Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published August 29th 2012
Feel the rush, it's time to race
Ever wanted to just get behind the wheel and drive life's worries away? Feel the wind in your hair, speed without limits, the acceleration vibrating through your body, the black grease on your hands…wait what? Ok so it might not be the prettiest sight, but I have been won over by the sheer fun of Go Karting. One of the hundred things that I've wanted to experience on my bucket list can now be crossed off.
It was an awesome experience. Heading out with my partner and one of his mates we decided to have a bit of fun and see what the Sunshine Coast had to offer. We found the Big Kart Track Sunshine Coast and its located in Landsborough. Known to be the largest commercial go-kart track in Australia, the track is 1.2km in length and 8 metres wide according to their website. We had all had stressful weeks at work. But all of that was forgotten once we got on the track.
First impressions, the track is massive from sitting position. It already looks exciting and challenging. For a girl who just got her manual driving license, it was a welcome relief to know driving on the tracks would be fun and not all what I expected. Oh and a couple of random tips, for any ladies planning to try Go Karting, remember to wear shorts or pants. I wore a skirt and it wasn't too comfortable and also wear closed shoes, leave those strappy heels at home.
My legs were a little short to reach the full potential of the pedals (while the guys looked oh so chill and comfortable) and I must admit I battled a little, but once I got into the flow, relaxed a bit, oh and of course got the ever welcome support from a couple of pillows stuffed underneath my butt. I felt like I was flying through.
I can understand why people want to put this on their bucket lists, or "to do" lists. And why not? For a few minutes you can forget about everything and just "be", speed around the corners, maybe come up with random metaphors for life, like I did, while you get a little bit of that competitive vibe in you and race your friends or partner. Drivers for the big kart track must be at least 152cm tall and a minimum of 12 years of age to drive. Lucky I just made it as I'm only 158cm tall. If you have children, there's also a kids' track for junior go-kart drivers and there is no height limit on this track.
The Big Kart Track offers 3 options. You can go for 15mins for $40 (or $45 each in groups 12), or 30 mins for $60 ($55 each in groups 12) or finally, 60 mins for $95. We opted to just try the 15 mins, and it felt a lot longer but in a good way. We might've had a bit longer on the track, but the place was buzzing with people soon after we left. The staff that worked there was really helpful and friendly too.
I really enjoyed Go Karting, and will definitely try it again sometime soon. Everyone should try it at least once just for the fun of it and it doesn't matter what age you are, you can be 8 years old or 65 years old. So why not? Take a spin for yourself and get some va-va-vroooom.