The Top 10 Best Adventure Activities in Australia | NOMADasaurus (2022)

From skydiving over the beach to swimming with great white sharks, these are the top 10 adventure activities in Australia!

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Australia is a huge country packed with adventures – from skydiving out of planes to scuba diving some of the most incredible reefs in the world – any everything else in between – it’s every adrenaline junkie’s dream!

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Table of Contents

  • Adventure Activities In Australia
    • Scuba Diving The Great Barrier Reef
    • Skydive At Mission Beach
    • Cage Diving With Great Whites In SA
    • Climbing The Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Kayak The Katherine Gorge
    • Dune Bashing on a 4×4 on Fraser Island
    • Bungy Through The Jungle in Cairns
    • Drive The Great Ocean Road
    • Snorkel With Whale Sharks At Ningaloo Reef
    • Get In The Cage Of Death With A Saltwater Crocodile

Adventure Activities In Australia

If I’m honest it’s been hard to narrow down this list to just 10 (and if 10 isn’t enough I’ve got 100+ More Awesome Things to do in Australia which will definitely give you a few more things to add to your bucket list!).

As difficult as it was to keep the numbers low, these are some of the absolute best adventure activities in Australia.

Scuba Diving The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s top attractions and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re a scuba diver, this 2300km long eco-system has to be on your list of dive sites to experience once in your life.

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The coral life may be receding but the marine life there is still varied and incredible with over 1625 species of fish, 6 species of Marine turtle, 133 species of sharks and rays and up to 30 species of whales and dolphins! It’s an underwater paradise!

Skydive At Mission Beach

What better place to throw yourself out of a plane than above a beautiful beach on the East Coast of Australia?

A tandem skydive in Mission Beach is easily one of the most iconic adventure activities in Australia – I mean, who doesn’t want the iconic shot taken from the GoPro on the wrist of the skydive instructor you’re strapped to as you face is contorted into a funny shape by the air rushing past your body at high speeds?!

It’s the perfect selfie, right?!

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Cage Diving With Great Whites In SA

Consistently tipped as one of the top adrenaline pumping activities in the world, hopping into a steel cage to be plunged into shark infested waters in only for the brave amongst you.

But despite coming face to face with one of the ocean’s greatest predators – this activity is totally safe. And it is truly an incredible experience to simply be in the water with such powerful creatures.

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Climbing The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge (and nearby Opera House) are some of the most iconic Aussie exports – and possibly one of the first things you think about when somebody mentions Australia. But did you know you could climb them?

Well, one of them at least – from where you’ll get a cracking view of the other!

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb offers unrivalled 360 degree views of Sydney Harbor and Opera House with the CBD providing the perfect backdrop. On a clear day you can even see as far as the Blue Mountains!

If you’ve got your heart set on conquering the 440 ft climb there are a variety of time slots to choose from. You can climb at sunrise or sunset, and a few spots in between, with the option of an express climb for those short on time or for a half-climb for those who are scared of heights.

What are you waiting for? Go climb that bridge!

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Kayak The Katherine Gorge

I have no doubt that at the top of your Outback bucket list is Uluru – and whilst it certainly should hold pride of place, I can’t quite describe watching the Sunrise or Sunset as an adventure activity – and could only possibly stretch to counting walking around it’s base as a noteable activity!

That being said, there are plenty of other Outback adventures to be had, and top of that list would be kayaking through the Northern Territory’s Katherine Gorge.

Running through the middle of Nitmiluk National Park, a kayak or canoe trip gives you a unique perspective of the Gorge from it’s base.

You can hire canoes/kayaks for a few hours, a full day or there is even an option to take a 2 day tour – which gives you the chance to sleep under the stars within the National Park!

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Dune Bashing on a 4×4 on Fraser Island

Driving a 4×4 on the beach? Yes please! World Heritage Listed Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world at over 120km long – but there is more to the island than just sand.

You can drive down Seventy-Five Mile Beach to see the technicolor sand cliffs of the Pinnacles and SS Maheno shipwreck; go swimming in the crystal clear Lake McKenzie, or float peacefully down Eli Creek before hiking up to take in the incredible views from Indian Head lookout. And these are a few highlights!

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Bungy Through The Jungle in Cairns

AJ Hackett is famous all over the world for it’s bungee jumps from various different heights and off various different structures. Cairn’s offering is a jump from 50m high in the Rainforest canopy to practically the floor below!

Jump on your own, or jump with a friend – you can go forwards, backwards or even from sitting on a chair! There is a menu of 16 different ways to jump so if you’ve done a bungy or two before and fancy something a little different.

A jump from the menu could be exactly what the doctor ordered – and will definitely be an adventure activity to get your heart pumping!

And even if you’re not a thrill seeker, this Bungy centre has the first custom built viewing area in the world with bars, music, sun chairs and free transport from Cairns.

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Drive The Great Ocean Road

One of Australia’s (and possibly the worlds!) best driving roads is the Great Ocean Road and driving it makes for one heck of an adventure.

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Along the way you’ll find Port Campbell National Park, home to the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and what was London Bridge (now London Arch) plus Bells Beach (made famous by many an International Surf Comp) and cute coastal towns such as Lorne and Wye River.

Not forgetting the impressive cliffs that border the drive, and the Gibson Steps that allow you to get all the way down to the beach are stare up at the incredible rock formations carved from years of tidal erosion.

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Snorkel With Whale Sharks At Ningaloo Reef

If cage diving with great white sharks is not quite you’re thing, why not try swimming and snorkelling with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia?

These gentle giants are the biggest fish in the ocean and live entirely on a diet of plankton – so there is no scary sharp teeth, and you turn down ‘Jaws’ theme music that is probably playing in your head!

You are able to see these incredible creatures between March/April and August when they are migrating along the coast – and between June and November you may also spot some Manta Rays too!

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Get In The Cage Of Death With A Saltwater Crocodile

So we’ve had sharks and whales already on the list, but there is also a large water dwelling reptile that the Aussies have devised a way to get up close and personal with that we haven’t mentioned yet – the Saltwater Crocodile.

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Head to Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin where you can see some of the largest saltwater crocs in the country. – and if you are brave enough, you can hop into a reinforced Perspex ‘Cage of Death’ and look the oversized critter straight in the eye!

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FAQs

Is Australia good for adventure? ›

Rugged nature, fascinating wildlife and starry skies – camping is always an adventure. Luckily, Australia is full of great spots to pitch a tent and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some of the country's top camping spots.

What do people do in Australia? ›

Australians find countless ways to kick off their shoes and enjoy their many beautiful beaches, be it surfing, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, sharing an impromptu game of beach cricket or just soaking up some sunshine. You can find elements of this beach culture even when Aussies are away from the waves.

Which is the adventure sport? ›

Details of adventure sports popular in the world are: (i) Land Based: Mountaineering, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Sport Climbing, Camping, Snow Skiing, Mountain Biking and Zipline. (ii) Air Based: Paragliding, Powered Hang gliding, Parasailing, Sky Diving/Parachuting and Hot Air Ballooning.

What do Australians do for fun? ›

Australians value their leisure time and take advantage of the great climate by spending a lot of time outside having barbeques with friends, bushwalking, camping or going to the beach. They also like to shop, dine out and go to the cinemas in their leisure time.

Did you know Australia facts? ›

10 interesting facts about Australia that may surprise you
  • The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps. ...
  • 90% of Australians live on the coast. ...
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. ...
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest eco-system in the world. ...
  • Australia has over 60 separate wine regions.

What kind of outdoor activities can you do in Australia? ›

6 Best Outdoor Activities in Australia
  • Bushwalking. This is the word that the Aussies use when they talk about hiking. ...
  • Snorkeling. It is almost impossible to try snorkeling on the beaches of Australia and get bored. ...
  • Bike Riding. ...
  • Four Wheel Driving. ...
  • Kayaking. ...
  • Beach Chilling and Surfing.

What are Air adventure activities? ›

Air Based Adventure Tourism (7) comprises, Hot Air Ballooning, Paragliding / Hand Gliding, Para Motoring, Parasailing, Ski Diving, Air Safaris, Kite Boarding. Water Based Adventure Tourism (7) comprises, Kayaking / Sea Kayaking, Rafting, River Cruisinig, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Water Sports Centres, Essentials.

What is an adventure activity? ›

An adventure is an exciting experience or undertaking that is typically bold, sometimes risky. Adventures may be activities with danger such as traveling, exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving, river rafting, or other extreme sports.

Can you name few adventure sports? ›

So here is our list of 25 adventure sports you definitely need to try before turning 30.
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List of 25 Adventure Sports In India.
S.NAdventure SportsBest Places
11KayakingRishikesh
12Rock ClimbingHimachal Pradesh, Sikkim
13SkiingAuli, Kashmir
14SnorkelingGoa, Andaman
21 more rows
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Why do people visit Australia? ›

Endowed with a myriad of natural wonders, plenty of wildlife, dazzling beaches, cosmopolitan metropolises, and large expanses of the outback, it's easy to see why this captivating country is such a complete travel destination.

What makes Australia special? ›

Australia is globally famous for its natural wonders, wide-open spaces, beaches, deserts, "The Bush", and "The Outback". Australia is one of the world's most highly urbanised countries; it's well known for its attractive mega cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

Is Australia a lucky country? ›

Today Australia really can be considered a lucky country, thanks to the work of so many to contain the virus and support the economy – this has helped to put cash in the system and kept as many people as possible in jobs.”

How safe is Australia? ›

Australia is generally a very safe and welcoming place to live and study, consistently ranking among the safest countries in the world. But it is still important to look after yourself and be aware of the risks that exist - and ways to minimise them.

What country is next to Australia? ›

Australia is separated from Indonesia to the northwest by the Timor and Arafura seas, from Papua New Guinea to the northeast by the Coral Sea and the Torres Strait, from the Coral Sea Islands Territory by the Great Barrier Reef, from New Zealand to the southeast by the Tasman Sea, and from Antarctica in the far south ...

Why Australia is a dream destination? ›

Home to nearly 10,700 beaches, over 8,200 islands and 500 national parks, Australia is the land of those dreaming of the ultimate travel destination. And business is good. It is an industry that has grown for more than seven straight years, attracting 9.2 million international visitors.

What are 5 interesting facts about Australia? ›

Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano. Australia has three times more sheep than people. The largest Greek population in the world beside Athens in Greece can be found in Melbourne Victoria. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.

What is the most famous sport in Australia? ›

Australian rules football is the most popular sport in the country, both in terms of attendance and total spectatorship.

How do Australian say hello? ›

The most common verbal greeting is a simple “Hey”, “Hello”, or “Hi”. Some people may use Australian slang and say “G'day” or “G'day mate”. However, this is less common in cities. Many Australians greet by saying “Hey, how are you?”.

What is the full name of Australia? ›

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.

Who is a famous Australian explorer? ›

James Cook

One of the greatest navigators, explorers and cartographers of the Age of Enlightenment.

What are Australia's three most important exports? ›

Australia's main export is iron ore, followed by their other most valuables exports coal, gold, and petroleum. These exports alone rake in $48.2 billion, $47 billion, $29.1 billion, and $20.3 billion, respectively.

Is Australian a culture? ›

The culture of Australia is primarily a Western culture, originally derived from Britain but also influenced by the unique geography of Australia and the cultural input of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other Australian people.

What is your Favourite adventure sport? ›

1. Trekking. Trekking is one of India's favourite adventure activities. The country is blessed with a diverse topography and has hillocks, plateaus, mountains and caves that make for excellent trekking destinations.

What adventures do you like? ›

9 awesome types of adventures for 2021
  • Yoga.
  • Trekking.
  • Cycling.
  • Canoeing.
  • Kayaking.
  • Rock climbing.
  • Multi-adventure travel.
  • New Zealand.
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How many adventure sports are there? ›

These sports are classified as— 1. Adventure water sports 2. Adventure land sports 3. Adventure air sports Further, the adventure sports in all three categories are also divided separately for water (rafting, surfing, etc.), land (mountaineering, trekking, etc.)

What are the types of adventure? ›

This may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, scuba diving, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, exploring, canyoneering, sandboarding, caving and rock climbing. Some obscure forms of adventure travel include disaster and ghetto tourism.

Why is adventure important in life? ›

It helps you feel better on the inside and outside, while providing you with tons of new experiences. You'll gain new skills and knowledge, which you can put to good use later on in life. So, don't wait any longer, but go out and experience an adventure!

Why do I love adventure sports? ›

The adrenaline rush, exercise, real-world skill-building, achievement, and confidence are the main factors that attract people to adventure sports facilities.

Is football an adventure sport? ›

These sports are usually competitive in nature. They include racing,football,wrestling,tennis,hockey,etc. Adventure sports involve activities which are unusual, risky and exciting as well. An adventure sport is a bold undertaking which involve hazardous (dangerous) action and whose outcome is uncertain.

Why is Australia good for adventure Travellers? ›

Adventure travel in Australia is widely popular among travelers from around the world. This is due to presence of great landscapes, good food and accommodation facilities. Australia is also home to beaches and wildlife sanctuary, which further increase its popularity as a destination for travel.

Why do people go to Australia? ›

As a developed country with a good reputation for being welcoming to migrants, a strong economy, many well paid jobs, a modern lifestyle and a high standard of living it frequently is featured as one of the best countries in the world to live.

Why Australia is a dream destination? ›

Home to nearly 10,700 beaches, over 8,200 islands and 500 national parks, Australia is the land of those dreaming of the ultimate travel destination. And business is good. It is an industry that has grown for more than seven straight years, attracting 9.2 million international visitors.

What are 3 recreational activities in Australia? ›

Recreational activities like walking, fitness/gym, swimming, running and cycling top the list, with football at number six the most popular organised sport for Australian participants.

What do Australians do for fun? ›

Australians value their leisure time and take advantage of the great climate by spending a lot of time outside having barbeques with friends, bushwalking, camping or going to the beach. They also like to shop, dine out and go to the cinemas in their leisure time.

What kind of outdoor activities can you do in Australia? ›

6 Best Outdoor Activities in Australia
  • Bushwalking. This is the word that the Aussies use when they talk about hiking. ...
  • Snorkeling. It is almost impossible to try snorkeling on the beaches of Australia and get bored. ...
  • Bike Riding. ...
  • Four Wheel Driving. ...
  • Kayaking. ...
  • Beach Chilling and Surfing.

Did you know Australia facts? ›

10 interesting facts about Australia that may surprise you
  • The Australian Alps get more snow than the Swiss Alps. ...
  • 90% of Australians live on the coast. ...
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. ...
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest eco-system in the world. ...
  • Australia has over 60 separate wine regions.

How safe is Australia? ›

Australia is generally a very safe and welcoming place to live and study, consistently ranking among the safest countries in the world. But it is still important to look after yourself and be aware of the risks that exist - and ways to minimise them.

What makes Australia unique? ›

Australia is globally famous for its natural wonders, wide-open spaces, beaches, deserts, "The Bush", and "The Outback". Australia is one of the world's most highly urbanised countries; it's well known for its attractive mega cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

Why do people like Australia? ›

Australia lives up to its stereotype – Sun, fun, beaches, and friendly people everywhere. But it is so much more than that. With a rich history dating back 60,000 years, Australia offers a diverse mix of cultures from all over the world.

How many beaches are in Australia? ›

Australia has almost 12,000 beaches along its 60,000km (37,282mi) coastline. If you visited one per day, it would take more than 32 years to see them all.

Why do people travel? ›

Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to see, taste and try new things. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different people, to embrace adventures as they come and to share new and meaningful experiences with friends and loved ones.

What language is spoken in Australia? ›

The majority of Australians speak English as a first or other language, however a significant number of people also speak languages other than English. About 76% of Australians reported speaking only English at home in the 2021 Census.

What sport is famous in Australia? ›

Australian rules football is the most popular sport in the country, both in terms of attendance and total spectatorship.

How many sports are in Australia? ›

At the national level, the national sport organisations govern most sports in Australia, with over 120 different national sports organisation overseeing sport in Australia.

What is the biggest sport in Aus? ›

Australian Rules Football is clearly the most popular spectator sport in Australia, though in terms of participation more men play golf, cricket and tennis. Rugby league is another popular sport, but not as a sport to play.

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