Things to do for Central Tablelands kids

There’s tonnes of things things for kids to see and do in Bathurst, Blayney, Oberon, Cowra and Molong. Here’s a few cheap or free ideas to take a look at next time you want to get out and about with the family.

Fishing – Lake Oberon
There’s nothing like taking the kids down for a fish on the lake for trout (although we parents do spend a bit of time unsnagging lines and re-tying tackle 🙂 )
Three great little spots around the lake are Kelly’s Bay, the Reef Reserve and the Oberon Dam Picnic Area.  Fishing is permitted all year round, though you may have to consider the best setup depending on the season. Why not take a picnic lunch and make an day of it. Head to the Oberon Australia website for more info and ideas.

Animals on Bikes – Molong to Dubbo
Kids love animals, so why not take the family on an animal spotting safari around the Molong region one day on the road between Molong and Dubbo via Cumnock and Yeoval? Animals on Bikes started out as around 45 sculptures varying from letterbox size to 2 metres high back in 2009. Today there’s over 100 pieces on display in paddocks and fields. It makes for a great game with younger kids to see who can spot them first. So take a drive and check out the creative talents of our local farmers, farmer’s wives, men’s sheds, school kids and other community groups.

Ironbark Walking Track – West of Cowra
Put on your boots and pack some lunch for a great little hike on the Ironbark Walking Track. Just 25kms west of Cowra, this trail explores the Conimbla National Park. The track itself is a 4km loop from Ironbark Picnic Area carpark. Don’t forget to take along your binoculars to see the local birdlife and admire the scenic views back East towards Cowra, as well as the farmland and mountains beyond. Make sure you take sunscreen and a hat if it’s hot, and be sure to take ample water. More info can be found on the NPWS website.

Abercrombie Caves – South of Blayney
About 45mins South of Blayney you’ll find a subterranean world to explore at the Abercrombie Caves. You can take one of their guided tours, or self-guide several caves that they have on offer. Entry varies for the different caves, with prices from $12 and $18 for kids and adults respectively. You can find out more info here.

Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum – Bathurst
Located in the 1876 Public School building, the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum is home to the world renowned Somerville Collection. With almost 2000 mineral and fossil artefacts on display, it’s an interesting day out with the kids (and pretty cool for the mum’s and dad’s too). Entry is $12 for adults, $6 for kids and $28 for families. Take a look at their website for museum opening times and more info.

As you can see, there’s heaps of things to see and do for kids and families in the Central Tablelands region, and at
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