Tim the Yowie Man has challenged me to complete the 10 adventure holidays he's picked out for this week's cover story and I just might take him up on it. It's too easy in this comfortable, suburban, mid-life to forget what a rush it is to try something new, something that scares you just a little bit. I know the kids would love to swim with the seals, the ocean kayaking appeals too, as does the abseiling and ultimate Snowy River Pilgrimage. It could be a thrilling summer. Or then I might just head out to Canberra's favourite picnic spots, pack myself a basket full of Katy Holder's food and a good book (have a whole Ian Rankin back catalogue to get through now) and take it a little easier. Even if you have your summer planned to the day, check out Tim's story and maybe challenge yourself too.
This picnic basket for four from Wheel and Barrow includes cutlery, plates, wine glasses, napkin and a bottle opener as well as a cooler section. Just the thing for taking advantage of the best picnic spots in Canberra we've named today. $139.95. wheelandbarrow.com.au
Mother Earth's Brekkie on the Go packs offer all the protein and fibre of a bowl of toasted muesli in a handy single serve pack. We've ignored the brekkie bit and use them as trail mix, for activities and as after-school snacks. Be great for tucking into the backpack while completing the adventures on offer today. Three flavours: apricot and almond, cashew and cranberry and hazelnut and dark chocolate. $5.50 motherearth.co.nz
A couple of books to help make your outdoor adventure easier to plan. Driving Holidays around AustraliaAustralia's Best Camping ($34.95). Both authors have done the research for you so you'll have more time to actually enjoy yourself. The camping book offers some fantastic locations. Now where's that tent? Both from Explore Australia.
BUILD A BOAT
Hey kids, want to build a boat? The ultimate adventure, in both the building and the journeys it will offer up afterwards. The Balmain Boat Company has rowboats, sailboats and "The Pilot" which can seat up to six people and withstand bigger swells, all available to build in DIY flatpack form. If you can hammer a nail, you can build a boat. thebalmainboatcompany.com✓