Escape the daily grind
THE great outdoors has so much to offer those looking for an escape or simply something to do on the weekend or holidays.
Camping, fishing, hiking. bird watching, surfing, snorkelling - the list of nature-based recreational activities available to residents and tourists is endless, thanks to Queensland's diverse landscape.
Kathmandu store manager Tye Naismith said more people should be spending their downtime enjoying nature but he believed many were unaware of how easy and accessible it was to enjoy the outdoors.
"We're so lucky to have the perfect combination for experiencing the great outdoors: amazing parks and beaches right on our doorstep along with beautiful weather … it doesn't get much better," Mr Naismith said.
"There is so much opportunity to enjoy nature within a short distance of where we all live - you don't need to travel for hours.
"The benefits of spending time outdoors are endless - you can improve your fitness, experience nature at its best and it's also a great way to spend time with friends and family and meet like-minded people - whether it's a walk in the park, or a camping trip."
Mr Naismith said there were recreational outdoor activities to suit all ages and fitness levels.
"Find an outdoor activity that you love, and then you'll never look back. Whether it's cycling, hiking, walking, camping - the options are endless and the choice is yours," he said.
"We are noticing lots of people are taking up walking, as it suits any age group and fitness level and it's one of the most accessible outdoor activities you can enjoy."
Cycling is also becoming increasingly popular.
Those who wanted to get outdoors but were unsure of where to go or what activities were on offer in their region were advised to do some research.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Association has great information on local tracks and top destinations, as well as any regulations you need to know and tips on equipment to bring, Mr Naismith said.
Planning and packing the right equipment and clothing is vital on any adventure.
Shoppers are advised to visit a specialist store where staff are well informed and have good local knowledge.
"Make sure you ask plenty of questions to make sure the right gear is fitted and chosen correctly for the environment and activity," Mr Naismith said.
"Enjoying the great outdoors doesn't need to be expensive.
"Kathmandu offers gear that can match our customers' skills, needs and activities and we have a large range of options to suit - whether they're planning a multi-day hike, or just want to stick to the beaten track on a short day walk.
"Make sure you spend time researching your products and ask plenty of questions - think carefully about where you're going, how long you're going for and what you will need."