So, you’re not the lying-on-a-beach-or-by-the-pool-for-days type. That’s ok. There are plenty of places you can travel to that allow you to get your fit on while enjoying an escape from the daily grind. Here are just some you may like to book…
1. Cycle the Great Ocean Road
Many of us have done the journey via car, but there would be few adventures as memorable as cycling the picturesque bends of the Great Ocean Road across the bottom of Victoria. Ocean views, quaint towns and villages, and verdant rainforest offer up a slice of everything nice … and well worth a thigh burn or two, or a sore butt!
Cycling Tours offers a four-day 300-kilometre cycling tour from Port Fairy to Melbourne for intermediate to experienced riders. Find out more here.
2. Circumnavigate the base of Uluru
Seeing Uluru in the Northern Territory at sunrise is awe-inspiring. The traditional custodians of the area have firmly expressed they don’t want tourists climbing the sacred rock, but a walk around it is just as amazing. If you go after it rains you may get to witness a powerful waterfall flowing down the rock, plunging into the Kantju Gorge.
Uluru Travel offers an Uluru Sunrise & Guided Base Walk that allows you to absorb the enormity and beauty of your surroundings. Find out more here. And for helpful tips to plan your trip to the Red Centre, take a look at this guide by Bookmundi.
3. Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland deserves it’s Natural Wonder of the World status. The wonderland beneath the ocean’s surface has to be seen to be believed. Both diving and snorkelling are rewarding here as shallow and deep areas abound in corals, giant clams and other colourful marine life. Listen carefully and you’ll hear parrot fish munching on the coral!
Wavelength offers small group snorkelling tours of the outer reef. Set aside the whole day. Find out more here.
4. Hike Echo Point to the Scenic Railway via The Giant Stairway
This hike at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains isn’t for the fainthearted – it can be taxing and will take about three hours one way. The Giant Stairway comprises 900 steps mostly hewn out of rock, so some are steep, some are not, but this ain’t no simple walk in the (national) park. You’ll be thankful for a ride back to the top via the scenic railway. PS: don’t do this walk if you have a fear of heights.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife can reveal a little more about this walk, here.
5. Brave white water rafting on the Nymboida River
Float and paddle like crazy over 27 kilometres of topsy turvy river just outside of Coffs Harbour in northern NSW. The wet season (December to May) is the time to go for the best water levels. Just watch out for the Devils Cauldron rapid which is so treacherous you actually have to carry your raft over part of it!
Wildwater Adventures offers one- and two-day tours. Find out more here.
What’s your favourite adventure trip? Have we covered it here? Reveal your adventures in the comments below.