With more than 500 Australian adventures to choose from, it was always going to be a monumentally challenging task picking our 10 favourites.
But it’s a bit like walking into a cake shop when you’re ravenous; each slice behind the counter is dangerously delicious and you just want to munch them all. Each has its own unique flavour that will suit some more than others, but they all share one common ingredient: Adventure. #haveyourcakeandeatit
We’ve picked ten Explorer Project submissions that we feel embody the very essence of microadventure – local, low budget escapes that cram the spirit of a big adventure into an unforgettable weekend (or very long weekend) away.
# 1 Twilight Fireflies Experience // Blue Mountains (NSW)
Explorer: Joel Johnsson
Unbeknownst to most, the Blue Mountains are alive with fireflies for 3 weeks every year. The fleeting nature and fairytale mystery of this experience is what makes it so incredibly special, an evanescent encounter for everyone’s explorer diaries.
# 2 Sinkhole Caves and Underwater Rainforests (SA)
Explorers: Tom & Sherrin Woods
“The pinnacle moment came when we swam through the green plants and came directly over the top of a cavern that drops 150 meters into the deep blue”. Yep this is South Australia.
# 3 Night Mission // Escape to Scott Kilvert Hut (TAS)
Explorer: Isaac Probert
Microadventures are all about hitting society’s escape button and disappearing into nature for soul deep injection of wilderness. Its potency is brilliant. This 24 hour escape took two friends on a much needed camping adventure via mountain lakes to a beautiful spot.
# 4 Chasing Rivers // Fitzgerald River National Park (WA)
Disconnecting on camping trips is as important as packing the right gear and bringing a well-oiled crew. This trip to an off-the-grid national park in Western Australia will guarantee you no unwelcome phone calls, as well crystal clear water, white sand beaches and chokingly beautiful vistas.
# 5 The Green Gully Track // Hiking in Northern NSW
Explorer: Katie Marston
“Hut-to-hut” hiking might conjure up images of Tasmania and New Zealand, but you don’t even have to leave New South Wales! The Green Gully Track in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park links 5 restored stockman huts for a top shelf multi-day hiking experience without the shoulder strain.
# 6 Double Trouble // Mount May and The Upper Portals (QLD)
Explorer: Lisa Owen
If one peak isn’t enough to scratch the itch, why not chew off two in one day? That’s exactly what Lisa did on a trip through SE Queensland gem-region, the Scenic Rim. If you’re game for a challenge, check this one out.
# 7 Kayaking Adventure // Lower Glenelg River (VIC)
Explorer: Jack Brookes
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more perfect venue for a catch up with your nearest, dearest and queerest. We loved this ovenighter that Jack went on with his Dad and brother. So scrap the pub every once in a while and share some grade A time (and a drink or three) with your faves – there’s literally no better place to do it.
# 8 Flinder’s Ranges // Wild Flowers & Outback Mountains (SA)
Explorer: Brian Hatchard
The alluring photo alone had us hooked, but delving deeper into the array of activities on offer here had us weak in the knees (as it did, Brian, but for other self-inflicted reasons). The Flinders are calling.
# 9 Outback and Back (NSW)
Explorer: Ross Clayton
Ross’s initial plan for Easter was a chilled long weekend with his lady friend, sampling the good wine and food that Orange is famous for. That was until Sam and Emily upped the ante considerably by suggesting that they return Ron, their Subaru Outback, to his roots.
# 10 Skiing Back Country Retreat (Falls Creek, VIC)
Explorer: Lachie Thomas
Grab 9 mates, it’s time for a cabin fix. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Falls Creek’s slopes sits a quaint little Alpine hut, surrounded by endless backcountry ski runs; Johnston’s Hut.
Thank you to all of our incredible Explorers for sharing the stoke with this community. If you’re keen to be a part of it, check out the Explorer Project and get in touch.