The best things to do in summer

by Brittany Wheeler

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 free-flowing bottomless brunches encompassed by nature.

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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NSW: Weekend bottomless brunch at Terrace on the Domain
NSW: Weekend bottomless brunch at Terrace on the Domain

If your idea of summer includes free-flowing sparkling rose, look no further than this bottomless brunch positioned on the edge of the Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens. Enjoy glimpses of Sydney’s iconic skyline as you indulge in a four course shared Italian feast over two hours.

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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 three nights. This unforgettable sailing adventure includes all meals, snorkelling at up to six reefs, a visit to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, and more.

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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: Gold Coast luxury sunset cruise
QLD: Gold Coast luxury sunset cruise

Reach a state of bliss as you cruise across the stunning waterways of the Gold Coast on a luxurious triple deck catamaran. Nibble at a grazing platter and sip a glass of tipple as you watch the day turn into night.

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NSW: Sushi masterclass with drinks - for 2
NSW: Sushi masterclass with drinks

Roll up your sleeves and learn how to rolls sushi like a pro during this hands-on sushi class located near the water’s edge in Barangaroo. Spearheaded by Zushi’s head chef, this two hour masterclass covers everything from picking the right fish to filleting it at home.

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SA: Seaside glamping stay in Lincoln National Park - 2 nights
SA: Seaside glamping stay in Lincoln National Park – 2 nights

Sleep by the seaside at September Beach in a cosy glamping tent for two nights. A stairway to a coastal heaven is only moments away, meaning you can explore the Eyre Peninsula with ease. Swim, fish, wander and star-gaze until your heart’s content.

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Full day private Great Road Road tour, Victoria
VIC: 14,000ft tandem skydive over the 12 Apostles

Tick off two bucket list experiences at the same time – skydiving and the world-renowned 12 Apostles! After a thrilling freefall from 14,000ft in the air, you’ll float serenely back down to earth taking in views of the 12 Apostles, Bay of Islands and Loch Arch Gorge.

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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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