On your next drive to the South Coast, stop, get out of the car and head to the hills of the Kangaroo Valley.
Kangaroo Valley is one of the country's most scenic places, and even though it's relatively close to Sydney, it's still a wonderful way to get away from it all.
Michael and Rhonnie Hayes are holders of degrees in exercise science, and saw Kangaroo Valley as the perfect place to run a business combined with a healthy lifestyle.
Kangaroo Valley Escapes offers a variety of tours. There are mountain biking tours for half or full day, guided bushwalking, half and full day overnight canoeing expeditions and hike and bike tours which are most suited to novices.
All tours combine fun, information and scenery. Group numbers never exceed 10 as the Hayeses feel this is a comfortable number for people to get to know one another. Anyone can join in, providing they are over 12 years old and have ridden a bicycle at least once.
Along the way there's a good chance of spotting a water dragon lizard, echidna or rock wallaby.
Tours start at the tourist park at 9am with a two-hour hike to a waterfall, so take along a towel and bathers if you fancy a dip. You'll be given a day pack to hold your gear, containing a light health snack to enjoy along the way.
The pace is a comfortable one and there are three main scenic spots along the way. It is slightly uphill, but not steep, and you'll no doubt enjoy the lush rainforest and filtered sunlight. The track can be muddy if there has been rain, and you'll need to negotiate a couple of large boulders, but it's not too difficult.
After the walk, it's onto the bikes to cycle the 16kms back to town. That takes around one-and a half hours. The first six kms are winding dirt track with the chance to ride off-road. The next 10kms are on road along the upper Kangaroo Valley floor, following the path of the Kangaroo River.
Norco Kathmandu mountain bikes are used and riders are provided with helmets, elbow, wrist and knee guards.