Fun Things To Do For Free In The Highlands This Weekend

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Handy information for parents and carers about raising kids in the Southern Highlands, kindly brought to you by Explorers Learning Academy, specialising in play and early childhood education.



Save some money and have some fun!

Keep the wallet in the pocket and your money in the bank with this list of fun things to do for free in the Highlands!


1 // RIDE IT

So many places to explore on two wheels. From the family-friendly Bong Bong Track that runs from Burradoo to Moss Vale, through to gravel riding at Meryla, mountain biking at Welby or hitting the tarmac on the Bowral Loop – great for getting the heart pumping.


Bike Ride



This newly opened skate park is a favourite with locals of all ages. Part of the Bundanoon Oval recreational space, you’ll find it on Erith Street. Just follow the sounds of happy kids and a few grown-ups reliving their youth! Here are some other skate park options.


Bundanoon Skate Park



We know that petrol costs money but if you fill up on Thursday, then technically this activity is sorta still free on the weekend, right? There are lots of gorgeous country roads to explore in the Highlands. One of our favourites is from Mittagong to Robertson. Start at Range Road in Mittagong, follow that through to Glenquarry where you turn left onto Tourist Road. Follow that road until you get to a fork. Here you can go left to loop into Robertson from the north or left on Kirkland Road to drive through Kangaloon and end up in the centre of Robbo.


Sunday Drive



Who needs the Louvre (Pfft!) when you’ve got the fab galleries of the Southern Highlands? Many of our fab galleries have free entry and regularly host amazing exhibitions. Be sure to include the SHAC at Robertson on your list and the newly opened Whitewall Art Projects Gallery in Berrima.


Art Trail in the Highlands


5 // GO BUSH

Surely one of the best things about being surrounded by glorious national parks and state forests is all the incredible bush walks available for us to do. There’s plenty of family-friendly walks like the Berrima River Walk or if you’re more hard core and like to push the envelope a bit, there’s plenty of that too – read about our experience trekking from the Box Vale Track to Lake Alexandra! Here are some of our favourite walking adventures to get you started.


Bush Walking



Who else has to run their kids around like greyhounds?? Well, there’s plenty of playgrounds in the Southern Highlands to burn off all that energy! The flying fox at the Berrima Market Place is a fave with the ankle biters and we love the space and design of Mirran Nunguna Gulla Park in Renwick. Find a playground near you.


Playgrounds in the Highlands



Raid the pantry, fill up the picnic hamper, grab a blanket and head out for a picnic at one of these spots. Sure, it’s a bit chilly at the mo but no one does a crisp, sunny winter day like the Highlands, so it’s awesome to get out into the fresh (in more ways than one!) air. Nothing a beanie and a parka can’t sort out, right?


Picnic Spots in the Highlands


8 // ROLL ON

We love anything retro and it seems quite a few of us in The Fold office weren’t scared about strapping on some roller skates back in the day! Let’s bring it back, we say! The Bong Bong Track is perfect for getting some skating action in – remember to pad up and wear a helmet.





Got a little road rage? Been a bit stressed at work? Then try forest bathing. Yep, it’s a thing. It’s so good for our wellbeing.... the heart rate slows down (bye bye road rage), blood pressure decreases (bye Felicia!), stress levels lower and our immune systems get stronger! Very cool. And all you have to do is head out into one of our national parks or forests and just sit in amongst with the trees for however long you think it’s necessary. Breathe it in, baby!


Forest Bathing



It’s peaceful, it’s easy and it’s free. Drop a line in at Berrima River, Bundanoon Dam, Fitzroy Falls Reservoir, Wollondilly River or the Wingecarribee River.


Fishing in the Highlands



Haven’t heard of geocaching? It’s a family-friendly outdoor recreational activity that uses GPS to hide and seek ‘geocaches’ at specific locations marked by co-ordinates all over the world. And there is plenty to find in the Southern Highlands, with Penrose Forest being one of the most popular geocache locations. Head to the Geocaching Australia website and enter a place to go a-hunting!



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We love sharing our awesome outdoor adventures with The Fold readers and want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy when giving our walks and rides a crack for themselves. So, always check the weather forecast before you venture out. If you’re heading into a National Park, be sure to consult the National Parks website for up-to-date information about current alerts. Prepare yourself with the right equipment, clothing, safety items, with plenty to eat and drink if you’re going on longer hikes, and always let someone else know where you’re going and what time you are expected to be back. Have fun and stay safe!


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