Think exploring is an activity for the weekend? Think again! With some smart planning you can fit in a nature hit before heading to the office – and you don’t need to get up at 3.00am to do it.

1. Take A (Steep) Hike

It’s great to test your endurance on a five hour stomp, but don’t overlook the benefits of hard and fast hiking, especially as research shows that just 40-seconds of ‘nature gazing’ can boost productivity and attention span. Head to the bottom of Sublime Point lookout and test your pace on the steep ascent to the top, then hot foot it back down again. It’s ‘only’ 0.7km each way but the tough gradient, which includes ladder climbs, will leave your calves screaming.

If you’re not in New South Wales, check out our Explore Map for quick hikes close to you.


2. Go For A Dunk

Instead of arriving at work stinking of chlorine, go all-natural. Choose between ocean rock pools, waterfall lagoons, wild plunge pools and river estuaries. Come on in – the water’s lovely.


3. Head To The Edge

The most time-consuming aspect of visiting a national park can be driving to its centre. Instead, do some research and discover where your local national park borders the edge of suburbia and use that as your entry point. For example, The Royal National Park in NSW has trail openings close to Gray’s Point High school which are perfect for trail running or mountain biking. The best bit? By parking just outside the park boundary, you won’t pay any park fees.


4. Get Up For Sunrise

It’s easier to get out of bed when you know someone is waiting for you. Join a morning adventure group, or if one doesn’t exist in your area, start your own on MeetUp.

If you’re a surfer (of any level), join the crew from One Wave is All it Takes who meet every Friday morning at 6.30am at beaches across Australia and surf together, whilst wearing fluorescent fancy dress.


5. Give Sweatworking A Try

Don’t let a morning meeting get in the way of your morning adventure – instead, combine them! There’s even a snappy name for it – sweatworking. Apparently, time-strapped business people are holding their meetings in the great outdoors instead of stuffy cafes. It’s important to pick your audience as you don’t want to scare off a business acquaintance (maybe don’t start with hang gliding).


Feature photo by Jonathan Tan