By Nicole West
September 10, 2020 | 4 minute read
Girri Girra Aboriginal Experiences
Fancy zooming through the trees on a zip line, abseiling or quad biking? The Central Coast packs a punch when it comes to adventure activities in the heart of nature, making the region perfect for warm weather getaways. Gear up for fun at these top spots.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Lake Macquarie is home to the largest saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere and spectacular beaches for water-based thrills! JetBuzz offers them in spades, with blood-pumping jet boat rides that take off from Cams Wharf.
You’ll cross the bar into the open ocean, ride waves, spin and maybe even scream (in a good way). If that sounds a little too much for a Sunday, hire a kayak or a stand up paddle board to go on your own watery exploration.
David Beckham once whizzed over the bush trails on this particular Quad Biking Adventure Tour. Follow in his daredevil footsteps at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. The fun doesn’t stop at quad biking though. Challenge yourself to abseiling down a sheer rock face overlooking the Glenworth Valley
. Gallop through the trees with free-range horse riding or treat the kids to a pony ride. To combine your adventure with prawns and fresh rock oysters, take the Wine and Seafood Kayak Tour.
You’ll see the Ourimbah State Forest
in a whole new light, from high up in the trees at TreeTops Adventure Park. Test your skills among the gum trees on self-guided ropes courses, complete with wobbly bridges, zip lines and cargo-nets. The TreeTop Crazy Rider is a half roller coaster, half zip line that sends you flying through the foliage. Anyone with a love of tree-climbing can scale up a huge Eucalypt tree in total safety and kids (or big kids) won’t want to stop bouncing through TreeTop NetWorld.
Just an hour and a half from Sydney, Avoca is a natural playground that’s ideal for a weekend road trip or getaway, with woodlands, lagoons, surf and, of course, beautiful Avoca Lake. Aquafun helps you make the most of it with people-powered watercraft, including perennially popular pedal boats. You can also hire kayaks and stand up paddle boards. However, take the adventure up a notch with a giant stand up paddle board that holds six or more adults. Just don’t expect to stay dry!
Have you seen one of these incredible flying machines gliding across a coastline? In Somersby, you can embark on your own microlight journey for the thrill of a lifetime. You’ll fly with a qualified instructor, but the best bit might just be taking the controls yourself! Just in case you find the thrill addictive, the company also offers full microlight pilot certification courses.
TreeTops Adventure Park
For a true experience of connecting with the land, Girri Girra Aboriginal Experiences guides you through fascinating stories, cultural dances, smoking ceremonies and educational walks. Check out Aboriginal rock engravings and learn about bush food on the Bulgandry Aboriginal Area tour.
At Finchley Trig Lookout, hear about the story of creation and discover ancient knowledge surrounded by 360-degree views of Mt Yengo. Another tour takes you on an exploration of Bouddi National Park, with ocean views and significant Indigenous sites.
Have you tried a segway ride yet? Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks and, with full training before heading off on an adventure, you’ll be spinning on the spot in no time. This one takes place in the historic Mt Penang Parklands
, where you’ll traverse dirt tracks and roll over hilly pathways on a four-kilometre tour.
Along the way, you’ll feast your eyes on stunning gardens filled with Australian native flora, waterways, pergolas, cascades and fountains. Don’t forget to pack a picnic or food for a barbie in the gardens afterwards.
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