Segways. They'll never really be cool. Let's be honest, they don't exactly fit the same category as, say, a motorbike. They don't come with leather jackets and you don't look a badass riding one, even with the trendiest of shades. They are, however, a marvel of modern technology.
In fact, they're so amazing, anyone can ride a segway. The auto balancing technology shifts under your weight and is so precise that not only does stepping onto what is essentially a board between two wheels feel like stepping onto a solid platform, but it's how you control your speed. Simply shift your weight forward and you'll zoom forwards. Braking and reversing is as simple as shifting your weight backwards. Steering is controlled by a simple handlebar. It takes five minutes to learn and after the first 20 minutes you'll be a seasoned veteran.
It's a unique and relatively exhilarating way to explore. While they can't tackle intense off-road trails you'll be surprised the first time you go up a hill and it doesn't slow down. They've got some serious grunt and a decent top speed, about the speed of a very fast jog or slow sprint. The segways of tour groups are usually speed limited to prevent people racing off so don’t expect to go racing, but you can reach a fair clip.
In Townsville there are some great segway adventures to check out. Great with family and friends, these tours offer a great adventure that take you through some truly beautiful locations. You’ll also get to go off road and explore some iconic local attractions and landmarks while taking in the natural beauty of North Queensland and perhaps you will run into some of the friendly native wildlife. Take a tour of the stunning Rowes Bay and soak in the ocean views.
There’s also the Ultimate Townsville Wetlands Tour - the first place in Australia to offer guided segway tours in a conservation park. It’s just 5.7kms north of the Townsville city centre. Explore this fascinating eco-system which comprised of wetlands and open eucalypt woodland and teeming with life.
Tours have CBD and hotel pickup options available but booking is essential. So come and see what all the fuss is about, segway tours inTownsville really are a fantastic way to explore and you have to try riding one!