We are big fans of nature-based micro-adventures. From half to full-day options, they are typically close to home, accessible, cost-effective, fun and can help us to decompress from our noisy lives.
Our readers enjoy entering our quarterly competition giveaways and we always ask entrants: “What is your favourite local FREE half-day nature-based adventure?”
We have now compiled a list of Australian micro adventures which we are excited to share because it has been created by YOU, our readers who know and love the places. Here are a few to whet your appetite for your next getaway.
Ormiston Pound Walk (West McDonnell National Park)
“Ormiston Gorge is a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. Located 135 km west of Alice Springs in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, it is accessible by sealed roads. A three to four hour circuit that follows the rocky slope into the flat expanse of the pound and back along the gorge by the main waterhole.” (NT Government)
Recommended by: Siang (Alice Springs)
NEW SOUTH WALES
Bouddi Coastal Walk (Bouddi National Park)
“Bouddi National Park is located near Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast. You’ll find several great walks, as well as opportunities for camping, swimming and fishing. The Bouddi Coastal Walk is known for its beaches, boardwalk and birdlife. Go whale watching, picnic or swim at Maitland Bay, or simply absorb the ocean views”. (National Parks NSW)
Recommended by: Barbara (Surry Hills)
Do the Great North Walk.
Jo (North Curl Curl)
Climbing and walking with my kids at Barrenjoey Headland. Finishing with searching for treasures on the beach.
I love going on spontaneous solo adventures camping in my tent at the free camping grounds in the Blue Mountains. I go on bushwalks, explore new places and wander along paths I have never been before. I also make bouquets out of the wildflowers.
Bingie Dreaming track.
Surf Coast Walk
“Walking the surf coast from Torquay to Anglesea in Victoria. The path takes me from sandy beaches to beautiful cliff tops with magnificent views and parts of the walk are through bushland. It gives me the best of everything.”
Recommended by: Katrina (Bannockburn)
Riding my bike along The Main Yarra Trail! It’s right in my backyard but I feel like it takes me miles away from the city! From the Fairfield Boathouse (the perfect place to start and load up on coffee) the trail follows the Yarra River.
A hike through the Dandenong Ranges amongst the tall Mountain Ash and stunning tree ferns. Spotting lyrebirds, echidnas and so much more wildlife. Definitely my happy place.
Hiking up Mt Bogong.
Gabo Island Lighthouse Reserve
“A boat ride to the Island, that boasts a pink granite light. A hike along a tussocky track, where penguins come at night. Turquoise water in the harbor, nature in full bound.A place to Travel, Play and Live, with not another soul around.” (TPL: Naww, we love that you wrote us a poem Chelsea (Mallacoota). Thank you!)
Scrambling and swimming at Northbrook Gorge.
Green Mountain National Park, it’s often less crowded than the rest of the Lamington National Park.
“Mountain biking at Daisy Hill forest. Me and a friend, or with the kids and other families.”
Recommended by: Erin (Brisbane)
Hiking and laughing with a bunch of ladies at Springbrook National Park. Always new stories, education, support and love shares.
Surfing and hiking at Burleigh National Park.
Bushwalking along Cape Jervis.
Belair National Park
“Hiking in Belair National Park with my border collie Elsie and my friend Nom.”
Recommended by: Kathryn (Hawthorndene)
Going to the beach at Robe or the Coorong, watching the waves and walking along the beach.
My favourite local FREE half day (sometimes full day) nature base adventure is discovering a place that I have never explored before. Whether it be hiking or kayaking in a new nature reserve, beach, river, park or National Park.
Rocky Pool Walk
Rocky Pool Walk in Kalamunda! Or Lesmurdie Falls and some nature based parkour.
Recommended by: Veronica (Bayswater)
Mountain biking on the Munda Biddi in WA.
My favourite would be a run up Mt Cooke on the Bibbulmun Track with a summit sandwich at the top!
Walking the Point Possession trail, then swimming at Whalers Cove.
Ruth (New Town)
Hartz Peak walk, Hartz National Park.
Paddling down the Mersey River between Kelly’s Cage Bridge and Dynans Bridge Road, Weegena.
Surfing at Turners Beach – it’s free. It can be as long as you like. There is a big empty beach – room for everyone, even older beginners like me! You might go into the water feeling grumpy or sad but you come out renewed.
Anniversary Bay, Rocky Cape National Park.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Jennifer Davis (Canberra)
Mountain biking the Centenary Trail that was built to celebrate the centenary of Canberra. The trail is over 100 km and circumnavigates Canberra including some of the fantastic nature reserves that are right on our back doorstep.
Sheena Ireland (Kippax)
Walking the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track in Canberra. The shorter walk to Kambah Pool, where you can then enjoy a refreshing swim. Beautiful country, native plants, kangaroos, wombats, birds and a gorgeous swimming hole. What more could you want for a half-day in nature. And for us Canberrans, it’s on our doorstep! Love this bush capital of ours.
Namadgi National Park & Blue Range Hut
Blue Range Hut is about 30 minutes from Canberra. The recreation area is surrounded by debris from a heritage listed World War 2 Italian internment camp so you get a bit of a history lesson on your half day out. In addition, Blue Range Hut is a great base for accessing some of the glorious alpine walking trails of northern Namadgi National Park and is pet friendly so your beloved dog can also enjoy a half-day nature-based adventure.
Recommended by: Nicole (Canberra)
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Stay tuned for the full list of micro adventures!