Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation 2017-05-31T15:07:20+00:00

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About Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation provides free or low-cost leisure opportunities for people to relax, get fit, soak up Vitamin D, develop friendships, spend family time together, be challenged and develop new skills and abilities – both physical and mental. It is a birthright of all Australians and an important outlet for those young (and older) people who do not identify with organised sports.

In Australia people can enjoy a myriad of outdoor pursuits by themselves, in clubs or through providers. With close to 900 national parks, NSW has a proud heritage in national parks, reserves, parks and wetlands including World Heritage sites.

Our Role in  Outdoor Recreation

Our role traditionally has been about providing support, structure, advocacy and representation for led outdoor recreation activities both in a journey based and centre based program delivery. We have been instrumental in facilitating access to parks and waterways. Looking forward, we’d like to advance any new and eco-friendly leisure activity that gets people outdoors.

Providers of Outdoor Recreation

For an overview of our members providing outdoor recreation pursuits go  here.

To meet one of our Outdoor Rec members visit our Spotlight on Outdoor Rec page.

And for ideas on all the recreational activities you can do outdoors in NSW see below:

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Abseiling
Adventure racing
Bird watching
Bouldering
Bush therapy
Bush walking
Camel rides
Camping
Canoeing
Canyoning
Caving
Conservation Bush regeneration
Cycling

Diving
Dragon boating
Fishing
4WD’ing
Geocaching
Grass skiing
Guiding
Hangliding
Hiking
Horse riding
Kayaking
Kite surfing
Landcare

Mountain biking
Mountaineering
Orienteering
Outrigger canoeing
Paragliding
Photography
Rafting
Rock Climbing
Rogaining
Sail boarding
Sailing
Scouting
Sea kayaking

Skimboarding
Sky diving
Snorkeling
Stand-up paddle boarding
Surfing
Swimming
Trail running
Tree climbing
Tree planting
Using a ropes course
Walking
Walking the dog
Water skiing

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The following are great family friendly activities:

  • BBQ
  • Beachcombing — explore a shore
  • Boogie boarding
  • Building a tree house
  • Building sandcastles
  • Flying a kite
  • Fossicking
  • Frisbee
  • Gardening
  • Observing bugs or stars at night
  • Picnicking
  • Raft building

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Outdoor Council of Australia

Outdoor Council of Australia (OCA), is an incorporated, NFP association representing organisations that use outdoor adventure activities for the purpose of Recreation, Education, Tourism, Personal and Corporate development. It’s goal is to lead on national issues and advocate federally. Outdoors NSW is a member of OCA.

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The great man is he who doesn’t lose his child’s heart.

Mencis

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