Top 10 things to do in autumn

With autumn upon us, we can look forward to cooler days, nature's stunning display of rich colour and a whole host of great experiences to enjoy outdoors. Here are just 10 ways to make the most of the change in season.

1. Explore wineries on bicycle

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.

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2. Take a scenic hot air balloon ride

A nice crisp, clear morning makes for great hot air ballooning conditions. 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.

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3. Book a mini cruise

Looking for a fun night out with friends or perhaps you'd like to put the romance back into 'date night'? 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.  

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4. Go on a kayak tour

Gather a group of friends or the family for a fun weekend activity that combines exploration with exercise. 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.

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5. Head to the beach

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.

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6. Book a walking tour

Walking tours are not just for tourists. In fact, if you're a local, it can be a great way to rediscover your city; plus there are lots of great walking tours to choose from. There are chocolate tours where you get to sample chocolate and burn caloriesbeer walking tours where you can sample local craft beer, historic tours where you'll discover interesting facts and see major landmarks and there's even ghost tours that will take you through old prisons, pubs and the little backstreets of the city. 

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7. Go horse riding

Horse riding doesn't usually spring to mind when you're thinking about what to do on the weekend, but with so many different tours available it may be worth considering. There are romantic horse trail rides at twilight, a horse ride with lunch and wine tasting or if you prefer to be a passenger, there's the option of a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city. If it's a fun family adventure you're after, there are bush and beach trails and even the option of sending the kids off to horse camp

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8. Go camping

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...

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9. Have a picnic in the park

What better way to spend a perfect autumn 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.

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10. Go for a bushwalk or hike

Pull on your walking shoes, grab a hat, fill up your water bottle, and choose your own adventure. Will it be a walk through a rainforest; or a mountain hiking trip with friends? Perhaps you've always wanted to go on a bushwalk and kayaking adventure or like the idea of taking your time to wander and explore your local national park? Whether you're someone who likes to stroll or are a serious hiker, we've got a walking tour to suit you.

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