First published on 13 Feb 2012. Updated on 10 Jan 2014.
Zip line over the Otway Rainforest
If you’re going to get high, make sure the comedown’s exhilarating. Spend two and a half solid hours soaring through the glorious treetop canopy in Victoria’s only zip line tour. Otway Fly, 360 Phillips Track, Weeaproinah. (03 5235 9200). Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Adults $115, children $82.50.
Take a free class with the Salsa Foundation
Can’t tell one left foot from the other? Try a free salsa class and soon you’ll be twirling like a Latin American natural. Paid private lessons are available, too. Stella Maris, 600 Little Collins St, Melbourne. (0400 933 285). Wed & Thu 6pm. FREE.
Play a game of bike polo
Bicycle wheels and wooden mallets seem like a terrible combination – but remember the mallets are only for the fun of smacking polo balls, not for taking down yet another hipster fixie. Sun from 2-8pm at Flagstaff Gardens (corner of Queen St & Franklin St, Melbourne) and Tue from 6pm at The Futsal Courts (Aughtie Dr, Albert Park).
Get wet at the Brighton Sea Baths
At 50 metres across and 300 metres around, Brighton’s Sea Baths are a last-of-their-kind Olympic experience for everyday swimmers in Melbourne. Join a squad or just lash out for a steam. 251 The Esplanade, Brighton 3185. (03 9539 7005). Mon-Thu 6am-9pm; Fri 6am-7pm; Sat-Sun 7.30am-5pm. $4-$5.
Ride the West Gate Punt
The West Gate Punt between Port Melbourne to Williamstown gets you from the city’s edge to cute-but-otherwise-inaccessible Willy. Bikes are free, so pack your copy of Treadlie and explore ‘Melbourne’s Manly’. Fisherman’s Bend, Port Melbourne 3207 and Scienceworks, Spotswood 3015. (0419 999 458). Mon-Fri 6.30-9.30am and 4-7pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. $5-$7.
Boogie your board at Warrandyte National Park
Hot day? Head to our closest National Park and enjoy the soothing wilderness of Warrandyte. There’s access to the Yarra so it’s perfect for a canoe, paddle, or boogie-board. Warrandyte National Park. FREE.
Take a swing at mini-golf
Mini-golf is the only sport that gets better as it gets smaller. (In your face, table tennis!) These two 18-hole courses – one outdoor, one indoor – might be Melbourne’s best. 703 Wellington Rd, Wheelers Hill 3170. (03 9795 3111). Mon-Sun 10am-5pm. $9-$11.
Go kayaking at dusk
Paddle out as the sun goes down and the city lights come up. No experience necessary: instructors will have you sailing away from either St Kilda or the Docklands in no time. 425 Docklands Dr, Docklands and 300m west of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier Rd, St Kilda. (0410 329 090). 6-9pm. $55-$85.
Get nautical at Williamstown’s sailing club
Can you think of a better way to spend your summer than shouting ‘anchors away!’ at unsuspecting passersby? This five-week sailing course will give you all the skills you need. Cnr Stevedore St & The Strand, Williamstown. (03 9397 6987). $395.
Join in a nudey night swim
For over 30 years, folks have been splashing around in the nude at monthly swim nights. Bring a plate for the 9pm shared supper – and lots of towels to sit on, of course. Rebound Leisure Club, 5 Rebound Ct, Narre Warren. (0407 558 301). First and third Saturdays, 7-10.30pm. $15.