How to see the Southern Lights from the skies

Old family favourite to come to life in Sydney, Melbourne

Jumping for joy

The Australian Shakespeare Company is bringing interactive theatre to the Sydney and Victoria Royal Botanic Gardens this December-January.

The production will tell Kenneth Grahame's immortal story of life on the riverbank, The Wind in the Willows, and will feature the adventures of Ratty, Mole, Otter, Badger, Weasel and Mr Toad in a 90-minute production.

The young ones will love being brought into the show as 'rabbits' by the Head Chief Rabbit and are encouraged to get involved in the action with every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the timeless tale. Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon full of entertainment and laughter. Tickets are about $25.

See the Southern Lights

Experience Aurora Australis from the skies on board a Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a team of expert astronomers.

Fly into the night, heading south over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica, aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south where the dancing lights are brightest. Flights will depart from Australia's major domestic terminals at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth from 9 April 2021.

On board, astronomers will explain how the lights are created as well as point out their favourite night sky objects and expert photographers will instruct guests on how to best capture the lights. The lucky passengers will typically see a few hours of Auroral activity over the course of the 13-hour flight. Prices start from $1295.

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Borrow a board, bike or boots

New Aussie start-up Quipmo has launched an online service that allows people to share "equipment for the moment".

Through the website, adventurous types can rent out some of their gear that is currently collecting dust in the garage while occasional surfers, campers, skiers and more can hire equipment they need - all via the Quipmo platform.

It's the perfect solution for holidays when you don't always want to lug your own gear. Instead rent a surfboard, snowboard, sand-board, tent, bike or even ski boots from a local keen to help. A two-way star rating and review system keeps both gear owners and renters honest. Quipmo insures most of the rentals in Australia and New Zealand for damage, theft and loss.

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Forage for it

Spring has sprung and so has an array of edible wild greens. Learn how to become a skilled forager on Wild Food Adventures' Wild Green Workshop in Kangaroo Valley, NSW, this November.

Taste and explore favourite backyard plants with local forager Joanne Dodd on a stunning private property in the Shoalhaven. Enjoy a wild tea infusion on arrival, then sample olives and olive oil, before setting off to find and harvest edible greens such as wood sorrel and flat weed.

You will then learn how to prepare the greens followed by a lunch of poached chicken salad and tasty delights from Quarter Acre Farm, with a glass of wine in hand. Tickets are $95 per person.

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