What to do with kids in Agnes Water
Travelling to Agnes Water and looking for something to do with the kids?
Here are our Top 10 things to do with kids in Agnes Water and 1770, with special mention of things to do in Agnes Water with toddlers and small children.
1. Get a babycinos and cake from Getaway Garden Cafe on Bicentennial Drive. If you book a holiday home, sometimes you find yourself in the same situation that you do at home... stuck inside 4 walls with children. Getaway Garden Cafe is a lush space surrounded by magical gardens of bromeliads and cabbage palms, perfect place for a lovely hit of caffeine and serenity (and the kids might find a fairy or two). The cakes are amazing and there is a boutique shop with some wonderful, quality homewares and gift ideas for sale.
2. Take a 1770 LARC! Tour. For little ones (1-4) we would recommend a sunset tour, it is quicker than the day tour and cool with plenty of great eco-info for the little animal lovers (and a super fun "splash down!"). For the older kids (7+) that are willing to do a bit more walking and spend a longer day, the Paradise tour is a must with sand boarding and a tour of the lighthouse.
3. Take your scooters/ bikes/ skateboards for a ride along the 1770 Air Sea Rescue Park. If you park towards the 1770 Camping Ground end (near the playground and BBQ gazebos) there is a lovely run of flat path along the foreshore, an ideal distance for little legs. They sell ice cream at both ends of this pathway and boardwalk (ice creams at the kiosk at 1770 Camping Ground and also at the 1770 Tree Hotel). As well as this, there are playgrounds at both ends! So a triple win! Bring your togs and towel as the beach here (locals call it "the river") is ideal for little ones that are hesitant of waves.
4. Go Rock Hopping on Main Beach. If you park in the main beach carpark at the end of Agnes Street (there is also an awesome play ground here) you can access the main patrolled beach of Agnes Water. Towards the point you will find numerous rock pools with creatures aplenty!
5. Take a walk of the Paperbark Forest Trail on Springs Road (2 minutes drive from Sunrise at 1770). This beautiful boardwalk features stepping stones and is sure to please adults and kids alike. Please be mindful of the environment here, the ferns are delicate - please stick to the boardwalks and take litter with you. A very easy 10-minute walk.
6. Walk the Butterfly Trail in 1770. Park at Captain Cook's monument and take a beautiful bush trail with some breathtaking views out to the point. You will likely see turtles, dolphins or if the season permits - whales. This walk is probably more suited to children 4+. About 15 minutes into the walk you will reach the cabbage palm forest where the butterflies hang out en masse - this too is seasonal.
7. Get a family photo session. Prior to your arrival touch base with some local photographers and arrange a family portrait on one of our incredible beaches. All of the local photographers here know where the "best spots for the best shots" are, making the memories of your holiday last a lifetime.
8. Go 4WDing in Deepwater National Park or Eurimbula National Park. These are located about 10 minutes from the centre of town. If you have a 4WD, it is a great way to spend a half day. We recommend Wreck Rock or Flat Rock or Middle Rock in Deepwater National Park. Pack lunch and utilise the picnic and day-use areas. If you are more adventurous camping in these parks are available. If your child won't sleep... go 4WDing.
9. Visit the reef! Prior to your arrival arrange a reef trip to Lady Musgrave Island. The snorkelling is beautiful. Reef trips depart daily from the 1770 Marina, weather permitting. More suited to kids aged 7+
10. Learn to surf! Probably more suited to older kids, take a surf lesson and learn how to hang 10 like a pro. With little ones, we recommend bringing a small life jacket to the beaches so they can practise "surfing" on boogie boards.