Gumnut Trails forge new pathways into Melbourne’s north and west for young families
By Rebecca Broadhead
Flemington local Christina Carter launched Gumnut Trails in September last year to provide adventure guides for kids at Melbourne’s local parks, beaches, and reserves.
Christina has always loved urban Melbourne but upon starting a family, memories of the green landscapes of her childhood made her want to give that experience to her daughter. During lockdowns the need for nature became even more vital, so with her husband and three-year-old daughter they stepped out to find some wilderness to explore.
“We spent our mornings exploring local parks and creating adventures. Afternoons were dedicated to creative writing and illustration. It was the perfect excuse to get out of the house, unplug and connect to something real as a family,” Ms Carter said.
This led to the creation of Gumnut Trails: outdoor adventure guides with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and creative activities to keep kids engaged, learning, and playing in nature. There are five mystery trails, more than 15 adventures, photos of local wildlife and journal cards to sketch what you see!
“I have been told a few times that the kids just love the illustrations, and it helps get them excited about the day out. Older kids enjoy the journal cards, creating their own adventure comic story and leading the adventures. One parent told me that her son thought the story was written about him and he took the adventure guide to bed with him,” Christina said.
For every guide sold, a donation is made to local conservation projects; an important step to protect natural spaces for children and future generations to experience as well.
To find Melbourne’s North and West Adventure guides locally, visit Stranger than Paradise on Errol St, NPJ Living in Flemington, Brunswick Bound on Sydney Rd, The Little Bookroom in North Fitzroy or Sedonia in Seddon. •
For more information: gumnuttrails.com.au