Prams to Preps...by BETHANY LEWIS
When looking for holiday activities with toddlers, there are three things to look for:
- Free entry
- Flexible open times with option of byo your own picnic lunch
- Easy to car parking and pram access
Here are the top three free activities to do in Warrnambool, that are open day and night, that are safe and pram friendly and SO MUCH FUN!
Warrnambool’s fantastic Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is a year-round family attraction. This 8ha adventure playground is paradise for kids with giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. There are lovely walking tracks around the lakes, and the park features delightful picnic areas and sheltered BBQ facilities. It's a great play for kids to run off steam while have the so much fun.
The Lake Pertobe precinct is also home to other sporting facilities such as lawn tennis courts, mini golf, an athletics track and nearby skateboard park.
Tower Hill Reserve, nestled inside a dormant volcano, is today a beautiful haven for wildlife thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Tower Hill and volunteers. A lake and wetland are features of the reserve, and during years of average rainfall it is not uncommon to see the wetland completely immersed in water. This is great spot for a family picnic, wild like watching with Emus, Koalas, Kangaroos and Sugar Gliders. There is even some kid friendly hikes. Talk to the friendly staff in the Tower Hill Information Centre to find out where the koalas are hanging out, which walks suit you and why not ask about their fantastic tours!
Located only 14km west of Warrnambool on the Princes Highway Tower Hill is a must.
Stingray Bay & Pickering Point Walk
Stingray Bay is a sheltered beach where the Merri River mets the sea. It's the perfect spot for little one for a few reasons, firstly the river side water is shallow and so safe, the bridge to island creates shade for protection from the sun, their are pubic toilets close by open 7 days, and there is lots of parking spaces.
Why not take the short but breathtaking Pickering Point Walk, starting from the Stingray Bay car park, cross the bridge and follow the winding path to Pickering Point. You can event stop to explore rock pools and caves if the tide is low. There is a few stairs at the end of the bridge, if you don't feel like carrying the pram up them, start your walk at Pickering Point and enjoy the Pram Friendly path all the way along.