A freelance writer with a passion for music, fitness and fashion.
Published February 19th 2010
Often, man finds great excitement in the conquering of the elements. Truly, there is something exhilarating about the idea of weighing up a seemingly impossible task and finding a way of becoming its master. This is why activities such as rockclimbing and scuba diving are so popular- they are our way of telling nature that we will not be beaten by anything. Sometimes, however, the greatest adrenalin rush can come from doing something which you have no control over at all. If this is the kind of excitement you are looking for then whitewater rafting is for you.
Whitewater rafting basically consists of finding a fast flowing, rough stretch of river, jumping in a raft and letting the current take you wherever it is heading. Most Sydney-siders would be familiar with the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. This venue was the home of the Olympic whitewater events and has since become a major tourist attraction. This is a way of enjoying the rush of rafting in a controlled environment. It makes for a great family day out and it is a unique way to spend the weekend.
For the more adventurous, outdoor rafting is worth looking into. There is something primal about the idea of plunging into the unpredictable, uncontrollable waters of a river with nothing but a flimsy raft and a loved one's hand to hold on to. Bushsports offer excellent packages for rafting in the Nepean River. With lunch, snacks and the promise of an action packed day on offer, they will ensure your weekend is one to remember.
Whitewater rafting is something everyone shoud try once, if only to tell their friends and to able to say "I've done that". It is often heartstopping, always fun and it is a great way to experience nature in a new way.