Break the routine and make that long weekend special
Easter rewards us with a very long weekend. This may be the perfect opportunity to break the monotony of life, for many of us home to work, for some home to uni, and for others home keeping. It is time to stretch out, relax, and do something different. Here are a few options you can do which hopefully you do not usually do.
Since the global financial crisis, the travel industry has reported a decline in Australian travel. Travelling, however, need not be expensive, and one does not have to go abroad. Travel locally and spend Aussie dollar at home. Travel is always educational, it broadens your horizon, adds depth to perspective, and it stimulates local economy. In Sydney, popular travel destinations are The Entrance, Lake Macquarie, and Port Stephens to the North, or Wollongong, Jervis Bay, and Bateman's Bay to the South. Interstate to Canberra is always an option. For travel advise, the Holiday and Travel Show would have been a good starting point.
Great scenes await at the Blue Mountains. Come for a good hike, trek, or climb.
Sydney is full of indoor climbing gyms, if you have not tried it, perhaps this is a good opportunity to conquer new heights. If that is too strenuous and you have kids in tow, the Blue Mountains beckon. There are plenty of good walking trails in the Blue Mountains, and some of them lead to playgrounds that would make perfect reward for kids. Meanwhile, enjoy every step of the trek, hike, or climb. The Blue Mountains is known for fantastic scenery at every turn.
Dive and explore the underwater ecosystem in Sydney. Photo from morguefiles.com
Australia is endowed with pristine beaches, a diverse marine life, and simply awesome underwater habitat. Snorkeling is fun, but it does not come close to diving deeper. On Easter Monday, Pro Dive is hosting FREE dive sessions in two locations. There are limited slots open so it might be a good idea to book now. Click here for more information. Otherwise, there are literally hundreds of places in Sydney and NSW where you can go diving. A good start, however, could be the Fairlight, Manly Dive Site. Diving is a good eye opener to Sydney marine life, and Fairlight is a good site even for beginners. It is diveable in most conditions except in a south-easterly wind.
Camping is fun. It is not everyday that you commune with nature, sleep under the stars, and enjoy the tranquil surrounds. The first option for the newbie camper is the camp sites in places like Bateman's Bay or Narrabeen. These camp sites are situated within caravan parks, and there are cottages too. Pitching a tent is always an option. Otherwise, real camp sites are usually situated within national parks. Rangers patrol the area, but sites may not be powered, amenities limited, and even mobile phone signal may be weak to none. A weekend living outdoors, however, brings new perspectives in life, reinvigorates the soul, and is always an exciting adventure.
Take your pick and make this long weekend a little bit different this time.