Social Distancing recommendations
Picture Credit: health.gov.au
Covid -19 is changing our world at the moment and information is constantly being updated.
As I understand it social distancing does not mean you have to stay indoors (unless you are in mandatory isolation or lockdown).
To help you get out and about in nature and to enjoy the amazing benefits nature provides to both our physical and mental well-being I have compiled a list of suggested places. These walks or parks are not as popular as other places so hopefully you won't encounter too many other people. They either have accessible wide open spaces or wider paths so that if you do encounter others you can maintain your distance from them. Most paths and trails are around a metre wide but at most of these locations there are grassy surrounds (with some exceptions like boardwalks) that you can walk on to keep your 1.5 metre distance from other walkers.
Please remember to wash your hands both before and after touching ANY playground equipment.
Russell Brown Adventure Playground, Mosman Park
Birdwood Nature Playground, Dalkeith
Lake Jualbup Shenton Park
Perry Lakes, Floreat
Lakes Brearley, Bungana and Brickworks, Maylands Peninsula
Jackadder Lake, Woodlands
Werrilyiup Trail, Whiteman Park
Broadbeach Park, Hillarys
Warradale Park, Landsdale
Freshwater Park, Ascot Waters
Mt Lyell, Mosman Park
Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth
Kuljak Island, Ascot
Beenyup Swamp, Woodvale
Wanneroo Public Art Trail (self drive)
Carine Open Space
South Perth Foreshore and Lakes
Warwick Bushland, Warwick
Craigie Bushland, Craigie
Star Swamp, North Beach
Jorgenson Park (on the old golf course)
Walyunga National Park
Goo Loorto, Whiteman Park
Sections of the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, excluding the Swan View Tunnel
Beach walks are fabulous exercise but many beaches attract a large volume of people so try to find a time of day which might not be as busy or visit one of the beaches on the outskirts of the city where there are less people.
Bike rides are also a great way to exercise and enjoy the fresh air so walk or ride around your suburb and discover new parks and open spaces.
Don't forget that not only will you be getting fresh air, exercise and family bonding time there will be endless opportunities to learn about the world around us and to strengthen literacy and numeracy skills on every outing: sand play at the beach, watching the waves, observing flora and fauna, counting collections, taking photos to make photo stories - the list is endless so open your eyes to each opportunity and really enjoy this world we live in and what it has to offer.
Personally I will try to remain inside as much as possible. I do feel, however, that getting out and about in nature is important to my overall mental health and well being so there will be times when I venture out. I think if we all remain considerate, practice social distancing and use our common sense we can all enjoy some time in the great outdoors without putting others at risk.
At this point I have not linked this list to my blog posts. Please head to the main blog at https://outandaboutfnc.wixsite.com/outandabout and use the search button to find the blog post you are interested in. Alternatively search the location on Google Maps and head out to discover it for yourself.
Stay safe and stay positive!