Parks Victoria also have a lot of information for kids exploring out in nature. Junior Rangers can join in the many Ranger Guided Activities during school holidays or discover the variety of activity sheets on the Make & Do page for kids to have fun at home, in their own backyard or local suburban parks and out in our National Parks. Our favourite of these, created by Parks Victoria, can be found here: Junior Rangers Alpine Activity Book
The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service has created Wilderquest. This is an online program (website & app) where kids can learn about nature through playing games and discovering fun facts, a perfect introduction to our National Parks prior to getting out and exploring them. There’s also info about Ranger Guided Tours & Activities for kids, held throughout various National Parks during school holidays.
Information on ACT Parks can be found here.
Prospecting for gold and gemstones is a fun activity that’s usually done with gold pans or metal detectors. These days, over 160 years since gold was first discovered in many parts of the High Country, prospecting can still bring exciting rewards. In Victoria, a permit called a Miner’s Right, is required for adults and costs less than a few dollars a year. Children under 18 don’t need a Miner’s Right if they’re accompanied by an adult holding a Miner’s Right. Further info can be found here. In NSW prospecting is generally not allowed in National Parks but in areas of State Forests it is permitted with more info found here.