12 best solo adventures

by Brittany Wheeler

At RedBalloon, we’re all about creating lifelong memories with your loved ones as well as carving out quality time for yourself. One of the best things you can do is to recharge, reconnect with yourself, think and reflect, and there’s no better way to do this than with a solo adventure. If you’re feeling a little daunted or are in need of some inspiration, check out these 12 experiences that everyone should do alone at least once in their life.


Trial flight
WA: Hands-on trial flight – 30 minutes

Live out your childhood dreams of becoming a pilot with this trial introductory flight. In a Cessna 152, seated next to a professional instructor, you’ll taxi the aircraft out onto the runway, pilot it during take off and fly! It’s both a fun and rewarding experience.

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French cooking class
NSW: French classics cooking class

Both indulgent and educational, learn the secrets of fine French cuisine during a hands-on cooking class. Led by renowned chef Raymond Blanc, you’ll create exquisite dishes such as twice baked cheese soufflé, asparagus vinaigrette, salmon tartar and creme brûlée. Leave with new culinary skills and the confidence to nail your next dinner party.

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Paragliding Tandem Flight
VIC: Paragliding tandem flight – 30 minutes

Experience the freedom of flight with this tandem paragliding experience over North East Victoria. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the alpine high country as you soar freely like a bird for 30 minutes.

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Horse trail ride Central Coast NSW
NSW: Horse riding guided trail

Get back to nature with this 2 hour guided horse ride through lush green valleys and ancient rainforest. You’ll be matched up with a horse according to your experience and discover an abundance of local wildlife along the way. Expect to feel grounded and refreshed.

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Lamborghini drive Newcastle
NSW: Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera drive

Get behind the wheel of a 530 horsepower Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera for 60 heart-pumping minutes. There’s really no better way to explore Newcastle’s breathtaking coastline and tick off a bucket list experience at the same time.

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Golf lesson and round of golf, Gold Coast Course
QLD: Golf lesson and round on a championship course

Brush up on your golf skills with a 60 minute lesson led by a PGA teaching professional before experiencing 18 of the Gold Coast’s most inviting holes of championship golf. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy ‘me time’.

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Blue Mountains guided walk
NSW: Blue Mountains guided walk with lunch

Explore the wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park on this immersive full day hike. Departing from and returning to Sydney, soak in the beauty of the native bushland, rock formations and waterfalls as you zen out to the sights and sounds of nature.

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V8 race car drive and hot laps Brisbane
QLD: V8 race car driving experience – 6 laps – Brisbane

Satisfy your need for speed at Queensland Raceway. After suiting up in racing attire, you’ll hop in the driver’s seat of a Ford or Holden V8 race and tear around the track for 6 blistering laps. Your personal in-car coach will share tips and tricks to help you improve your lap times.

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Tandem skydive over Wollongong
NSW: 15,000ft skydive over Wollongong Beach

Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and face your fears with a tandem skydive over Wollongong. Experience the sheer exhilaration of freefall from 15,000ft before revelling in panoramic views over some of Australia’s most picturesque coastline.

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Woman getting a massage outside
NSW, QLD & VIC: Massage and facial at home – 90 minutes

Treat yourself to 90 minutes of pure bliss in the comfort of your own home. An experienced therapist will arrive with all of the necessary equipment and perform a heavenly back and shoulder massage followed by an organic facial.

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Bike tour of McLaren Vale wine region
SA: Full day bike tour of McLaren Vale Wineries

Uncover the sights and delights of the McLaren Vale by bike. This full day tour will have you exploring the hills and pedalling through gorgeous vineyards, stopping at a number of local wineries for tastings and lunch. Vehicle support is included and any wines purchased can be picked up for you by the driver. This experience is perfect for nature and wine lovers alike.

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Two people Shark Diving at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
VIC: Shark diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Take the plunge inside SEA LIFE Melbourne’s Oceanarium and come face-to-face with grey speartooth sharks, giant stingrays and an abundance of exotic fish. This once in a lifetime dive is suitable for both certified and non-certified divers, with a scuba skills session and afternoon theory class included.

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