Sport, Leisure & Recreation
There is nothing Australians like to do more in their leisure time than to fill it with sport and recreation. Whether it’s playing a game, watching some live or televised sports, or just lying on a beach somewhere, we are a nation who likes to unwind.
From those who enjoy playing a quick game of backyard cricket, to Olympic champions and record holders, Australians of all walks of life are generally involved in some form of sport. As well as having a number of professional sports leagues, there are also multiple local sports and fitness clubs for all ages and levels.
Depending on the season, you can find facilities for; soccer and football, tennis, squash, badminton, swimming, cycling, martial arts, hockey, adventure sports like rock climbing and abseiling, baseball, softball, cricket, netball and basketball.
All work and no play makes for a boring life. Whenever we are lucky enough to have time off work, we fill it with rest, recreation, and leisure activities. Enjoying recreation and leisure can be as simple as having a picnic, reading a book, or going for a walk along the beach. With less focus on competition, and generally less structure than organised sports, leisure is more commonly regarded as taking part in "easy going" pastimes. Done purely for enjoyment, leisure is about relaxing and reducing stress. Finding the perfect leisure activity can see you making friends or getting some much needed alone time.
Popular leisure activities can include; golf, fishing, hiking and bushwalking, meditation, shopping, boating, crosswords and Sudoku, bird watching, playing games, dining out, winery and brewery tours, cinema, country drives, visiting art galleries and museums.
The Yellow Pages has a comprehensive list of sport, leisure and recreational activities in your area.