It’s Time to Microadventure the Shit out of your Melbourne Weekend
Dust down you’re adventure sacks folks, because it’s time to fill your SD cards with memories of wild exploits and ridiculous happenings. We’ve hand-picked 5 that promise to wet your whistle…
Werribee Open Plains Zoo
So you are dreaming of an African Safari? Me too but I am not a rich dentist from Minnesota so I have to look for other options. Luckily for those of us in Melbourne we have to look no further than the wonderland that is Werribee! Or Werribee open range Zoo to be exact. Werribee Open Range Zoo offers a unique opportunity to experience an African adventure closer to home and encounter the magnificent animals of the African savannah. The zoo is home to some of Africa’s most iconic animals, as well as wildlife from the grasslands of Asia, North America and Australia. The open range allows the animals to behave much like they would in the wild. You can also STAY AT THE ZOO! That’s right you really can get the whole safari experience (No trophy hunting) but you will have your very own purpose-built balcony, overlooking the Werribee River and the Zoo’s wonderful African savannah.
This walk is probably one of the most famous and frequented in Melbourne. It’s a short drive from the city, it has beautiful scenery and at the end of it, when you get back to your mates that you left at the pub last night you can boast that you climbed 1000 steps this morning. Say it, it feels good. Feels good to say it, hurts a little to do it but that is the point. This is a memorial track to those who lost their lives fighting in Papua New Guinea and gives hikers a taste of what it was like on The Kokoda Track. So this one ticks a few boxes, you get some history, some fitness and if you make it to the top, some bragging rights.
The Otway Fly
A good old fashioned bushwalk is pretty great. I mean there is nothing wrong with it, but it’s maybe not the most exciting thing for everyone. If you are a bit more than just an explorer, if you want your nature fix with a touch of adrenalin then this is the bush walk / flight for you. There are two options here depending on how much adrenaline you plan to get going.
There is the treetop walk, this is basically a huge raised set of walking tracks that lets you take in the forest from a unique angle and if anyone in your group is scared of heights you can jump up and down and scare the shit out of them. The 600 metre-long, 25 metre-high elevated walkway provides unrivalled views of the unique beauty of the region’s flora and fauna, from the rainforest floor up into the soaring heights of the treetops.
Then there is The Zip Line tour, Visitors can zip through the leafy treetops of the magnificent Otway Ranges from one ‘Cloud Station’ to another, suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. Come on you know you have always wanted to do this ever since you saw the American kids living the dream at their summer camps in the movies. You also get free entry to the tree top walk with this option so why not do both and see if you can give your height fearing friend a heart attack.
Yarra Valley Balloon Ride
There is a lot to see and do in the Yarra Valley, you can spend the whole day doing nothing except getting chauffeured around, eating cheese, drinking wine and taking in the spectacular scenery. In fact that is exactly what you should do when you visit but as we are explorers we need to ensure we have an adventure in the Valley too. As you will be full of cheese and wine this adventure cannot be too strenuous and so the perfect option is a hot air balloon ride! With a champagne breakfast of course. Setting off before dawn, you will be up in the air to capture the beauty of the sunrise over the valley, its vineyards, pastures and rivers. You can probably even pick out where you will have lunch. Global Ballooning Australia runs the tours with the Champagne breakfast FYI.
The Great Ocean Road
This is more of a destination than a specific Adventure but the fact you can fit a lot into one day and so close to Melbourne makes it worth the mention. In fact we could probably do a whole post on micro adventures along The Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach, The Twelve Apostles, The Otway Rainforest, and The Redwoods. There is so much to see and do down along The Great Ocean Road. Doesn’t matter how many times you head down, you will always find something new to explore. The best way to do it is with an overnight stay in one of the great little seaside towns, a favourite is Lorne. Grab some buddies, some swimmers and head for the coast, this place never disappoints. Oh and most importantly you can visit the lighthouse from Around the Twist. See I told you it has everything.