Quality Hotel Woden
Crnr Melrose Drive & Launcesto
Canberra, AC 2606
Phone: (61) 2 62817733
Fax: (61) 2 62817730
If you like a bit of adventure sport during your time off, Adventures Unlimited can take you on an adventure tour you will not forget. There are many activities including scuba diving, rally driving, ballooning, hang gliding, indoor rock climbing and abseiling. All levels of expertise are catered for, with fully qualified instructors to accompany you on your adventure and to make sure you get as much as enjoyment as possible. Prices depend on the activity and duration.
An unforgettable experience is to float over Canberra in a balloon. As day breaks, a fully qualified pilot will gently guide the balloon aloft on the morning air currents. You will see the suburbs coming to life and pick out the many tourist attractions. Do not forget to bring your camera! Weekend flights finish with a champagne breakfast at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Weekday flights last 45 minutes and finish with a champagne celebration by the lake. Prices vary. Check website for more information.
The Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre features an indoor ice skating rink where you can glide around for hours together. A host of outdoor pools are the perfect end to a busy day. Lessons and practice sessions are available here. Snack centers and food arenas make sure your hunger pangs don't go unattended. Check website for more details.
Gondwana Dreaming offers a specialised service where you can choose from a wide range of nature discovery tours. Experts, often university professors, will help you discover Canberra's landforms, rocks and fossils, native fauna and flora, and habitat. Gondwana Dreaming will customise your nature based tour from part day and day tours, to extended outback safaris. You can help scientists and researchers on a fossil dig. Or perhaps hunt for gold or precious stones.
Answering the call of the ocean lover in all of us, Aqua Action has long provided top-quality scuba gear, training and adventure trips to the locals. Certification classes consist of around 12-hours of theory before hitting the local swimming pool for strenuous practice. Then it is off to the coast for your weekend dive trip-after which you will receive your certificate. You will be eligible to join Aqua's Dive Club, which runs fabulous national and international scuba trips. In addition, Aqua Action sells, services and hires out a full range of scuba clothing and equipment from trusted brands. Check website for more details.
As dawn breaks on the city of Canberra, take off to touch the sky in a hot air balloon. Float over the city as it comes to light revealing one beautiful aspect after another. The award-winning Dawn Drifters, with years of experience in hot air balloon flights, promise you an experience you will not forget easily. After an exhilarating flight, you can relish a delicious buffet breakfast and champagne at Rydges Fig Tree Café. But you must call the night before your flight to check on weather conditions for the morning. Check website for more details.
It is not hard to see why the Federal Golf Club is listed as one of the top 60 inland courses in Australia. The 18 hole, par 73 championship layout is set in elevated bush land only a short drive from the city center, with extraordinary views to the Brindabella Ranges. Clubs and buggies are available for hire, and facilities include function rooms for weddings, seminars and corporate functions. A strict dress code applies and bookings are required.
The Oasis Leisure Centre caters for those who wish to keep fit or those who simply want a relaxing swim or sauna. There is a mixed gym as well as a women-only gym where you can workout with weights or do a circuit. Classes in aqua-aerobics are popular during the week. Swimming lessons are available for all ages in the 50m heated pool. Indoor sports courts where you can play soccer, cricket, netball or volleyball are kept busy in the evenings and weekends.
Whether you are a seasoned rider or have been wanting to get out there and learn for years, you are welcome at the Forest Park Riding School. All ages and rider levels are welcome to their indoor riding arena, or for a trail ride set amid lush scenery just minutes from the city center. Lessons are available from instructors who have years of experience under their belts. For the serious rider wanting to take part in competitions, they also teach show-jumping and horse dressage. Stabling facilities are also available. Check website for more details.
If you are not feeling fit, have put on weight with too many delicious dinners or you want to put some pep in your step, then it is time to visit the Deakin Health Spa. For those staying in Canberra a while, a three month membership is the ideal package including a swim, which also caters for short-term visitors. You can use the aerobic and weight training gym with electronic equipment, join a fitness class, have a one-to-one session with a trainer, get a tan, play squash, have a massage or learn to swim.
Voted in the top 10 of Australia's best golf courses, Royal Canberra Golf Course is stunning in both its design and surroundings. It is located next to Government House on the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin. Do not get any ideas about playing here unless you know a member or a golf professional, as it is not open to the public. However, once a year golf enthusiasts can wander the course's magnificent fairways and greens, and marvel at the old pines and kangaroos, as a leg of the Australasian tour is held at the course in March or April.
Although renowned for biting winters, the Canberra summers are inviting; and what better way to enjoy them than by sailing the waters of Lake Burley Griffin in the center of the city. Throughout the summer, the YMCA Sailing Club offers lessons in sailing and boat safety for all levels and age groups with all equipment available for hire. It also has a function center for hire for any occasion; perfect for that party by the lake. Call ahead for more details.