What is Outdoor Recreation?

What is Outdoor Recreation?

Outdoor recreation activities have been defined as those activities that:

  • are undertaken outside the confines of buildings (ie, in the outdoors); and
  • can be undertaken without the existence of any built facility or infrastructure; and
  • may require large areas of land, water and/or air; and
  • may require outdoor areas of predominantly unmodified natural landscape.

While facilities, site modifications or infrastructure may be provided to manage access to, and the impacts of, outdoor activities; outdoor activities can be undertaken without facilities, site modification or infrastructure.

… those activities which take place in natural environments, on ‘simulated’ surfaces and in purpose-built facilities. Further the outdoor sector is defined by the process and purpose of delivery and include non-competitive recreation, outdoor sports, outdoor and environmental education, health and lifestyle improvement, eco/ adventure tourism, recreation based counselling.

Outdoor recreation activities include (but are not limited to) non-competitive:
  • Ballooning
  • Boating/sailing
  • Bungy jumping
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Canyoning
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • Conservation activities
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fossicking/collecting
  • Four-wheel-driving
  • Geocaching
  • Hang-gliding/paragliding
  • Horse riding
  • Hunting (recreational)
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking (river and sea)
  • Kite flying
  • Motor/trail bike riding
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Nature studies
  • Orienteering
  • Parachuting
  • Picnicking
  • Rafting
  • Rock climbing
  • Rogaining
  • Ropes courses
  • Sailboarding
  • Scuba diving
  • Shooting (recreational)
  • Skateboarding/ rollerblading
  • Skiing (snow): Cross country/Nordic
  • Skiing (snow): Downhill
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Trail Running
  • Touring
  • Waterskiing

It should be noted that activities that involve organised competition based on formal rules are, by definition, sports. Competitive versions of some of the above activities exist and QORF offers some representation for these competitive elements.

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