Winter is here. Everyone I know is pulling out their winter jackets and rain gear.
With the winter school holidays already on our doorstep there is no better time to get kitted out for all those rainy days and family holidays down south. As much as i love the thought of a 4 or 5 star resort somewhere – anywhere – warm and tropical, school holidays for me are all about being with the kids, getting outside in the fresh air and doing something we love together as a family.
Last year we headed to Pemberton and Margaret River, incredibly beautiful places that most West Australians know about. We trekked to Beedelup Falls so the boys could see a real waterfall, canoed, fished at a trout farm, took a train ride deep into the Karri Forrest, collected eggs from free ranging chickens, fed Kangaroos, cows and sheep and managed to get partially lost at the Margaret River Maze. Yes we did manage to sneak in one winery, but they also had a playground for the kids, so everyone was happy! But by far the most popular part of our entire trip was a visit to the caves. Yallingup’s Ngilgis, and the mammoth and Lake Caves of the region, all equally amazing in their own way. The boys still ask now when we can go back.
So, where ever you might be heading these school holidays make sure the kids are rugged up in some warm trackies or jeans and a pair of Slicks, gum boots and a beanie and enjoy the adventure. Sure, you may have to dodge a few puddles and a bit of rain, but its all worth it, you can finish off the day back in a cosy cabin with a hot chocolate and a board game in front of the fire.