Australia, Land of Adventure, excites travelers from the heights of the sky to the depths of the ocean. Australians know how to live an adventurous life and welcomes travelers to explore the best of the land and sea. Australia features extreme temperatures, landscapes and wildlife, which make for some of the best travel stories with their extreme adventures. From diving with hammerheads to walking on bridges, these are the most adventurous travel ideas in the Land of Oz.
Scuba Dive with Sharks
Hammerheads, bull sharks and reef sharks…oh my! Dive in Osprey Reef, which is 350 kilometers north of Cairns. Explore the beautiful reef as you wave hello to local resident sharks. Grey Reef, Silvertip, Silky, and Hammerheads are often spotted in this reef. You may be lucky enough to view the giant whale shark or dolphins swim throughout the waters. Osprey Reef features clear visibility and the opportunity to view some of the largest mammals in the sea.
Zorb-a-bout the Hills
Zorbing is that crazy activity where travelers experience life in a bubble. Get strapped in an 11-foot sphere, where you are the ball and the land is your playground. Zorbers can roll around in Victoria and the Gold Coast. Pimpama in the Gold Coast features “Hydro Wet Zorb,” where 40 liters of water is placed into the globe. Coomera allows groups to roll together to up and down the hills.
Run the Urban Jungle
Running is an adventure especially amidst a historical concrete jungle. Sydney in Motion offers running and power-walking tours throughout the Sydney neighborhoods. Tours last approximately 90-minutes with lots of scenery within the six kilometer run. Sniff the flowers in the Royal Botanical Garden or use your best opera voice as you lyrically-yell “awe” when running past the Sydney Opera House. Runs include history and exploring the best landmarks in Sydney.
4WD the Coastline
Fraser Island is Australia’s adventure island located off the Queensland coast. Dodge dingoes and oncoming waves as you cruise your 4WD around the island’s coast. Camp, hike or hot spring-it – but beware of the shark-infested waters where sharks are visible in knee-deep water. So no swimming in the ocean, but that’s ok, the breathtaking Lake McKenzie is a one-of-a-kind blue water and features white-mineral sand perfect for an exfoliating dirt bath for those want nature’s best skincare product.
Get your Croc On
Strap your boots and get ready for the Indiana Jones adventure of a lifetime in Darwin, the city where the movie was created. It’s no secret that Australia is known for its ferocious crocodiles (and croc jerky). For those with bold spirits, take a dip into the “Cage of Death,” Australia’s only crocodile diving area . Known as “Crocosaurus Cove,” divers are contained in a glass cage while watching the croc swim and feed on lunch.
Swim with Dolphins
Australians actively enjoy their wildlife, especially in the natural habitat. In Perth, swim with the dolphins in the Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands where it is home to over 180 dolphins. The tour operator has over 20 years experience and is friends with the local marine mammals. Book tours with Everything Australia and trip include wetsuit, mask and snorkel.
Hike Ancient Landscapes
Hike, bushwalk or walk-about Ayers Rock and The Olgas. Free ranger guided walks occur year round, but are plenty of self-guided options. The base of Uluru is a popular option, which takes three to four hours to complete. Ayers Rock is technically open for climbing, but due to its spiritual significance, the Anangu prefer that climbers do not opt into climbing with education and respect for the cultural significance.
No Aussie adventure is complete without taking a surf lesson. Lessons are popular throughout coastal cities for those who need to brush up on their skills. In Queensland, Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast is popular for those who enjoy warm weather and aqua-blue water. Or head up toward the Sunshine Coast for a more secluded surfing experience. New South Wales boast plenty of options and cooler waters at Bondi, Manly and Palm Beach. Victoria’s Bell beach is popular for those coasting the Great Ocean Road and in search for quick surf.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.