6 great outdoor activities to try this winter

The cold weather doesn’t mean you need to be shut inside the house! There are loads of fun things to get out and do in the winter months.

6 great outdoor activities to try this winterSydney: Centennial Parklands

Warm up and get active with a bike ride through Centennial Parklands. It costs $20 to hire a bike for two hours, or just take your own.

The Parklands encompasses the combined 360 hectares of Centennial Park, Moore Park, and Queens Park, giving you loads of space to enjoy the day.

As well as bike rental, there are horse riding facilities, sports fields, playgrounds, tennis centre, and even a golf course. These facilities do need to be booked in advance, and all information can be found through the Centennial Parklands website.

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Perth: Bibbulmun Track

In Kalamunda, just east of Perth, you will find the start of the Bibbulmun Track. This long distance walking trail stretches 1,003 kilometres, finishing in Albany.

But don’t worry; you need not walk the whole thing.Bibbulmun is divided into 58 sections, and each is about a day’s walk. In the northernmost section, the sections only take about half a day to finish.

While no vehicles of any kind are permitted on the track itself, it can be used as a long-distance bike trail for the keen cyclist. And for those who want to spend more than a day exploring the track, there are purpose-built campsites with all the basics.

Learn more here.

Melbourne: You Yang’s

These granite outcrops are a 45 minute drive south from Melbourne, and upon arrival, a fun and active day awaits you.

There are a whole host of unique climbing rocks to choose from, and each climb finishes with spectacular views across the bay or the surrounding farmland near Geelong.

Geelong Adventure Specialists host the climbs, which can be tailored to your group. Making the trip with friends or family is also the best value, with discounts for groups and also for kids under 16.

Find out more at their website.

For something a little less adventurous but just as enjoyable, there are also plenty of terrific bushwalks throughout the You Yangs – everything from a gentle half hour to a strenuous half day. Give it a go!

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Canberra: National Zoo and Aquarium

This is a great place for a day out – it is two attractions in one. There are so many animals that you can get up close and personal with at the Zoo and Aquarium, and it is suitable for all ages.

Entry is reasonably priced, and if you don’t feel like buying lunch, just bring your own and make use of the picnic and BBQ areas available for visitors.

Take the kids during the winter school holidays; the Zoo run special programs are run to give everyone more chances to get up close and personal with their favourite animals.

To find out more and see what’s on this winter, visit their website here.

Brisbane: Kangaroo Point Cliffs

The cliffs tower 18 meters above the Brisbane River, and are a popular picnic and abseiling spot.

If you’re not up for something as extreme as scaling a cliff, make some sandwiches and a thermos of hot tea, then take your feast to the cliffs. Alternatively, try the café which is open from 7am to 6pm.

The park has electric barbecues to host hot meals for the family, as well as shelters, picnic tables, chairs, and public toilets. The upper section of the park can be even be booked for special events, and is a popular spot for weddings.

There are plenty of bike paths – you can rollerblade, cycle or scoot all the way around to Southbank – great exercise and a beautiful view!

The views from the cliffs are spectacular; just check out the hashtag #kangaroopointcliffs on Instagram. Or go one better and get out there for yourself! Click here to find out more.

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Adelaide: All of It

To get active in Adelaide during the winter, look no further than Bikedirect; the network of bicycle routes was developed to get more people out and riding.

Bikedirect offer free maps to download and have routes to suit all needs and abilities. They cover everywhere, with the maps showing main roads, bike lanes, local streets, and off-road paths.

In the city, you can even hire a bike for free with BikeSA! So the wintry day out won’t cost you a cent.

Find Bikedirect maps here and more about BikeSA here.

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