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Four great experiences in Australia for road-trippers

Brett Sands Watersports-Merool

Learn to water ski with a world champ

Where: Echuca Moama, 215km north of Melbourne

IF anyone tells you Brett Sands can walk on water, you had better believe it. This triple world champion and two-time world record holder, who has lived on the mighty Murray most of his life, first put on water skiis when he was just three years old so you’ll be learning from the best. Brett Sands Watersports in Echuca-Moama offers lessons in waterskiing, wakeboarding, barefooting and kneeboarding. Take part in anything from hourly lessons to multiple day packages on the calm waters of the Murray. Family beginner packages offered. Having spent thousands of hours on the water and instructed and coached throughout the world you are in for a lot of FUN and stories about celebrities. The school, located on 26 acres of beautiful, waterfront property, has had clients returning time and time again since opening in 1986. Whether you’ve never hit the water before or you’re looking to take your waterskiing skills to the next level, this adrenaline-filled experience is perfect for anybody willing to take the plunge. If you really want to get into the spirit, every February Echuca Moama hosts the world’s biggest water ski race – the ‘Southern 80’ Ski Race. Suggested stays: Murray River Holiday Park or Echuca Holiday Park

Cycle with Michael Milton

Where: Canberra

“I like to do things that I think are fun and instead of setting up a little bike-riding tour around Lake Burley Griffin, I decided to do one in the dark,” inspirational six-time Paralympian Michael Milton says of his Bigfoot Adventures option known as the Canberra All Lit Up Tour. Not only can you spin wheels and shoot the breeze with an elite athlete and top bloke after the sun goes down, it’s a chance to develop some mountain biking skills while enjoying “lit up” views of national monuments around Canberra. Australia’s bike-friendly capital city appeals to thousands of cyclists with its city bike tracks and mountain bike riding paths. Bike lamps light the way on this two-and-a-half hour ride, which takes you to the Parliament House exercise track, around Capitol Hill and the wetlands. Best of all, you don’t have to be a national sporting champion like Michael to do the tour – it’s an easy, enjoyable ride. Suggested stay: Capital Country Holiday Village

Townsville segway

Where: Far North Queensland

See the hidden wonders of the sunny, coastal city of Townsville in an environmentally-friendly way. Ride through the city’s beautiful parks and gardens on your own Segway – a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. The guided tours run in small groups and take you through training before embarking on a two-hour journey, covering 8.5 kilometres of track. Suggested stays: Coral Coast Tourist Park and BIG4 Walkabout Palms, Townsville.

Chauffer drive in the Mornington Peninsula  

Where: Mornington Peninsula, 75km south east of Melbourne

Have you ever dreamed of living the life of a royal? You definitely can for a day with your very own chauffer on the Mornington Peninsula. Travel in style as you look at the peninsula’s magnificent green hills and sandy beaches from behind the glass windows of your very own Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. While listening to the music of your choice, visit the peninsula’s finest galleries and dine at the most exquisite wineries. Some of the popular things you might like to do during your private tour includes a tour of a cheese factory, stopping at stunning lookout points along the coast, lunch at Arthurs Seat Maze or a visit to art and craft exhibitions. Silver Health Chauffer Services suggests it’s best to pick five tastings and venues a day, to ensure you aren’t too rushed. But if you simply want to sit back, relax and let someone else make the decisions, your chauffer is at your service! Suggested stays: Kangerong Holiday Park or Marina View Van Village.

SCOTT PODMORE

 

 

Award-winning writer, editor, photographer, videographer and owner of October Grey Media. Specialising in travel, music and lifestyle content. Content strategist and bestselling author of books including Icons of Australian Music: Jimmy Barnes, 101 Great Websites To Save You $$$, and global smash Conversations With Mediums. Follow on Twitter & instragram #scottpodmore

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