Some say the secret to maintaining fitness is incidental exercise – walk instead of drive, take the stairs instead of the lift, park a little further away. But why limit yourself to the office stairwell when you can combine active adventure with a destination you’re desperate to explore?
Amid the joy and excitement of border reopenings, family reunions, and much festive celebration, you’re not alone if your new year’s resolutions have taken a back seat. Besides, just making it to 2022 is cause for celebration enough after the sluggish couple of years we’ve all had.
But if you’re ready to put the focus on your health and well-being – and some travel plans in your calendar – use one of these active holidays as a worthy goal this year.
Kakadu Challenger Tour, NT
If you’re ready for a physical challenge in 2022, Australian Walking Holidays’ new six-day guided walking tour through Kakadu National Park promises some of the park’s toughest walks among dizzying natural beauty. This is one to train for – think six to nine hours of walking most days over challenging terrain with steep ascents. The pay-off is delicious meals, safari camping, and access to the waterfalls and rock art Kakadu is renowned for.
WA Mountain Bike Adventures
Get set to tackle some of South West WA’s best biking trails with locals in the know. Newly launched WA Mountain Bike Adventures offers shuttle services and guided half-or full-day tours in aesthetically blessed spots such as the Margaret River region and Dwellingup. Multi-day rides in Esperance and bespoke tours along the Munda Biddi Trail are also on the cards. BYO bike or arrive in Perth empty-handed and hire everything you need.
Packers’ Ghost Trek, Qld
“Mule” and “travel” are two words you don’t usually want to hear in the same sentence, but a new adventure in North Queensland marries them beautifully. Departing Kalunga, 100km southwest of Cairns, this seven-day tour from Getaway Trekking pairs you with a pack donkey to hike trails used by drovers in the late 19th century. You’ll explore sites like Silver Valley, where silver was first discovered in Australia, swim in rivers, and sleep under the stars.
Central West Tours, NSW
Put that Covid bike to good use and cycle, sip and sleep your way through Cowra, Parkes, and the Hilltops Region with new small-group, multi-day tours. Whether you can only spare three days, or commit to the 400-odd-kilometer, nine-day Central West Cycling Tour, you can expect easy-to-moderate terrain, meals and local-produce tastings, and a comfy room each night in country hotels and motels.
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