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5 on the fly: unusual activities to try

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by Sarah Halfpenny

Embrace the adventure of the golden years! Consider these five unique activities to try, if you’re willing to unleash your inner explorer …

  1. Axe throwing

Experience the exhilaration of axe throwing at Maniax, which has venues across Australia. It’s a thrilling and safe activity that challenges precision and strength, providing a unique and empowering activity for seniors.

  1. Wood carving

Wood carving offers a blend of creativity and relaxation, allowing participants to transform a simple piece of wood into personalised art while fostering focus, patience, and a sense of accomplishment. There are plenty of places across the country to try your hand, including The Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking, the Woodturners Association of Queensland, or the Wood Dust Australia festival.

  1. Beekeeping

For those interested in nature and ecology, beekeeping workshops can provide hands-on experience in maintaining beehives, harvesting honey, and supporting local pollinator populations. For more information, look up the Amateur Beekeepers Australia website.

  1. Walking football or netball

Walking football and walking netball are non-contact, modified versions of traditional sports designed to be more accessible for seniors and those with reduced mobility. They offer a great way to stay active, socialise, and have fun. The Walking Football Federation Australia and Netball Australia can provide information.

  1. Perfumery

Learn about the art of creating fragrances and even blend your own signature scents in perfumery workshops. This sensory experience can be both relaxing and creatively satisfying. Find courses at places like the Sydney Community College or Perfume Playground.

image courtesy of The Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking


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