Travelling can take you to the most far-flung places on the planet, from secluded arctic treks to the depths of tropical rainforests. Yet, getting your thrill-seeking fix need not involve you going to remote areas. Today we provide you with a run-down of the must-see, action-based activities on offer in Melbourne and its surrounds.
You might expect Australia’s first surf park to be in the warmer part of the country in Queensland. But the savvy team that has built this facility dedicated to perfect waves know what they’re doing by opening in Melbourne. Located in Tullamarine (hello international airport) URBNSURF may be a new kid on the block, but welcomes surfers of all abilities. Their use of Wavegarden technology means they offer customisable and scalable surfing conditions, that are minus marine hazards and cold conditions. So whether you book in for a class, do your own thing in a session, relax in the hot tubs or chill in their very Melbourne onsite eatery, the choice is yours.
We love Gumbuya World, an amusement park in Victoria and the latest multi-million dollar reincarnation of the well-loved theme park, Gumbuya Park. Reopened in 2017, Gumbuya World is around an hour from Melbourne’s CBD in Tynong North, with plenty of parking spaces awaiting you!
It offers four different themed areas, from water slides and pools, native wildlife park, amusement park and an outback explorers park for younger children. For those who want to spend most of their time in and around the water, reserve a sunbed or cabana and relax between turns on the waterslides. Gumbuya World is thoughtfully designed and there is plenty of greenery and room to move.
Have you heard of indoor skydiving? Located in Essendon Fields, which 16km from Melbourne’s CBD, the iFly team says you can try it whether you’re 3 or 103! At iFly, you’ll find a 14ft diameter wind tunnel that allows you to fly on a ‘cushion’ of controlled air. You don’t need to be an experienced sky diver to fly here, the team will take you through everything you need to know to safely enjoy your flight. Onsite there are also virtual skydives that you can participate in, or virtual BASE jumps over Alpine mountains.
When you book online, select the number of flights that you want to take and check out the available deals. Be sure to take a buddy or two to see your flight in action and witness the retro jumpsuit and kit that is supplied to you, complete with oversized goggles.
Are you watching the budget? Be sure to subscribe online to make the most of discount offers as well as checking out their socials for the best deals. If you gather a group, you can also score discounted entry. Sites such as RACV, also offer discounted entry to members, so it pays to do a little research before you rock up on the day.