Updated: Sep 10, 2020
In terms of exercise, bushwalking provides the perfect balance of low impact physical activity at an individual's own pace, without the need for expensive equipment or extensive training. But the reasons to get involved in this nature based activity go way beyond the physical benefits...
"Take a quiet walk with Mother Nature. It will nurture your mind, body and soul." - Anthony Douglas Williams
Bushwalking is great for the mind too - lowering feelings of stress, improving mood and enhancing mental wellbeing. In fact, Beyond Blue actually advocate bushwalking as an activity for reducing anxiety and depression due to its calming effects. Research also shows that time spent in nature can increase the ability for creative thinking and problem-solving.
If you are unsure of which tracks are best suited to kids or not confident in your ability to navigate through the bush alone, then a local bushwalking club is a great place to start. This allows you to be led by a first-aid qualified, experienced guide who will safely lead you along spectacular tracks close to home, whilst giving you time to explore and soak it all in.
Walking as part of a club further enhances the social and mental benefits of this outdoor exercise, providing an opportunity for social connection, improved confidence and motivation. Bushwalking is a great setting in which to form and deepen friendships and connect as a family unit in an environment free from other distractions. Research suggests that exposure to nature can help our relationships by making us more empathetic, helpful, and generous.
Bushwalking also provides a complete sensory experience - a chance to breathe in fresh air, gaze at beautiful sights, enjoy vivid colours of native plants, listen to the sounds of local wildlife and feel nature's textures.
Family Bushwalking Club is launching soon! Open to all ages and experience levels. Come join in the fun exploring local tracks with your family in the Royal National Park and Dharawal National Park! Click on the Services tab to find out more