Being cooped up at home for most of the time during a pandemic has led to significant lifestyle changes for many of us.
But don’t be too quick to abandon your new hobbies once travel is safe again — you can turn them into new activities on your next trip.
Australia stands out as a popular holiday destination for Singaporeans due to its versatility and wide range of activities and sights.
Here are seven ways of further developing your new pandemic hobby/ interest in Australia.
Dalgona coffee and banana bread were some of the hottest food trends we’ve seen since the pandemic began.
If you’re looking to further improve your palate and cooking skills, check out some of the culinary experiences in Australia.
At the resort, enjoy the open-air Tali Wiru dining experience under the desert sky featuring a four-course table d’hote menu.
You may also try the Sounds of Silence experience and listen to the indigenous instrument, didgeridoo, as the sun sets. Join your fellow travellers at interactive cooking stations, offering a bush tucker inspired menu.
Some people have chosen to seek solace in plants during the pandemic.
Check out the botanical gardens scattered across Australia such as the 38-hectare Melbourne Gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria that houses a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world.
It boasts 28 hectares of curated garden and a further 244 hectares of wilderness that sits inside the UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Guests are welcome to pick their own fruit and vegetables from the garden and pop by the greenhouse to check out their seedlings.
Prepare your own breakfast with local supplies including garden produce, fresh eggs from the farm, almonds from the orchard and whatever else the season offers up.
Don’t forget to say “hi” to the six resident sheep and chickens (known as “chooks”) in the fruit orchard.
3. Hiking/ Walking
The 90-kilometre Fraser Island Great Walk in Queensland takes you through forests, sand dunes, and blue lakes across the world's largest sand island. Completing the entire trail will take about eight days.
Those short on time (and stamina) can also consider taking the shorter 10.5-kilometre Central Station Walk that takes about 4.5 hours of walking time.
The 700-metre Champagne Pools boardwalk is perfect for a quick 30-minute scenic walk.
The track takes them on a three-day journey that begins with an eco-cruise aboard a purpose-built vessel. Take in the wild Tasmanian scenery during the walk through forest and bush along the coast.
If you don’t mind getting a little wet, there’s also the option of water sports.
Take your kayaking adventures abroad and explore the waterways in Queensland.
You may find yourself paddling alongside the thriving marine life like dolphins, wobbegongs, and dugongs if you’re lucky.
Besides kayaking, you may also dip your toes into other sports like rafting, snorkeling, scuba-diving, and fishing.
Break the monotony of your morning and go for a “Sunrise Kayak and Coffee” tour in New South Wales.
Travelling and photography are a no-brainer combination as beautiful sights are typical tourist attractions in any part of the world.
In addition to featuring these classic tourist sites, why not venture off the beaten path and explore the hidden gems?
Brighten your feed with some cute wildlife.
Regardless if you’re a nature photographer or just want a gorgeous backdrop for your portrait photography, check out the lavender fields at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm in the same state.
For those in Canberra during the spring, pop by Floriade, an annual month-long event. While the event focus is the floral displays, it also boasts a night market with light installations and live music, workshops, and a display featuring thousands of decorated garden gnomes.
6. Yoga/ Wellness
Let’s face it, we have all come across (and perhaps even tried) YouTube workouts at some point in time during the circuit breaker.
Set among over 200 hectares of beautiful native bushland, this complete wellness destination boasts an exclusive indoor and outdoor 33-room Spa Sanctuary.
They offer wellness retreats ranging from two to seven nights as well as shorter spa experiences such as massages, facials, and aromatherapy.
Join one of their many retreats, some of which take place along the Dundee beach and welcome each morning with a picturesque view.
7. Wine Tasting
You may still be able to indulge in social drinking and wine tasting in virtual gatherings via video calls, but nothing beats the live experience of being on a vineyard and watching the process from grape to glass.
Open daily for tastings and behind-the-scenes experiences, their restaurant ranks among the top 50 in Western Australia.
They also have an art gallery with artworks from Australia's leading contemporary artists that feature some of Leeuwin's wine labels, and host alfresco concerts featuring an eclectic mix of the world's top performers.
Who says what happens during the pandemic has to stay in the pandemic? Take your hobbies for a spin in Australia when borders reopen.
For more ideas on planning your itinerary, check out Australia.com.
This sponsored article by Tourism Australia has whetted the writer’s wanderlust and desire to hang out with quokkas when borders reopen.
Top images via Tourism Australia.