Things to do this long weekend

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. Watch the AFL & NRL grand finals

If you love sport, football and a public holiday (and who doesn’t?), then this weekend will probably rate as your best weekend of the year. On Saturday October 1st, the Sydney Swans go head-to-head with the Western Bulldogs at 2.30pm AEST at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Then tune in on Sunday October 2nd at 7:15pm NSW time and 6:15pm QLD time for the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final to watch Melbourne Storm take on the Cronulla Sharks at ANZ Stadium. If you’re watching the games at home, a few basic essentials will help make these thrilling spectacles, great. Bring on the barbecue, beer, wine and free-flowing snacks and what grand final cook up would be complete without an awesome personalised football in your team’s colours to throw around during half time?

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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