We have found the perfect school holiday activity for you and your brood. A Trail Quest through Sydney!
This is a great way to get outdoors and explore our beautiful city. There are Quests for the city area, and also out in the burbs like Manly and Parramatta. And there's always more being added to the list. Each Quest has a set of clues that you need to find the answer for, and most of the Trails take between 1 -2 hours to complete, depending on how quickly you can find the answers.
To find a Trail Quest that is of interest to you and your family/friends, check out the Trail Quest website. Once you have found which area of Sydney that you would like to explore, you pay $15.00 for the puzzle details and clues (check below to see the special deal for SMG members). Then you can download your clues either on your phone, or you can print a hard copy to take along with you. Some walks are pram friendly and some aren't, so make sure you read through the details before you make your payment.
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We were lucky enough to do a Trail Quest recently, and here's what happened on our adventure along the "Sydney Harbour Bridge Opening":
Our mission started at Wynard, and weaved its way through The Rocks, and finished across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Milsons Point - we had 12 clues to unravel. With comfy walking shoes on, as well as hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water, we arrived at our starting point - Wynard Station.
We had to head north from the station to arrive at our first destination, St Philips Church in York Street. We read our clue and went hunting for our answer. And guess what? We failed miserably! I'm not sure if it was because I was uncaffeinated, or if we were all having a "boy look," but we could not find the answer to the clue. This was not helped by the fact that there was a film crew at the same site, and they were perhaps set up right in front of where the answer was to be found. So I'm embarrassed to admit that I used my best friend, Google to provide the answer.
However, I'm pleased to report that the rest of the clues were found easily! Phew. And we also discovered some parts of Sydney that we did not know about - and that is the beauty of Trail Quests, unearthing our own city. Our Quest took us all around the beautiful Rocks area, and along the way we found quite a few places to have a coffee, cool drink or bite to eat, and of course toilets.
From The Rocks we headed up and over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (there are multiple stairs to be climbed, so don't bring the pram along - wear your baby instead). There are opportunites to take the perfect selfie along the way, with the Harbour as your backdrop, so make sure you take the time to admire the gorgeous view.
When we were at the end, we had to text our final answer to a mobile number, and then we received a one word message back, which gave us more information about the answer (and I may have had to consult my best friend again to see what this acutally meant!).
Our Trail Quest took just under 2 hours to complete - it would have been quicker if we hadn't stopped for an ice cream and a sticky beak in a few shops along the way. This was the perfect length of time to hold the attention span of my young lads. I'm thinking that it would be fun to do with a group of friends, and perhaps stop in for a sneaky pub lunch along the way (you pass a few pubs including the Lord Nelson Brewery)!
A Trail Quest would make the perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for that child or family who has everything. Maybe buy them a couple of different Quests so that they can explore parts of Sydney that they may not have visited before.
Trail Quest have a special offer just for Sydney Mums Group readers and members, where we receive a 33% discount off all Quests. Just enter sydneymums in the promo code, when you are paying online.
Many thanks to Trail Quest for hosting our fabulous adventure!