Is there anything more refreshing than the smell of the ocean and a warm breeze against your face?
#OLDMATE isn't here to reinvent the wheel: Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest - like a trip to the beach or seaside.
Check the forecast and pick a day when the weather is nice: Sunny but not too hot; A nice breeze, but not too windy.
The beach is also [ ... ]
Beer, Wine or Spirit Tasting
Many Old Mates still enjoy a tipple every now and again, and who can blame them?
There are more wineries, breweries and distilleries in Australia than you can poke a stick at, so you and your Old Mate are spoiled for choice.
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We like to avoid stereotypes where we can, so we weren't sure if Bingo should be included. But! There are a heap of reasons Bingo is popular with so many Old Mates: It's social, it's accessible, it's mentally stimulating and it's just plain fun.
Bingo halls can be found in almost every town and city with playing times varied to suit you and your Old Mate best. ([ ... ]
Your town is a treasure trove of sights, sounds and people. Going for an intentional walk is a great way to get you and your Old Mate active and to discover a different side to your local area.
There are a few ways to do this:
1) Research: Take some time to research specific things about your town - eg; views, gardens, cafes, etc., so that you and your Old Mate have a speci [ ... ]
Most #OLDMATE activities are designed to be relatively short, as we understand that your time can sometimes be limited. This activity, however, is a notable exception and requires you to put aside a few good hours to spend some quality time with your Old Mate.
Getting out of your regular environment is a great way for both you and your Old Mate to clear your heads, reset, and gain some [ ... ]
Donut & Walk
If you're pressed for time, then a quick donut and walk is a great 'express activity' that is cheap and active.
Of course, you could choose any sort of food, but donuts are a solid option: They're cheap, donut shops are everywhere, and they're easy to eat whilst walking.
The walk is designed to keep you and your Old Mate both active, to feel less 'formal' than a coffee catc [ ... ]
People often don't realise that the least important part of fishing is actually the fishing.
Fishing is an activity of relaxation, being in nature, reflection and connection. Does that reel you in? Ok, that will be our last fishing pun, we promise. After all, we don't want this activity to seem too fishy.
Fishing is a great way to connect with your Old Mate. Sociologist Har [ ... ]
There's something extremely cathartic about digging your hands into soil.
Depending on where you and your Old Mate live this activity could manifest in various ways. If your Old Mate has a garden of their own, then that's going to be your easiest option. Simply offering to give them a hand with basic upkeep is a cheap and easy entry point.
If you and your Old Mate enjoy gar [ ... ]
High Tea is a British tradition that takes having a cuppa and a snack to a whole other level of deliciousness.
Why is it called high tea? Well, a lot of people on the internet will argue over the true definition, but it typically refers to the consumption of a range of teas (or coffee), cakes, scones, finger sandwiches and tarts whilst sitting at a table (rather than a couch - [ ... ]
Live Sporting Match
Watching sport on telly is fine - but it doesn't match the excitement and tension of being there live.
Although your mind might drift towards the big leagues like the NRL, don't forget smaller local matches which are usually cheap or free.
It's also worth thinking about a range of sports outside the typical spectator ones, for example lawn bowls, squash, or rowing.< [ ... ]
Food, coffee, live-music, coffee, bric-a-brac, coffee. Local Markets have something for everyone.
Some sangas, some cheese and maybe even a little wine...?
A picnic basket is easy to throw together and a great excuse to get outside.
Give some thought to accessibility-appropriate locations to take your Old Mate. Parks, lakes creeks, and beaches are good standard options. If your Old Mate is still fit and active, then consider a small walk or hike to a location with a gre [ ... ]
If you and your Old Mate have already tried Day Trip and decided that one day just isn't enough, then why not take your Old Mate away for the weekend?
Depending on your budget, you might want to keep it local, but you also might want to think bigger like a long weekend away to an international destination. Flight prices are [ ... ]