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Outdoor Adventures in Australia – Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in Australia

The Island-continent, Australia is a land of dreams for travellers. It is a complete package with its aesthetic coral reefs, charming rain forests, vast areas of red earth, remarkable beaches, and blazing deserts. Australia is a land of tremendous contrasts and splendid beauty.  With so many places to visit and things to do on this island continent, here is a list of top 10 outdoor adventures in Australia that you shouldn’t miss in your upcoming vacation. Get ready for a fun-filled outdoor adventure in Australia, with your friends and family this holiday season!

Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in Australia

  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Jet Boat ride through the Horizontal Falls, Western Australia
  • Sail the Whitsundays, Queensland
  • Snorkel at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
  • Kayak Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park), Northern Territory
  • Surf the Jungle along Cape Tribulation, Queensland
  • Drive the Gibb River Road, Western Australia
  • Abseil in the Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Raft the Franklin River, Tasmania

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Snorkelling at Great Barrier Reef - must-do Outdoor adventures in Australia
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Do not forget to snorkel, especially when you are visiting one of the world’s most accessible reefs, The Great Barrier Reef. With impressive amounts of marine life and about 2900 separate coral reefs, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the planet. 

If you have not snorkelled before, give it a try here.  You are sure to be rewarded. The water is shallow and warm, thereby giving you an ideal atmosphere to snorkel. 

Corals in Great Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef experienced severe bleaching during 2017 and 2018 and some parts of the reef were declared dead. This gives you all the more reason, to do this Outdoor Adventure when you get your chance in Australia.

Walk or Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Affectionately called ‘The Coathanger’, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is positioned across the beautiful Syndey Harbour. It connects the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. This steel arch bridge is the tallest steel bridge and the sixth largest bridge in the world. 

Sydney harbour bridge
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The beautifully designed Sydney bridge has separate lanes for rails, cycles and for walking. Did you know that you can climb the bridge all the way to its very peak? Whilst climbing the bridge, feel the wind on your hair and enjoy the breathtaking view. Climb the bridge at dawn to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Sydney’s skyline.   

Jet Boat ride through the Horizontal Falls, Western Australia

Horizontal falls -  Outdoor adventures in Australia
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Horizontal Falls is ‘one of the greatest wonders of the natural world’. Jet Boat Ride through the Horizontal fall is a must-do activity if you are looking for a fun-filled Outdoor Activity in Western Australia. 

According to the Derby Visitor Centre, the horizontal fall-like appearance occurs because of very high tide shifting through a gap in the ridges of the McLarty Range. The reason it’s called an unusual wonder of Australia is that, despite being horizontal, it also reversible. Thus making it one of the best places in Western Australia and you can’t afford to miss it.

Sail the Whitsundays, Queensland

Whitsunday Islands
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Along the northeastern coast of Queensland. lies a string of 74 tropical islands. The Whitsunday Islands are mostly uninhabited. With sun-soaked tropical land, peaceful water and popular resorts, the Whitsunday Islands is the best place for Sailing Adventures in Australia.  

Snorkel at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef
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Snorkelling at the Ningaloo Reef is one of the best and unique Outdoor Adventures in Australia. You will be surprised to see what this World Heritage Site, The Ningaloo Reef has to offer when it comes to Scuba or snorkelling. Enjoy your time snorkelling and swimming along with the biggest whale sharks in the world.

Kayak the Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory

Kayaking in Katherine River gives you the much-needed thrill and makes your holiday in Australia one-of-its-kind. With dramatic cliffs rising up to 100 meters on both sides, experience the beauty, history and culture while kayaking on the waters of Katherine George. This is without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Northern Territory while you are there.

River Katherine george
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The ideal time to Kayak is between May – November, i.e. during the dry season.

Surf the Jungle along Cape Tribulation, Queensland

The remote headland of Cape Tribulation is where the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef meet. It is a place where the crystal clear waters meet the lush green rainforest. This place attracts a large number of backpackers and nature lovers every year. Explore the flora and fauna of the Daintree Rainforest through a guided walk or through a  zipline tour. 

Cape Tribulation
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Drive the Gibb River Road, Western Australia

Right through the wild heart of the Kimberly region, lies the Gibb River Road. If you are looking for an amazing, extended 4WD into Australia’s untouched wilderness, then drive the Gibb River Road. Allow yourself about 13 – 16 days, to enjoy the complete beauty of Australia’s rugged Kimberley wilderness.

Gibb River Road -  Outdoor adventures in Australia
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Note: There’s a high chance of road closure due to floods, between the months of  November and March.

Abseil in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Blue Mountains sunset view
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Bordering Sydney’s metropolitan area and close to the suburb of Penrith lies the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Listening to the dreaming stories by the locals or aboriginal guides; Abseil through the limestone cliffs; Soak yourself in the streams and waterfalls and explore the impressive rock formations and underground. 

Blue Mountains
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Visiting the Three Sisters,  Scenic World, Echo Point and Aboriginal Center are some of the best things to do in the Blue Mountains.

Raft the Franklin River, Tasmania

Rafting in Franklin River-  Outdoor adventures in Australia
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The Franklin River in Tasmania is one of the greatest gems of the Australian wilderness. It flows for about 125 kilometres through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. If you had ever wanted to go on a 5 – 8 days long water rafting experience, make your way to the Franklin River.

Franklin and Gordon river - Outdoor adventures in Australia
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There are a number of rafting tour operators who offer undisturbed 1-week or 2-week rafting experience. Are you worried that you do not have previous experience in rafting? That’s not an issue, no previous rafting experience is required for rafting in Franklin river. However, you should be physically fit to take this tour. This is a unique opportunity to explore the river and its pristine ecosystem. The best time to raft is between December and March.

Are you an outdoorsy person just like me? Then, I’m sure that you’ll enjoy all these 10 outdoor adventures in Australia. Hope you liked these suggestions. If you’re looking for some cool and adventurous Australia tour packages, check out Pickyourtrail.com. Need more help? Request a callback – our travel experts are available to help you with suggestions. Also, keep reading Pickyourtrail Blogs for more information on places to visit in Australia. 

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