Create some wild art, make a trail of sticks and more
Navigate through temperate rain forest, past cascading waterfalls and into roaring potholes. If you’re looking for outdoor fun and adventure, there are plenty of opportunities at the gorge. For more ideas pick up a wild adventure scrapbook and start ticking off the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.
The gorge in summer can feel like walking through a prehistoric world full of crashing water and lush green growth. Look at the sun shining through the leaves or the bubbles moving on the surface of the water – nature is beautiful. Be inspired by the sights, sounds and textures of the gorge and have a go at creating your own piece of wild art using the materials around you. Stones from the river’s edge and twigs fallen from the trees make a fantastic natural frame for your work of art.
Fallen twigs can also be used to make a trail for others to follow. Arrows show people which direction to go, a cross means don’t go this way, and a circle marks the end of the trail. Help your family navigate in the gorge or perhaps leave a false trail with a cross at the end to let them know they’ve gone the wrong way.
The suspension bridge at Whitelady waterfall is a great place to play pooh sticks. Pixie Glen has a wider and quieter stretch of river good for skimming stones, see who can skim the furthest or get the biggest number of skips. Also look out for the pixie door in one of the trees in this area.
The orchard area at the Devil’s Cauldron entrance has a children’s play area with a zip wire and climbing frames, as well as space for even more ‘50 things’ activities. Build a den against the trunk of one of the bigger trees. Make a grass trumpet, and see who can make the loudest tune, to help you there are instructions in the ’50 things’ scrapbook. The orchard is also an ideal place to keep a look out for butterflies and dragonflies when it’s warm and dry. In wetter weather keep a look out for snails and large black slugs. If you find enough snails you could set up a snail race.
After completing the ‘50 things’ activities be sure to record it in the wild adventure scrapbook and pick up a sticker from visitor reception. As the seasons change at the gorge there are opportunities to complete different ‘50 things’ activities so have fun ticking them all off.