Only a few places can rival the spirit of adventure of planet Australia. Well-endowed with a medley of ravishing and rustic landscapes, this beautiful continent has the perfect settings for exciting activities, both on land and water.
With so much to do and see, on land and in the ocean, we narrow down the top 6 must-try adventure activities for you and your family on the land down under.
Outdoor sports in Australia are paradise for many locals and visitors alike. People relate surfing right away when they think about Australia. But unbeknownst to many, Australia also hosts excellent Ski conditions during the winter months in the Snowy Mountains. There are other amazing outdoor qualities and activities that you can also try:
- Scenic hiking
- Warm water
- Sandy beaches
- Desert outback
- Rugged mountains
- Tropical rainforests
Hiking is more well-known to Aussies as bushwalking. It’s an excellent way to explore the natural beauty of Australia. If you’re in Sydney, head to the Blue Mountains. Also, a 90-minute drive from Gold Coast is the Lamington National Park.
As for the experienced hikers, the famous 155-mile Larapinta trail is a must-visit. Whitsunday also offers excellent hiking trails, while Kakadu provides different natural environments for hiking.
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
Australia’s the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s best scuba diving and snorkelling spot. The 74 Whitsunday Island near the Outer Reef is also a sanctuary of colourful and beautiful coral gardens. Both of these destinations are home to some of the most exotic marine life species.
The other worthy destinations include Coral Sea’s Predator’s Playground where you observe shark-feeding, the Yongala shipwreck, A Heron Island which is also a well-known diving destination. Indeed, Australia offers many amazing spots with a range of unique marine life and clear waters.
Australia also has the best surfing spots in the world under its belt. It’s also the best training ground for people who want to learn surfing. Even some of the world’s renowned surfers visit Australia regularly to take advantage of its world-class waves.
Below are the top surfing destinations to visit:
- Northern Beaches, Sydney, New South Wales
- The Pass at Byron Bay, New South Wales
- Margaret River, Western Australia
- Cactus Beach, South Australia
- Noosa, Queensland
- Bells Beach, Victoria
- South Cape Bay, Tasmania
- Gold Coast, Queensland
Camping and Glamping
Whether it’s waking up to the sound of the wildlife in the comfort of your bed, or trekking in the peaceful outback in search of a spot to settle for the night, Australis is the place to be. It’s an abode to some of a unique glamping (glamorous camping) and camping experiences for the extreme enthusiasts and luxury lovers.
- The Whitsundays, Queensland
- Freycinet camping area in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
- Edith Falls camping area in Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory
- Tidal River camping area in Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria
- Tulki Beach camping area in Cape Range National Park, Western Australia
- Karijini Eco Retreat or Dales camping area, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
- Rocky River camping area in Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
- Green Patch camping area in Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay Territory
- The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales
- Bald Rock Creek camping area in Girraween National Park, Queensland
The annual migration of whales from Arctic waters up the Australian coastline is one of nature’s remarkable and predictable phenomena. This journey sometimes clocks in at an astonishing 10,000 kilometres. It also presents an opportunity for humans to interact with their largest fellow mammals in water.
This breathtaking movement of ocean giants has tens of thousands of participants from Southern Right, Humpback and other whale species that take shelter in some inlets, bays and other rest areas on both coasts.
And as a result, Australia becomes a lodging place for a procession of good locations for whale watching, both via tours and cruises out to sea and from vantage points on land. If you’re looking to have a whale watching tour this season, here are the ten of the best whale watching locations in the land down under.
- Hervey Bay, Queensland
- Eden, NSW
- Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
- Head of Bight, South Australia
- Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
- Perth, Western Australia
- Great Ocean Road, Victoria
- Bruny Island, Tasmania
- Port Stephens, NSW
- Albany, Western Australia
Australia is a delight for adventure lovers. With a sprawling outback, bustling coastline and a mild year-round climate, it almost always entice travellers and tourists with the endless list of outdoor activities, both on land and at sea. Cross out Australia on your bucket list, pack your travel essentials now and taste the most flavourful adventure of your life.