The Outdoors and Children

It is well known that physical activity and exercise has both immediate and long-term benefits, however with a young family and busy schedule, it is difficult to find the time to fit in exercise. A solution to this is to find an activity that both young and old can enjoy such as bush walking. The trick is to find a track that will keep children interested whilst also not being too long to make them exhausted before you finish the walk, with that in mind, you are sure to find the perfect track in Morton National Park.

A scenic drive through real estate Burradoo and real estate Moss Vale will lead you to the beautiful Morton National Park. Situated south southwest of Sydney with entrances in the Southern Highlands and the South Coast, the enormous park has a range of activities including bush walking, canoeing, climbing and mountain biking. The cascading Fitzroy Fall’s waterfall will certainly keep your children interested whilst also allowing the whole family to enjoy the beauty of being outdoors.

A good idea is to reward your children with a picnic in one of the many well equipped picnic areas for their hard efforts. This will give you all the chance to take a well deserved break and to enjoy the surroundings. Morton National Park is a sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife with the rain forest and euculypt forest supporting the local fauna. Whilst resting in a picnic area, you will have the chance to do some bird watching with birds such as lyrebirds, parrots and eagles calling Morton home.

As well as the scenery, Morton National Park is rich in Aboriginal history. As Morton National Park is the traditional land of the Yuin people, several hundreds of sites have been recorded there. The park’s beautiful Didthul mountain and Fitzroy Falls are also significant in Aboriginal mythology. As the occupation of the land by the Yuin people dates back 20,000 years, there are sure to be more sites waiting to be uncovered.

On your way home be sure to pass through the historic townships and see what is selling Bowral to visitors from all over Sydney. With a vast range of eateries and unique shopping boutiques, you can end your day with a bit of shopping or simply pop into one of the many cafes or restaurants for a relaxing meal.


Gardening for Health

Gardening is form of activity that can be undertaken by anyone – young, old, or people with disabilities. Its health and therapeutic benefits are well known.

Gardening has long been recognised as a great form of exercise – it encourages endurance, flexibility and strength. Gardening is also good for mental health as breathing in the fresh air and experiencing the outdoors and the growth of new plants and life is uplifting and relieves stress.

When gardening think about it as a structured fitness regime. Alternate a lighter activity such as pruning, with a heavier activity such as digging holes. Stretching before you begin and concentrating on deep breathing while you work will help with the feeling that the routine is an exercise workout.

Enjoy working in the garden as family. Children love to be involved in working with you and planting and watching the garden grow – it is even more fun if you can eat the produce as well, but remember not to use chemicals on the plants if you plan on doing this.

Gardening rates with bicycling and walking as a form of moderate exercise – but as with all exercise the best benefits are to be obtained when it is continued for at least thirty minutes.

Gardening is such a good form of exercise as it relies on natural body movements. Core muscles are being refined and perfected to support the spine. Stretching and bending assists with keeping the body supple and strong.

It is also a great idea to squat when gardening, so that the hip joint is kept moving and also a mass of muscles are used when daily squatting. You can squat to plant, or weed.

To avoid stiffness the next day, work at these forms of exercise slowly.

Practice balancing to improve your neural pathways as you age. It will make you sure footed and hopefully help you to avoid any falls later in life. Stand on one leg while pruning and stretch to reach the spot you need to prune.

If your home is light and airy, you and your family will be more likely to be drawn outdoors and into the garden for healthful gardening and play. Bifold doors and interior folding systems are great for creating light and extra space inside your home. When you have a party and invite groups of people opening up these doors will make your entertaining space bigger and lighter and more inviting. Then, to draw guests and family outside into the garden, opening up exterior folding doors or having sliding doors will mean this can be more easily accomplished. You can then use pleated insect screens to keep those pesky insects away while you are enjoying the beautiful outdoors and the garden you have worked so hard to create and maintain.

Sport and Children

It is universally recognised that children need to be physically active in order to live healthy and confident adult lives. As adults one of our roles, particularly in the modern world, is to encourage children away from time in front of screens and out into the fresh air and sunshine to run and play.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has stated that only six out of ten children aged between five and fourteen years of age participate in sport outside of school. Active people reduce the risk factors associated with many diseases. Furthermore, an active lifestyle also is known to reduce stress and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression. Most of our adult habits are formed in childhood, and physically active children mature into becoming physically active adults.

The physical benefits of sport and exercise for children are enormous. It encourages a healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, and helps with improved coordination and balance. There is an increase in cardiovascular fitness and a reduced risk of obesity. As well as improved social skills and interpersonal skills such as leadership and cooperation, the emotional benefits include improved sleep and a better ability to physically relax.

Some children, especially younger children, may not appreciate the discipline of organised sport, so encouraging activity in general is a great way of gaining the health benefits we have talked about. Stationary pursuits include watching television, computer games, homework and internet activities. The Australian government recommends that children should spend a maximum of two hours a day using electronic media, and that they spend a minimum of sixty minutes involved in physical activities each day.

The way we build or renovate our homes can encourage children to have an active outdoor lifestyle from the earliest ages. Brio has many styles and designs of exterior folding systems for the homeowner to use to create that special indoor/outdoor place for their family’s games. Adults will feel more comfortable that their children are safe while still being actively involved in outdoor activities. Passive supervision can be carried out by parents and caregivers with the doors wide open and children playing in the yard, blissfully unaware that their active play is being monitored from inside the home by a loving parent or friend.

Sliding door gear and exterior folding doors makes extra space for children to experience energetic play in the fresh air on balconies or verandahs, even in inclement weather. The door hardware and the beautifully crafted doors themselves are an attractive and functional addition to any home.

Parents can lead by example to encourage physical activity in their children. Family outings may include walking and playing soccer together to teach children the pleasure and importance of being physically active in a social context. Family support at sporting matches will long be remembered by the children. Time limits for sedentary activities such as computer games and television, which are set with love and an explanation of the importance of physical activities, are a good idea too.

Join a sporting club or association as a family. Try a bushwalking club or group in which the whole family can participate, and gain physical and social skills.

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Sydney Harbour, at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers. Originally called Wareahmah by the indigenous Australians, the island was used as a hunting and fishing spot prior to 1839. In its original state, the island was a heavily timbered sandstone knoll which rose 18 metres above sea level.

From 1839 convicts who had arrived in Australia and re-offended were housed on the island. Convict labourers cut into the sandstone cliffs and the unused sandstone rock was thrown into the sea, resulting in the fact that the original 12.9 hectare island became larger – expanding to 17.9 hectares. Most of the original vegetation has been removed. A fossil was found on the island in the 1880’s while blasting work was being carried out – it was a Labyrinthodont, one of the earliest land vertebrates.

The convict labourers cut into the rock to hollow out sandstone silos, and then there followed extensive quarrying. Much of the Cockatoo Island sandstone was used for building projects throughout the colony, one example being the construction of a sandstone wall for Circular Quay.

The Fitzroy Dock was constructed on the island in 1848. The first vessel arrived on the dock in December 1857 and it was used exclusively for the British Navy until the 1860’s. Following two extensions, the Fitzroy Dock was 145 metres long.

Another dock was cut into the island in 1890, which was capable of accommodating the largest ships of the Navy. Named the Sutherland Dock, at the time it was built this was the largest dock of its kind in the world.

Cockatoo Island became an important industrial site in the twentieth century and many important projects were carried out on the island, which employed thousands of people. There were many specialist buildings and workshops on the site which remain today, with projects such as ship building, repairing and modifying, and the manufacture of innovative machinery, taking place.

The industrial site shut down in 1992, and the site fell into disuse for ten years. However rehabilitation of the site commenced in 2001 when the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust was formed. The Trust has been involved in the rehabilitation of the site and is now the custodian, responsible for balancing the re-use of the site for commercial enterprises and conserving the heritage value of the site. Cockatoo Island has accommodation ranging from camp sites to apartments and four bedroom residences, which is heritage-based and clean and comfortable.



New Strategic Partnership

The Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW (CCIA) and Surfing NSW (SNSW) have created a partnership with the aim of bringing their love of health and the outdoor lifestyle to an even larger audience. The partnership will create more of a connection between surfing activities and NSW holiday parks. Many parks are situated in beautiful beachside locations, offering accommodation of all types – from cabins to camping sites and caravan sites.

The CCIA NSW Chief Executive Officer, Lyndel Gray considers that it will be a fantastic partnership opportunity for the CCIA, bringing the chance of a better awareness of the experiences and products CCIA offers across the state of NSW.   Lyndel stated: “The surfing community loves to travel and they love the outdoors, and CCIA members have some of the best park locations close to the beach and the best products – like campervans, camper trailers and tents – to make any surfing holiday great.”

Lyndel suggests that both groups are very family-oriented, and the two organisations are keen to promote the beauty and interest that NSW offers to travellers who want new experiences, to participate in events, to enjoy the outdoors and have an energetic and active holiday. With over 400 park members across NSW, along with a searchable website that enables visitors to find just the park they are looking for or to purchase a camping product, Lyndel considers that there is something for everyone.

Surfing NSW CEO, Mark Windon said that Surfing NSW is excited about the opportunity to work with CCIA. Mark stated: “With surfers being habitual travellers, this partnership with CCIA is a no-brainer for Surfing NSW. And given the amount of events we complete across the NSW coastline – as well as the number of Surfing NSW boardrider clubs, surf schools and members – we feel there’s some great synergies between the camping and surfing lifestyle.”