Top 5 Adventures of 2017

After the good response from the first post of this year (check out Bright if you’ve not seen it yet) I started to reflect on last year and thought I would share the top five adventure posts from 2017. For us it was a great year for getting out with Immy being a little older and more interactive and Fletch wanting to know everything, we managed to see a lot. Unfortunately I never managed to get them all down into words, so hoping this year I am able to share a lot more.

So, without further adieu here are the top five adventure posts for last year.

5. Lake Mountain – A Snow First

Snow 1

A look into our first trip to the snow with kids and their reaction and excitement.

4. Sorrento – The Tentative First

Fletch first month

Our first outing as parents to a friends’ wedding, which wasn’t as bad as we expected considering the circumstances.

3.   Warburton Redwood Forest – Beware of the Dinosaurs


A unique forest, some stacks of sticks and a 3 year old’s imagination, throw in a creek and it made for a magical adventure.

2. Warren Glen Garden Centre

warren glen ducks

The time we visited a plant nursery that was much much more!

1. Yarra Flats Billabongs – “I wonder what’s in there?”


An impromptu stop to what we had always dismissed as nothing, but surprised us as being an adventure spot to revisit again and again.

As voted by your clicks, the Yarra Flats was the most viewed post for last year. Hopefully you can take yourself and your family to at least one of these spots for your own adventure.

I’d loved to hear where you had your most memorable adventure for last year and why it stood out, so comment below and maybe I can add it to my list for 2018!

Happy adventuring and make sure you check out the other posts on the blog page too.

The best place to follow Josh’s adventures with his family is on his Instagram site @josh.duthie. You can see this post and more Adventures of Duth by clicking the link below.

“Hey, I wonder what’s in there?”

Just past Yering Station right before you get into Yarra Glen there is an area we always wanted to investigate. It’s called the Yarra Flats Billabongs, which has been curated back to life after it was almost overrun with noxious weeds and was left to dry up over many years. Now it is full of native plants, some still on the younger side, but it is already a nice little bushland walk area with of course some billabongs scattered throughout.

One of the first things we noticed though was not the bushland or billabongs, but the blocked off section of old bitumen road that wraps around the reserve. We regretted not bringing Fletch’s bike as it would be the perfect practice ground for a ride. Its pretty hard to find a decent spot for him to practice riding thanks to all the hills in our area, so I can see us coming back to this spot a lot over the next couple of years.

At a couple of points you can leave the bitumen road and head onto the walking track that take you into the billabongs, through the native bush and past the open grass areas. One of these seemed to be a viewing platform that I assumed looked out over a large waterhole, but it was full of tall yellowed reeds (pictured), which still captivated the kids. They were certain there were lions and tigers in there. With Immy “Rarring” like the tigers, Fletch thought she might have scared them away, but it was hard to tell “because of the camouflage”. Pretty awesome to stand back as the kids let their imagination expand past the place they’re in, but it couldn’t last as we had to run away because the lions were coming!

There is heaps of open grass areas, which on a nice day would be great for a picnic with room for the kids to run around. Apparently there is a good population of birdlife , frogs and lizards, which could keep the kids occupied more so in the Spring time. However, we did see a massive wombat burrow, which Fletch wanted to crawl in to see if he could spot the wombat. But it was a freezing cold day so we were the only living things silly enough to be out in the elements!

I’m a bit of a sucker for anything historical and can’t resist reading any plaque with a story on it. Amongst the signs and plaques that speak of the billabong and the work that has been done to bring it back to life there is one that tells the story of a battle that took place in the area back in 1840. The battle between the local Wurundjeri people and the city troopers, which [spoiler alert] the Wurundjeri won.

The weather turned super cold so we headed back to the Oaks on Melba for some hot chocolates and scones, to the kids delight. The owners there are great, even giving the kids a free Nutella scone for being so polite. I was super impressed with Fletch wanting to go up to the lady after, which we did and he said “thanks for the scone it was yummy” in his quiet mousey voice. Pretty big deal for our shy lad who is coming out of his shell more and more these days. The other nice surprise is the new kids play area with climbing and balancing equipment that the kids were all over!

I look forward to adventuring back to the billabongs as the season turns for the better.


The best place to follow Josh’s adventures with his family is on his Instagram site @josh.duthie. You can see this post and more Adventures of Duth by clicking the link below.