There are so many exciting opportunities for hobbies in Australia. I love that living in a new country means you get to embrace the Australian culture and consider different types of hobbies to those that were available to you in your home country.
Trying out a new Australian hobby is a great way to find your feet in Australia, meet some new people and get settled. It also gives you something to focus on rather than spending your time feeling homesick. When you relocate to Australia from overseas, I really encourage you to try out some new hobbies.
Australia has such an incredible climate and so much outdoor space, so it’s natural that many Australia hobbies are outdoor pursuits.
Enjoy the sunshine and being outside in nature and find yourself a new hobby in Australia!
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Popular hobbies in Australia
Here is a list of some of the most popular hobbies in Australia that you might want to try…
Of course, the most iconic and most popular hobby in Australia is surfing. With over 12,000 incredible beaches and 60,000km of coastline it makes total sense! The ocean and beach life is a huge draw for families moving to Australia, so surfing is a big part of Australian culture. Surfing is something you can do alone for fun, or you can book into a lesson or a course to get the basics down.
Surfing is also a social sport where people meet their friends at the beach to share the hobby – surfing can quickly become a way of life in Australia! I know a few people who begin taking surf lessons and it soon took over their lives to become a major life passion.
If surfing sounds a bit too tricky, bodyboarding is a lot of fun too and it’s a great way to get more confident in the water. My kids absolutely love it!
Stand up paddleboarding
If you’re more interested in a sedate (but still challenging on the muscles) sport, stand up paddleboarding is worth a try. It’s an Australian hobby you can do on calm waters, rivers and lakes. You can get inflatable paddleboards (which makes bringing them to the beach easier) or hard paddleboards if you’ve got a roof rack. You can also easily begin paddleboarding by hiring a board, so you don’t need to invest in your own immediately. I love having a go at Noosa on the canals or at Currumbin on the Gold Coast (on the calm side where the creek feeds into the ocean). I find it really relaxing and enjoyable and my kids think it’s so much fun too.
Did you know that Australia actually gets more snow than the Swiss Alps! There are ski resorts in New South Wales and Victoria and it’s a very popular winter hobby in Australia. It’s a pretty epic balance – you can spend your summers in the ocean and your winters on the slopes!
Fishing is a big hobby in Australia – it’s something you can do from the beach, from a pier or from a boat if you have access to one. If you’ve never been before, you can also find fishing lessons to teach you the basics, or as my kids have done, make friends with locals who love to fish and they can teach you!
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Jetskiing or waterskiing
Watersports like jet skiing and water skiing are hobbies you can do in Australia that no longer need to be out of your reach! Lots of families here own their own jet skis or motorboats so it’s common to go out on the water at weekends to enjoy some watersport fun!
I won’t pretend in any way to understand the different types of football in Australia but know there is soccer, Australian football (AFL), rugby union and rugby league. For kids, there are also offshoots of these including touch football and Oz tag. Plus you’ve got all of the other usual sports like cricket, tennis, softball, basketball, volleyball and handball to name a few. Sports is absolutely HUGE in Australia, and most kids do some kind of sport as a hobby in Australia. Why not search out your favourite ball sport as a hobby in Australia? There are often adult teams if you search around in the local community groups (and if there isn’t one, maybe you can start one up!)
Lots of hobbies in Australia!
There are loads of different types of hobbies in Australia for you to try! It doesn’t hurt to give any a try and see how you like it. Mostly you can get started with little or no investment by booking a class or hiring the equipment a few times before you can see if you like it enough to buy your own gear. Moving country is a great opportunity to try something new.
What is your favourite hobby in Australia?