THE GC IS ALL AFLUTTER WITH THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND IT’S GOT US THINKING ABOUT TRYING OUT A BIT OF SPORT OURSELVES.NOTHING CRAZY (AS IN NOTHING THAT CAN’T BE DONE WITHOUT A BEER CLOSE BY) BUT ENOUGH TO GET OUR HEARTS PUMPING AND ADRENALINE RACING. BRING IT ON.
Normally reserved for the over-50s club, lawn bowls has made a resurgence with the
‘barefoot bowls’ trend. But, in our opinion, it still hasn’t got the recognition as a super fun way to spend an afternoon that it truly deserves. Never played it? The rules are simple: players take it in turns to bowl heavier ‘biased’ balls, aiming to get as close to a small white ball (called a jack) as possible. Closest one – or two, or three, if they are closer than any other players’ balls – wins. Easy peasy.
HIT THE PARK
The introduction of the Active and Healthy Parks program to the Gold Coast City Council area has seen a tonne of people getting outside and getting fit – and it’s all either low cost or free! With fitness parks offering simple exercise equipment and beautiful walking tracks aplenty, there are fewer and fewer excuses to stay inside and do nothing. Not one for self- motivation? The calendar is choc-a- bloc with cheap boot camps and group classes in Pilates, tai chi, boxing and so much more. The full program is online on the city council’s website.
SOME OTHER IDEAS
- Hit the green for a game of golf. The Gold Coast boasts some awesome golf
courses, like RACV Royal Pines Resort and Sanctuary Cove.
- After something more? KDV offers a golf driving range and tennis courts for the
ultimate sports day. Find out more about this state-of- the-art sporting complex online. www.kdvsport.com
- Hire a bike (even an electric one for optimal speed with minimal effort) for an hour, a day or the whole weekend. Your local area becomes so much more exciting when toured from a bicycle seat. www.croozeelectricbicycles.com.au
- See the Currumbin shoreline like never before – from atop a stand-up paddleboard. You can also buddy up and rent a kayak for a relaxing day on the water. Currumbin Boat Shed is the place to find everything you’ll need. www.currumbinboatshed.com