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12 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE IN NQ

12 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE IN NQ

The Great Barrier Reef stretches from Cape York down the Queensland coast to Bundaberg, spanning a length of 2,300km. Along the way there are over 3,000 coral reefs and 600 continental islands, as well as many cays – plenty to explore!

Whether you’re a long-time North Queensland local or are visiting, a trip out to the reef is a must. There are plenty
of beautiful things to see and do, and it really puts into perspective just how beautiful our world is.

Islands

Each island has its own unique qualities. Here are a few amazing ones to discover in North Queensland.

1. Frankland Islands, Cairns area

Frankland Islands is composed of five islands called Normanby, Russel, Round, High and Mabel. Every single one of them is uninhabited except for the spectacular wildlife. It has no facilities, but there are six campsites if you’re after an adventure in untouched nature.

2. Green Island, Cairns area

A small, flat island off the coast of Cairns, perfect for a quick getaway. Did you know that Green Island is technically a sand cay?

3. Fitzroy Island, Cairns area

A popular day trip option, Fitzroy Island has a turtle rehabilitation hospital, walking tracks (with one leading up to a lighthouse), and plenty of fun activities and tours.

4. Magnetic Island, Townsville area

Magnetic Island is home to a number of beaches, hiking trails and cute resident koalas.Hike up to WWII forts, visit the Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary or drive a topless car around the island. It is the only island on this list with its own postcode, and 2,500 residents call it home.

5. Hinchinbrook Island, Townsville area

Hinchinbrook Island is a hiker’s paradise. Only 40 people are allowed there at any time. It is massive and completely uninhabited and home to the famous 32km Thorsborne Trail. It is accessible by a ferry ride from Lucinda or Cardwell and is the perfect place for those seeking a real adventure.

6. Whitsunday Island, Whitsundays

The biggest island as part of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, and home to the iconic picturesque Whitehaven Beach.

7. Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

Hamilton Island is car-free but has its own airport and loads of accommodation options are available. There is lots to do including hiking up to Passage Peak, offering stunning views of the surrounding islands.

8. Long Island, Whitsundays

Located just one kilometre from the coastline, Long Island features bush walking paths and a tropical rainforest.

9. Daydream Island, Whitsundays

It certainly lives up to its name. Daydream Island features 280 modern rooms making it perfect for families, along with three restaurants and a coral lagoon wrapping around the central building home to over 100 species of marine fish.

10. Hayman Island, Whitsundays

The most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island features a number of accommodation options and restaurants as well as botanical gardens. It’s a popular honeymoon destination, but also popular with families.

11. Keswick Island, Mackay area

Spot vibrant blue butterflies, turtles cruising in clear waters and learn about fascinating bees. Explore the bushwalking tracks or simply relax.

12. Newry Island, Mackay area

Newry Island is close to the mainland and is popular with camping, fishing and bushwalking, and it has some spectacular lookouts. The area has been designated as a dugong protection area.

Remember…

The Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage listed site. When visiting, show respect for mother nature and leave it the same way you found it.

Do not collect souvenirs – Avoid collecting natural souvenirs such as shells or seeds. Take only photos and memories
with you.

Respect the flora and fauna – Don’t touch, pick up, feed or otherwise disturb the wildlife, and avoid making loud noises.
If an animal seems agitated by your presence, carefully move away. Stay on marked paths and don’t tread on any vegetation
or snap off any branches.

Do not litter – Take all rubbish with you, including food scraps. Many islands are uninhabited, so take extra care as there
won’t be any bins. Take an extra moment to pick up any rubbish along the way, even if it isn’t yours.

32 OF NORTH QUEENSLAND'S BEST CAMPING SPOTS

32 OF NORTH QUEENSLAND’S BEST CAMPING SPOTS

One of the many beauties of North Queensland is that you don’t have to travel far to find an amazing camping spot. We are truly spoiled for choice; choose to camp on the beach and wake up to a sunrise over the ocean, sleep under the rainforest canopy in the Daintree or opt for a farm stay experience to see a different side of life. There isn’t much in life that beats going to sleep and waking up beneath the night sky in paradise. Here are some of North Queensland’s best camping spots.

Cairns

1. Daintree Rainforest Village – Camp in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest.

2. Ellis Beach – North of Palm Cove, Ellis Beach offers a location relatively close to Cairns while not being too touristy.

3. Lake Tinaroo – A number of campsites are available around the lake. If you love watersports, you’ll love Lake Tinaroo.

4. Eureka Creek, Dimbulah – Free camping area besides Eureka Creek.

5. Upper Davies Creek, Tablelands – Offering camping spots along Davies Creek in tall open forest, great for swimming.

6. Woodleigh Station, Ravenshoe – Sitting on the border of civilisation and the outback, camp on a working cattle farm at Woodleigh Station.

7. Undara Lava Tubes – Explore a delicate ecosystem. The lava tubes were created when lava spilled through into the river many years ago, making for a spectacular sight to see now.

8. Russell Island, Frankland Islands – Bush camping is available on High and Russell Islands, both of which are part of the Frankland Islands group.

9. Babinda Boulders, Babinda – Free camping area located near the beautiful Babinda Boulders, ideal for swimming.

10. Malanda Falls – Malanda Falls Caravan Park is located right by the beautiful Malanda Falls and fringed by rainforest. 

11. King Reef Resort, Kurrimine Beach – Camp in a stunning location just steps from the beautiful Kurrimine Beach.

12. Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park – Offering plenty to do for families, including a waterpark, playroom and swimming pool with giant inflatable pool toys.

Townsville

13. Wallaman Falls – Camp nearby the spectacular Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest permanent single-drop waterfall. Adjacent to Stoney Creek, which is great for swimming.

14. Crystal Creek – A gorgeous camping spot in the middle of the rainforest, popular with swimming.

15. Lake Paluma – Lake Paluma is a drinking water storage and offers unique opportunities in a diverse rainforest environment.

16. Balgal Beach, Rollingstone – This free beachside camping area is located next to an estuary, popular for fishing.

17. Magnetic Island – camping at Bungalow Bay Koala Village offers the perfect base to explore Magnetic Island. Spend your days snorkelling, lazing by the beach, spotting koalas or hiking.

18. Saunders Beach, Bluewater – A small beachfront camping area north of Townsville. There is a playground nearby.

19. Keelbottom Creek, Hervey Range – Camp beside a creek lined with paperbark trees, providing plenty of shade.

20. Alligator Creek – Alligator Creek has it all, from gorgeous views to swimming spots and camping, too.

21. Broadwater Creek – This camping area provides a large, open grassy setting surrounded by tall, open eucalypt forests.

Mackay and Whitsundays

22. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island – Camp at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – the dreamy Whitehaven Beach, which has some of the whitest sand in the world.

23. Oh Deere Farm Stay – Stay on a beautiful working cane farm and learn all about sugar cane farming.

24. Cape Palmerston – Cape Palmerston Holiday Park is adjacent to a secluded beach, providing a unique getaway isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city. Spend your time away exploring the national park.

25. St Helen’s Beach – Camp on a beachfront location at the beautiful St Helen’s Beach. picnic tables, barbecues and fireplaces are available for use, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

26. Lake Elphinstone – A free campground great for boating, fishing and bird watching.

27. Keswick Island – Camp on a gorgeous island surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna.

28. Smalley’s Beach, Cape Hillsborough A shady campsite just a stone’s throw from the beach. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and kangaroos.

29. Ball Bay Camping Ground, Cape Hillsborough – Offering secluded camping on a small grassy campground, with the beach close by.

30. Broken River, Eungella – Camp by the gorgeous riverside. You may even be able to spot a platypus!

31. Orkabie Downs, Sarina – Spend the night at a family owned working cattle farm. Give the kids a taste of the farm life by helping collect the eggs and feed the chickens, pig and sheep.

32. BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort Only a few minutes’ drive from Airlie Beach, this location offers a swimming pool, obstacle course, jumping pillow, kids’ playground and regular family friendly activities.

Camping tips

Pack for all kinds of weather. Ahh, North Queensland – a place where it can be bucketing rain, and clear blue skies ten minutes later. Bring a variety of clothes, including rain gear, jumpers and singlets.

Before you leave home, check the park alerts. Closures are sometimes in place, and weather conditions (such as lots of rain or fire risk) can make camping potentially dangerous. Check the www.parks.des.qld.gov.au website for the latest information. You can also check www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au for traffic info and www.bom.gov.au for weather info.

Leave the iPad at home. Camping is a great opportunity to reconnect with each other, ground yourself and immerse yourself in all the region has to offer – go out there and have fun!

WHAT'S ON IN TOWNSVILLE THIS JANUARY?

WHAT’S ON IN TOWNSVILLE THIS JANUARY?

WEDNESDAY 1 JANUARY

Glen O’Malley: What is A Dream?
Runs until 9 February
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Rescue – Hands-On Kids Exhibits
Runs until 8 March
Museum of Tropical Queensland
www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au
9.00am / Museum Entry / Family

THURSDAY 2 JANUARY

Paintings you Probably Haven’t Seen
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Fb The Ken Done Gallery
10.00am / Free / Family

Friday 3 January

JCU Townsville Fire VS Adelaide Lightning
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
5.00pm / $14-25 / Family

Monday 6 January

STEM Punks Drone Coding Workshop
Museum of Tropical Queensland
www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au
10.00am / $15 / 7-12 Years

Kids School Holiday Yoga
Belgian Gardens State School P&C Squad
8.00am / $10 / Family

TUESDAY 7 JANUARY

Wasted Paint For Kids
Wasted Paint Studio
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / $30 / 3-12 Yrs

Junior Golf Clinics
Every Tuesday during School Holidays
Tropics Golf Club Kirwan
www.mygolf.org.au
4.30pm / Free / Family

WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY

Quantum Living Experience
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
www.quantumlivinglive.com
5.00pm / Free / Adults

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY

JCU Townsville Fire VS Canberra Capitals
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
5.00pm / $14-25 / Family

Hypnobirthing Program
That Natural Clinic
www.thatnaturalclinic.com
5.00pm / $100 / Adults

Micro:Bits Coding
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
9.00am and 12.00pm / Free / Family

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY

Merfolk Making A Splash – Meet n Greets and Shows
Runs until 17 January
Reef HQ
www.reefhq.com.au
9.30am / Free with General Admission / Family

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY

Get Active Expo 2020
Townsville Stadium
www.activetownsville.com.au
9.00am / Free / Family

Long, Slow, Deep & Restore Yoga Class
Muscle & Fitness Kirwan
Fb Lodgical Fitness, Yoga, Massage & Wellbeing
3.30pm / $20 / Adults

Summer Splash Pop-Up Waterpark
Runs until 18 January
Fairfield Homemaker Centre
www.fairfieldhomemaker.com.au
10.00am / $10 / Family

MONDAY 13 JANUARY

Ken Done-nut Workshop
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

January Holiday Swimming Program
Runs until 17 January
Paul Sadler Swimland Riverside Gardens
www.paulsadlerswimland.com
3.00pm / $76 / Family

Adventure Camp
Runs until 15 January
Paluma
www.outerlimitsadventure.com.au
8.00am / $299 / 10-15 Yrs

TUESDAY 14 JANUARY

Kids Holiday Club
Willows Prebysterian Church
www.willows.org.au/events
9.00am / Free / Prep – Year 6

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY

Youth Alive QLD 2020 / No Ordinary Life
Calvary Christian Church
www.youthaliveqld.com
7.30pm / $85-100 / Check Website

Device Based Filmmaking
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / Family

Storytelling: Share Your Story
Runs until 17 January
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

THURSDAY 16 JANUARY

Augmented Reality Workshops
Runs until 17 January
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / Family

VR Bucket List
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
12.30pm / Free / Family

Summer Mind Recreation Camp for Youth
Runs until 17 January
Riverside Convention Centre
Fb IYF Townsville
2.00pm / Free / 13-30 Yrs

FRIDAY 17 JANUARY

Riverway Movie Nights – Sergeant Stubby
Riverway Oval
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
7.00pm / Free / Family

Libraries Up Late: Adult Storytime
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
6.00pm / Free / 18+ Yrs

All About Kombucha Workshop
CityLibraries Aitkenvale
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / 18+ Yrs

SATURDAY 18 JANUARY

Future Tech Pathways
Runs until 20 January (Excl. 19 January)
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
Check Website / Free / Family

Family Fun Day
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

MONDAY 20 JANUARY

Making Holograms
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / Family

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY

Summer Tennis Camp
Western Suburbs Tennis Club
Fb LET’S Tennis
8.00am / Check Website / 5-12 Yrs

Dancenorth School Holiday Workshop
Runs until 23 January
Dancenorth
www.dancenorth.com.au
10.00am / $165 / 13-17 Yrs

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

Pokemon Tournament
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / 8+ Yrs

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY

Come and Try Session
Estates Soccer Club
Fb Estates FC
5.00pm / Free / Family

Irish Dance Holiday Classes
Bella Dance Affairs
Fb Bella Celtic Dance
4.30pm / $10 / Family

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY

JCU Townsville Fire VS Melbourne Boomers
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / $14-25 / Family

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY

Aussie Fun Run
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
6:45am / Free / Family

Free Aussie Breakfast
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
8.00am / Free / Family

Australia Day Awards Ceremony
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
8.30am / Free / Family

Flag Raising Ceremony
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Citizenship Ceremony
Jezzine Barracks
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
11.00am / Free / Family

Great Australian Bites
Strand Park
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
12.00pm / Free / Family

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY

Mamma Mia!
Runs until 8 February
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
7.30pm / $35-55 / Family

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

Deadly Down Under Tour
Burdekin Memorial Hall
www.burdekintheatre.com.au
8.00pm / $28-33 / Adults

SAVE THE DATES:

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

JCU Townsville Fire VS Bendigo Spirit
Townsville RSL Stadium
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / $14-25 / Family

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Renegade Handmade Market
Marian School
Fb Renegade Handmade
8.00am / Free / Family

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
North Queensland Stadium
www.eltonjohn.com
6.00pm / Check Website / Family

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

NQ Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
North Queensland Stadium
www.northqueenslandstadium.com.au
7.00pm / Check Website / Family

28 FRESHWATER SWIMMING SPOTS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

28 AWESOME SWIMMING SPOTS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in nature is by swimming in natural waters, such as a creek, lake or water hole, and there is nothing quite as refreshing as taking a dip when it’s hot and humid. Thankfully, North Queensland is filled with beautiful swimming spots, and many of us love to spend our free time taking a dip in the water or lounging by the water’s edge. Here are just a few of the stunning spots around the region where you can go swimming. Here are some of the best freshwater swimming spots in North Queensland, from Mossman down to Finch Hatton.

Creeks, Rivers & Water Holes

1. Mossman Gorge, Mossman – Clear water with a beautiful rainforest backdrop.

2. Crystal Cascades, Redlynch Valley – Creek with multiple small waterfalls, ideal for floaties.

3. Stoney Creek, Redlynch – Swim in a creek beneath the rainforest canopy.

4. Behana Gorge, Aloomba – Tucked behind Walsh’s Pyramid with huge boulders and crystal-clear water.

5. Davies Creek, Tablelands – Featuring rocky platforms and shady trees as well as a spacious picnic area.

6. Babinda Boulders, Babinda – Boulders to laze around on in between emerald coloured water.

7. Cardwell Spa Pools, Cardwell – This spa pool turns an amazing milky aqua blue colour under certain conditions.

8. Paradise Waterhole, Paluma – Waterhole with plenty of room and deep pools, surrounded by forest.

9. Crystal Creek, Paluma – Featuring a large swimming hole as well as super fun rock slides.

10. Rollingstone Creek, Rollingstone – A relaxing spot surrounded by trees perfect for a stroll, picnic or swim.

11. Alligator Creek, Townsville (no alligators here) – Keep your eyes peeled for turtles at this creek in the forest.

12. Keelbottom Creek, Hervey Range – A popular bush swimming spot, especially in the wet season.

13. Finch Hatton Gorge, Finch Hatton – Rainforest location featuring two waterfalls and three swimming holes.

Lakes

14. Lake Eacham, Tablelands – Crater lake ideal for kayaking, with a walking track around the whole lake.

15. Lake Tinaroo, Tablelands – Huge lake with plenty to do for families and ideal for water sports.

16. Lake Paluma, Paluma – Nestled among rainforest, this lake is great for water activities including non-motorised boats.

Waterfalls

17. Fairy Falls, Redlynch Valley – A hidden gem with a tumbling waterfall and deep swimming hole.

18. Emerald Creek Falls, Tablelands – A number of crystal clear, small pools running along Emerald Creek.

19. Ellinjaa Falls, Tablelands – Accessible by a rainforest staircase and has a hidden ledge behind the falls.

20. Millaa Millaa Falls, Tablelands – These falls are 18.3m high and truly something out of a dream.

21. Souita Falls, Tablelands – A pair of small waterfalls nestled in the cool Misty Mountains.

22. Halls Falls, Tablelands – Picturesque swimming hole overlooking the Herberton Range National Park.

23. Josephine Falls, Wooroonooran – A natural playground with rock slides.

24. Ponytail Falls, Tully – Gorgeous single-drop waterfall on the Tully River.

25. Jourama Falls, Paluma – Fringed by rainforest, you’ll find multiple swimming spots here.

26. Cedar Creek Falls, Proserpine – Set in a natural rock amphitheatre surrounded by abundant flora.

27. Araluen Falls, Eungella – Large swimming hole living up to its fantasy-like name.

28. Cameron’s Pocket, Eungella – A hidden gem surrounded by rainforest.

Swimming Tips

Never swim in creeks or rivers during or after heavy rain, especially in the wet season (November-April).

Take care on wet rocks. They can be incredibly slippery, so avoid walking on them unless you must. Obey warning signs
alerting shallow water, dangerous currents and slippery rocks.

Never dive into water as it is difficult to determine how deep the water is, and you could seriously injure yourself on hidden rocks.

Can you swim at the beach? You can. Lifeguards are present at many beaches and stinger nets are put in the water between November and May. However, the deadly Irukandji jellyfish is so tiny that it can make its way through the nets, and crocodiles and sharks are sometimes spotted in the water too. While it is possible to swim at the beach, many locals stay away.

MUST-DO WALKS AND HIKES AROUND NORTH QUEENSLAND

MUST-DO WALKS AND HIKES AROUND NORTH QUEENSLAND

The Wet Tropics is 80 million years older than the Amazon and covers a massive 9,000 square kilometres, including 30 national parks, and stretches from Cooktown to Townsville.

It is a massive living natural wonder, and it is also a spectacular ecosystem serving home to many plants and animals, some of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. There are plenty of ways to explore the forest, whether it be swimming, hiking or a guided tour.

Walks and hikes

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful greenery of North Queensland is by lacing up those boots and going for a walk.

Cairns region

Kulki Walk, Cape Tribulation (easy, 10 minutes) – This walk takes you from the Kulki car park through the rainforest,
onto a boardwalk to the beautiful Myall Beach.

The Arrow Tracks, Cairns (moderate, 1-5 hours) – The yellow, red, blue and green arrow tracks wind through Mount

Whitfield, behind Cairns’ botanic gardens. There are stunning views along the way, some of the Cairns Airport where you
can spot planes taking off and landing.

Mount Hypipamee National Park Crater Track, Tablelands (easy, 30 minutes) – This track leads to a viewing platform
with incredible views looking into a volcanic pipe.

Townsville region

Djyinda Walk, Wallaman Falls (moderate, 2 hours) – Starting from the spectacular lookout of Australia’s highest sheer drop
waterfall, Wallaman Falls, make your way down the mountain to the base of the falls. It’s a stunning sight to behold.

Forts Walk, Magnetic Island (moderate, 2 hours) – Take a hike up to a historic WWII fort with stunning views of the ocean
and mainland at the end. It’s also an amazing location to spot koalas in the wild.

Mackay region

Dugong-Sawmill track, Whitsunday Island (easy, 1 hour) – Stroll through the rainforest and a fairyland of mosses, lichens
and fungi on this walk from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Beach.

Coral Beach track, Conway National Park (moderate, 1.5 hours) – Take a walk to the fantastic Coral Beach, enjoying glorious views across the Whitsunday Passage.

Bluewater Trail, Mackay (easy, walking time varies) – This trail will show you some of the best parts of Mackay, including the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Bluewater Lagoon and Iluka Park playground. Stop off wherever you wish and enjoy
all the city has to offer.

Other spectacular ways to see the forest

Curtain Fig Tree, Yungaburra – Around 500 years ago, a small mammal or bird dropped the seed of a fig tree in the crown
of a tree – and thanks to them, we now have the spectacular Curtain Fig Tree, measuring a gigantic 39m in circumference.
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a fantasy movie (and if you really love it, you can visit its buddy the Cathedral Fig Tree
nearby in Danbulla).

Lookouts – There are numerous lookouts around the region that’ll give you stunning views over the rainforest, sometimes
without even needing to leave your vehicle. Check out the Mount Alexandra Lookout in Cape Tribulation, Henry Ross
Lookout on the way to Kuranda, Hinchinbrook Island Lookout near Ingham, Castle Hill Lookout in Townsville, Lion’s Lookout
in Airlie Beach and Lamberts Lookout in Mackay.

Remember…

Look out for stinging trees. The heart-shaped leaves are covered in needle-like hairs causing intense and longlasting
pain.

Don’t go bushwalking alone. Many trails lead into areas with no mobile reception. It is a smart idea to take somebody with
you, and take extra care not to let children out of your sight when hiking as a family.

Be wary of wildlife. Forests are often frequented by snakes, cassowaries, dingoes and more. If you do happen to run into
one, keep your distance, don’t aggravate them and quietly move the opposite way. Talk to children on how to treat
wildlife respectfully.

Wear appropriate clothing, especially if you are going on a longer walk or hike. Wear comfortable, protective footwear,
dress in cool but sun-safe clothes, wear a hat and always carry plenty of drinking water.

MACKAY FRECKLE FARM FARMING FAMILIES

“WORKING WITH ANIMALS IS VERY REWARDING.”

In 2005, Deb McLucas and Rob Bauman started their farming businesses on a broadacre grain farm. Not long after they had their three children Hannah (14) and twins Laura and Megan (13), they purchased Freckle Farm and haven’t looked back since.

Deb and Rob began their Freckle Farm journey after deciding they wanted to develop a Biodynamic farm which produced healthy, nutritious and great tasting food.

They have laying hens for eggs, heritage breed Berkshire pigs for pork and rare breed Nguni cattle for beef.

“Working with animals and managing the environment so that we can improve our soil and plant health is very rewarding” Deb told PakMag.

“Being so connected with our natural environment keeps us very grounded and is also a wonderful place for our children to grow up.”

However this is not to say that the Baumans don’t face their fair share of challenges. “Running livestock in a free-range system can be very challenging with extremes of weather and seasonal conditions.” Deb added “Climate change is definitely exacerbating this.”

We asked Deb what their kids thought about living on a farm. “They love it. There’s always lots to do outside and you can make as much noise as you like because the neighbours will never hear us!” She responded. “They learn lots of useful life skills on the farm. Farm kids generally develop a very strong work ethic from a young age.”

The Baumans have won numerous awards for their produce. They also run regular farm tours where hundreds of families have come to see first-hand how this award-winning food is produced.