If it’s adventure you’re after, you don’t need to head overseas. Australia has plenty of fun and excitement for the adventure seeker, whether you like sky high thrills, diving into the deep, nature-based adrenaline or getting up close and personal with wildlife.
Canyoning Blue Mountains
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The Blue Mountains is well known for its jutting peaks and valleys, but you may not know you can head to the deepest valleys, making your way through pools of crystal clear water, abseiling down waterfalls and swimming through long passages as the mountains loom on either side of you.
Apart from the adrenaline rush of making your way through some pretty small gaps and down some large drops, you’ll get to see unique plant and animal life including native fish and multicoloured yabbies that just can’t be seen from above.
The Blue Mountains has a mix of wet canyons, which are explorable through set tours from October to April, and dry canyons which are explorable throughout the year.
Skydiving Rottnest Island
Skydiving is the adrenaline rush on most bucket lists and what better way to do it than over Rottnest Island? Experience soaring through the air as you freefall for up to 66 seconds, and then take in the views of Rottnest, Fremantle and the coastline as you land on the beach.
Skydiving on Rottnest Island is one of the most unique and picturesque skydiving experiences in Australia and is certainly a way to get your adrenaline pumping, whether you take a standard skydive or jump from a helicopter.
Looking for an exciting way to propose to your loved one? Why not do it with Skydive Geronimo’s “Will You Marry Me” package. Both you and your fiancé-to-be will embark on a tandem skydive over Rotto before landing on the beach. While in skydive mode, the Skydive Geronimo team will be busy working away to set up a large “Marry Me?” sign on the beach – and with the sign being able to be read at 1,500ft (the last 2 minutes of your parachute ride), your loved one certainly won’t miss or forget your proposal.
Jetboating the Horizontal Falls
If you’ve ever seen the Horizontal Falls on television, you will be itching to get on a plane and head deep into the Kimberley region where you can jump on a jetboat for a day of fun and adventure. Most people will start their tour with a low-level seaplane flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago, where they can take in the 800 islands that sit within the turquoise coloured ocean, set against red cliffs.
Once upon the jet boat, you’ll be whisked away to the Horizontal Falls where up to 11 metre tides rush through two narrow gorges. This is an amazing thrill ride and your heart will be pumping as you head through the gorges.
Quite well known and recognised, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is an adventure option for those who don’t like to push the boundaries too far. The views from this 134m summit are amazing – you’ll see the harbour snaking its way along the coastline, feel the salt air on your skin, and see the city from a whole new angle.
Guides will provide entertaining stories about the history of the bridge, as you make your way up the summit, with traffic bustling below you.
A day climb not quite adventurous enough? You can also choose to climb at dawn, twilight and night to see the city and harbour in all its beauty.
Apostles from Above
Ever wanted to see the 12 Apostles but just never had a chance to hit the Great Ocean Road? Why not view them from the air? You’ll certainly get a feel as to why this area is called The Shipwreck Coast.
Jump aboard for a helicopter tour that will really have you appreciating the surf and winds that have shaped the coastline in Victoria. Apart from the 12 Apostles, you’ll often get a chance to view other rock formations including London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, the Sentinel and the Arch.
Really want to get the heart pumping? Jump inside the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove in the Northern Territory. This is Australia’s only crocodile dive and will bring you up close and personal with a massive saltwater crocodile.
You’ll certainly get an appreciation of the power of a croc as regular feeding by the handlers will give you an encounter you’ve never had. As the cage is lowered into the water, you’ll get a feel for how dangerous these creatures really are – and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be grabbed with two hands for the adrenaline junkie.
If you’re looking to get that rush of adrenaline without heading overseas, there is plenty in your own backyard to explore!