Great spots to take the kids

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Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
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Denise Sara displays May Gibbs nature-inspired book.
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The Shire of Harvey boasts a stunning selection of nature-based activities, perfect for anyone wanting to get their children offline and outdoors.

The activities range from short hikes to bird watching and follow the announcement of a tourism collaboration plan that would group the Harvey region under the South West tourism umbrella.

However, this is not the first time the region has been noticed for its nature.

Author and illustrator May Gibbs who lived in Harvey in the 1880s wrote and illustrated several books including Snuggle Pot and Cuddlepie, which were inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna in the area.

Harvey and Australind Tourist Centre adviser Denise Sara said her favourite slice of the South West region was the beautiful strip of beaches and the peaceful picnic sites.

“These are great spots for kids and families, especially during the summer months,” she said.

The wild flower picnic site in Harvey showcases the best wild flowers and offers a short 1km scenic hike.

Ms Sara said there were views of the beach on one side and views of the Harvey Dam on the other.

Hikers are urged to wear closed shoes in summer and be on the look-out for snakes.

About 22km down the road lies the Brunswick pools which form part of the Brunswick River.

Families can have a picnic and enjoy a refreshing swim.

Bird watching is also a popular activity along the Rosemel Wetlands and along the banks of the Myalup lakes, Ms Sara said.

More information can be found at the Harvey or Australind tourist centres.

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