Spending time with the kids in the great outdoors is an enduringly popular pastime for people all around Australia. The fresh air, the disconnect from technology and the exercise are just some of the benefits of spending time outdoors. If you'd like to spend some time doing an outdoor activity that involves getting yourself some delicious fresh food to eat afterward, then here are three fun and family friendly activities that you might like to try.
1. A family fishing trip
Fishing is a relaxing, sociable and rewarding recreational pastime that's suitable for children of all ages. You can fish in rivers, lakes or by the coastline depending on your location and preferences. If you don't have your own fishing gear, you can hire it from most bait and tackle shops where you'll also find the best bait varieties for the local fishing conditions.
For a slightly more adventurous fishing trip, you can charter or hire a fishing boat. This will dramatically increase the likelihood of catching a dinner-sized fish and also gives you the wonderful experience of being out on the open water.
2. A family fruit picking trip
Many fruit farms around the country are open to the public for pick-your-own harvesting. This means that you can spend an enjoyable few hours picking, and then eating, delicious fresh fruit in a beautiful rural location. Most farms also have a picnic area where you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour after you've finished your harvest.
The type of fruit that is available at pick-your-own fruit farms will depend on your location and what season it is. Common options are strawberries, apples, and various citrus varieties. Fruit farms usually charge by volume or an hourly rate.
3. A family visit to a dairy
Dairy products are an essential component of every day eating. Visiting a dairy is a great way for children to learn about where their favourite dairy products come from and how they are made. As well as a tour, many dairies offer cheese or yoghurt making workshops which are fun, informative and provide you with your very own handmade delicacy to eat at the end.
As well as learning about the dairy industry, dairies usually have areas where children can pet calves and even milk a cow. This kind of experience is a big hit with children and adults alike, especially for true animal lovers.