Want to get your sporty fix without steering too far from the city? We’ve got you covered with easy-to-access adventures dotted across Australia’s major cities.
Teeming with adventure, Australia is a treat for adrenaline junkies of every kind, without the need to travel far. Within and around the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Cairns, there are thrilling outdoor activities, perfect the adventurous at heart.
Live on the Edge — St Kilda Beach Dive — Melbourne, Victoria
The only beach skydive in Melbourne, the St Kilda beach dive involves travelling over 4,200 metres up into the air for an unsurpassed bird’s-eye view of Melbourne before free-falling for 60 seconds in a tandem skydive. Release your parachute for a close to seven-minute glide that offers the best views in town. The rush you feel combined with the spectacular view of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) and beach will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. St Kilda is a short 15-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD.
King (or Queen) of the World — Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Great Otway National Park, Victoria
Rise to new heights, 30 metres above ground to be exact, at the world’s tallest treetop walk. Spanning a 600-metre length of lush rainforest in the Great Otway National Park, go on a 1.9-kilometre walk that takes approximately an hour to complete. Feel on top of the world while observing unique flora and fauna. For an even more exhilarating experience, soar effortlessly through the leafy canopy on the two and a half hour Zipline Tour. Not far from Melbourne, take a leisurely drive on the Princess Highway to reach Otway Fly Treetop Adventures in less than three hours.
What’s SUP? — Stand-up Paddling, Balmoral Beach, Sydney, New South Wales
Stand-up Paddling, or SUP as it’s more fondly called, is an offshoot of surfing that involves standing up on a surfboard and using a paddle to move around. Don’t be fooled by the paddle, it’s still a great way to keep fit. If you’re new to the activity, Balmoral Beach is considered one of the best places in Australia to learn its basics safely — thanks to its calm waters.
For the Climb of Your Life — Sydney BridgeClimb, Sydney, New South Wales
Instead of gazing at the Sydney Harbour Bridge from below, why not appreciate its beauty and the area’s stunning scenery from its summit? Passing through the very centre of the Harbour Bridge, at a height of 134 metres above sea level, the summit climb is one for the brave-hearted. There are many Sydney BridgeClimb options, with different climb times and durations, but the twilight climb is highly recommended. After a good workout, experience the transition from day to night by soaking in the sunset then enjoy the twinkling city lights of Sydney.
Walk on High — Oval Roof Climb, Adelaide, South Australia
Set off on an exhilarating two-hour climb along the arched roof of the Adelaide Oval. Offering an unparalleled view of the picturesque Adelaide Hills on one end and the sparkling blue coast on the other, like the Sydney BridgeClimb, it’s also best experienced at twilight, as the sun sets on the horizon. If you’re around during the Ashes Series (23 November 2017 to 8 January 2018), you can even get house seats to watch a match from 50 metres above the ground! The Adelaide Oval is easily accessible via public transport.
For the Ultimate High — Bungee Jump and then Jungle Swing, Cairns, Queensland
If you are a hardcore adrenaline-seeker, try the double thrill of a bungee jump and Minjin Jungle Swing in Queensland. First, head north of Cairns to bungee jump off a 50-metre tower nestled within lush rainforest. While you’re up there, enjoy spectacular views of Cairns’ Northern Beaches and the Great Barrier Reef before taking the plunge. Your adrenaline rush continues with the Minjin Jungle Swing — it will have you (and up to two friends if you choose) swinging from 45 metres in a massive arc at speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour. You’ll be shrieking with excitement!
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