1. Shorter Morning Walks
Many of the shorter walks are ideal for families. Backpacks for carrying younger children are available for hire from the Entertainment’s desk. The most child-friendly walks include: The Grotto, Fan Falls, Natural Pool, May’s Falls and Top Dam. There are always a few short climbs but taking it slowly with a few rewards makes it possible for most children. Guides carry along crunchies and juice and brew tea at the destination. Children can help collect firewood and enjoy playing in the streams while everyone has a good rest. The route home is normally relatively quick.
2. Pony Rides
Pony Rides are available each morning at 09h40 and afternoon at 14h40, Monday to Saturday and on Sunday mornings at 09h40. Please book at the Entertainment’s Desk at least an hour before so that the pony is not let out to pasture! Parents should collect tickets and then wait at the Jungle Gym just below the front lawn. A helmet is provided by the groom and the led ride goes from the Jungle Gym towards the tennis courts and back.
3. Croquet, Putting, a Jungle Gym & Trampoline at the Tennis Courts
Croquet or Putting can be arranged on the top bowling green. And, a new play area has been established next to the tennis court. This shady spot is ideal for little ones. There is a slide, see-saw, mini roundabout and the small trampoline is a real hit!
4. Kiddies’ Nail Treatment
A special something for little girls – visit the Spa Reception and have nails painted a pretty colour. Please book in advance with the Spa.
A nominal charge applies to certain activities.
5. Picnic at the Natural Pool or Cowslip Falls Dam
Children love exploring. These short walks are ideal for the family. Order packed lunches the night before. Collect them from the Entertainment’s desk before departing. Spend time splashing in the water, looking for crabs or racing wooden “boats”. Enjoy sandwiches, fruit, cheese & biscuits and juice in the shade before returning home.
6. Canoeing on Darter Dam
Oars and life jackets are available at the Entertainment’s Desk. Walk down to the dam via the swimming pool and race across Darter Dam. Look out for the trout swimming below. If you’re quiet you may see the kingfisher. Try and make your own floating raft – you need two water bottles, three bamboo sticks (look near the tractor) and 2 elastic bands (pop into Reception). A large arum leaf will work well as a sail.
7. Fishing at Charleswood Dam
Charleswood Dam is next to the tennis courts. Hire rods from the Entertainment’s desk.
8. Afternoon Activity @ 15h00 Monday to Saturday
Watch the notice board daily. Pretty, Lindiwe, Rebecca or Nomusa will meet you at the playroom for an hour of great fun!
Your children will be kept amused by creating their own pet rock, building Jelly-tot structures or racing around about on the scavenger hunt or nature challenge.
9. Swimming Pool & Slippery Slide
Don’t miss the slippery slide in the summer. There is also a separate kiddies’ pool for the tiny tots
10. Paddling in the Putterill’s Stream
Walk down the drive-way to the petrol bowser and behind the 201-203 block towards the Fern Forest. After 5 minutes you will come across a bridge crossing the Putterill’s Stream. Don’t cross the bridge, but walk to the river where children can paddle and play for ages.
11. The Nature Trail
Walk down the drive-way towards the 70’s block to the large gum tree. The Nature Trail starts here. There are information boards which explain many interesting facts about the birds and plants found at The Cavern
12. Face Painting – Don’t miss this!
Wednesday & Sunday 13h00 to 14h00 – just outside the playroom