Summer on the Mornington Peninsula with kids means long days outside exploring in the sunshine and warm evenings at the beach, having BBQ’s and tasting some amazing food and wine on offer. With the best of everything for families we share with you our top […]
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Growing up in Victoria we would spend lots of time outdoors in the bush. Camping, bushwalking, weekly Girl Guides and Brownie camps. We haven’t done much bush walking with our kids as honestly the bush track and terrain and a wheelchair are really hard work and not exactly enjoyable for all involved. We have usually been beach goers but decided to head bush.
We all agreed to give it another go after we got an extra wheel attachment for Coopers manual chair ( this terrain would also be great use for the Hippocampe beach wheelchair) and headed to explore the Briars in Mt Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. The Briars is made up of 230 hectares including an old homestead. They host tours here, garden classes and free access to lots of walking tracks discovering native flora and fauna.
The Briars Visitor Centre is a great first stop where you can pick up a map and get some local knowledge to help plan your walk. I say this in hindsight as we decided just to head out and should have definitely chatted with a ranger first but you live and learn! The visitors centre is fantastic to extend the kids learning after a walk too. They got to read some books about the different animals and even see the skeletons of some. The Ranger on duty gave us some great information and was extremely knowledgeable and patient with all the kids questions.
We started off exploring the Woodland walk which is not wheelchair accessible but we were up for a challenge and enjoyed some amazing views from the paths across the property. We heard kookaburras in the trees and saw lots of birds.
The best wheelchair accessible walk to take is the Wetland walk which takes you across boardwalks with stops along the way at bird hides. The kids loved looking at the posters on the walls and then out to the water to name some of the bird life.
We rekindled our love of bushwalking and are keen to try out the Balcombe Creek walkway next.
The other wheelchair accessible areas are:
- Balcombe Creek Walkway (800m to Nepean Highway)
- Visitors Centre (disabled toilet inside)
- Historic Homestead, Angus & Rose Café and Josephine’s Restaurant
- Eco Living Display Centre
Remember your good walking shoes, hats, sunscreen and water bottles too.
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Pure Peninsula Honey.
School holidays make a great time to learn and explore outside of a classroom. Pure Peninsula Honey host educational Farm talks over the month of January.
Emma hosted the morning and had all the kids and adults engaged with a variety of hands on learning and spoken information. Pepper was able to help demonstrate how bees collect nectar.
Emma taught us all about what happens in a beehive and the different types of bees.
We were all fascinated about the queen bee and that she lives for 4 years! While the worker bees and drones only live for a few weeks. The queen bee also lays an egg every 40 seconds!
If you have seen Bee Movie then you’ll recognise this smoker! Emma explained to us that its used to calm the bees while the workers take the honey.
We discovered all the different types of honey available and even got to taste them. Woody loved Banksia as it reminded him of Kinder! Cooper enjoyed the Manuka and Pepper loved Clover. Emma encouraged the kids to ask questions and responded to them age appropriately.
In addition to the Farm Talk you can come and visit the Honey Shop 7 days a week 9-5pm. Inside you can taste the honey varieties and try your luck at finding the Queen Bee in the hive!
FREE ( bookings advised. Our group had around 14 people)
Farm Talks each Tues/Thurs/Sat during January.
871 Derril Rd, Moorooduc, 3933
10am for approx 1 hour.
Best suited aged 5 and up however younger kids can play in the sandpit and enjoy looking at the working bee hive inside.
Wheelchair accessible parking marked.
Access: A small lip on the door of the small portable building which houses the shop and tasting areas. Talk is held outdoors on the picnic tables. ( tanbark surface)
The sand sculptures on the Frankston Waterfront are a must see this Summer. Brought to you by Sandstorm events they are a great day out combining with a trip to the foreshore playground or swim at the beach. This post is part of our Summer […]