The best things to do in summer

by Brittany Wheeler

Consider your summer holiday activity list sorted.

Summer welcomes hot sunny days, balmy nights and Christmas lights. It’s all about filling your days by the ocean, your tummy with delicious lunches served al fresco and watching the sunset in scenic locations, often with a drink in hand. If you’re on the hunt for the best things to do this summer, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite new outdoor experiences so you can make the most of the season – from sailing around the picture-perfect Whitsundays to swimming with seals in their natural habitat.

Swim with seals Port Phillip Bay
VIC: Swim with seals and dolphins and surf lesson combo

This exciting combo package screams summer! Begin the day in Port Phillip Bay and make some new marine friends as you swim with wild dolphins and seals before working on your surfing skills during a two hour lesson along the Great Ocean Road.

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SA: Coffin Bay oyster farm and bay tour - 3 hours
SA: Coffin Bay oyster farm and bay tour

If your idea of summer includes the ocean and oysters, look no further than this 3-hour oyster farm and bay tour located in South Australia’s Coffin Bay. Travel 16km out to sea by boat and immerse yourself in the world of oyster farming as you visit an oyster lease, walk around the water in waders and savour 1 dozen freshly shucked oysters.

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Seaplane flight over Sydney with champagne brunch
NSW: Seaplane flight over Sydney with champagne brunch

Tick off 2 incredible Sydney experiences at the same time – a seaplane flight and a harbourside champagne brunch. Be dazzled by uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach during your 15-minute scenic flight before landing for an indulgent waterfront brunch at Empire Lounge.

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QLD: Gold Coast luxury sunset cruise
QLD: Super yacht cruise with BBQ lunch and water sports

Reach a state of bliss as you cruise across the stunning waterways of the Gold Coast on a luxurious super yacht. Spend a sun-soaked day out as you enjoy a tasty Aussie BBQ, tunes, a host of water sports and a visit to South Stradebroke Island.

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WA: Ultimate seafood experience - Meat and Wine Co Perth
WA: Ultimate seafood experience 

Tantalise your taste buds with an exquisite seafood feast at The Meat & Wine Co Perth. Savour pan fried barramundi, calamari, Greek salad and crunchy chips paired with a lovely bottle of house selected red or white wine – a great way to while away a summer afternoon.

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TAS: Horse riding on Bakers Beach
TAS: Horse riding on Bakers Beach

Spend a magical few hours exploring the wonders of Bakers Beach on horseback. The scenic journey begins in the expansive nearby grasslands that is a feeding haven for kangaroos, wombats, wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles, before heading onto sand and through the shallows of the water.

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QLD: 4 days Whitsunday sailing adventure with meals and more
QLD: 4 days Whitsunday sailing adventure with meals and more

Make the beautiful azure waters of the Whitsundays your home for 3 nights. This unforgettable sailing adventure includes all meals, snorkelling at up to 6 reefs, a visit to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, and more.

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VIC: Edible molecular cocktail masterclass with canapes
VIC: Edible molecular cocktail masterclass with canapes

Take your cocktail game from zero to hero with this unique molecular cocktail class. Hosted by an award-winning mixologist, you’ll learn to use smoking guns, liquid nitrogen and flavour bubbles while creating four speciality cocktails paired with canapes.

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