Love nature? Australia is full of great experiences out in nature, but you don’t have to venture too far from the cities to have them!
Googong Foreshores are only 10km south of Queanbeyan, and is a great place for families to get out and enjoy nature! It’s managed as a wildlife refuge (so the animals are happy and protected), a water catchment, as well as a public recreation area.
If you have a yacht and want a spot to sail it? Perfect! Have a canoe and want a place to enjoy it? Perfect!
You can get the family out fishing, and spend a few hours taking in the scenery as you wait for your catch. Kids will love searching for all the local wildlife, or you can ride your mountain bike along the fire trails!
There are also fascinating historic homesteads and natural wonders to check out!
The London Bridge Walking Track will take you past features of Burra Creek and all it’s landmarks. This circuit will take you two hours and you will pass the London Bridge wool-shed and shearer’s quarters, across the limestone London Bridge arch (which began forming 420 million years ago!) and along Burra Creek to the homestead.
The homestead does have a security fence but you will be able to see it clearly. Many of the out building including the original wool-shed, can be explored. Keep and eye out for the open days which are held regularly to allow the public to check it out in more detail!
Kids – can you spot the local wildlife? Googong Foreshores is teeming with it! Eastern Grey Kangaroos might be resting in the shade of the trees. There are many species of birds too which can be seen there. If you see a bright green and yellow flash it is likely to be an Eastern Rosella. They have a very distinctive chatter when feeding and a loud screech when alarmed.
Australian Kestrels, one of the few birds which hover, are also seen in this area. They are commonly seen, hovering with rapid wing beats and their tail fanned, looking for prey such as young rabbits and small birds. Pretty!
So get that nature loving family out to Googong Foreshores and see why families love taking advantage of the walking trails and everything that goes with it!