Step away from the iPhone, pack a daypack and get creative with these Top 3 things to do over Easter and the April school holidays
Visit Royal National Park in your activewear
Royal National Park has something for just about everyone: from ancient rock art, to walks on the beach, kayaking at Audley, fishing along the rugged coastline or birdwatching in the bush. If you’re not comfortable with sleeping under canvas at Bonnie Vale, there are a handful of heritage cottages repurposed as accommodation: the recently restored heritage cottage known as Hill Top overlooking the Hacking River; the mid-range cottage Reid’s Flat, which is surrounded by bushland; or the more budget family friendly option of Weemalah Cottage on the banks of the Hacking River. Encourage the entire family to become part of that bush backdrop by grabbing your bike and exploring the cycling trails, or pulling on your hiking boots to admire the deep valleys and grand cliffs within the vast wilderness area. Royal National Park is one of the jewels in the Sutherland Shire’s crown. Get amongst it. For more information, visit the website.
Opt for art and about at Hazelhurst
Picture this: the kids are busy making critters out of clay, playing in the sandpit or expressing their creativity in a full-day painting workshop. Meanwhile, you’ve admired the latest works in the 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, undertaken to do a ceramic course with your sister-in-law and colonised a corner of Hazelhurst Café to enjoy a plate of avocado, tomatoes and feta on sourdough or a garden plate with poached eggs, avocado, haloumi, tomato, rocket, mushrooms, pepperonata, hommus and sourdough. As well as the school holiday classes, which also include digital cartooning, save the date for the drumming workshop on April 24. For more information, visit the website
Get your geek on at ANSTO
Ever wondered how you split an atom? Want to learn more about nuclear science? Head to Australia’s only nuclear research facility during the school holidays to participate in a fun, interactive experience with games and experiments suitable for children aged 8-14 and their parents. The Up and Atom tours at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Institution will teach you all about nuclear medicine, which scientists are using to help save lives every day. Security is tight, but after jumping through a few hoops, you can do a tour of the site and visit the discovery centre where you can participate in interactive lectures. Public transport options are available on weekdays with a regular mini-bus service between ANSTO and Sutherland Station. For more information, visit the website