By Christina Carter 

    Gumnut Trails is a quirky and original idea that connects Melbourne families with the wild gems on their doorstep – using creative adventures and short illustrated comic stories. 

    Since launching in September last year, Gumnut Trails has grown from just one Adventure Guide in Melbourne’s west (where it all began), to now cover Melbourne’s north and east!There has been an incredible response from local families – with more than 700 families setting out on adventures in the west, north and east with Gumnut Trails in hand. Families and kids love them!

    ‘I think a lot of families are looking for something a bit different, that doesn’t break the bank, and provides a chance to get out and explore in nature regularly. The fact that it’s screen free is an added bonus. ‘ 

    Gumnut Trails is the creation of inner-westie Christina with the help of her husband and now 4-year-old daughter. 

    It started as a family quest to give their daughter the nature-filled childhood Christina remembers growing up in country Victoria, and soon became a way to connect other families with the amazing wild gems on their doorstep. 

    ‘We all know we’re happier and more active when we’re outdoors in nature. However, it has been amazing to see the huge leaps in confidence, creativity, and fitness levels in our 4-year-old daughter – a huge motivation to keep going, and connect other families to the amazing green spaces all around us. 

    Gumnut Trails is about easy family adventures – simply choose a trail and turn up and go. Each adventure guide includes 5 mystery trails, secret missions, journal cards, map and ID picture gallery. Each trail starts with a hand-drawn comic illustration to get kids excited about the day out. 

    It’s a popular gift and can be purchased from or from lovely local shops such as The Younger Sun, NPJ Living, Sedonia and Ceres Farm in Brunswick. (Hand delivery is available just before Christmas for fellow locals).

    If you’re looking for weekly inspiration and adventure trail ideas you can also follow Gumnut Trails on Instagram or Facebook. Photo: Christina Carter and her daughter. Purchase from 

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