Summer in Canberra is glorious.
Awash in the glow of new year’s resolutions and warm days, summer is the time to try to something new and fun.
For example, how about a game of Beach Volleyball? Ok, Canberra is not exactly seaside but you can get some sand between your toes without even leaving the city. Volleyball ACT’s Recreational Beach League gives players an opportunity to participate in a 12-week beach volleyball competition run between November and March. The twilight competitions bring together mixed teams and are a fun, energetic way to get some beach atmosphere on those warm summer evenings.
Another way to enjoy Canberra’s summer is on the water. Literally on the water.
Lake Burley Griffin is the place to try stand up paddle boarding, or SUP’ing for those in the know. For paddle board hire there’s the YMCA Canberra Aquatic Recreation Centre in Yarralumla, or there’s the internationally accredited SUP’ing Caveman, offering classes to get you walking on water. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the environment and offers the added benefit of improving core strength and balance at the same time.
For those who prefer dry ground, lawn bowls is a laidback way to combine great weather, sport and the chance to catch up with friends. Barefoot bowls is offered by both Canberra City Bowling Club, and The RUC at Turner in the northern-suburbs.
According to The RUC, or Turner Bowlo, the best things in life begin with ‘B’ – bowling, beer, bar, beats and barefeet! You can partake in a range of competitions, or just sit back and enjoy the services of a Bowls Butler whilst whiling away a summer evening.
Another way to get a summer fitness fix is to go vertical! Get to grips with climbing at one of Canberra’s indoor rock climbing venues. Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing has two locations and caters to a variety of levels. For those with a taste for the outdoors, K7 Adventures offers rock climbing, abseiling and caving trips along with a slew of other adventures.
Something more local, and equally resonant of summer is tennis. Tennis Canberra offers adult lessons for those who have never played or whose racquets have been gathering dust. You can also book a game at the newly opened Old Parliament House Garden Tennis Club. The 87-year old gardens, originally created from a sheep paddock, have been described as a “rose among the political thorns” and are quintessentially Canberra. Within the garden are five tennis courts now open to the Canberra community and available for hire.
Photo courtesy of The SUP’ing Caveman.