For the young and young at heart, Greater Hamilton is certainly the place for spirited, entertaining and joyful undertakings. Drawing inspiration from three essential kid’s activities; playing, riding and discovering we have devised an agenda of fun. Read on to discover three fun things to do with the kids in Greater Hamilton.
Play @ Lake Hamilton
Lake Hamilton is a pristine lake surrounded by 25 hectares of lush parkland. That’s a lot of room for play! The waters of the lake are ideal for adventuring; fishing, sailing, rowing, windsurfing and canoeing. And with plenty of lush lawn around the banks of the lake, rest and relaxation is totally doable. Flick out your towel, pull up a camp chair or layout your picnic rug and settle in for an afternoon well spent.
The walking/bike track of the lake allows you to take in the total expanse. The track runs for just over 4kms. It is well made, a gentle walk/ride and it has plenty of places to stop along the way to recoup and regroup. This track also lends itself to the weekly Hamilton Park Run, a 5km run around the lake, free for anyone to participate.
A hop, skip, jump, slide and swing from the Hamilton Lake is the Lakes Edge Adventure Playground, a mere 20m from Hamilton Lake. This all-abilities access playground is teeming with equipment and fun! There is a towering climbing structure, steep twisting-turning-spiralling slide, spinners, swingers, see-saw, hammock, climbing wall, play ship, sandpit, diggers, the list goes on and on! There is also plenty of shelter, BBQs, picnic tables, water taps and toilets.
Ride the rails at Hamilton Model Railway Museum. This museum has been established and continues to be devotedly run by the Hamilton Model Railway Group Inc; a group of friends with a keen interest in Australian Model Railways.
Open to the public (varying days based on the season, closed in July & August), the museum offers children all the curiosity and delight of the railway. Inside the clubrooms, kids can take stock of the model display of Kilmore East, as well as a range of railway memorabilia. Outside, they can take to the tracks and ride an assortment of miniature railcars. And be sure to keep an eye on the socials too, the club is often playing host to some much-loved, fun-filled, children events like the renowned ‘Teddy Bear Picnic’ and the newest addition ‘Christmas on the Train’.
Discover @ HIRL Parklands & Bandicoot Enclosure
The HIRL (Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning) serves as a gateway to discovering the world of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot; the very cute, small, rabbit-sized marsupial that is native to Tasmania and Victoria. This reserve was established in an effort to protect and regenerate the species, one that has been deemed as critically endangered. Since the opening of the Bandicoot enclosure, breeding has increased and as such have the number of Bandicoots.
The kids will love discovering these characteristically Australian marsupials and the world in which they reside. Walk through the 100ha woodland of native flora and fauna, keeping a keen eye out so you can lay claim to spotting the famed Bandicoot. More than 120 Bandicoots were introduced into the reserve upon its opening, an additional 30 in 2007, plus the population increase due to breeding, so the chances are high that you will discover an Eastern Barred Bandicoot in its natural habitat.
So, there you have it. Play, ride, discover Hamilton. Opt for one or do the lot. Either way, fun for you and the kids is guaranteed!
To learn more about fun things to do in the Greater Hamilton region with kids, speak to a local on 1800 807 056.