Spring is here! Let's celebrate the freedom of not having to wear a jacket, the end of having to decide whether or not to take an umbrella every time you leave the house and not panicking when you realise you forgot to close your bedroom window. It's all sunshine and blue skies ahead, so how are you going to spend three glorious months of spring? Here are 10 ideas to get you started...
What better way to spend a glorious spring day than lazing in the park and grazing on a gourmet selection of cheese, crackers and cured meats. Lay out a rug and spend a blissful afternoon relaxing and watching the world go by. If you're looking for a a fun and romantic way to spend some time with your partner combine a picnic with a bike ride on cute vintage bicycles or for a fun family outting, a picnic in the park is the perfect way to get the kids out of the house while you catch up on some reading.
If you've never been kayaking before, now is the perfect time to give it a go. Gather the troops for a fun weekend activity that makes the most of warm days, calm waters and beautiful surrounds. There are tours that take place around stunning major city locations so you can go sight-seeing without the crowds or tours that will take you around secluded beaches and bays if a peaceful paddle through tranquil waters is more your thing.
Escape the daily grind by taking a leisurely bike ride through picturesque wine region. Breathe in the fresh air and soak up your surrounds before pedalling past sights you may have otherwised missed if you were travelling by car. Stop along the way to take photos or to just take in the view before enjoying lunch somewhere overlooking the vineyards while sipping on their signature wine.
The water might be a little too fresh to dive into, but that doesn't mean a day at the beach should be ruled out. There's lots you can still do until you're ready to don your swimmers. Laze on the sand for one, or perhaps take some time out to read a book and people watch. Prefer to do something more active? You can walk along the beach, have a hit of beach volleyball or throw a frisbee. And if you decide to make a day of it, don't forget to bring your own shade and something comfortable to sit on.
There's nothing like a few days of camping to clear the head, recharge the batteries and appreciate the luxuries in life. Whether you head to a camp site or find your own spot away from the world, nothing beats looking up into the sky on a clear night and sleeping under the stars. If this sounds more like punishment to you, but is definitely your partner's idea of awesome, maybe the compromise of going glamping is an experience you can both enjoy...
Warmer weather makes early morning starts much more bearable and you'll be glad you waited for the temperature to rise before booking a morning hot air balloon ride. Once you're up in the air you'll enjoy the peace and serentity of floating amongst the clouds and taking in the stunning views. Choose from an air balloon ride that takes you high above the city or one where you'll sail over rolling hills and vineyards.
Over half of the world’s total number of whales travel through Australian waters each year, which means catching a glimpse of these magnificent creatures is very possible. Prime whale-watching season is May - November and while there are many locations around the country where you can spot them from land; your best chance of having a close encounter with these beautiful creatures of the sea is on a whale-watching cruise.
Looking for a fun night out with friends or perhaps you'd like to put the romance back into 'date night'? Take advantage of the balmy spring nights and book a luxury boat cruise where you can see the sunset, enjoy dinner and drinks and maybe - if the music moves you - a bit of dancing. Good, food, good wine combined with great views and company is pretty hard to beat.
You either love it or you dont, but horse riding can be a really nice way to spend a few hours. Have a romantic day with your partner riding trails at twighlight, choose an experience that combines horse riding with winery tours or if you prefer to be a passenger, there's the option of a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. If you're looking for a fun family adventure, there are bush and beach trails and even the option of sending the kids off to horse camp.
We know what you're thinking, but don't knock it before you try it. There are some really great walking tours out there such as; the win-win tours where you'll get to sample chocolate and burn calories, there's a beer lover's walking tour which includes sipping local craft beer, historic tours where you'll discover interesting facts and see city landmarks and there's even ghost tours through old prisons and places in and around the city. What have you got to lose?