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    ON THE HUNT FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

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    GUMNUT TRAILS IS AN EXCITING NEW IDEA FOR YOUNG FAMILIES.

    What began as a family project during lockdown, has grown into something much bigger: Outdoor Adventure Guides for kids, all set in Melbourne West’s amazing local Parks, Beaches, and Reserves.

    Gumnut Trails is the creation of inner-westie Christina, with the help of her husband and 3-year-old daughter. Growing up in country Victoria, Christina’s childhood memories were filled with epic sandpit excavations, nail biting billy cart races, treasure hunts in local nature reserves and adventure-filled holidays in National Parks.

    She didn’t realise how amazing her childhood was, until years later her family were living in inner city Melbourne – without a beach, forest, or park in sight. Then COVID lockdowns happened and the hunt to find a slice of the great outdoors in Melbourne became goal number one. This led to Gumnut Trails.

    ‘We spent our mornings exploring local parks and creating adventures. Afternoons were dedicated to creative writing and illustration. It was the perfect way to fight off the lockdown blues and make sure we connected to something real as a family.’

    Gumnut Trails is about easy family adventures – simply choose a trail and turn up and go. it’s a chance to get outdoors and explore Melbourne West’s amazing green spaces. Families may even discover their new local! The Trails are all located within 20kms of the city.

    The Guides are packed with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and activities to keep kids engaged, learning, and playing in nature. There are 5 mystery trails, 15+ adventures, pics of local wildlife and Journal cards to sketch what you see!

    For every guide sold we are donating to local conservation projects.

    Let the adventures begin… www.gumnuttrails.com.au

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