Create Your Own Amazing Race Through Regional Australia
Have you and the family been eagerly watching the latest season of The Amazing Race Australia and thinking ‘we could do that’? Well, why don’t you! These summer holidays, set off on your very own race around Australia.
Picture this. You’ve jumped on bikes and are racing along the foreshore of dreamy Byron Bay. Earlier that day, you and the kids completed a sunrise hike up to Australia’s most easterly point to find your next clue at Cape Byron Lighthouse. This was followed by a food challenge roadblock at the Byron Farmers Market.
It sounds like an episode of The Amazing Race Australia, but this could be your own reality. With a little creativity, sense of adventure and planning smarts, you can create a unique family holiday inspired by the popular TV show.
And Australia’s backyard is a ready-made racecourse, full of charming country towns and natural wonders perfect for physical and mental challenges.
Here are some tips to help create the ultimate Australian amazing race that gets the family outdoors, discovering new places, meeting new people and learning new things.
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The Race Route
Firstly, you’ll need to develop an itinerary that has you zig-zagging your way through a series of destinations across regional Australia.
Maybe it’s a race from Melbourne to Moama, or an adventure down the Great Ocean Road to Warrnambool, finishing up in the seaside town of Robe on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Or you could embark on an epic adventure down the Queensland coastline, starting in Airlie Beach, and taking in Rockhampton and Hervey Bay, before crossing the finish line on the Gold Coast.
Then you need to develop a series of clues that instruct racegoers where to travel to next as they progress through the race. You might like to include in the route information details on how you’re travelling (i.e. by foot or car), or leave it up to teamwork to figure it out.
For example, you might be in Mildura and instructed to make your way on foot to the town’s Holden Motor Museum. After which, you’ll need to hire bikes to proceed to the pit stop. Or maybe you’re in the NSW Mid North Coast town of Forster and instructed to use public transport to proceed to nearby Boomerang Beach for a water-based challenge.
Each ‘leg’ needs a detour – a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons. Typically one task is more physically demanding or forces you to face your fears, while the other is more tedious and time-consuming.
For example, if your race takes you to Swan Valley near Perth, a detour could be choosing between apple picking at a nearby orchard or navigating the ropes course at the local adventure centre.
Each member of the team must complete the detour, so when designing detours try and think of tasks that require teamwork.
A roadblock is a task that only one team member may perform. With only a cryptic clue to go off, the team must decide which member is best suited to complete the task – and no changing your mind once a decision is made.
When setting roadblocks, try and think of tasks that are unique to the town you’re in and provide some degree of challenge. Maybe it’s eating a kangaroo pie from the local bakery, completing a round of golf, finding out when the town was settled, climbing to the top of a lookout or spotting different types of fish while snorkeling.
Finally, you need a designated pit stop for each leg of the race. With over 60 holiday parks all around Australia, Discovery Parks is an ideal location to conclude your day of discovery, as well as get some well deserved rest before the next leg begins.
Plus, you can even set a final challenge at the holiday park, with participants needing to pitch a tent or reverse a caravan before stepping onto the finish mat.
Catch up on the Amazing Race Australia, only on Channel 10, WIN Network and 10 Play.