Long Weekend Activities

by Trisha Mee

The recipe for a great long weekend is different for everyone. Some like to get up early and pack as much as they can into the three glorious days; others like to take it easy and relax. Then there are those of us who want a highlight; to do that one activity that is fun/amazing/adventurous they can tell their colleagues about in the kitchen come Tuesday morning. Here are 5 activities that’ll give you something to talk about.

1. Check out the markets

From unique vintage wares to fresh produce stalls, markets are never short of things to see and eat and there’s a variety of great markets around the country to do just that. Check out the trendy fashion and accessory stalls of Bondi markets, be part of the buzz of the Fremantle markets or peruse the eclectic mix of stalls at the Salamanca Markets in Hobart. And no market day is complete without sampling everything from sugared almonds to gourmet sausages before deciding on the important stuff - what to eat for lunch, and of course leaving with a baked treat to enjoy on the ride home.

2. Go quad biking

If you want a really cool experience to share when someone asks, “What did you do on the long weekend?”, then you can’t get much cooler than going quad biking. Get a group together for an adventure that includes driving over steep sand dunes, cruising along dirt tracks and in some quad biking experiences, you’ll learn how to do donuts and test your drifting skills. You won't be able to recall a time when you had this much fun.

3. Take in the view from a famous landmark

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a spectacular way to see a city is from above. If you’re in Melbourne hop on the Observation Wheel and take in uninterrupted views of the city - day or night or for something a little more indulgent, enjoy an intimate high tea for two up in the sky. In Sydney? Choose from climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge - day or night, seeing the views from Skywalk, the highest public observation deck south of the equator, or if you prefer to experience the views without the exercise, wine, dine and see the iconic views from the Sydney Tower Revolving restaurant. If you’re on the Gold Coast, get a fresh perspective of the city by climbing up SkyPoint followed by a meal and beverage on the SkyPoint Observation Deck where you can relax and really absorb the incredible views.

4. Motor around on a segway

You’ve seen them - those people motoring in and out of the foot traffic on your way to work and thought... why? But before you knock it, travelling via segway is way more fun when you don’t have to contend with peak hour traffic and crowds of people. Enter, segway tours. Yup it’s a thing! Get a group together or join fellow segwaying strangers on a ride around the city or picturesque locales and take in the surrounds while bonding over the stares (of jealousy) from passerbys.

5. Fly through the trees on a zipline 

Use your extra day off to do something out of the ordinary… like going on a flying fox or jungle swing adventure. Swoop, swing and fly your way through the trees Tarzan style (well, almost). And depending on where you are, there are also flying fox adventures that also include an obstacle course, that include suspension bridges and cargo nets so you can really put your rope skills to the test. It’s a fun day out for little kids and big kids alike.

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