Australia is an adventure lover’s delight. Even the sky isn’t the limit when it comes to adrenaline pumping activities in Australia. With a bustling coastline, sprawling outback and a mild climate year round, it proves to be a paradise for all adventure lovers with the endless list of indoor and outdoor activities. Here is a list of 10 most lured activities in Australia.
- Hang Gliding – NSW
Ever wanted to fly like a bird? well, now you can. Experience the thrill of Hang Gliding in Sydney over world famous ‘Bald Hill’ at Stanwell Park and ‘Hill 60’ near Wollongong. You will be airborne for 30 minutes approximately along the spectacular Illawarra escarpment and land on the beach at Stanwell Park. For first timers, they have the advanced technology which allows you to fly with an instructor. Courses also commence regularly with the best time to learn September through to the end of May with a Tandem Instructional Flight the recommended place to begin.
- Windsurfing and Kitesurfing – WA
Western Australia’s world-class waves and consistent winds create perfect port tack sailing conditions for novices and professionals alike. The windsurfing capital of Geraldton is one of the windiest spots on Australia’s west coast-WA. When the strongest sea breezes roll in from November to March, make a beeline for the jumps and easy wave riding on Coronation Beach. The surfing capital of Margaret River, allows you to test your skills on some of the most spectacular surf on Earth. Here, the swell is often mast high or more and conditions can be unforgiving to even the most experienced kiters and surfers. Also, the Swan River and many of Perth’s 19 beaches offer perfect conditions for wind sailing and kitesurfing between December and March, when the southerly sea breezes are up.
For pure fear, it’s hard to beat sitting in an open doorway of a plane knowing you’re about to jump into absolutely nothing. Nothing can make you smile as much as the realisation of knowing you are not dead after jumping out of a plane. There are lots of places to skydive in Australia and nearly all of them offer something spectacular to look at while you’re plummeting earthwards. The view from Byron is among the best though. Flight time is 15 minutes or so, free fall around 45 seconds, while the entire jump lasts around four to five minutes. The adrenaline rush lasts much longer.
- Hot air ballooning
Ascend into the heavens on a sunrise hot air balloon flight, suitable for all ages. Take a balloon ride and feel the magic of soaring over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket under a glorious hot air balloon. Most flights begin set up well before dawn in order to catch the early morning breezes. There are plenty of places suitable for hot air ballooning around Australia with the best being the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the Barossa Valley in South Australia, Alice Springs and Canberra.
- Scuba diving – Great Barrier or Ningaloo Reef
Completely surrounded by water and rich in islands and reefs, Australia is a diver’s dream with more than 4000 species of fish and the world’s highest diversity of seagrass. Learn to dive in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef-the world’s largest living organism which stretches most of the way down the north-east coast. The Ningaloo Reef, on Western Australia’s west coast is a bit smaller, a lot quieter but still provides some stunning dives.
- Diving with Sharks – SA
Experience the chance to see the legendary Great White Shark in its natural habitat with a glass viewing area of 360 degree views underwater. Rising steeply from deep water in the mouth of Spencer Gulf, the remote, windswept Neptune Islands are the setting for one of the world’s greatest underwater experiences: cage diving with the Great White Shark. SA is one of the few places in the world and only place in Australia where you can get personal with the Great White.
- White Water Rafting – Tasmania
Tasmania has a strong white water kayak community and the rafting opportunities are numerous. The Franklin River is Australia’s best river rafting destination. On your adventure you will experience surging rapids, exciting whitewater, tranquil gorges and rare pristine temperate rainforests. Native wildlife including platypus, wallabies, quolls, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and white breasted sea eagles are often encountered. Most Franklin River trips take between five to ten days but some other rivers offer shorter duration rafting experiences.
- Abseiling and Rock Climbing-Victoria
For those who prefer a challenge that only nature can provide, the Grampians National Park in western Victoria provide hundreds of exciting climbs, especially on the rugged cliff faces of Mount Stapylton at the park’s northern end and Mount Rosea, just south of Halls Gap. However Australia’s best known climbing site is nearby Mount Arapiles, located near the small town of Natimuk.
- Mountain Biking – NSW
The extensive network of roads through state forests in NSW provides the enthusiastic mountain bikers the much needed biking experience. Thredbo is the capital of mountain biking in Australia, with a range of trails from easy-riding for casual riders to complex terrain for the downhill dynamos, as well as regular championship racing events. So just take your bike up to the top of the mountain and start pedalling down the slope as fast as you can.
- Jet Fighter Flights – NSW
Ever wanted to become a fighter pilot but couldn’t eh? Here’s a chance for you to become one for a day. You’ll get to experience extreme G-Forces, perform aerobatic manoeuvres and travel at speed that will blow your mind in an ex-military fighter jet. Also get the privilege of choosing your mission and aircraft. You can also customize your mission according to your preferences. The mission is to be completed from 15 to 40 minutes depending upon your choice and level from the scale of mild to wild.