Life with kids in the Blue Mountains to Penrith region
By Kirsten Barnett-Brown
We are obviously quite spoilt for choice when it comes to different ways to enjoy the beautiful national parks that surround the Blue Mountain area. However, not all bushwalks are created equal (I’ve certainly learned that the hard way!) so it's good to do some planning.
Going for a short walk with Little Miss 2
There are some really great, short walks for littlies to enjoy but ultimately it depends on the capability of your children. Some children will be able to last longer and navigate more difficult terrain than others – and it’s not always about age. Our two-and-a-half-year old has been bushwalking regularly with her dad pretty much since she began walking! We started with short bursts which also included time in a carrier, and now she enjoys longer walks and often asks to go to Scenic World via the Furber Steps which is one of their favourites.
Furber Steps in the rain
The first step is to remember some basic safety tips. The NSW National Parks website is the go-to place for information regarding safety in the bush, including links to all the current park alerts, including bushfire warnings.
Our KIDsize specific pointers for bushwalking with children are:
The Charles Darwin Walk, Wentworth Falls
In no particular order, our top 5 best bush walks for families, kids and toddlers are:
The Cliff Top Track, Leura
There are also some walks that we haven’t tried ourselves yet so cannot add to the list, however, we have heard good things about so we will give them a notable mention. Firstly, the Jellybean Pool in Glenbrook (a lovely jellybean shaped natural pool, great for a swim on a hot day). There is a steep staircase as part of the walk so little walkers would probably need to be fairly competent or carried. Also Minni-Ha-Ha Falls in North Katoomba (a 45-minute walk with some steep steps down to a natural pool at the bottom of Minni-Ha-Ha Falls). We have completed some of this but weren’t prepared for the steep walk down or up – a carrier would have been handy for our toddler – however, we saw many families enjoying the walk and the swim at the bottom as a reward!. We've also been told that the Pool of Siloam in Leura is suitable for kids. A moderate 30 minute walk from Gordon Falls reserve (great place for a picnic) down to the waterfall and pool for a swim. Lovely!
Pool of Siloam, Leura
Like this? For more things to do in the Blue Mountains check out our article on Kid Friendly Holidays in the Blue Mountains.