Back in early July we did a VERY quick visit to the Warrumbungle National Park. A lot of the park was still closed due to the fires that recently devastated the area in January of this year. We had intended to visit the park at that time but the fires obviously put our plans on hold. It is a shame we did not see the park as it was but there was a beauty in the recovering landscape that was very inspiring all the same.
Regrowth is evident and in places the green growth frames the burnt areas in a reminder that nature is a cycle. This provided a lot to talk about with both children as we walked about and saw the evidence of the fires everywhere.
Siding Spring Observatory. This is a must see kind of place. I was not sure what to expect but it was very child friendly with lots of hands on activities that made science fun.
You could stand on the scales to see what you would weigh on other planets. I think I was about half a tonne on the sun but thankfully earth's gravity is different ;)
Then you could see what 1 litre of milk would weigh on different planets depending on their gravity. Some were lighter and some you could not lift. It was great and a wonderful way of demonstrating the concept.
Both children had fun and it was wonderful that there was so much for them to do so I was not having to tell them to not touch everything every two minutes like some places.
The telescope was well worth the look too.
Whitegum Lookout was an easy walk that is sealed for ease of access. This was a great walk to see the signs of the bush fire up close so that we could discuss it with the children.
Burbie Canyon was an easy 2 km return walk along a stream. The children had fun walking (and running) along the track, scrambling and jumping the stream.
The lookout and Burbie Canyon walk were the only two walks open when we went. I think more of the park is open now. We will go back and camp one of these days so we can explore more of the tracks and the rock climbing too.