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4 fun ways to mix 'fast + furious' with 'slow + luxurious'

When you’re firing on all cylinders there’s nothing like maxing out your adrenaline reserves by launching yourself into a warp-speed activity.

And sometimes all you want is a hammock, a shady hat and time to recharge.

Great news … you don’t have to choose when you visit Geelong and the Bellarine. Here are four ways to juxtapose break-neck pace with a satisfying slow burn.

It’s all about balance – simply combo them up to get the best of both worlds.

1. Fast track MTB + glide-paced riverside cycling

Join forces with Geelong Adventure Specialists for a wicked mountain biking skills session at Geelong’s The Hill Bike Park. Hire a bike and helmet and take your riding to the next level as you whirr along 2km of cross country trails and three pump tracks, manoeuvring at pace over berms, rocks, jumps, logs and drops. Then pace it back a little with a leisurely, guided cycle along a 10, 15 or 20km Barwon River circuit, stopping for a quiet cuppa and riverside reflection along the way.

2. Nature nerding + raceway action

Spend the afternoon communing with nature. Take your time and slow-hike the You Yangs to Flinders Peak. Stay and ponder the sigh-inducing panoramic views to your heart’s content. Or wander a lazy trail through the Brisbane Ranges National Park, keeping an eagle eye out for local wildlife in the stillness of the Aussie bush. Soak up the eucalyptus aromas and the sing-song sounds of native birdlife. Come evening, crank up the action at nearby Avalon Raceway where you can thrill to the spills and chills of gutsy, dare-if-you-will speedway drivers slip-sliding their sprintcars around the track. It’s grunty, grubby and totally awesome family fun.

3. Reach for the sky + a long, lazy lunch

Get lofty in a jaw-dropping Avalon Helicopters chopper flight over the Geelong waterfront, Melbourne CBD or Great Ocean Road. Or combo-up chopper thrilling with wine swilling and a long, lazy lunch – take a flight over the stunning bays of the Bellarine Peninsula and arrive like a rockstar at one of the famous Bellarine wineries. Shift into low gear and settle in for a slow lunch centered firmly on locally sourced produce paired with award-wining wines and sink-into-me scenery.

4. Race to the top + indulgent spa package

Indulge your vertical obsession with a race to the top of the climbing wall at The Rock Adventure Centre. Pit yourself against a friend (or your PB) and fast-track the 12 metres up. Got there in lightning speed? Abseil down and do it all over again. Faster this time! The centre offers more than 100 climbs to test every level of experience and ability. Hit up the upstairs bouldering cave with its ever-changing configurations designed to test newbies and experienced climbers. When the climbing’s done, head to Mud Day Spa to knock out any kinks and re-centre your soul with the 2-hour Yarta Package Journey. Surrender to a full pampering experience: rhythmic Kodo back massage to balance your energy flow, a tailor-made Mikiri facial and a Jiga Jina foot soak. Relax, let your worries melt away as you sip Yulu Tea, contemplate the world and start planning your next adrenaline-pumping experience.

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