Firstly, I 'd like to admit that this experience was not only my children's first time on a quad bike but mine too. And I'd also like to embarrassingly admit that I got stuck within the first five minutes of riding ( before even getting on the dunes ).
Luckily, the staff at Sand Dune Adventures were not only great guides but patient too. We all got the hang of the quads quickly once we started our adventures and wanted to share why we think you should also take your children out on a quad bike adventure.
Let's start with the obvious. Quad biking is so much fun for nearly all ages. Sand Dune Adventures had tours available for children aged 7 upwards and there was no prior experience needed ( as I proved ). Our children are aged between 7-10 and adults and children alike had a blast.
Learning a New Skill Builds Confidence
Unless your children have been lucky enough to have grown up in a rural area, it is probably likely that this will be a new experience for them.
My boys were naturals but they still learnt more about co-ordination, balance and safety.
The moving Worimi Sand Dunes can reach over 40 metres and are the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. While we didn't tackle anything near that size, some of the dunes were pretty daunting from the bottom ( and the top ). My 7- year old daughter was so proud of herself as she overcame her fears and zipped up and over them.
With views along the coastline of Stockton Beach, pure white sands and wide open blue skies it was sometimes hard to make sure you kept your concentration on your ride rather than the beauty around you.
Due to the location of sand dunes around the world, it's a guarantee you are going to be surrounded by some pretty spectacular mother nature where ever you ride.
A History Lesson
It seems that all over the globe ancient people held the same fascination for these beautiful ever-shifting landscapes too.
If you choose to do a tour with the right company then it is possible to get a history lesson along with the buzz.
Sand Dune Adventures run a 1.5-hour aboriginal culture, sand boarding and quad biking tour. The 4200-hectare Worimi Conservation Lands are managed by the Aboriginal Traditional Owners, the Worimi People. Not only do they take great pride in caring for the land, they share their history with explanations of the local Middens ( ancient camp and burial grounds). Our guide explained that bones have been found in the area that have been carbon dated back some 10,000 years.
Travel With Meraki - When you visit a special area like these conservation lands, always go with a knowledgeable guide, who knows the area well. While we were on our tour the ranger stopped a dirt bike rider who was riding through a sacred site. Remember to always " Take only memories and leave only footprints". Caring for these beautiful places is vital.
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