When most people think of Australia, they tend to picture full-day barbeques and lots of Fosters lager. Sadly, this is a stereotype, and most of the local residents in this country do neither. Still, the belief you’re going to eat shrimp and steak all day long is what it takes to get you here, then fill your boots. For the most part, Australian people are very active, which is precisely why this article on sporting activities has been written today. So, if you are planning on a trip here within the next twelve months, you should definitely check out some of the pastimes listed in this article.
Flights can often be expensive when taking a trip down under, so any money you can save by filling your days here with more than just shopping should be welcomed. Luckily, airport parking in Melbourne is pretty cheap, so that’s one less concern. Even so, if you want to have the best experience possible without breaking the bank, and you don’t mind partaking in a bit of exercise, deciding to find out where the sports I’m about to mention are played ahead of time, could be a good idea.
Aussie Rules Football
You’d be forgiven for wondering why this sport wasn’t just called rugby from the moment the rules were conceived. However, it is really exciting to play and watch, and you’ll have no trouble getting involved if you take some time out to visit a pitch near to where you’re staying. There is also a national league you could go to see if you obtained tickets.
Australia could well be the home of surfing as we know it. Certain areas have almost perfect waves all year round, which is probably why so many professionals flock here from all over the world. Also, the world surfing championships are usually held here, and if you time your trip right, you could spend your days sitting on the beach watching them compete. That is, of course, if you don’t fancy booking some lessons and having a go yourself.
If your journey takes you to New South Wales, you definitely won’t want to miss out on the many hand gliding opportunities in this area. Living in a country so vast means the people of Australia have a lot of room for sports of this nature, and as the weather is so predictable, you won’t have to worry about cancelling your glide, no matter what time of year you arrive here. Just be warned, most of the locals seem to have no fear, so you shouldn’t expect sympathy if you get cold feet once you’re strapped in.
You’ve probably seen people on the television kitesurfing over the years, and although it is a pretty dated concept now, it’s still amazing to try and you’re sure to have a lot of fun. Basically, for anyone who doesn’t already know, you’re given a small go-cart-style buggy (or a surfboard) and a large kite. Once you’re seated, and the kite is in action, you can use the lines to pull yourself (at great speed) around a beach. This is brilliant for first timers, as you don’t really need any experience.
Presuming you don’t mind taking a quick trip over to Tasmania, there are some awesome rock climbing activities on offer. Don’t worry, you won’t be using any of those silly indoor walls here. Instead, you’ll find yourself on a cliff face with real danger. Some people don’t like this, but any adrenalin junkies out there will love it. You’re obviously given adequate safety equipment, but the fear is still real.
So, now you know more about some of the activities you could get up to on your trip down under, I hope you’ll be more inclined to venture outside of the main tourist destinations and get a feel from the real Australia.
Have a fantastic time!