Enjoy the sights of the Sutherland Shire from the water, or at a fast pace with our pick of various activities to enjoy this Autumn. Carla Grossetti finds four fitness activities to undertake in order to counteract all that relishing of the new bar and restaurant scene we’ve done over summer.
2. Waterfront walk
The Royal National Park is right on our doorstep and the scenery along the trail that hugs Jibbon Headland is spectacular. Just 10 minutes from Bundeena, you will find yourself standing at the top of soaring sandstone cliffs surrounded by rugged bushland and roaring seas. Sydney Coast Walks’ guide Ian Wells says one of the highlights of this 5km trail is stopping off to admire 1000-year-old rock art engraved by the Dharawal people, the traditional owners of this land. If you want to see more of the area on foot, sign up for the Coastal Classic, a 30km adventure race from Otford to Bundeena slated for September 3, 2020. For more information, visit sydneycoastwalks.com.au.
3. Relay for Life
Last year’s Relay for Life in the Sutherland Shire raised $470,000 for Cancer Council. This year’s team event aims to top that, as friends, families and co-workers from the southern suburbs team up to walk, shuffle, sprint or jog around the athletics track in Sylvania Waters on Saturday April 30-Sunday May 1. You don’t have to be an über athlete to compete. Check out these tips from The Healthy Body Company about how to fit exercise into our hectic schedules or sign up for a free Surf Life Active activity camp in Kurnell and Menai. For more information, visit fundraising.cancer.org.au
4. Bundeena Outdoor Adventures
Kayaking around the Port Hacking waterway is one of the more enjoyable ways to increase your heart rate. Bundeena Outdoor Adventures offers a range of options for visitors – from hiring a kayak and doing your own thing to participating in guided eco tours in and around the stunning Cabbage Tree basin. As well as enjoying everything from the birdlife to wild bush flowers, the guides point out places of interest along the way. If you’re feeling even more intrepid, embark on a two-day North Era Hike ‘n’ Camp Adventure. Bundeena Kayaks also run a bus service, which is great for planning one-way walking adventures around the park. For more information, visit bundeenakayaks.com.au