Sally Tertini, author of a new book on outdoor swims within reach of Sydney, reveals her favourite places for quiet, scenic and exhilarating dips
Lake Yarrunga at Acacia Flat, South Coast
Here it’s just you, a few canoeists and the boundless water and sky. The lake sits within Morton national park, and it’s amazing that a relatively short walk brings you to somewhere so remote. It’s the only Sydney Catchment Authority reservoir where you’re allowed to swim and, at over 19km, there’s certainly more than enough space for it. It’s such a pretty setting, though, that you’ll probably be just as content to spend the day wading in and out of the water. A gently sloping, grassy campsite juts out into the lake. Shaded by tall gum trees and acacias, which bloom with frothy yellow flowers in spring, it’s a fantastic spot for a quiet weekend.
Small resorts with superb, hassle-free skiing, traditional architecture and après frolics to suit all are still out there – and usually cheaper than the big names, too
• More small resorts: Poland, France, Switzerland
St Johann, Tyrol, Austria
Where Most people have heard of St Johann’s more famous neighbour, Kitzbühel. What they don’t know is that this Tyrolean town has a similar medieval centre, with frescoed buildings and old coaching inns, but lower prices. It has 43km of pistes and 17 lifts.
Why This is a good destination for beginners and intermediates, with nursery slopes on the gentle meadows behind the station. There’s a good choice of ski schools and those who fancy a day off the slopes can try hot-air-ballooning.
Book A week at Pension Mair costs £469pp B&B including flights from Gatwick: crystalski.co.uk.