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by Happy Mom (subscribe)
I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published October 9th 2013
Are you ready for some Summer Buzz?
People start planning their exciting adventures, activities and trips as soon as summer starts to approach. As the weather warms up, and the days get longer, people automatically come out of the hibernation mode into a festive and cheerful one. One of the most popular activities in Australia is going to the beaches, and we are indeed fortunate to have access to the beaches no matter where we live, given that the majority of the population lives along the coastal cities.

Sandy Beach at Queenscliffe, VIC
Beaches are a popular Summer destination for families and individuals in Australia

A regular trip to the beach normally involves a dip in the sea, sun-bathing, strolling along the beach, playing a few beach sports, sand toys for the kids, collecting sea-shells, running after annoying sea-birds, a picnic and enjoying the beautiful views of the cool waters and taking in the sea breeze. There are however ways to add a bit of excitement and thrill on a trip to the beach, and a quick google search on "adventure sea activities in (my city)" will give you some excellent results.

Beach activities: Fun for all ages

Here are just a few suggestions for some ultra-cool sea activities that you might like to try. They have been listed in order of increasing level of fitness and challenge:

If you wish to enjoy the calm waters along the coast, hiring a sea kayak might be an excellent idea. Kayaks can be hired for single individuals, or a double sit-on-top kayak can be used for two people who wish to venture out in pairs. Usually, paddles and personal floatation devices are included in rental costs.

Sea-Kayaking: Enjoy the sea from a vantage point

Paddle Boarding
Have you ever wished you could walk on water? Well, paddleboarding is probably something that comes closest to walking, or perhaps to be more accurate, gliding on water. This activity is great for people of all ages and can be learnt easily. The feeling of gliding effortlessly on water must be enjoyable, not to mention, it gives access to the finest views of the vast blue sea.

Paddle Boarding: Gliding on water

Wind Surfing
Another activity that might require some intense training but promises to reward the hard-work with hours of fun and excitement is wind surfing. This thrilling water sport requires a board with a sail attached on it, and the rider must control the surfing on the board standing upright and guiding the sail.

Wind Surfing: An Adventure to Remember

Kite Boarding or Wake-Boarding
Definitely not for the faint-hearted, kite-boarding will most probably be on top-spot on a thrill-seeker's must-do list. As the name suggests, the kite-boarder surfs the sea while harnessed to a kite which fuels the thrill-ride. Experts at kite boarding can indulge into all sorts of acrobatic moves, but the beginners can perhaps start with a simple and basic tutorial.
An alternate to being harnessed to a kite is to be harnessed to a motor boat, and this sport is called wake-boarding.

Thrilling and Exciting: Kite Boarding

Once you have tried at least two of the above activities, you may venture towards flyboarding. I am not even going to attempt to explain what it is, but what I can say is that it comes as close to swimming like a dolphin.

All these activities are excellent ways of giving your body a superb workout, enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, cool yourself in the vast blue sea and soak in the views.

IMPORTANT: For all the above suggestions, appropriate protective gear and sufficient tutorial lessons should be arranged beforehand to ensure your personal safety, which always comes first.

Let the adventures BEGIN...
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Why? To maximize on summer fun and add some excitement to your next trip to the beach
When: Summer months
Where: Anywhere near the seashore
Cost: Varied
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