Corin Forest

I work 3 days a week and Hubby works full-time. These school holidays we both decided to work through and arrange care for Miss 5 so that we could save up our annual leave for the summer school holidays. The constant balancing act, hey?

We also wanted to get away for a few days so we decided to head down the Hume Highway/Federal Highway to Canberra, a 3 hour drive for us.

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The main purpose of our visit was to go to Corin Forest for the kids to experience snow. We decided to do this on the Friday in the hope it would be less busy than on the weekend.

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As this was the first time for Mr 3 and Miss 5 was 18 months old for her first time, we decided to just do the snow play. Tickets are a very affordable $15 each and we knew the kids would love having a ride on a toboggan and build Olaf from Frozen.

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There are 3 sessions daily:

  • 8:30am – 11am
  • 11am – 1:30pm
  • 
2pm – 4:30pm

We also needed to hire gear as we didn’t want the experience ruined by being cold and wet.

We hired:

  • 2 x Toboggans – $5 each
  • 3 x Snow boots $10 each
  • 4 x Jacket and pants $15 each

Total = $100.00

To avoid disappointment we booked our tickets in advance online for the 2.00pm session as this was the main reason for our visit to Canberra. So glad we did, our session, and every session Friday, Saturday and Sunday was booked out.

We had a blast! The ever cautious Miss 5 surprised us with her enthusiasm to go on her own down the slope many times. Mr 3 attempted a solo trip but stacked it and was too scared to go alone again. We attempted building Olaf but Mr 3 was deconstructing it as we were building it!

Many trips up and down and then it was time to head back, return the hire gear and get warm with hot chocolates and marshmallows.  We sat by the fire and toasted the marshmallows. Delicious. 4 hot chocolates and 4 large marshmallows cost $25.

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Pros:

  • Close location to Sydney
  • Cheaper than going to the Snowy Mountains
  • The two hour brackets are good blocks of times for kids
  • Not as crowded as the Snowy Mountains.Even with the session being fully booked there was plenty of room for everyone to have a great time.
  • There were staff on standby in case of injury.

Cons:

  • With being in the last session, at least two people had already worn our snow gear that we had hired and everything was wet as we put it on.
  • A larger area for check-in and collection of hire gear would be better.  It took a long time to get sorted.  Keep in mind there were two adults and two kids to get sorted.
  • Kids hire clothes started at size 4.  If your kids are smaller than this, look to get gear elsewhere – like the Aldi snow sale in May/June each year.

Tips:

  • Take plastic bags for wet clothes and muddy shoes.  The carpark has a dirt surface and it had rained.  Muddy puddles everywhere!
  • Book online beforehand to avoid disappointment.
  • Keep on eye on the Corin Forest web page/Facebook page/twitter feed for updates on the road conditions.
  • Get there early to check-in/organise hire gear.

Overall:

We had a great time!  Would we do it again?  Definitely!  It’s such an easy drive and so affordable for entry prices.  Yes, when you add on the hire fees for the clothing it makes it more expensive but we would plan ahead a bit better and I would keep an eye out on Gumtree or Buy, Sell, Swap groups or at Aldi for gear in advance.  My kids would also love to learn how to ski/snowboard to we’ll be back for them to have those experiences.

It’s not as flashy as the ski fields in the Snowy Mountains etc, but it provides you with everything you need to have a great time!

Check back in on Thursday, when I’ll share with you what we got up to for the rest of our time in our Nation’s capital.

 

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