Your Ultimate Guide To An Adventurous New Years Eve

By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder at Wild Women On Top

It seems I’m not the only wild one looking for a change from what’s currently being dished up as fun on New Year’s Eve. A quick survey of my friends found even young people are sick and tired of celebrating the end of the year with drunk people, overpriced glow sticks and stifling crowds. 

If extravagant fireworks festivities, sloppy snogging and broken bottles don't sound like your idea of fun either, how about watching the sunset, clifftop cocktails, moonrise magic, star gazing, campfire conversation and a swim at sunrise? Rather than losing our kids in the crowd, we can choose to lose ourselves in nature. 

Planning a New Year’s micro-adventure in nature isn’t as hard as you might think. With a few simple steps you can ignite your adventurous spirit to celebrate the old year and kick off the new year feeling fresh and fab -- and ready for even more adventures. Here's some of my favourite ways to see the new year in. 

1. Head out for a sunset hike.

The idea of a sunset walk to a breathtaking view (and returning in the dark!) might sound a little daunting at first, but it's super fun. Just Google walks in national parks, state forests, suburban reserves or hill top vistas, pack a little cocktail picnic and a torch and head for the high ground.

Hit the hay early and you’ll wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready for some sunrise exploring. Grab your family or a few mates, your swimmers and towel and head out into nature... you'll start the year feeling exhilarated and rejuvenated.

2. Grab a swag and sleep under the stars

You only need a tent if it's raining! If it's dry, grab your buddies, a sleeping bag and a pillow and take it out into the back garden, your nearest park, oval, reserve or playground and let the twinkling stars soothe you to sleep and the sunlight rouse you from your slumber.

3. Get high - literally. 

Grab a backpack, picnic rug, friends and family head to the highest point in town with your sunset cocktails and nourishing nibbles. When you arrive, climb a tree, leap a fence and play chasey till the moon and stars rise.

4. Take yourself somewhere in nature you’ve never been before.

Don’t head to an official campground – they’re crowded and expensive. Instead, find a secluded getaway on YouCamp or, at least, opt for a hike-in campsite. There’s hundreds of these around the country and often you only need to walk a couple of kilometers to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.

5. Go off the clock

I’ve spent the past three New Year’s Eves in the wild with no idea when it was midnight – and it was liberating. There was no overhyped countdown and we snuggled in when we wanted, feeling smug and fabulous. To me, it feels far more natural to let the sun tell me when the new day - and new year – has arrived.

6. Party all day

Wake up for the New Year sunrise feeling healthy, happy and ready to go exploring. All you need is sunlight, some nourishing nibbles and some nature to nurture your mind, body and spirit.

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