6 Victorian adventures to feel the freedom of the outdoors

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Explore Melbourne and Victoria’s great outdoors with six of the most exciting adventure activities to get your heart pumping and your soul replenished.

Explore Victoria’s scenic soul-cleansing countryside. Credit Fiona Harper

Explore Victoria’s scenic soul-cleansing countryside. Credit Fiona Harper

Can you hear that? Listen. It’s the sound of nature in all its glory. The call of adventure and the great outdoors, just outside your 5km radius (or perhaps over the state border) is beckoning.

Victorians who are in a lockdown that probably feels endless, we empathise with you. With the countdown on until Melburnians are released from your homes and interstate neighbours can visit Victoria, let us help you to start planning your post-covid escape. Whether you prefer to explore at a slower pace, or would rather throw yourself out of a plane, the team at Adventure Tourism Victoria – a collective of adventure travel experiences and products – have curated this exciting selection of holiday ideas in and around Melbourne.

Unfurl your wings and try skydiving

There’s nothing quite so liberating, literally as skydiving. It doesn’t feel real until there you are, perched on the edge of the plane and ready to leap into the great blue. Once out of the plane you’re truly free as a bird, gliding towards the Earth and admiring the best view on (and of) the planet.

Depending on where you choose to jump, from high aloft you may see surfers cloistered around the mecca that is Torquay along the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne skyscrapers glittering in the morning light, or endless vineyards along the Yarra Valley. Skydive Australia operates three drop zones in Victoria and will resume operations when restrictions ease.

More information: Skydive Australia


Hit the open road

Behind the steering wheel, the world is your oyster. Pack your Esky and enjoy the freedom of discovering regional Victoria at your own pace in a campervan without needing to worry about accommodation. Art aficionados should head to the (wild) west to the Wimmera Mallee region and discover the region’s Silo Art Trail, while foodies can head south towards Red Hill and discover goat farms and wineries hidden down winding roads. 

More information: JUCY Car and Campervan Hire offers budget-friendly car rental or custom-built campervans from its St Kilda or Melbourne Airport branches.


Cruise the Yarra River on your own private boat tour

Gather a bunch of the girls, line up a couple bottles of prosecco (not that we’re advocating drinking and driving!), and commandeer your own boat for the day. See Melbourne from a different perspective as you cruise past the tree-lined banks of the Yarra River. Toodle down the Yarra with a hire boat where you can either take on the responsibility of being the skipper or hire a skipper to take care of the cruising for you.

The eco-friendly and sustainable electric boats generate zero emissions, meaning you can cruise guilt-free knowing the Yarra’s waterways are being taken care of around Melbourne. No prior boating experience (or boat licence) is required.

More information: On a Boat


DO go chasing waterfalls!

Ignore TLC’s ‘Don’t go chasing waterfalls’ catchy tune and throw caution to the wind on a great wilderness escape to McKenzie Falls. Take a guided eco-escape in Grampians National Park, west of Melbourne where you can hike along bushland trails with gorgeous views of the park’s sandstone ridges, learn about the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage. If you’re lucky you may even see emus picking their way through the foliage. Don’t forget your swimers for a refreshing dip in cool waters beneath a roaring waterfall.

Preserving and protecting our planet while showing off its natural beauty, Autopia Tours offsets carbons generated by its tours, raises funds for tree-planting initiative Greenfleet Australia, and its staff regularly volunteer on community conservation projects. Nice!

More information: Autopia Tours


Discover Melbourne’s cobbled heart

Rediscover Melbourne’s heart post Covid-19 with a walking tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Learn some of the city’s hidden secrets on the Complete Melbourne Walking Tour as your guide shares stories of Melbourne’s humble beginnings as far back as the Gold Rush era that changed everything. A detour through Chinatown explores the city’s multicultural edge, while a stop at a cafe explains why Melbournians are coffee-mad (and why they are very particular about this beverage which is revered by locals).

More information: Depot Adventures


Take a central city staycation surrounded by street art

With most city office workers staying at home and away from the city, Melbourne’s laneways have never been quieter or more perfect for discovery. One of the city’s funkiest boutique accommodation – United Backpackers – has taken a big turn in the post COVID-19 era with a room refresh.

Located on the iconic Degraves Street laneway, where some of the city’s most iconic laneway art can be found and where coffee is revered, United is an ideal base to explore the city. An enhanced cleaning and hygiene program, a selection of private rooms, as well as security card access and lift entry to the accommodation floors, means you’ll be safe and secure.

More information: United Backpackers

About the author: Fiona Harper is a Queensland-based travel writer – follow Fiona at Travel Boating Lifestyle


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