It’s simple. Choose a trail card from your adventure pack, gather your essentials and get ready to start exploring. Each trail is presented as an illustrated comic adventure, and includes; a mission, fun facts and extra activities to keep your kids engaged, learning and playing outdoors.

  • Choose Your Trail.

    There are 5 Trails to choose from in your Adventure Pack, all with different themes, activities and time lengths involved.

    Use the time indicators and useful info (eg 2.5hrs, 2kms, open 8am to 7pm) to help plan ahead.

  • Check what to bring

    To get the most out of the activities, there are suggestions of what to bring along - eg magnifying glass, binoculars, clear plastic viewing tray.

    No stress if you don’t have the items at home; you will still have a great time exploring

  • Start exploring

    Once you have your gear, you can just turn up and go! Follow the 3-4 activities closely, or use them as starters - your choice.

    On each trail card there is a QR code. Scan for a handy map, wildlife identification pictures and extra activities.


What Age Do My Children Need To Be To Enjoy Gumnut Trails?

We suggest ages 2 - 12. It’s never too early (or late) to start exploring in nature. For younger children you can easily simplify the activities and for older kids - they can just lead the way!

Gumnut Trails is here to introduce you to the amazing natural spaces and wildlife we have in Melbourne, plus give you the confidence to look closer and take that hidden trail up ahead.

What Type Of Activities Are In The Guides?

The activities have been inspired by each individual Park, Reserve, Lake, River or Beach. We have drawn on ideas from activities enjoyed in the great outdoors such as mountaineering, treasure hunts, bird watching and more.

Plus looked at citizen science, nature play, conservation practices and forest school / bush kinder for additional inspiration.

They are fun, creative and easy to understand - you don’t need to be a teacher or hands on parent to ‘get’ these activities (we’re not).

We also worked with a conservation expert to make sure our facts, stats and ideas are accurate and appropriate for each space.

Peek inside the guides for examples: Have your kids created a crab castle before? Been on an active scavenger hunt? A quest to find the secrets of the sea? Gone hollow spotting?

What Are The Benefits Of Playing Outdoors In Nature?

Disclaimer: We have spent time researching the answer to this question as we’re far from experts - just parents who believe this is important.

Experts say that playing freely outdoors in nature builds happiness and all the good stuff we want for our children - creativity, imagination, resilience, active and healthy lifestyle, mindfulness, reduced stress and more.

Here’s a few examples to get you thinking:

  • Walking on an uneven path or log without tripping? Your child is not only active, but improving their coordination and motor skills.
  • Carefully inspecting the clouds, a flower or insect? Improving observation, concentration, and being 100% present in the moment.
  • Working out how to create a structure with twigs and branches through trial and error? Creative problem solving at its best, plus learning never to give up.
  • Smelling, listening, touching, looking? Using all their senses and being fully aware of their surroundings (not just a screen).

Studies have shown that even the sight of nature can help reduce stress and increase happiness. So if we can give our kids the secret formula to unplug and re-energise in the future, that’s a life changing skill.

The best part? Being there when your kids discover something for the first time.

Interested in learning more? Recent article on benefits for children

Is It Safe To Play Outdoors In Nature? What About Snakes?

Like anywhere, nature can present unexpected risks if you’re not paying attention or are unprepared.

To stay safe and ready to tackle what may come your way - wear good walking shoes, cover up, take plenty of water, be aware of your surroundings and stay on the trails. Consider packing a basic first aid kit just in case.

In Summer, it’s best to keep your children close to you, as snakes are more active. Remember snakes are afraid of us, and will hide if they feel vibrations. So teach your kids to stamp their feet on the trails and let the snakes know you’re coming!

Read some safety tips from Parks Victoria to help you be prepared and plan ahead.

Remember, you are responsible for your children and your own safety around water and on the trails. We recommend you always follow the official Park’s advice and rules.

Can’t I Just Do This Myself?

Absolutely! In fact we encourage everyone to get outdoors and into our natural spaces as much as possible.

However if you need some ideas of where to go and what to do - then we’re here to help! We’ve been happily exploring every green (and blue) space around Melbourne, to find the special places that make us smile and feel ‘lost’ in the city.

We’ve worked really hard to make this as fun, creative and easy as possible - so think of this as 5 awesome family days out taken care of.

What Impact Are You Trying To Make And Why?

We donate to local conservation projects

With every adventure pack we sell, we will be donating to local conservation projects. They help conserve and protect our local natural spaces for future generations.

Good for our children, good for our planet

Experts say, the more we connect and learn about nature when we’re young, the more we remember and care about our environment when we grow up. It’s also true, the more time children spend playing in nature, the more they build important life skills such as resilience, creativity, active lifestyle, mindfulness, happiness… the list goes on..

With about 70% of Australian families living in metropolitan areas, and theoretically less connected to the great outdoors - it can be challenging for families to spend time regularly in nature. That ‘camping trip’ might only happen once a year, if you’re lucky.

Therefore our hope is that we can bring the great outdoors closer to families and create those magical childhood moments in nature, that stay with us forever.