Family fun guide

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will once again be running their popular Discovery Program these school holidays from January 2 to 23.

History buffs can take a step back in time with a boat trip across Twofold Bay for a guided tour of historic Davidson Whaling Station. Learn about the whaling history of the area and discover how local whalers worked with a pod of Killer Whales in a relationship known as the “law of the tongue”.

A truly unique experience is a snorkel search for the beautiful and elusive sea dragons of Twofold Bay. Participants take a short boat trip from Eden to visit a small colony of weedy sea dragons endemic to Southern Australia.

Further activities include the ever popular snorkel tours, canoeing on beautiful Bournda Lagoon, spotlighting, boardwalk interpretive tours, 4WD tag along tours and more. 

Have you ever met a Bettong? The latest addition to the NPWS Discovery program is an activity titled “Meet the Bettongs”. Come tour a captive breeding program that is helping protect these fascinating marsupials.

This season’s discovery program also includes a number of specialised WilderQuest activities designed to inspire and engage children from 5-12 years old.

WilderQuest activities include detectives at dusk, snorkel adventures, rockpool rambles, and junior palaeontologists in which we unearth creatures that have lain buried below the sands at our secret skeleton excavation site. Children also have to opportunity to make their own take home fossil and search for living aquatic mini beasts, some of which have been on earth since before the time of the dinosaurs.

Discovery walks, talks and tours give an insight into the delights of national parks. Developed and led by specialist Discovery rangers, these fun activities will teach you more about the environment which surrounds you, and about the history which created it.

The program includes of a number of fantastic activities for all ages and abilities. For information or bookings contact NPWS on 6495 5000 or 1300 361 606.

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