Wanna keep supporting the outdoor and adventure industry amidst the current self-isolation laws? Here’s how.


Restrictions on domestic travel have hit the outdoor industry hard. But we’re sure that, once this pesky virus is taken care of, the one place everyone will want to be is outside. So how can we be there for the outdoor industry now to ensure they’re still there for us when this is all over?

1. Buy Australian-made Gear

I don’t know about you, but there are still plenty of items missing from my hiking kit. Over the next few months, I’ll be spending plenty of time researching Aussie brands (preferably local and small businesses) and finding quality gear to complete my kit. 

That way, on the first weekend after social distancing restrictions are lifted, I’ll be 100% prepared to venture out on a nice looooong hike. 

If you want to get your hands on something from a particularly small business, maybe giving them a call is the best way to order, as they might not have their whole range online. 

If you can’t decide exactly what you want, or prefer to touch and feel your goods before you buy them, purchase a gift voucher instead so you can use it in-store when it’s safe to do so. 

Read more: Get Your Arse Into (Aussie) GearThe Faces Behind Handmade Aussie Ultralight Gear

2. Take a Virtual Adventure Tour

If you’re craving a bushwalk, a brand new vista or an adrenaline rush, there are a bunch of adventures available at your fingertips. Check these out.

From ziplining through the rainforest canopy at the Illawarra Fly to snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough himself, these online adventures might be the only opportunity you get to explore with a world-famous adventurer.

Take note of which online adventures you go on, and once we’re all able to hit the road again, visit those places and take on the adventures in real life. 

3. Buy a Gift Voucher for an Adventure Activity in the Future

What activity is at the top of your post-COVID bucket list? Maybe you’ve always wanted to hang ten on a gnarly wave? Or gracefully abseil down a waterfall into an almighty canyon? 

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There’s a tonne of adventure tour companies who haven’t seen explorers in weeks. Show your support and commit to learning a new skill by buying a gift voucher for you and a mate to use in the not-too-distant future.

It’ll give you something to look forward to and will keep a bit of cash flowing for those adventure guides who are out of work. 

4. Engage With Content

In the times of social distancing, keeping in contact with your mates is vital for maintaining connection. And the same applies for the adventure community. 

Whether it’s your favourite adventure publications (hey), gear brands, adventure companies or your bucket list destinations, they’re all bound to have a stellar social media presence. Hit that follow, double-tap that pic, respond to Insta stories and enter comps.

Enter Now: What’s your Home Grown Adventure? 

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Photo thanks to Devon Janse Van Rensburg on Unsplash

An online presence is probably all these companies have left at the moment, so show your loyalty and support by giving them as much virtual love and hugs as possible.

5. Watch an Adventure Film Festival Online

A heap of adventure film fests have had to cancel or postpone their screenings, but didn’t want their loyal frothers to miss out on the stoke. So in lieu of real life, cinema screenings, they’ve chucked a bunch of their favourite flicks online. Check out who’s streaming.

Remember which festivals you watched online, and next year, grab your tix, get out to the theatre and support them again. 

There are also online streaming services specific to adventure films. How bout that? Between Garage Movies and Slip Stream, they should have all your adventure viewing covered. Not to mention all of the epic films in this list (you’ll have to buy some of them but they’re well worth it).

Whip out the popcorn maker, melt some butter and snuggle onto the couch. Helping couldn’t be easier!