck (top deck) or out the front on the bow. The second level is another good option whilst travelling with big timbered benches for sitting on and plenty of space to store snorkel equipment.
Ultimately there is plenty of space to choose from on this boat, hot showers (a huge bonus after a salty dip in the sea) PLUS a decent stocked bar – after all it was Fathers Day remember :D So do yourself a favour, don’t miss it!
Good Things to Know:
• 4 hours on the outer reef
• Visit two exclusive dive locations
• Morning tea including pastries with choice of tea or coffee
• Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch selection with fresh prawns
• Hot fresh water showers
• Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
• Free guided snorkelling tour
• Free professional certified diver guides (optional)
• Free use of dive/snorkel equipment (including masks, snorkel, fins and flotation devices)
• Free use of wet and stinger suits
100 Reasons to Experience the Outback Way
By Adventure Mumma
14 Sep 2017Head into the Outback with the kids in the back seat of your car and you realise you’re on a family road trip like no other. The Outback Way, across the very heart of Australia is the quintessential Aussie journey that every kid (and adult) needs to experience at least once. Here’s 100 reasons why this trip should be on every families bucket list….
The Outback Way - 100 reasons to experience this family road trip via @AdventureMumma
We made it!!! The Outback Way is a MUST DO family bonding exercise
1. You might get to travel with a cool set of wheels like the Britz Outback 4WD (the only hire vehicle you can drive one-way from Cairns to Perth).
2. You make every effort to stop at places you normally ‘fly’ past.
3. You see iconic Aussie wildlife wandering the streets.
4. There’s more chance of eating a cooked brekkie on a BIG road trip
5. You’ll get to see plenty of evidence that Dinosaurs once roamed this land.
6. And you may even ‘wrestle’ with the odd dinosaur.
7. And you’ll get to see what this land once looked like when dinosaurs once ruled.
8. And the kids can enjoy an open-air museum like no other (and learn stuff in the process).
9. You’ll get to do ‘quirky’ stuff like play music on a fence.
9. And bet on racing chickens at the North Gregory Hotel.
10. And listen to Bush Poets do their ‘thing’ on outback stages.
11. And discover the beauty of a ‘true’ Outback store….who have store owner’s that actually know where everything is!
12. You can even check out movie sets that are always open for public viewing.
13. You can pull in at one of the old Cobb & Co coach staging posts that once opened up the outback for all types of travellers.
14. And enjoy a pint (or two) at one of the smallest towns in the outback (population 2).
15. And see roads that seem to go on forever…….
16. Sometimes you’ll feel like you are the only one out this way.
17. And other times it will be easy to pull over and let another have the lion’s share of the road.
18. There’s even a chance that something quite bizarre could come your way.
19. And there’s evidence everywhere of Dinosaur Domination.
20. You can even Geocache your way across the continent.
21. You, or your kids, may be tempted to ‘try’ something a little bit different from the menu.
22. You could tick off an EPIC journey like The Outback Way from your bucket list.
23. You’re kids will LOVE seeing State Border signs like this one…….
24. And they’ll LOVE posing next to real Aussie signs like this one…..
25. You’ll find Geocache’s in the oddest of spots.
26. There’s even rockets that have fallen out of the sky out here.
27. And getting a flat out here could be an adventure in itself!
28. And the kids won’t mind waiting……
29. In fact, your kids might even learn something practical on their journey.
29. You can even visit a Town like Alice.
30. And see the Road Transport Hall of Fame – A museum dedicated to the vehicles and people that opened up the Outback to the rest of Australia.
31. And marvel at the cars they once drove across the Outback in days of old.
32. You can get a glimpse at how the first Australian’s used to live.
33. And admire the changing colours of a spectacular sunset in Central Australia.
34. You might even discover funky cafe’s that you thought existed only in urban Australia.
34. Your kids could get excited about going on a ‘family’ walk.
35. And embrace hiking up to places that have BIG views.
36. And remind yourself how much ‘space’ there really is in the Outback.
37. And ponder on Outback Pub signs that read ‘ISDERASMNEORSSEDSASDERISORSSRSS’ ??????
38. And discover ancient Rock Carvings that are easily accessible.
39. And walk across salt clay pans that dazzle you with their light and textures.
40. And soak in the light and colours of the afternoon sun in a desert like landscape.
41. And pay homage to the man who founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Flynn of the Inland.
42. Stand in awe at Mother Earth’s creations.
43. And feel dwarfed by her presence.
44. And discover water in the most surprising of places.
45. And gaze at views that seem to stretch on forever.
46. So you can enjoy pushing your photography skills to new limits.
47. And wander new pathways.
48. And be ‘cool’ about climbing hills.
49. When there are views like this to look forward to……
50. And realise that Australia’s Outback is simply like no other……
SO, Reasons 51 -100 will be coming SOON…….Stay Tuned!! Or, SUBSCRIBE below to stay in the loop.