The love or sometimes drag of Valentine’s Day is coming up. Find out how to turn the day into an outdoor adventure with your partner, best friend, family, or yourself.

Australian sky. Photo: Roanish, Wikimedia Commons.
Photo: Roanish, Wikimedia Commons.

Here’s 5 outdoor Adelaide adventures to celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 February:

1. Pitch a tent under the stars

While camping in a national park can be magical, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a more low-key option. So, why not pitch a tent or roll out some swags amongst the greenery of your backyard instead?

Forecast to be cloudy? No problems! Pop up some solar-powered fairy lights.

Hiking in Para Wirra Conservation Park-Morgan Sette
Hiking in Para Wirra Conservation Park.

2. Go for a hike (or walk) somewhere new

Check the weather forecast (or plan your celebration for a day that suits), pack a picnic and head to one of the many great hiking destinations near the city.

Unsure where to go? Head to Walking SA’s shortlist of best walks for inspiration.

Geocaching containers-credit Mojo0306, Wikimedia Commons
Geocache containers come in a range of sizes. Photo: Mojo0306, Wikimedia Commons.

3. Go geocaching and find treasures*

If you’ve never been geocaching before, it’s essentially a game where people hide things IRL (in real life) and other people find them using a map and hints provided online.

You’ll need to download the app and create an account before you can see the “geocaches”. Stay close to home or zoom out for caches further away to make it more of an adventure.

*Be willing to appreciate the value of just finding something that most people walk straight past without even knowing. Possibly the most common geocaching “treasure” is a notepad to write your name in to claim the victory of finding it.

Treasure map
Use some scrap paper to create a map.

4. Create your own treasure and hide it in the garden

If you’d like your Valentine to find something specific and just for them, consider creating a treasure hunt in your garden!

Make it simple or add multiple clues and things to collect along the way. Throw in riddles and puzzles, and you could have your whole day sorted!

Sunset at Seacliff-credit Anthony Kernich, Wikimedia Commons.
A sunset at Seacliff. Photo: Anthony Kernich, Wikimedia Commons.

5. Head to the beach for a sunset stroll

There’s nothing that sets the mood like a beautiful sunset! According to HuffPost, watching the sunset has personal benefits like slowing down time, creating a sense of vitality, inspiration and improved wellbeing.

Just don’t forget to be mindful of beach-nesting birds, like hooded plovers (who might be celebrating with their own families), and try to stick to the wet sand, below the high tide mark.

kayaking in the Dolphin Sanctuary
Enter our competition to win a 2-person guided kayaking tour!

Enter our Valentine’s Day giveaway

Our bonus Valentine’s Day adventure suggestion is a 2-person guided kayaking tour in the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary. Enter our social media competition to win a voucher (worth $144).

Competition opens 9 am on Friday 4 February, and the winner will be drawn on Wednesday 9 February at 3 pm.

All you have to do to enter is:

  1. follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram
  2. tag the person you’d take kayaking with you on our giveaway post (Facebook post or Instagram post).

Multiple entries – tagging different people – will be accepted.

One winner will be drawn on Wednesday 9 February at 3 pm. The winner will receive 1 x voucher for 2 adults to go on a guided kayaking tour. T&Cs apply.

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