Having a family holiday with teenage kids (13 and 15yrs), can be challenging to find activities that engage everyone equally. This trip certaily met the criteria, adventure, adrenalin, education and most importantly of all, heaps of fun! From the moment we met our awsome guides Flyn and Brad and our two other adventurers who were joining us on our trip, we knew that a memorable day was in store.
During the drive through the sheep paddocks to get to the start of our journey we were all able to get to know eachother a little, have a laugh, and also learn some things about the caves before we even began.
Arrivied at the hut to get fitted out with overalls, harnesses and gumboots, which I must mention were the comfiest footwear out! When I saw pics of people wearing gumboots in the brochure I was admittedly somewhat dubious about how my feet would fair after 4hrs of climbing about in them, but I must say, they were so flexible and gripped really well when you needed them too. Just make sure you wear thick comfy socks.
Safety instructions before we began were clear and easy to understand, and the double checking of all our gear was very reassuring before we made our amazing rappel down to the cavern floor. The nerves were quickly overtaken by awe of the beauty of the place and we enjoyed the time it took to decend so you could really take it all in. It was truely a spectacular and magical experience that will never be forgotten.
The rest of the trip was also challenging and also very interesting learning about the cave formations and its inhabitants. The 30 metre ladder climb certainly got the heart pumping but was a rewarding feeling when you got to the top.
We now have some amazing family photos (taken by our multiskilled guides) to remember our adventure and are a little out of the ordinary from your usual family snaps. The looks on all our faces certaily tell of the exhillaration and fun we all shared together.
We'll be back for the 7hr Epic wet version of this trip when our youngest turns 15 and is old enough to do it. Thanks guys for an amazing experience!
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