This summer calls for: soaking up the Aussie sun and getting fit outdoors
If you’re a lover of all things that get your blood pumping, finding new and exciting outdoor activities can be challenging. To shape up and do something different this summer, we’ve rounded up the five top Aussie spots to visit this summer, mix up your weekends – and get beach-ready at the same time.
Abseil down the rugged mountains of Greenmount National Park
If you’re an outdoorsy thrill-seeker, or just want to push yourself to brave the heights, this experience from Groupon is the one for you. Tackle a 60 metre tall wall in the Greenmount National Park with a group of experienced adventure leaders. Exploring the area, visitors can also enjoy the majestic views of the forest, Swan Coastal Plain and the City of Perth.
Hike the Mt Warning Summit Trail
One for all the hikers, this trail located in The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is an area which encompasses subtropical rainforests, magnificent beaches and ancient volcanoes. Mt Warning is located right between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, providing the perfect base to explore all of Mother Nature’s offerings, and the best part is, it’s the only spot in Australia to see the sun rise first. The 8.8km, five hour return walk through the rainforest boasts breathtaking 360 degree views of the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. Hot tip for your travels: toilets are only available at the start of the walk.
Experience the surf at Cactus Beach
If surfing in untouched wilderness sounds like a dream come true to you (or just lying on the beach – for some of us!), this is the place for you. Visitors are drawn to Cactus Beach’s unspoilt natural beauty, and the region is large enough for a run on the sand, too. During the winter the break gets a little more turbulent but if you’re one of the more experienced surf-lovers, it’s definitely worth a try, as most travel the globe to check out this southern rough.
Brave the Wilsons Prom coastal trek
Most Victorians label this walk as simply ‘The Prom’, but don’t be fooled; it’s anything but fancy dresses and drinks. Wilsons Promontory is a rugged area located 200 kilometres south-east of Melbourne that boasts picturesque granite headlands, undeveloped beaches, rivers and walking trails. If you’re daring, try the 19km one-way walk out to the remote lighthouse and stay the night. Be wary of the fact that carrying your food, gear (and rubbish on the way back) can be challenging.
Kayak through Moreton Bay
A short drive east of Brisbane City will find you at scenic Moreton Bay, home to an array of sea creatures and right near Tangalooma Island, which is an ideal resort for family fun. The bay sports rugged coastlines, abundant wetlands, historical shipwrecks and sandy beaches with calm surf so you needn’t worry about capsizing on your adventure. For a special treat, it’s best to visit between June and October to spot pods of whales putting on a show.