Australians are known for living life dangerously. Not only is the continent home to some of the most dangerous species on the planet, but the country has plenty of adventure activities for locals and tourists to try. While you’re visiting Australia, get in the spirit of things and include some of these amazing adventure activities in your travel plans.
Dive with Great Sharks in Port Lincoln
When it comes to adventure activities, nothing can quite beat coming face-to-face with a shark. You can dive with great sharks in Port Lincoln, Australia. No diver qualifications are needed, so this adventure is available to anyone! You’re lowered into the water in a safe cage. Next, the tour guide will use fish berley (bait) to attract Great White Sharks to the area. It’s completely safe and an absolutely thrilling experience.
If sharks aren’t your thing, you can also swim with sea lions.
Hot Air Balloon in Canberra
Canberra, the capital of Australia, is known as a top international spot for hot air ballooning. This adventure activity will take you approximately 3,000 feet in the air, depending on the wind’s strength that day. Your hot air balloon ride will give you a birds eye’s view of Canberra’s architectural wonders. The trip will last between 45 minutes to an hour. Afterward, finish the experience off with a glass of champagne at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
White Water Rafting on Tasmania’s Franklin River
If you include Tasmania on your Australian trip, make sure to stop for white water rafting along the Franklin River. This is a multi-day adventure activity, lasting anywhere between 5, 7, or 10 days. The exhilarating expedition will include surging rapids, tranquil gorges, and rainforest views.
Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef
If you’re a thrill-seeker, you can’t go to Australia and not scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is considered by many to be the top diving spot in the world, with exceptional visibility up to 60 meters underwater all year round. You’ll see exotic fish species like Dogtooth tunas, Barracudas, Giant trevallies, and Giant Groupers.
And, there’s no time like the present to cross the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list. Climate change is causing the coral in the Great Barrier Reef to disappear rapidly, so the clock is ticking!
Skydive at Mission Beach
After diving the Great Barrier Reef, you might want to see it from a different viewpoint. Skydiving on Mission Beach promises 15,000 feet sky views of the Reef. This adventure activity is truly for the brave. You’ll experience 60 seconds of freefall at over 200 kilometers per hour! You don’t have to have any previous experience, as you will skydive with a tandem skydive master.
Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbor Bridge near the Opera House is the iconic Australian image you see on most postcards. You can experience this magnificent view in a totally unique way by climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
The experience is called BridgeClimb and offers 360-degree views of all of Sydney. Be warned, it’s one of those adventure activities that are for the relatively fit. The whole experience takes 3.5 hours, is 1,621 steps, and spans 500 meters.
Kayak the Katherine Gorge
Some kayaking trips are calm and peaceful. But, a tranquil kayaking excursion wouldn’t exactly be making an adventure activities list. Kayaking the Nitmiluk Gorge includes dramatic cliffs that plunge into the Katherine River. As you glide along the river, you’ll see plenty of wildlife, waterfalls, and unique rock formations. It’s truly an exciting day of excitement and memorable experiences.
4X4 Driving on Fraser Island
This is an adventure activity that might surprise some, but hear us out. Yes, it’s just driving, but it’s likely a driving experience you’ve never had before.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Almost the entire island is covered in sand, so you can only drive a 4X4. The drive can be challenging, but it’s also thrilling. Tourists enjoy the exciting, unique, and difficult driving as they zip through the sandy beaches.
Bungee Jumping in the Jungles of Cairns
What trip would be complete without a little bungee jumping? You can go bungee jump 50-meters above the Great Barrier Reef in the Cairn rainforest. Take the plunge, have your breath knocked out of you, and create an amazing memory.
You can choose between bungee jumping or a giant jungle swing. And for those who hate compromise, you can do both!
Enter the ‘Cage of Death’ with a Saltwater Crocodile
The ‘Cage of Death’ is Australia’s only crocodile dive. You’ll be lowered into the water, in a protective cage, with a 5m saltwater crocodile for approximately 15 minutes. Regular feedings happen during the experience so you might witness the crocodile’s 3-tonne bite force.
Ocean Rafting at Airlie Beach
The Whitsunday Islands are 74 mostly uninhabited islands along the coast of Australia known for their dense rainforests, marine life, and beautiful beaches. Ultimately, Airlie Beach is the most popular destination of all the Whitsunday Islands for tourists.
Most excursion groups offer a three-day sailing trip along all the islands. If you’re looking for something a bit more lively, you might want to zip through the islands in an ocean raft. Book a small ocean raft to take you to the more exciting locations of Airlie Beach for a day. You get to experience all Airlie has to offer while speeding around in a small, compact raft.
Zorbing at the Wet’n’Wild Adventure Park in Vanuatu, Australia
Zorbing might be one of the adventure activities you’ve seen in movies but have never tried. This sport of rolling down hills inside a plastic, transparent orb. The Wet’n’Wild Adventure Park in Vanuatu, Australia, claims to have one of the longest Zorbing rides globally. They specialize in wet zorbing, which means 10 liters of water is poured inside the orb. As the ball moves downhill, the water helps you slide around. It’s a unique experience that you most definitely can’t do just anywhere!
Surfing at Byron Bay
Australia is a country for surfers. Byron Bay offers great consistent waves that suit any level of surfer. Talk to any local surfer and they’ll tell you their perfect spot along the coast for high tides. We recommend testing out The Pass. It’s one of the busiest places, as it’s the most well-known. But it’s famous for a reason. This area has parking, food nearby, and consistent and active waves to surf the day away.
Camel Rides in Broome
When people think of Australia, they may not necessarily think of camels. But, in Broome, you can ride a camel along the ocean, while the sun sets or rises behind you. It’s a fantastic and unique adventure that is a great family or romantic experience. It’s like an elevated version of a beach horseback ride!