Five Ways to get Active This Weekend
The weekend is a perfect time to break free from the shackles of work and get active. But being active doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym or swinging kettlebells, and you’ll be pleased to know there are many ways to get active across Victoria that can complement your lifestyle. Here are five of them:
Whether you prefer leisurely laps in a pool or are more the rage-against-the-ocean type, there’s no shortage of places to swim in Victoria. Try Bells Beach, Warrnambool or Sorrento front beach for some of Victoria’s best ocean water and waves.
The bathing complex at Corio Bay near Geelong is where pool meets sea, with a protected ocean swimming space surrounded by parkland and playground—a perfect location for families.
At the pool, add a low impact class like aqua aerobics to your visit, ideal for rehabilitation and improved mobility.
Walk or hike
If you’re just starting out, try Dights Falls Loop Trail at Yarra Bend. It offers a neat fourkilometre loop that reveals where the Merri Creek and Yarra River join, all in the heart of the city.
For something more challenging, head to the Kokoda Memorial Walk, also known as the 1000 Steps, for a chance to imitate the fatigue felt by Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Trail during World War II.
For a truly rugged adventure, try Wilsons Promontory, Cathedral Ranges State Park or Mount Feathertop for hikes that test both body and mind.
On your bike
See Melbourne the scenic way or hit the bush on two wheels for an active and enjoyable weekend.
The Bass Coast Rail Trail in Gippsland is the only trail in the state that combines both beach and farmland and is perfect for beginners and children. For a ride with more grit head to the You Yangs Mountain Bike Park, where you’ll find a combination of open dirt roads, downhill tracks and cross-country options set to the picturesque mountains of Melbourne’s north-west.
For those city-bound, try the Capital City Trail, an easy loop that takes cyclists around many of Melbourne’s central tracks and icons like the Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo.
This state loves rock climbing, from indoor all-abilities centres like Clip ‘N’ Climb, Hardrock and Cliffhanger, to some impressive outdoor bouldering walls like those in Burnley and Wilson Avenue, Brunswick.
If these still aren’t enough to get the adrenaline pumping, head to Grampians National Park or Werribee Gorge to get amongst the state’s world-class sandstone and crags.
If getting amidst the ocean foam or scaling mountains isn’t your cup of tea, Victoria is laden with parks that allow you to get active in your own unique (and slightly more relaxed) way. Kick a footy with friends at Fitzroy’s Edinburgh Gardens, walk the dog through Jells Park, take a guided horse ride through Great Otway National Park or walk to a picnic spot around Lake Eildon.
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