Healthy Holidays in Australia
Healthy holidays are the latest trend in vacay-ing. Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend hours sweating in a stuffy gym to stay fit and healthy. Australia offers a world of options for fun, active holidays – many of which feel like you’re doing nothing at all.
The Dandenong Ranges offer a ton of options for a healthy holiday. One highlight is the 1,000 steps. The incline is steep and the distance measures 3km, so the trek should take around an hour and a half to complete. Wildlife offer tweets of encouragement as lush sunlight bleeds through gaps in the ferns and manna gum - this fun and challenging Victorian trek is nature at its best. It’s worth noting that the path can be very busy over the weekend, especially in the AM.
If you’re heading west, consider the Margaret River Cape to Cape walk. You’ll begin at the lighthouse at Cape Naturaliste and finish up at Cape Leeuwin, soaking up 135 kilometres of Instagrammable Western Australian beauty along the way. The trek follows the glorious coastline for most of the way, so you won’t be short of sparkling waters and sweeping clifftop views. All up, the walk should take you between six to eight days.
Margaret River walking trails, WA. Photo: Getty
With its crystal clear waters, colourful coral and a menagerie of sea life (yes to all of that), the Australian coastline ticks every box for a healthy snorkelling holiday. Snorkelling has a low impact on joints, strengthens your muscles and helps build you lung capacity, making it a fun and relaxing option for a healthy holiday in Australia.
We recommend snorkelling your way through the Tangalooma Wrecks (Moreton Island, Queensland), where 15 purposefully sunken ships attract a world of aquatic life (pictured above). Otherwise, check out the waters near the Abrolhos Islands in WA, a chain of 122 islands in the Indian Ocean or Lady Elliot Island, the ‘Home of the Manta Ray’.
The best way to experience a beach is to learn to surf. Australia has 37,000km of beautiful rolling coastline, perfect for dipping a toe or diving in head first. Paddling is good for your cardiovascular fitness, as well as your shoulder and back strength. Standing up on the board will work your legs and core while improving your balance. Surfing is good for the body, the soul and is a great way to relieve stress and tension. Plus, it’s family friendly – you’re never too young to hit the beach!
Noosa is renowned for its surf breaks, subtropical weather and creative culture while Angourie (just south of Byron Bay) steeps with natural beauty. Heading further south, you won’t want to miss Bells Beach in Victoria (specifically Winkipop, the undisputed king of the Surf Coast). If you’re in WA, the beaches around Margaret River are not to be missed.
Surfers heading out for a dip. Photo: Getty
Camping and Caravan Holidays:
Enjoy a breath of fresh air and get stuck into the great outdoors. Camping and caravan holidays are a great way to enjoy nature while retaining a huge amount of flexibility. Top Parks offer a range of accommodation options, including studios, lodgings, en suite cabins, powered and unpowered sites – all well positioned to make the most of the great Australian outdoors.
Top Parks also offer a wealth of opportunities for a healthy holiday. Many of the parks sit just a stone’s throw from the beach, while many in land locations boast swimming pools, water activities and forests or bushland - perfect for active adventures.
Visit Top Parks for more information on locations and accommodation options.